Let’s be honest—the movie is rarely ever as good as the book, but that doesn’t mean we’re not excited for these upcoming film adaptations of some of our favorite books. From Jane Austen’s Emma to the more modern The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn, one of these movies is sure to make you want to leave your favorite reading nook, grab some popcorn, and head to your local movie theater. And don’t forget to read (or reread) the book before you go!
There are few things more moving that stories about good doggos. In Jack London’s Call of the Wild, Buck is ranch dog in California who is stolen one night and ends up in the Klondike region of Canada to become a sled dog during the Alaska Gold Rush. The new movie adaptation premieres February 21 and stars a CGI Buck and Harrison Ford as Buck’s human friend John Thornton.
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The Call of the Wild tells the story of the magnificent dog, Buck, who’s loyalty is tested by cruel men in search of gold in the Klondike. Brutally treated, Buck finds the blood of his wolf ancestors rising within him and breaks free to roam the Alaskan wilderness as leader of a pack instead of as a pawn in his owner’s ruthless mission.
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Also premiering on February 21 is the latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. Emma Woodhouse is a beautiful, popular, and wealthy girl with aspirations to be a matchmaker for others. However, she has no interest in matters of her own heart. When she becomes friends with a young woman named Harriet, Emma is determined to change Harriet’s circumstances by finding her a true love match. As Emma’s matchmaking attempts go awry, she finds her own heart changing. The new movie stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Emma Woodhouse and promises a new vision of the beloved comedy.
When Kaling was growing up, Jane Austen was one of her favorite authors. This classic follows Emma Woodhouse, a financially independent woman who does not consider marriage for herself but finds amusement in playing matchmaker with the lives of others. Sounds like the makings of a “The Mindy Project” episode to me!
Later in February, H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man hits the big screen. The premise of this story of terror and suspense focuses on a brilliant scientist who learns the secret to invisibility, which ends up going terribly wrong, leading to madness and murder. The film version is a loose, modern adaptation of the novel starring Elizabeth Moss, the victim of spousal abuse at the hands of her husband, who has made himself invisible to torture Elizabeth’s character.
A milestone in American literature, this novel has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952. A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. Ralph Ellison was awarded in 1969.
In Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, readers meet the titular character as he recounts his experiences from childhood to his career as a novelist. Not only did Dickens’ claim this novel as his “favourite child,” but it’s also considered to be his most autobiographical work. In The Personal History of David Copperfield, the film stars Dev Patel as Copperfield with Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, and Peter Capaldi as supporting cast members.
Life for Anna Fox takes a Hitchcockian turn when her agoraphobia leads her to spying on her neighbor. Then, one night she sees something she shouldn’t. As the tale unravels, so does Anna’s world in AJ Finn’s novel The Woman in the Window. Amy Adams brings life to Anna in the movie adaptation while Julianne Moore and Gary Oldman play Anna’s neighbors.
Death on the Nile is one of Agatha Christie’s best-known novels and stars beloved detective Hercule Poirot as he takes a journey through Egypt. During his trip a young woman named Linnet Ridgeway dies during a cruise on the Nile, and Poirot sets out to solve the mystery. Following the success of Murder on the Orient Express, director Kenneth Branagh is taking a trip back into the world of Agatha Christie in October, this time as Hercule Poirot himself. The film also stars Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, and Letitia Wright.