5 Children's Book Adaptations to Look Forward To
Cinemagoers have a lot to look forward to this autumn, as some cracking new films based on children’s and teen books are unveiled. The standard has been set pretty high in past years (Silver Linings Playbook and How to Train Your Dragon are among this writer’s faves) but with a great mix of classics and exciting contemporary stories, the batch below are set to be fantastic and definitely worth a trip to your local picture house.
Pan, directed by Joe Wright (out 16 October)
It’s been 12 years since Peter Pan last appeared on the silver screen in J.P. Hogan’s 2003 film. Now he’s back in this origin story directed by Joe Wright, who has Atonement and Pride and Prejudice on his CV. It promises to be excellent, with Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard the pirate and newcomer Levi Miller as Peter. The film looks to be a visual feast and should be a fascinating glimpse into, amongst other things, a young James Hook.
Fallen, directed by Scott Hicks (release date TBA)
If you’re a sucker for romance, you’ll instantly fall in love with the synopsis of this story. Based on the first book in the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, it’s the powerful story of Luce, a young girl who finds herself at a reform school after being blamed for the death of a young boy. At school, Luce is drawn towards a fellow student, unaware that he has a secret more earth shattering than she can possibly imagine. With Jeremy Irvine and Addison Timlin starring, the stage is set for a sexy, intense teen drama.
Paper Towns, directed by Jake Schreier (out 17 August)
If you were a fan of the writing from The Fault in Our Stars, then good news: the screenplay for John Green’s latest novel adaptation is written by the same team of Scott Neustader and Michael H. Weber. Green’s cast of characters in this comedy drama are headed up by Quentin and Margo, played by Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne. The latter is a very new face in acting, with only minor roles to her name so far, but John Green himself was blown away by her audition and she looks to be one to watch.
Mockingjay Part 2, directed by Francis Lawrence (out 20 November)
Millions are waiting with bated breath for this finale in the Hunger Games series. If the trailer is anything to go by, they won’t be disappointed, with Katniss in full arrow-slinging, butt-kicking mode. Jennifer Lawrence has really spread her wings as an actress in the last few years but still looks to be giving everything to this role.
Victor Frankenstein, directed by Paul McGuigan (out 25 September)
Ok, so Frankenstein isn’t really a teen book, and ok this isn’t a direct adaptation of the book, but it’s too exciting to ignore. The story is told from Igor’s perspective and charts his relationship with the young Dr. Frankenstein, probing the origins of Frankenstein’s emergence as an infamous creator of life. The movie stars James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, and McAvoy has prepared us for the film’s anomalous nature by saying that, 'if you liked the book, you’ll hate the movie'. Of course, this is just his little joke, and from the sounds of things, it’ll appeal to a wide audience, with lots of action and adventure. We can’t wait!
Which film adaptations are you most looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments!