Books,  Lifestyle

Books Coming to the Screens in 2018

I can never keep up with all the movies and shows that are coming to the big screen and to tv nowadays…not to mention all the books that they are taking to the screens! I think I’m going to have to add all of these movies and shows to my list now especially because we have our moviepasses! These are mine and Courtney’s roundups for books that are coming to the screens in 2018!

Meg by Steve Alten

Release Date: August 10

Seven years ago, and seven miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, Dr. Jonas Taylor encountered something that changed the course of his life. Once a Navy deep-sea submersible pilot, now a marine paleontologist, Taylor is convinced that a remnant population of Carcharodon megalodon—prehistoric sharks growing up to 70 feet long, that subsisted on whales—lurks at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. When offered the opportunity to return to those crushing depths in search of the Megs, Taylor leaps at the chance… but the quest for scientific knowledge (and personal vindication) becomes a desperate fight for survival when the most vicious predator that the earth has ever known is freed to once-again hunt the surface.

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

Release Date: September 8

When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness.

First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong by James R. Hansen

Release Date: October 12

Based on over fifty hours of interviews with the intensely private Armstrong, who also gave Hansen exclusive access to private documents and family sources, this “magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth century” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) is an unparalleled biography of an American icon.

 

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by  David Lagercrantz

Release Date: October 19

It stars Claire Foy, Lakeith Stanfield, and Sylvia Hoeks. It centers around a genius hacker who has always been an outsider. A journalist with a penchant for danger. She is Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo. He is Mikael Blomkvist, crusading editor of Millennium. One night, Blomkvist receives a call from a source who claims to have been given information vital to the United States by a young female hacker. Blomkvist, always on the lookout for a story, reaches out to Salander for help. She, as usual, has plans of her own. Together they are drawn into a ruthless underworld of spies, cybercriminals, and government operatives—some willing to kill to protect their secrets.

 

 

Mary, Queen of Scots by John Guy

Release Date: November 2

This movie will star Margot Robbie, Gemma Chan, Saoirse Ronan and David Tennant. It’s based on John Guy’s novel who created an intimate and absorbing portrait of one of history’s greatest women, depicting her world and her place in the sweep of history with stunning immediacy. Bringing together all surviving documents and uncovering a trove of new sources for the first time, Guy dispels the popular image of Mary Queen of Scots as a romantic leading lady—achieving her ends through feminine wiles—and establishes her as the intellectual and political equal of Elizabeth I.

 

Holmes and Watson by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Release Date: November 9

This movie is going to be a humorous take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. It stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, and Ralph Finnes. If it’s anything like Step Brothers then we should be in for a good time!

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Release Date: August 17

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

 

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Release Date: August 31

One postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country physician, is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once impressive and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. Its owner’s—mother, son, and daughter—are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr. Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become intimately entwined with his.

 

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Release Date: September 14

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control. Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

 

The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs

Release Date: September 21

When Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan. comes to stay with his uncle Jonathan, he expects to meet an ordinary person. But he is wrong. Uncle Jonathan and his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Zimmermann, are both witches! Lewis is thrilled. At first, watching magic is enough. Then Lewis experiments with magic himself and unknowingly resurrects the former owner of the house: a woman named Serenna Izard. It seems that Serenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls–a clock that could obliterate humankind. And only the Barnavelts can stop it

 

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Release Date: December 14

In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.

