Film adaptations of favorite books are always a game of chance—even if it’s a great movie, it might not be faithful (at all) to the book. It’s unlikely, however, that adaptations will ever go completely out of vogue, and so we must continue to have hope that the powers that be will do the books justice.
Read on for adaptations releasing this year.
Notes: Some of the following movies are more YA-adjacent than straight YA, and all dates are for the U.S. All release dates are subject to change, natch.
Fifty Shades Darker
Release Date: Feb. 10
Based on: Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
The Deal: While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.
Familiar Faces: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Tyler Hoechlin, Kim Basinger, Jennifer Ehle, Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Ora
Before I Fall
Release Date: March 3
Based on: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
The Deal: February 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she's in danger of losing.
Familiar Faces: Zoey Deutch, Jennifer Beals, Diego Boneta
Release Date: April 7
Based on: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Deal: A young boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school, and to make everyone understand he's just another ordinary kid, and that beauty isn't skin deep.
Familiar Faces: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, Jacob Tremblay, Daveed Diggs
Release Date: April 7
Based on: The November Criminals by Sam Munson
The Deal: A teenager takes on his own investigation of a murder in Washington D.C.
Familiar Faces: Chloë Grace Moretz, Catherine Keener, Ansel Elgort, David Strathairn
Release Date: May 19
Based on: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
The Deal: A teenager who's lived a sheltered life because she's allergic to everything falls for the boy who moves in next door.
Familiar Faces: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson
Release Date: June 9 (TV movie)
Based on: Allegiant by Veronica Roth
The Deal: Tris and Four fight to end the Bureau of Genetic Welfare's authoritarian reign over the United States.
Familiar Faces: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Bill Skarsgård, Ansel Elgort, Jeff Daniels, Keiynan Lonsdale
The Dark Tower
Release Date: July 27
Based on: The Gunslinger by Stephen King
The Deal: Gunslinger Roland Deschain roams an Old West-like landscape in search of the dark tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.
Familiar Faces: Katheryn Winnick, Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, Jackie Earle Haley, Fran Kranz, José Zúñiga
Let it Snow
Release Date: Nov. 22
Based on: Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
The Deal: A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks.
Familiar Faces: TBD
SOMETIME THIS YEAR?
Ashes in the Snow
Release Date: TBD
Based on: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The Deal: In 1941, an aspiring artist and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin's brutal dismantling of the Baltic region. In a seemingly hopeless place, love is the only means of survival.
Familiar Faces: Sophie Cookson, James Cosmo, Sam Hazeldine
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
Release Date: TBD
Based on: “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” by Neil Gaiman
The Deal: An alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon.
Familiar Faces: Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Matt Lucas
Did we miss an adaptation you’re excited about? Let us know in the comments.
The Deal info from IMDB.