2018 Book Adaptations We Can’t Wait to See

Bookworms unite! It’s time to start checking off your reading list now before these book hits theaters. 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for bestselling book adaptions, and we’ve compiled a list the most anticipated books that are headed to or have hit the big screen.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Released on January 26, 2018, fans of the Maze Runner franchise finally got their ending to the marathon sci-fi trilogy after the release of the film was delayed following an injury to lead actor Dylan O’Brien.

The Death Cure, directed by Wes Ball, is based on James Dashner’s novel series, which follows the story of a teen named Thomas (played by O’Brien) and a group of young adults who are all test subjects to a series of government experiments (governed by WCKD) that involve their immunity to a “Flare virus” ­­ — a zombie plaque that has hit the earth. The series follows the group as they attempt to solve the mystery of the “maze” they were dumped into and their fight to escape WCKD. The final instalment will answer unsolved questions.

The first two films of the series went on to make over $300 million worldwide.

Crazy Rich Asians

Based on author Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel, Crazy Rich Asians is set to release nationwide on August 15, 2018. Published in 2013, Kwan’s novel tells the story of Rachel Chu, who travels with her boyfriend, Nick Young to Singapore to only discover now that Nick’s family are one of the wealthiest in Malaysia.

The film-adaption will follow a similar plot and will feature Fresh Off the Boat star, Constance Wu playing Rachel. The story of “bringing a girlfriend home to meet the family” has been explored before, but according to director John. M Chue and Warner Bros, what sets this book-to-movie adaption apart is it’s the first ever movie to explore Singapore’s elite class and has notable a predominantly Asian cast ­­ — which is a step in the right direction regarding seeing more diverse representation in Hollywood films.

The Darkest Minds

Fans of Alexandra Bracken’s popular young-adult book series are in for a treat because the first book of the four-book series, The Darkest Minds, is coming to the big screen.

The plot follows 16-year-old Rudy (played by Hunger Games actress, Amandla Stenberg) living in a world where almost the whole population of children have been killed by a plague. The children who are left start to develop supernatural powers and are taken away by the government because of it.

Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, the upcoming movie will star Harris Dickinson, Mandy Moore, and Gwendoline Christie. The movie is set to release on August 3.

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