Two quintessential Seattle novels — Where’d You Go, Bernadette and The Art of Racing in the Rain — are coming to a movie theatre near you in 2019! Some scenes for Bernadette were filmed at our Central Library (and, yes, Cate Blanchette was there, AT OUR LIBRARY!). We can’t wait to see if we made the final cut.
Many other books have been adapted for the screen and will make their debut in 2019, and we’ve listed 10 here with links to the books that inspired them. Time to read and re-read some of these treasures:
The Rhythm Section (opening Feb. 22)
The Book: The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell.
College student Stephanie Patrick’s life is destroyed after the crash of flight NEO027; her family was on board and there were no survivors. She spins out of control until a reporter discovers the crash was not an accident and Stephanie finds a new focus: revenge.
The Film: Directed by Reed Morano; stars Blake Lively, Jude Law.
Chaos Walking (Opening March 1)
The Book: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking trilogy, Book 1)
When this teen novel first debuted in 2014, The Guardian said in a review, “This novel is intelligent, fast paced, nerve-wracking and at times heart-breaking. This is an amazing opening to an unforgettable trilogy.”
The Film: Directed by Doug Liman; stars Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Nick Jonas
Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Opening March 22)
The Book: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
When brilliant and hilarious architect Bernadette has trouble acclimating to the Seattle culture—to the point of escaping to Antarctica—her daughter Bee is determined to find her and bring her home. If you know someone new to Seattle, this novel might be the quickest way to get a beat on local oddities and traffic. And did we mention that scenes were filmed at our Central Library???
The Film: Directed by Richard Linklater; stars Cate Blanchette, Billy Crudup, Emma Nelson, Kristen Wiig, Laurence Fishburne
The Best of Enemies (Opening April 5)
The Book: The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson
Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against a leader of the Ku Klux Klan about school integration in 1971 Durham, North Carolina.
The Film: Directed by Robin Bissel; stars Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Cessay, Anne Heche
The Aftermath (Opening April 26)
The Book: The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
Assigned to oversee the reconstruction of Hamburg in the tumultuous year following World War II, Colonel Lewis Morgan grieves the loss of his son while living with his family in the home of a German widower, an arrangement that forces both families to confront their passions and true selves.
The Film: Directed by James Kent; stars Keira Knighitley, Alexander Skarsgard,
Artemis Fowl (Opening August 9)
The Book: The Aremis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl II, a young Irish criminal mastermind, kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer Holly Short for ransom to fund the search for his missing father in order to restore the family fortune. The first book in the middle grade series debuted in 2001.
The Film: Directed by Kenneth Branagh; stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Hong Chau, Judi Dench
The Kitchen (Opening Sept. 20)
The Book: The Kitchen comic book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle
The wives of New York gangsters in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1970s continue the family business after their racketeer husbands are locked up. When the graphic novel was published in 2014, The AV Club’s headline said it’s “a rare mob drama that puts women in power.”
The Film: Directed by Andrea Berloff; stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss
The Art of Racing in the Rain (Opening Sept. 27)
The Book: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
A dog named Enzo recalls the life lessons he has learned from, Denny, his race car driving owner. Enzo’s voice in the novel is unforgettable — and I’m not saying that just because I’m a dog lover. The Art of Racing in the Rain is a wonderfully written true character-driven novel, and Seattle has a starring role. See also Garth Stein’s picture books starring Enzo.
The Film: Directed by Simon Curtis; starring Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, and Kevin Costner as the voice Enzo (!)
The Woman in the Window (Opening Oct. 4)
The Book: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
With its echo of Hitchcock’s Rear Window, references to other films, and a pacing that unfolds like a movie, it’s no surprise that Finn’s debut novel is being made into a movie. The set up is a woman whose world gets smaller and smaller as her anxiety keeps her inside her house, where she keeps a watchful eye on everything in the neighborhood. I have a friend who says she literally screamed at one scene towards the end. Be prepared: Read the book before seeing the movie.
The Film: Directed by Joe Wright; stars Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman,
The Goldfinch (Opening Oct. 11)
The Book: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction in 2014.
The Film: Directed by John Crowley; stars Sarah Paulson, Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort
~ Posted by Linda J.