Our Most Anticipated Upcoming Movie Adaptations

Hey Savvy Readers! As much as we love reading, sometimes it’s nice to take a little cinema break. What’s even better is if the movie we’re watching is based on a book!

Here’s a list of the all the movie adaptations we can’t wait to hit theaters.


Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

This thriller is bound to have sci-fi lovers enthralled. Based on the first novel in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, it follows the 12th (and not to mention all-female) expedition into the strange land known only as Area X as they to figure out just what is going on in this environmental bio hazardous zone. The movie rendition stars Natalie Portman and Gina Rodriguez, and with a February 23 release date, you don’t have much time left to pick this book up. Get to it! You can also check out the trailer here.


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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

As the only novel written by American poet Sylvia Plath, we all know this book is worthy of a movie. The story focuses on the mental health of Esther Greenwood (played by Dakota Fanning), a young intern in NYC, who slowly sinks into insanity.



Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Willowdean Dickson has never been self-conscious about her body – she is after all a self-proclaimed fat girl. But once she starts dating a hot jock from work, that confidence seems to fade. To get it back, and to impress her new beau, Willowdean (also known as “Dumplin”) enters a beauty pageant. Starring Danielle MacDonald and Jennifer AnnistonDumplin’ is a story about beauty standards and self-love. We’re sure this one will turn out to be the feel-good pick-me-up we all need sometimes!



The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

We know we don’t have to tell you about this one! If you loved Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, this one is going to be a must-see. Though we have no details about the upcoming film, this bestselling new release has already had its film rights snatched up!


love simon

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

The love story the entire LGBTQ community has been waiting for. Love, Simon follows the coming-of-age (and coming-out) story of Simon as he navigates his way through junior year as a closeted gay teen. Whether you’re gay, straight, or anything in between, this story is relatable, heartwarming and the movie is bound to have you crying into your popcorn. The movie officially hits theaters on March 16th, but you can watch the trailer (over, and over, and over again) here.


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Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Hitting theaters sometime this year (an exact release date has yet to be announced) is the hostage drama Bel Canto. After traveling down to South America for a private concert, a famous opera singer is taken hostage along with several international diplomats. As days and weeks go on, the hostages must find a way to work together to escape, despite the language barrier. Based on the New York Times bestselling novel, and starring Julianne Moore, the movie is sure to be a hit.



The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The 2017 YA book that everyone needs to read is soon to become the movie everyone needs to see.  Angie Thomas explores the super relevant topic of race and police brutality in this story of a 16-year-old who witnesses the death of her best friend – her unarmed best friend – by local police. Could it be any more topical? Though the movie is already filmed, we are still waiting on a release date. Fingers crossed its sometime this year.


the perfect mother

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

The movie adaptation of this thriller is bound to have you on the edge of your seat. New mom Winnie (played by Kerry Washington) returns from a night out on the town only to find that her 6-week old son has gone missing. As the police, media and her own friends begin to investigate, they uncover more secrets than they bargained for.


two steps forward

Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist

Similar to Wild, this tale takes place on the European Camino de Santiago, a twelve hundred kilometer trail between France and Spain. Zoe finds herself walking the trail after the recent death of her husband, while Martin’s divorce is what caused him to take on the trip. Though the two begin the trail to find themselves, their journeys intertwine along the way. It’s a story of romance, self-discovery and renewal and while few details of the film have actually been released, we do know that Ellen DeGeneres is producing!


So Savvy Readers, which movie adaptation are you dying to see? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader.

Happy watching!


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