Film has enjoyed a close relationship with literature going all the way back to the very beginning of the movie medium — Cinderella and Shakespeare’s King John both made the leap to screens in 1899, and filmmakers went even more hog-wild from there. This spring alone sees a number of top-quality tomes hitting screens both big and small, with stories ranging from mega huge fantasies to intimate accounts of personal relationships. Here are 10 titles coming soon to a screen near you.
Look, we all love our pets, but that doesn’t mean it’s OK to resurrect them from the dead in a shady occult grove. It’s just not going to work out like you want it to — unless you’re a fan of Stephen King’s original 1983 novel, Pet Sematary, in which case have at it. John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz, and Jason Clarke star in the second big-screen adaptation (shout-out to the 1989 film) of King’s spooky tale of death and questionable choices, which is proving to be a critical darling in early reviews. Just try not to yell “what you are doing is clearly a bad idea!” at the screen when the movie (and cat!) comes alive on April 5.
Taraji P. Henson (Empire) and Sam Rockwell (Vice) star in the upcoming adaptation of journalist Osha Gray Davidson’s The Best of Enemies, based on the true story of a rivalry-turned-unlikely-friendship that springs in 1960s North Carolina. Ann Atwater is an outspoken civil rights activist. C.P. Ellis is a local Ku Klux Klan leader. Together, they chair a community meeting dealing with a school desegregation decree handed down by the court. Davidson’s 1996 book won critical acclaim, with Publishers Weekly calling it “a well-crafted portrait of the evolution of race relations in Durham, N.C. — and of America's tendency to ignore issues of class.” The Best of Enemies brings moviegoers together on April 5.
Author Anna Todd didn’t set out to conquer the world, but her unusual path to fame just might lead her there. After follows the story of Tessa, a good-girl college student with a solid plan for her future – until she meets bad-boy Hardin, that is. Todd began writing what would become her first novel in the After series on social media, posting a story here and there on her Instagram before hitting it big with readers on writing site Wattpad. Her fortune snowballed from there, growing into a publishing deal and now rolling into theaters on April 12 as a colossal romantic phenomenon.
Winter is here, y’all! The show to make everyone’s heart pound, wrench, and stop all at once is entering its eighth and final season on April 14. Last season, the Army of the Dead ripped a hole through the Wall, completely tenuous alliances formed, and basically everything seems geared up to go horribly wrong. The wait for the show to return has been agonizing (it’ll be 250 days in between seasons, but who’s counting?), yet we’re almost there. To get your fantasy fix in the meantime, we recommend immersing yourself in the original books that started it all.
Joyce Smith’s son, John, led a normal teenage life in the suburbs of St. Louis. One frigid, fateful day in January 2015 changed all that: he slipped through an icy lake and, once retrieved, had no pulse for nearly an hour until making a seemingly miraculous recovery. The Smith family’s story has captivated readers through Joyce’s book Breakthrough, with Amazon customers calling it “[an] amazing story written by an awesome author” and declaring how they “read this book in a 48 hour period and cried [their] way through most of it” in their reviews. Chrissy Metz (This Is Us) and Josh Lucas (J. Edgar) star as the parents in this heart-wrenching drama. Prepare to cry into your vat of popcorn on April 17.
The hit TV procedural Bosch returns on Amazon Prime Video on April 19. According to author Michael Connelly, the fifth season will be primarily based on the 2017 novel Two Kinds of Truth, which Entertainment Weekly called “one of the best” in the series. In the book, Bosch has his hands full with two cases: in one, he must go undercover to solve a double murder at a tiny town’s drug store that connects to the dangerous world of Big Pharma; in the other, a convicted killer appears to have evidence proving Bosch framed him for the crime. Never a dull moment for Bosch — or his fans.
Holy baloney with a side of macaroni: here we go. Everything that has happened in the entire 11-year, 21-movie run (so far) of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from 2008’s Iron Man to 2019’s Captain Marvel, will come to a head in Avengers: Endgame. Following the events of last summer’s mega-blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War, Earth’s mightiest heroes — along with everyone else — are in dire straits after Thanos pulls off his maniacal plan with a snap of his fingers. The Avengers may have been overpowered and defeated, but are determined to live up to their name — no matter the cost. While you wait until the movie hits theaters on April 26 to find out how the team gets out of this particular pickle, be sure to check out the original, all-time classic graphic novel which influenced the movie. You’ll find the story is a little different, but we think that just means twice the fun.
We must confess it took an embarrassing amount of time to get the pun hiding in plain sight of NOS4A2. Then, as most things do, the answer hit us like a bat out of hell: “Nose four, achoo”! Anyhoo, Joe Hill’s vampire book is set to get the prestige TV treatment on April 30 with an AMC show starring Ashleigh Cummings and Zachary Quinto. “Vic” McQueen (played by Cummings) is a woman with the ability to unlock portals into a hidden universe. As she delves deeper into this new world, Vic makes an enemy of Manx (Quinto), an immortal creature who feeds off children. Writes one Amazon customer in their review, “For those looking for strong character development, a despicable bad guy, and a unique story line, you must read this book!”
While you can spell “Young Adult fiction” without “Nicola Yoon,” why would you want to? Her acclaimed 2016 novel The Sun Is Also a Star follows Daniel and Natasha, two New York City teenagers on very different paths in life — he’s applying to Yale, she’s 12 hours away from deportation — whose fates intersect one day. The Amazon Books editors called Nicola Yoon’s novel “a thought-provoking story of possibility, fate, and the illogical beauty of love” when it released, and readers seem to agree: the book enjoys a 4.6 average star rating from over 690 Amazon customer reviews. Catch the movie in theaters on May 17.
You’re gosh-darned if you do and gosh-darned if you don’t in Joseph Heller’s classic war-time satire Catch-22. The beloved 1961 book follows Yossarian, a World War II bombardier whose service keeps getting extended. Yossarian would very much like to not fly any more deadly missions, but finds himself victim to bizarre bureaucracy: anyone willingly flying these missions is considered insane, but making a formal request to be relieved of duty would prove they are sane and thus ineligible to be relieved. Christopher Abbott stars in the upcoming limited TV series adaptation of the book alongside a strong cast including George Clooney and Kyle Chandler slated to premiere on Hulu on May 17.
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