Films Based on Books Coming Out in 2018

2018 is shaping up to be a brilliant year for film with several hugely successful novels being adapted into movies this year. There are classics like Peter Rabbit, magical stories like A Wrinkle in Time and thrilling movies like The Girl in the Spider's Web in the mix for 2018. We've listed the most exciting films based on books coming out in 2018 that have received their official release dates, so check out which films you can't miss next year.

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Family Films

You won't be struggling to find a good activity to do with the kids on rainy weekends this year with all the fantastic family films that are coming out...

1. Peter Rabbit

Based on Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

This new live-action/animated comedy adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic stars James Corden as Peter and brings a modern twist on his classic feud with farmer Mr Gregor (played by Domhnall Gleeson).

When's it in cinemas?

16th March 2018

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2. A Wrinkle in Time

Based on A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle


Walt Disney Pictures has adapted Madeleine L'Engle's classic children's story of Meg and Charles' out-of-this-world mission to find their father for modern audiences.

When's it in cinemas?

23rd March 2018

3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Based on Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

This sequel to 2015's Jurassic World is inspired by the earlier Jurassic Park films and the novel by Michael Crichton. In this new movie, Claire, the park's previous owner, and Own, a former dinosaur trainer, form the Dinosaur Protection Group and uncover a worrying conspiracy.

When's it in cinemas?

7th June 2018

5. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A Hoffman

This live-action Disney film is based on E.T.A Hoffman's magical and whimsical story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King about a girl whose toy nutcracker comes to life.

When's it in cinemas?

26th October 2018

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6. Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Based on How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss

This new animated adaptation of Dr Seuss' festive favourite stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch who plots to steal Christmas from all the Whos of Whoville.

When's it in cinemas?

9th November 2018

7. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K.Rowling

This new instalment in the Fantastic Beasts film series sees a young Albus Dumbledore team up with his former student Newt Scamander to take down the villainous Grindelwald.

When's it in cinemas?

16th November 2018

8. Mortal Engines

Based on Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

This exciting story, based on Philip Reeve's brilliant novel, is set in a desolate Earth where mobile cities fight one another to win the last remaining resources.

When's it in cinemas?

14th December 2018

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9. Mary Poppins Returns

Based on Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

In this musical sequel to the classic 1964 Mary Poppins film, based on the children's series by P.L. Travers, sees Mary return to the now-grown Jane and Michael Banks after the death of Michael's wife.

When's it in cinemas?

21st December 2018

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Films for Adults

Whether you're looking for new movie or book recommendations for this year, we have listed 6 brilliant new film projects and the books they're based on here for you to pick from...

1. Annihilation

Based on Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

This film is based on Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority and Acceptance) which tells the chilling story of a team of women who take on a risky expedition to a danger zone known as "Area X".

When's it in cinemas?

23rd February 2018

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2. Ready Player One

Based on Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This futuristic film is based on Ernest Cline's novel and focuses on a dystopian version of our planet where everyone uses a virtual space called OASIS. When the founder of OASIS dies, a hunt ensues to find an Easter Egg that will determine who gets control over his business.

When's it in cinemas?

30th March 2018

3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

Based on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

This sweet film, based on Mary Ann Shaffer's historical novel, is all about a writer who decides to investigate how the people of Guernsey coped with World War 2 and, whilst there, discovers the strange story of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.

When's it in cinemas?

20th April 2018

4. The Breadwinner

Based on The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

This animated film, is based on the novel by Deborah Ellis, tells the story of 11-year-old Parvana who disguises herself as a boy in order to get a job and provide for her family in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.

When's it in cinemas?

25th May 2018

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5. On Chesil Beach

Based on On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

This is an adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel about a young couple on their honeymoon in the 1960s, set along the backdrop of the Dorset coast.

When's it in cinemas?

15th June 2018

6. Girl in the Spider's Web

Based on Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

Based on the novel by David Lagercrantz, this new Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist thriller is coming to the big screen this year and this time they're facing hackers and spies.

When's it in cinemas?

26th October 2018

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Pop these dates in your diary so you don't miss any of these brilliant new movies heading to cinema near you this year.

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    Steven Spielberg has adapted Ernest Cline's modern classic Ready Player One into a hit film and now you can add this sci-fi masterpiece to your bookshelf.

    It's 2044 and we've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty and disease have become widespread so Wade Watts escapes the horrors of real life by spending hours plugged into the OASIS - a virtual word where you can be anything you want to be...

    Following the death of founder James Heir, it turns out this alternate reality hides an Easter egg - the chance to inherit his massive fortune and take control of the OASIS. All the winner has to do is unravel the riddles scattered around this vast world...
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    The Tale of Peter Rabbit is the first in Beatrix Potter's series of 23 books.

    It tells the tale of a mischievous young rabbit who narrowly escapes a frightening fate when he ventures into Mr McGregor's vegetable garden.

