25 Books Being Made Into Movies in 2019 That Are Worth the Watch

Samantha Sutton | Jan 17, 2019 Movies
25 Books Being Made Into Movies in 2019 That Are Worth the Watch

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Yes, life is what we make it, and we’re all about finding our joy and all of that good stuff. But some days, we definitely can't wait to wait to escape into a world that isn't our own. We're talking about taking a few short minutes (or a full marathon -- we don't judge) to watch someone else's drama go down on reality TV, or worry about a certain rocky relationship rather than our growing pile of laundry (sorry, not sorry). And when we're craving a good binge that's the complete opposite of normal, everyday life? There's a long list of original Netflix series or options from Hulu we can dive into, ASAP. We're also fans of getting out of the house (should we find the time) and taking a trip to the movies. This year alone, there are plenty of sequels that we'll no doubt thoroughly enjoy viewing, and for that benefit alone, they'll be well worth the ticket price.

Of course, there's always that classic escape of reading a good book, and we've somehow managed to devour plenty of great ones over the last few years. Part of us enjoys imagining what they'd look like on the big screen (with the success of something like Harry Potter or, more recently, Crazy Rich Asians, how could we not?), and now, in 2019, it seems as if we'll be getting our wish -- more than 20 times over.

Over the next few months, tons of adaptations of novels and even comic books will be coming to theaters, and many of them (if not all) star A-list actors and actresses. The list of books-turned-movies includes a little something for everyone -- whether we're in the mood for an emotional, tear-inducing drama, or thrillers that are full of twists, we can really just take our pick. (There even a few that sound like stuff the kids will enjoy.)

So what from our reading list is about to take over Hollywood? And what should we potentially read (or avoid reading) ahead of time?

Here's a look at 25 book-inspired films that we feel will be worth a watch.

  • 'A Dog's Way Home' (PG)

    Hit Theaters: January 11, 2019

    Much like A Dog's Purpose, this film -- which follows a dog as she attempts to reunite with her owner -- will bring all the tears. Both movies were based on books written by William Bruce Cameron.
  • 'The Rhythm Section' (NR)

    Expected Release Date: February 22, 2019

    Stephanie Patrick’s life is destroyed when her family dies in a plane crash. But once she discovers the accident wasn't actually an accident, she carefully plans her next move. The Rhythm Section stars Blake Lively, Jude Law, and Sterling K. Brown.
  • 'Chaos Walking' (NR)

    Expected Release Date: March 1, 2019 

    .. or The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Nessa. A new, colonized planet of men is infected with a virus that turns thoughts into images and sound -- which is being called The Noise. It’s driving everyone mad until a young man (Tom Holland) meets a girl (Daisy Ridley) who may just be the key to it all.
  • 'The Aftermath' (R)

    Expected Release Date: March 15, 2019

    Following WWII, a woman (Kiera Knightely) is reunited with her husband, and the two decide to move into a new home. The only problem? The previous occupants. They allow the father and daughter to continue to live in their house -- which isn't a wise idea.
  • 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette' (PG-13)

    Expected Release Date: March 22, 2019

    Bee's mom, Bernadette, is brilliant but agoraphobic. When she goes missing one day, the 15-year-old sets out to find her and learns secrets about her mother's past in the process. Cate Blanchette will play Bernadette in the film adaptation expected to hit theaters March 22.
  • 'Five Feet Apart' (PG-13)

    Expected Release Date: March 22, 2019

    Two teens (Riverdale star Cole Sprouse, and Haley Lu Richardson) both have cystic fibrosis when they meet each other at a hospital. Their illness forces them to stay five feet apart, which is easier said than done, considering they're falling in love.
  • 'The Informer' (NR)

    Expected Release Date: March 22, 2019 

    While going undercover in prison, an ex-con (Joel Kinnaman) attempts to infiltrate the mob. This movie is based on the book Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom and will also star Rosamund Pike, Clive Owens, and Common.
  • 'Greyhound' (NR)

    Expected Release Date: March 22, 2019 

    ... aka, The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester -- which is nothing like the Matt Damon film of the same name. This drama takes place during WWII, and the movie has Tom Hanks playing a commanding navy officer.
  • 'Wounds' (NR)

    Expected Release Date: March 29, 2019

    Picking up a lost cell phone at a bar is NBD -- unless it’s the cell phone from The Visible Filth, written Nathan Ballingrud. Strange and mysterious stuff is happening to a New Orleans bartender, who will be played by Armie Hammer in the movie adaptation that will also star Dakota Johnson.
  • 'Pet Sematary' (R)

