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2018 YA Film Adaptations

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2018 YA Film Adaptations

Film adaptations of beloved books are tricky things. They can be amazing, or terrible, or anywhere in between. And even if they’re good movies, it doesn’t mean that they’re faithful to the book. Regardless, they’re a thing that will continue to happen, and we all just have to cross our fingers and hope that they do the source material justice.

What adaptations will you have the chance to watch on the big screen this year? Read on to find out.

Notes: Some of the following movies are more YA-adjacent than straight YA, all release dates are for the U.S.—unless otherwise noted—and all dates are subject to change.


Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Release Date: Jan. 26

Based On: The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner

The Deal: Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the "Flare".

Familiar Faces: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Walton Goggins, Aidan Gillen, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson, Giancarlo Esposito, Ki Hong Lee


Fifty Shades Freed

Release Date: Feb. 9

Based On: Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades #3) by E.L. James

The Deal: The third installment of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.

Familiar Faces: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Arielle Kebbel, Kim Basinger, Tyler Hoechlin, Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Ora

Every Day

Release Date: Feb. 23

Based On: Every Day by David Levithan

The Deal: A shy teenager falls for someone who transforms into another person every day.

Familiar Faces: Maria Bello, Debby Ryan, Justice Smith

The War with Grandpa

Release Date: Feb. 23

Based On: The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

The Deal: Upset that he has to share the room he loves with his grandfather, Peter decides to declare war in an attempt to get it back.

Familiar Faces: Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Jane Seymour, Christopher Walken, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin


A Wrinkle in Time

Release Date: March 9

Based On: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Deal: After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.

Familiar Faces: Oprah WInfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Zach Galifianakis, Rowan Blanchard

Love, Simon

Release Date: March 16

Based On: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

The Deal: Everyone deserves a great love story. But for Simon it's complicated: no-one knows he's gay and he doesn't know who the anonymous classmate is that he's fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, scary and life-changing.

Familiar Faces: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Katherine Langford, Josh Duhamel, Colton Haynes, Keiynan Lonsdale, Tony Hale

Midnight Sun*

Release Date: March 23

Based On: Midnight Sun by Trish Cook**

The Deal: Based on the Japanese film, Midnight Sun centers on Katie, a 17-year-old sheltered since childhood and confined to her house during the day by a rare disease that makes even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. Fate intervenes when she meets Charlie and they embark on a summer romance.

Familiar Faces: Bella Thorne, Rob Riggle, Patrick Schwarzenegger

*No, not that Midnight Sun.

**Although this book releases in February, it seems like both it and the movie are based off the Japanese film Taiyô no uta.

Ready Player One

Release Date: March 30

Based On: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Deal: When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

Familiar Faces: Olivia Cooke, Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg


How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Release Date: May 11 (UK)

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


The Darkest Minds

Release Date: Sept. 14

Based On: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Deal: After a disease kills 98% of America's children, the surviving 2% develop superpowers and are placed in internment camps. A 16-year-old girl escapes her camp and joins a group of other teens on the run from the government.

Familiar Faces: Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie, Wallace Langham

Boy Erased

Release Date: Sept. 28

Based On: Boy Erased: A Memoir by Garrard Conley

The Deal: The son of a baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program.

Familiar Faces: Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton, Russell Crowe, Lucas Hedges, Troye Sivan


Mortal Engines

Release Date: Dec. 14

Based On: Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles #1) by Phillip Reeve

The Deal: Many years after the "Sixty Minute War," cities survive a now desolate Earth by moving around on giant wheels attacking and devouring smaller towns to replenish their resources.

Familiar Faces: Hugo Weaving, Stephen Lang, Robert Sheehan


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

Break My Heart 1000 Times

Release Date: TBD

Based On: Break My Heart 1000 Times by Daniel Waters

The Deal: Set nine years after an apocalyptic event that killed millions and left the world inhabited by ghosts.

Familiar Faces: Bella Thorne, Dermot Mulroney, Richard Harmon


Release Date: TBD

Based On: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

The Deal: A girl with the nickname "Dumplin'" enters a beauty pageant in order to win over the boy she likes and stick it to the other girls at school.

Familiar Faces: Jennifer Aniston, Odeya Rush, Dover Cameron, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Danielle Macdonald

The Hate U Give

Release Date: TBD

Based On: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Deal: A teenage girl witnesses a police shooting and is forced to testify at the trial.

Familiar Faces: Amandla Stenberg, Common, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Release Date: TBD

Based On: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

The Deal: A teenage girl's secret love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her love life.

Familiar Faces: John Corbett, Janel Parrish, Yael Yurman


Did we miss an adaptation you’re excited about? Let us know in the comments.

The Deal info from IMDB.

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.