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A new year means new movies to watch and books to read, so why not kill two birds with one stone. We’ve got you covered with 6 Novel to Film adaptations to look forward to in 2019!

The Best of Enemies

Based on a biography by Osha Gray Davidson, this of  book to film adaptation captures the events of civil rights activist Ann Atwater squaring off against C.P. Ellis, head of the Ku Klux Klan in Durham, North Carolina, The Best of Enemies highlights the struggles to integrate schools and desegregate communities in Durham during the 1960s and 1970s. It is slated to hit US theaters on April 5th with Taraji P. Henson starring at Atwater and Sam Rockwell as Ellis.

Native Son

 

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Taken from the work of Richard Wright, Native Son is adaptation about a young, poor, black man – Bigger Thomas-  working for a highly prominent Chicago family.  If Beale Street Could Talk, breakout star KiKi Layne will star in this film alongside Ashton Sanders, Nick Robinson, and Sanaa Latham. Native Son will debut at Sundance Film Festival on January 24th.

Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark

 

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Based on the classic series from the 1980s and 1990s, Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark will be adapted by Guillermo del Toro. The film will follow a group of teens who attempt to solve the mystery surrounding the horrific deaths in their small town. It is to be released on August 9th.

Pet Sematary

Also set to hit the box office on April 5th, Pet Sematary is based on the Stephen King novel which tells the story of the Creed family who moves into the woods and discovers an old burial ground that can reanimate the dead humans and animals alike. This will be the second adaptation of King’s novel which originally was made into a film in 1989.

 

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

Based on the life story of William Kambkwambwa, this film captures the story of a boy who grows up in poverty in a farming village of Malawi and finds a way to provide his hometown with electricity despite facing famine and diseases. Acting as Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind details the power and privilege that is education and determination. It is set to launch on Netflix later this year.

 

The Sun Is Also A Star

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This film will be author Nicola Yoon’s second book to film adaptation, coming to theaters exactly after Everything Everything. The Sun Is Also A Star is an adaptation of Yoon’s second YA novel is a star crossed lovers tale as the main characters Daniel and Natasha fight their true feelings as Natasha’s family faces deportation back to Jamaica. The Sun Is Also a Star is set to debut in theaters May 19th.

 

If you’ve read any of these novel to film adaptations, let us know your favorite ones. If you haven’t, pick up a book and let us know what you think after turning a few pages!

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