Adapting YA books to the screen has been a craze for several years now, and 2019 is no exception. Here are some adaptations to keep on your radar this spring and summer.
Though there’s no official release date yet, it was announced in early January that Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology and Shadow and Bone trilogy were picked up for adaptation into a single, eight-part series on Netflix. Eric Heisserer, who brought us Bird Box, is heading the project. Read about in on TVLine!
Marvel fans, rejoice! Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, hits theaters on March 7. Finally, a female-led Marvel movie! Captain Marvel will be followed by Avengers: Endgame on May 3; Dark Phoenix on June 7; Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5; and The New Mutants on August 2. All of which means it’s time for me to binge-watch the Marvel movies (again).
March 15 brings us Five Feet Apart, based on the novel by Rachel Lippincott, about two teens with cystic fibrosis who fall in love, but must stay physically apart due to the risk of spreading bacteria that might make them ineligible for life-saving lung transplants. This seems like a perfect book and movie pairing for fans of The Fault in Our Stars.
The Sun is Also a Star, adapted from Nicola Yoon’s Printz-winning novel, is coming to a theater near you on May 17 with Ry Russo-Young of Before I Fall fame directing. Nicola Yoon collaborated on the screenplay for the adaptation.
Good Omens, the series based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and the late Sir Terry Pratchett, arrives on May 31 with Benedict Cumberbatch starring as Satan. Catch it on Amazon Prime.
It may not be considered YA, but Artemis Fowl and I are old friends and the books are still going like hotcakes at my library. I’m stoked for the movie release on August 9.
And remember how scared you got reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark as a kid in the 1980s and ‘90s? If the movie adaptation is anywhere near as creepy as those original illustrations, I’ll definitely want to watch with the lights on when the movie drops on August 9.
What movies are you excited to catch this summer? What movies are you planning to show for teens at your library? Tell us in the comments!