The book is always better than the movie…

…but that doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to a few good literary adaptations in the near future, right?

With the success of recess book-to-screen stories like The Handmaid’s Tale–and the acclaim that the cast and production team consistently gave to author Margaret Atwood, and Big Little Lies, which was options by Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon directly from Lynne Moriarty, and the phenomenal success of the recent adaptation of Stephen King’s It, it would appear that we are in the midst of a literary adaptation renaissance.

So, with that in mind, here are a few of the books that will be hitting our screens in the coming months, with plenty of time for you to check out the books and get prepared!

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer:

Area X has claimed the lives of members of eleven expeditions. The twelfth expedition consisting of four women hopes to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

Starring: Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson. Oscar Isaac has also joined the cast of the film, which will be directed by Ex Machina‘s Alex Garland.

Release date: Feb. 23, 2018

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

In the first book of the Time Quintet, Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

Ava DuVernay will direct the adaptation, and the three Mrs. have been cast: Reese Witherspoon will play Mrs. Whatsit, Mindy Kaling will play Mrs. Who, and Oprah Winfrey will play Mrs. Which. See the whole cast here.

Release date: March 9, 2018

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Cate Blanchett has been cast as Bernadette. Kristen Wiig, Billy Crudup, and Judy Greer are also set to star.  Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber — the writers behind (500) Days of Summer — are writing the screenplay.

Release date: May 11, 2018

Which films are you looking forward to seeing, dear patrons?

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