A Wrinkle in Time (23 March)
Ava DuVernay’s big screen adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 space fantasy is, in her own words, a “remix” of the original. The Selma director has captured the essence of the book while updating some of its visuals - Mrs Whatsit, for example, is a flying leaf-like creature instead of a centaur, because DuVernay wanted to “create something that hadn’t been seen before.”
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Ready Player One (30 March)
Steven Spielberg was practically destined to direct this adaptation of Ernest Cline's sci-fi novel because the book is filled with references to the director's movies. Still, this created some difficulties in production because Spielberg wasn't too keen on being self-referential. Cline had to beg him to leave certain aspects in; "[it was a] a unique circumstance where we kind of had to convince [Spielberg] to do it," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "But mostly he would say yes when it was something he had produced and not directed." Keep an eye out for the main character’s Back to the Future style DeLorean.
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Love, Simon (6 April)
Based on the wildly popular YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Love, Simon is much like any other teen romantic comedy apart from one major factor: at its heart is a gay romance. Director Greg Berlanti wanted to invoke John Hughes’ movies while doing something a bit different. "I think before you can subvert something you kind of have to honour the genre as it is," he told INTO. Word of warning: this movie will hit you right in the feels.
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (20 April)
An emotive adaptation of the 2008 novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, this movie is a who's who of British dramatic talent. Starring Lily James, Matthew Goode and Penelope Wilton, the WWII romantic drama is a book-lovers dream, celebrating the power of reading during incredibly challenging times.
On Chesil Beach (15 June)
Ian McEwan actually wrote the script for this adaptation of his 2007 novella, which stars Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle as two young Brits on their honeymoon in 1962. It wasn't an easy task, however. "You've got to find equivalents to lots of interior stuff that's in the novel, which is always very hard in movies," he said during a Q&A. Although, he did say it was “fun to do.”
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