 

The Black Hand by Stephan Talty

Release Date: TBD

Beginning in the summer of 1903, an insidious crime wave stirred New York City, then the entire country, into a panic. The children of Italian immigrants were being kidnapped and dozens of innocent victims gunned down. Bombs tore apart tenement buildings. Judges, senators, Rockefellers, and society matrons were threatened with gruesome deaths. The perpetrators’ only calling card: the symbol of a black hand

 

Books Coming to TV

 

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Air Date: June 7

Network: HBO

Sharp Objects is set to air on HBO on June 7, 2018. The show focuses on reporter Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) who just got released from a psych hospital and she’s given an assignment to cover the murder of two preteen girls in her hometown. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

 

Patrick Melrose by Edward St. Aubyn

Air Date: May 14

Network: Showtime

It looks as if Benedict Cumberbatch is getting his wish to play an Edward St. Aubyn character! He was cast as Patrick Melrose in the Patrick Melrose mini-series on Showtime. This mini-series is based on the several novels that St. Aubyn wrote about the upper-class English life and privilege of Patrick Melrose. In this mini-series will follow Melrose’s life from childhood abuse from his crazed father to his adult addiction to heroin and his recovery thereafter.

 

Castle Rock by Stephen King

Air Date: July 25

Network: Hulu

Castle Rock is based on all the Stephen King novels and it intertwines characters from all of his novels within one town. I’m a big fan of Hulu Originals and Stephen King so this one is going to be a good one for me

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Air Date: TBD

Network: Netflix

The Haunting of Hill House is about 4 people spending the summer in a haunted house to prove that it isn’t haunted. The series has picked up several actors like, Samantha Sloyan, Jordane Christie, and Anthony Ruivivar. Netflix still hasn’t come forward and said when it’ll release The Haunting on Hill House.

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Air Date: TBD

Network: Hulu

George Clooney is directing this Hulu Original following a WWII soldier named John Yossarian. Yossarian is angry over the war and he is angry that his life is constantly put in danger. He is constantly reacting to the death of a fellow soldier or trying to find ways to get out of dangerous missions. Cast includes Clooney and Hugh Laurie. I’m really excited to see how Clooney shakes this one out for tv! It’s gotten good enough ratings that British Channel 4 is going to start airing it in 2019!


Looking for Alaska
by John Green

Air Date: TBD

Network: Hulu

Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words–and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Top of the Morning by Brian Stelter

Air Date: TBD

Network: Apple

This series is starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon and it is produced by Reese Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine. Top of the morning has been picked up by Apple for at least 2 seasons. It delves into the world of morning talk shows and just how cutthroat they can be. When America wakes up with personable and charming hosts like Matt Lauer, Robin Roberts, and George Stephanopoulos, it’s hard to imagine their show bookers having to guard a guest’s hotel room all night to prevent rival shows from poaching. But that is just part of the intense reality New York Times staff writer Brian Stelter reveals in TOP OF THE MORNING–a gripping look at the most competitive time slot in television, complete with Machiavellian booking wars and manic behavior by the producers, executives, and stars.

 

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

Air Date: February 25

Network: BBC

This series is based off of JK Rowling’s book. It stars Holliday Grainger  as Robin Ellacott and Tom Burke as Cormoran Strike. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible–and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

 

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Air Date: TBD

Network: Amazon Instant Video

This mini series stars David Tennant, Michael Sheen, and Ilan Galkoff and it looks to be a real laugh. It focuses on The Rapture and the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. The plan according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

 

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .

 

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Air Date: TBD

Network: Sky 1

I’m really excited for this series and I’m hoping that they put it on Britbox. It’s starring Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer. In a world where witches, vampires and daemons live discreetly among humans, Diana Bishop is the last in one long line of distinguished witches. Unwilling to embrace her heritage she has immersed herself in her career as an historian. Her particular interest is alchemy and she visits Oxford to research some of Elias Ashmole’s papers. She requests Ashmole 782 and as soon as she receives it she knows there is something uncanny about it; when she opens it she is shocked. She learns that 782 has been presumed lost for a very long time and that each species of Creature desires it. She is besieged and threatened and knows that, to protect herself, she must uncover all the mysteries of 782.

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Air Date: TBD

Network: Netflix/BBC

That’s right…Netflix and BBC are teaming up to bring back Watership Down. It will star James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Oscar and Grammy award-winning Sir Ben Kingsley. Watership down is set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.

 

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