Books Being Made Into Movies In 2019

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I’m a sucker for a good film adaptation. To me there’s nothing more exciting than seeing one of my favourite books played out on the big – or small – screen. I remember the intense anticipation I had as I watched the trailers for Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train, and that same feeling has returned this year as excitement begins to mount for major adaptations. Some of my favourite books are being adapted for the screen this year, so I thought I’d share a list so you can start planning when you’ll need to hit the theatre. And for anyone feeling the emptiness of waiting for Big Little Lies and Game of Thrones to return to television, I’ve also included a bonus upcoming television series at the bottom!

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Premise: Eccentric Seattle mom and former architect Bernadette Branch goes missing before a planned family trip to Antarctica. Desperate to discern the whereabouts of her mother, teenager Bee Branch begins collecting Bernadette’s correspondences from the preceding months and patching together a timeline. What unfolds is the story of a brilliantly intelligent and larger-than-life woman. Read my full book review here.

Release Date: March 22 2019 (USA)

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Judy Greer, Kristen Wiig

Director: Richard Linklater

Devil In The White City by Erik Larson

Premise: The true story of a real-life serial killer who terrorized Chicago as the city prepared for the 1893 World Fair. As H.H. Holmes constructs a grisly castle to hide his crimes, the fair’s designers are working tirelessly to create an event the world won’t be able to forget.

Release Date: Unannounced.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio

Director: Martin Scorsese


Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Premise: In a deep investigative dive, reporter John Carreyrou uncovers the truth behind one of Silicon Valley’s most promising biotech startups. The story that unravels through his investigation is one of fraud, lies, and secrets, and reveals the true nature of a young female CEO who promised to revolutionize blood testing. Read my full book review here.

Release Date: Unannounced.

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Abi Beaux

Director: Adam McKay

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Premise: Don Tillman has meticulously planned every day of his life, right down to the meals he eats and the route he takes to get to work. His socially awkward behaviour and inability to connect with woman have resulted in a concern that he will never find a good partner. In a bid to find a girlfriend, Don creates a survey to eliminate imperfect matches. Just as he thinks his scientific process is starting to work, in walks Rosie, a strange woman who want to use his expertise in genetics to help her find her real father. Read my full book review here.

Release Date: May 10, 2019

Starring: Ryan Reynolds (rumoured).

Director: Ben Taylor


The Woman In The Window by AJ Finn

Premise: An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York becomes obsessed with her new neighbours and through her spying accidentally witnesses an event not meant to be seen. She quickly becomes wrapped up in a terrible crime and finds herself wondering if she’s losing her sanity. Read my full book review here.

Release Date: October 4, 2019

Starring: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore

Director: Joe Wright

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Premise: In 1860s Massachusetts, the March sisters endure illness, poverty, life-changing romance, and familial discord all through the love they have for one another. Based on the literary classic, this will be the eighth adaptation of Alcott’s 1868 novel.

Release Date: December 25, 2019

Starring: Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, James Norton, Bob Odenkirk, Chris Cooper, Meryl Streep

Director: Greta Gerwig

It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario

Premise: Based on award-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario’s memoir, It’s What I Do follows her frightening and inspiring adventures through warzones, across continents, and through the hardships women face when choosing between love and work.

Release Date: Unannounced.

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence.

Director: Steven Spielberg.


The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

Premise: A mommy’s group in New York City are bonded by a horrific crime. During a night out one of their children goes missing, and it’s possible one of them is involved in the kidnapping. Read my full book review here.

Release Date: Unannounced.

Starring: Kerry Washington.

Director: A director hasn’t been definitively announced, but producer Amy Pascal (Spiderman and James Bond), is attached to the project. Kerry Washington is also set to produce.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Premise: A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As he grows up he becomes involved in a series of increasingly bizarre activities, including art forgery.

Release Date: October 11, 2019

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Finn Wolfhard, Sarah Paulson, Ansel Elgort

Director: John Crowley

Killers Of The Flower Moon by David Grann

Premise: When a series of murders wrack the wealthy community of Oklahoma’s Osage people in the 1920s, the FBI takes on its first real investigation. Read my full book review here.

Release Date: Unannounced, but filming is scheduled to start in spring 2019.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro (rumoured).

Director: Martin Scorsese

TELEVISION: The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

Premise: Two sisters vie to be star of a reality television series about female entrepreneurs. When one sister ends up dead, every member of the cast is scrutinized for their possible involvement. Read my full book review here.

Release Date: Unannounced.

Starring: Unannounced.

Director: A director hasn’t been announced, but the series is set to be produced by Bruna Papandrea, who worked on Big Little Lies. Papandrea is also attached to the film adaptation of Knoll’s first novel, The Luckiest Girl Alive.

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