    With beautiful illustrations and an affectionate and touching storyline, The Tale of Peter Rabbit is totally deserving of its iconic status in children's literature. This book would make a lovely gift for children aged 3 and above.
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    It is June, 1962. In a hotel on the Dorset coast, overlooking Chesil Beach, Edward and Florence, who got married that morning, are sitting down to dinner in their room. Neither is entirely able to suppress their anxieties about the wedding night to come ..."On Chesil Beach" is another masterwork from Ian McEwan - a story about how the entire course of a life can be changed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.
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    Afghanistan: Parvana's father is arrested and taken away by Taliban soldiers. Under Taliban law, women and girls are not allowed to leave the house on their own. Parvana, her mother, and sisters are prisoners in their own home. With no man to go out to buy food, they face starvation. So Parvana must pretend to be a boy to save her family. It is a dangerous plan, but their only chance. In fear, she goes out - and witnesses the horror of landmines, the brutality of the Taliban, and the desperation of a country trying to survive. But even in despair lies hope ...Deborah Ellis has been to Afghan refugee camps and has listened to many stories like Parvana's.
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    A poignant tale of the power of friendship, built through a mutual love of reading, Annie Barrows' feel-good novel is highly recommended. Lead character Juliet Ashton is drawn into correspondence with Guernsey boy Dawsey Adams and slowly learns all there is to know about the fascinating secret history of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It is not long before she begins to hear from other members and as letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey under the German Occupation, Juliet soon realises that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name. As her curiosity grows, Juliet, an author struggling for ideas for her next book, visits her new friends in a charming encounter.

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    The Banks children, Jane and Michael, change nannies just about as often as most people change their clothes. It's not that they're naughty, exactly - just awkward. Everyone in the household is at their wits' end with them - until Mary Poppins arrives...The Classic tale from P.L Travers. This, the first book about Mary Poppins, will be familiar to everyone who has seen the film. For it is in this book that Jane and Michael draw up their advertisement for a nanny, and Mary Poppins appears out of the sky with her parrot-headed umbrella which talks. She is strict but fair, slides happily up the banisters, and takes the children on the most extraordinary outings - to a funfair inside a pavement picture; to uncle Andrew who sails up to the ceiling when he laughs - which she firmly denies afterwards. Needless to say, the children are devastated when she leaves, but by then, they and their parents are far more of a family than they ever were before Mary Poppins appeared.
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    Published back in 1990, and immortalised on screen in 1993 by none other than Steven Spielberg, Jurassic Park tells the story of paleontologist Alan Grant, who - accompanied by his graduate student, Ellie Sattler, and mathematician Ian Malcolm - is invited by billionaire John Hammond to a new 'biological reserve' off the coast of Costa Rica. But when they get there, they discover that this is not any ordinary reserve: it's a dinosaur theme park!

    Before the park is opened to the public, and to cure the nervousness of the park's investors, Grant, Sattler and Malcolm, accompanied by Hammond's grandchildren Lex and Tim, begin a tour of Jurassic Park. But corporate espionage at the hands of Dennis Nedry, Jurassic Park's chief programmer, will put the business of the park and the lives of everyone on the island at risk...

    With the park's security systems down and the control measures in place to maintain control of the animals failing, the group find themselves stranded and must evade the deadly Velociraptors and escape the jaws of the park's star attraction, the Tyrannosaurus rex, to meet up with the helicopter and be taken to the safety of the mainland.

    Gripping, scarily plausible and a whole lot of fun, if you love the film and are yet to read Michael Crichton's worldwide bestseller, there has never been a better time to read it now that the film franchise is back!
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    With her book A Wrinkle in Time, gifted children's author Madeleine L'Engle has created an absorbing science fiction novel that revolves around the likeable, misfit characters of Meg and her brother, Charles.

    Criticised by her teachers for doing badly at school and worried about her missing father, Meg is struggling with how wrong her life is when events take a mysterious turn. Together with Charles and her friend Calvin, she stumbles upon a gap in time through which the children embark on an amazing and dangerous adventure.

    A gripping read for any young adult fiction fan aged 11+ who have ever felt like the odd one out!
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    The first volume of the extraordinary Southern Reach trilogy. 'Creepy and fascinating' Stephen King. Welcome to Area X. An Edenic wilderness, an environmental disaster zone, a mystery for thirty years. For thirty years, Area X, monitored by the secret agency known as the Southern Reach, has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border- an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness. Eleven expeditions have been sent in to investigate; even for those that have made it out alive, there have been terrible consequences. 'Annihilation' is the story of the twelfth expedition and is told by its nameless biologist. Introverted but highly intelligent, the biologist brings her own secrets with her. She is accompanied by a psychologist, an anthropologist and a surveyor, their stated mission: to chart the land, take samples and expand the Southern Reach's understanding of Area X. But they soon find out that they are being manipulated by forces both strange and all too familiar. An unmapped tunnel is not as it first appears. An inexplicable moaning calls in the distance at dusk. And while each member of the expedition has surrendered to the authority of the Southern Reach, the power of Area X is far more difficult to resist. 'Annihilation' is the first volume in Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, which will be published throughout 2014: volume two ('Authority') in May, and volume three ('Acceptance') in September 2014.
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    MORTAL ENGINES launched Philip Reeve's brilliantly-imagined creation, the world of the Traction Era, where mobile cities fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic future.The first instalment introduces young apprentice Tom Natsworthy and the murderous Hester Shaw, flung from the fast-moving city of London into heart-stopping adventures in the wastelands of the Great Hunting Ground. "No 11-to-16-year-old should miss the superbly imagined debut novel from Philip Reeve" - The Times "This big, brave, brilliant book combines a thrilling adventure story with endless moral conundrums" - Guardian