The Best Selling Books and DC Comic Adaptation Hitting Theaters This Year
This year has brought in some heavy hitters at the box office including Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, and Captain Marvel. There are still a little less than six months left in 2019, and though many movie goers are counting the days until Spider-Man: Far From Home or Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, there are some high-profile books that are also about to hit the silver screen.
‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’
Written by Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a comedy about the title character, an agoraphobic architect who becomes a recluse and lives with her husband and teenage daughter Bee in Seattle. When Bernadette suddenly vanishes right before a family trip to Antarctica, Bee tries to piece together the mystery of her disappearance.
According to IMDb, the film stars Cate Blanchett in the title role, Judy Greer, and Kristen Wiig, and is directed by Richard Linklater. It is set to be released in August.
Based on the 2015 DC Comics/Vertigo comic book series written by Ollie Masters and illustrated by Ming Doyle, The Kitchen stars the unlikely trio of Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss as the wives of New York gangsters in 1970s Hell’s Kitchen who carry on their husbands’ operations while they’re in jail. The film is directed by Andrea Berloff and is scheduled for release in August, according to IMDb.
Due to hit theaters in September, The Goldfinch is the adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2013 novel that focuses on the character of Theodore Decker, who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum that kills his mother. The film follows Decker’s life where he ends up living in Las Vegas and becomes involved with art forgeries, as reported by IndieWire.
The Goldfinch stars Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Jeffrey Wright, and Finn Wolfhard, and is directed by John Crowley. “I hope that people find a piece of themselves in the story, and I hope that whatever drew all those people to that book will also draw them to this movie,” Elgort said of the film, according to IndieWire.
‘The Woman in the Window’
Readers devoured A.J. Finn’s novel The Woman in the Window, which debuted at Number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, according to Variety. Amy Adams will star in the highly-anticipated film adaptation as a New York City recluse who witnesses a disturbing act of violence while spying on her neighbors.
Set to release in October, the cast also stars Hollywood powerhouses Julianne Moore and Gary Oldman, and is directed by Joe Wright.
The Irishman reunites Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro for their ninth collaboration, as reported by Radio Times. A gangster biopic based on Charles Brandt’s 2003 bestseller I Heard You Paint Houses, The Irishman is Scorsese’s film on Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, played by De Niro, who recalls his involvement in the disappearance of his friend, Jimmy Hoffa, played by none other than Hollywood legend Al Pacino.
The film has been in production for quite some time and will be released on Netflix and to a limited number of theaters. According to Radio Times, Scorsese has been wanting to make the film since 2008 and sees it as a “risky” film. “People such as Netflix are taking risks. The Irishman is a risky film,” Scorsese said, as reported by Radio Times. “No one else wanted to fund the pic for five to seven years. And of course, we’re all getting older. Netflix took the risk.”
The film is set to release this fall, though an exact date hasn’t been given.