    Expected Release Date: April 5, 2019

    Since this is a Stephen King novel, it's safe to say nothing good will happen when a family moves to the town of Ludlow, Maine. When their beloved cat dies, they bury it in a small pet cemetery by their home -- but, unfortunately, the family pet doesn't stay dead for long.
  • 'After' (NR)

    Expected Release Date: April 12, 2019 

    What originally started out as Harry Styles fan fiction by Anna Todd turned into an extremely popular -- and we're talking one billion online reads, here -- series about a good girl who falls for a bad boy Brit with a secret.
  • 'The Sun Is Also a Star' (PG-13)

    Expected Release Date: May 12, 2019

    The YA novel by Nicola Yoon follows a teen girl who falls in love with a boy just as her family is facing deportation. It's definitely one to look forward to, as Charles Melton from Riverdale is playing the lead, alongside Yara Shahidi.
  • 'Artemis Fowl' (NR)

    Expected Release Date: August 9, 2019 

    He may be 12, but Artemis Fowl is a criminal mastermind and thief, who then discovers an underground world of fairies. He kidnaps one for ransom, but all does not go as planned. This film will likely be part of a larger series, just like the books by Eoin Colfer.
  • 'It: Chapter Two' (NR)

    Expected Release Date: September 6, 2019

    The second movie in this horror series will cover the second part of Stephen King's book, where the main kids are all grown up and face off against that evil clown, Pennywise, once more.
  • 'The Kitchen' (NR)

    Expected Release Date: September 20, 2019 

    Technically The Kitchen is a DC Vertigo comic, but a book nonetheless.

    Tiffany Haddish, Elizabeth Moss, and Melissa McCarthy all play women who decide to take up their mafia husbands' rackets after they’ve been sent to prison. And in case anyone is wondering about the hair and wardrobe, it's set in the 1970s.
  • 'The Art of Racing in the Rain' (NR)

    Expected Release Date: September 27, 2019 

    Amanda Seyfried. Milo Ventimiglia. Kevin Costner. The cast alone is enough to make us curious -- and then animals are thrown into the mix. Technically, the story is about a racecar driver, but it's told from the point of view of his dog, who's learning about life through his owner.
  • 'The Woman in the Window' (NR)

    Expected Release Date: October 4, 2019
    A woman who lives alone believes she's witnessed a serious crime being committed across the street, but no one seems to believe her. A.J. Finn's book is the true definition of a thriller and comes with a few surprises along the way.

    (P.S. Amy Adams will be playing the lead.)
  • 'The Goldfinch' (R)

    Expected Release Date: October 11, 2019

    Based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the film follows a young boy whose mother is killed in a museum bombing that he manages to survive. He steals a painting, and later leads a life full of adventure and crime.
  • 'The Good Liar' (NR)

    Expected Release Date: November 15, 2019 

    A con artist attempts to woo a wealthy widow he met online in the film version of Nicholas Searle's novel. It stars Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen.
  • 'The Call of the Wild' (NR)

    Expected Release Date: December 25, 2019

    More dogs? Yep -- not that we're complaining! This one's a live-action-CGI-animated movie based on Jack London's book about a stolen pup, who's trying to survive in the Alaskan wild.
  • 'Little Women' (NR)


    Expected Release Date: December 25, 2019

    It's the same story about the March sisters that we know and love. But this time, we get a seriously A-list cast -- including Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, and Timothee Chalamet -- and the direction of Greta Gerwig.

  • 'The Last Thing He Wanted' (NR)

    No Release Date Set

    Joan Didion's 1996 novel gets the Hollywood treatment, with Anne Hathaway playing a journalist who leaves her job to care for her father (Willem Dafoe). In an unexpected twist, she ends up working as a covert arms dealer.
  • 'The Turning' (NR)

    No Release Date Set

    Surprisingly, this horror film that has Halt and Catch Fire’s Mackenzie Davis playing nanny to Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) and Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project), in a modern day adaptation of The Turn of the Screw.
  • 'Motherless Brooklyn' (NR)

    No Release Date Set

    Set in 1950s New York, a private investigator with Tourette syndrome is determined to find out what happened to his slain friend and mentor. Edward Norton directs and also stars in the movie, based on Jonathan Lethem's book -- with Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin, and Leslie Mann, just to name a few.
  • 'All the Bright Places' (NR)

    No Release Date Set

    Jennifer Niven's book -- and now the movie starring Elle Fanning -- is about two teens who are struggling with emotional scars from their past. After they're brought together, with the help of a school project, they manage to find a bit of happiness -- and maybe love.
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