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2019 YA Film Adaptations

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2019 YA Film Adaptations

Let's be real. We were truly #blessed in 2018 when it came to quality YA book-to-movie adaptations. Love, Simon, To All The Boys I've Loved Before, Dumplin' and The Hate U Give were freaking masterpieces, and as I watched them, I couldn't help but think that whoever had adapted these books into movies had done so with the reader in mind. But, are we able to get that kind of luck two years in a row? Check out our list of 2019 YA adaptations below, and join me in the comments to discuss which ones will be winners, and which ones sound like flops.

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


Name: Ashes In The Snow

Release Date: January 11, 2019

Based On: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

The Deal: In 1941, a 16-year-old aspiring artist and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin's brutal dismantling of the Baltic region. One girl's passion for art and her never-ending hope will break the silence of history.

Familiar Faces: Sophie Cookson, James Cosmo, Sam Hazeldine



Name: Five Feet Apart

Release Date: March 15, 2019

Based On: Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

The Deal: A pair of teenagers with life-threatening illnesses meet in a hospital and fall in love.

Familiar Faces: Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson, Claire Forlani, Parminder Nagra


Name: Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

Release Date: March 15, 2019

Based On: The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene

The Deal: A bit of an outsider struggling to fit into her new surroundings, Nancy and her pals set out to solve the mystery, make new friends, and establish their place in the community.

Familiar Faces: Sophia Lillis, Linda Lavin



Name: After

Release Date: April 12, 2019

Based On: After by Anna Todd (Editor's note: in case you're unfamiliar, After began as a ridiculously popular series of Harry Styles fan-fiction on Wattpad.)

The Deal: A young woman falls for a guy with a dark secret and the two embark on a rocky relationship.

Familiar Faces: Selma Blair, Peter Gallagher, Jennifer Beals, Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin




Name: The Sun Is Also A Star

Release Date: May 17, 2019

Based On: The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

The Deal: A teenager finds love at a difficult time in her family's life.

Familiar Faces: Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton



Name: Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Release Date: August 9, 2019

Based On: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Marie Semple

The Deal: After her anxiety-ridden mother disappears, 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process.

Familiar Faces: Cate Blanchett, Judy Greer, Kristen Wiig, Billy Crudup, Lawrence Fishburne, Troian Bellisario 


Name: Artemis Fowl

Release Date: August 9, 2019

Based On: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

The Deal: Artemis Fowl II, a young Irish criminal mastermind, kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer Holly Short for ransom to fund the search for his missing father in order to restore the family fortune.

Familiar Faces: Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Miranda Raison, Simone Kirby


Name: Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

Release Date: August 9, 2019

Based On: Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz

The Deal: A group of kids face their fears in order to save their town.

Familiar Faces: Zoe Coletti, Kathleen Pollard, Gil Bellows, Dean Norris, Lorraine Toussaint



Name: Little Women

Release Date: December 25, 2019

Based On: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Deal: Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Familiar Faces: Emma Watson, Saiorse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Timothee Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen


Sometime This Year Hopefully

Name: Chaos Walking

Release Date: The original release date was in March of 2019, but that appears to be pushed back due to the intense schedules of its superstar cast.

Based On: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Deal: A dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each others' thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.

Familiar Faces: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen, David Oyelowo, Nick Jonas


Name: All The Bright Places

Release Date: TBD

Based On: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Deal: The story of Violet and Theodore, who meet and change each other's lives forever. As they struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past, they discover that even the smallest places and moments can mean something.

Familiar Faces: Elle Fanning, Justice Smith, Luke Wilson, Keegan Michael Key


Name: Stargirl

Release Date: TBD

Based On: Stargirl by Jerri Spinelli

The Deal: A quirky, homeschooled teenager shakes things up at her uptight high school in Arizona.

Familiar Faces: Grace VanderWaal, Giancarlo Esposito, Darby Stanchfield


Down the Pipeline

There are a few titles that we're excited about but probably won't see this year, including an adaptation of John Green's Turtles All The Way Down, which is already making waves by hiring one of the youngest female directors ever. Of course, we're on pins and needles waiting to be fed any snippet of intel on the To All The Boys I've Loved Before sequel, which Netflix has already announced. We know that we'll also be getting a mini series adaptation of Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse at some point. And as always, there are still whispers of a Raven Cycle TV show. Whether that'll happen is anyone's guess (though I secretly don't want it to...shhh).

That's all I could find for YA book-to-movie adaptations this year. Do any of you have the inside scoop on one I might've missed? Which of these are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments!

Rosemary Hallmark's photo About the Author: Rosemary lives in Little Rock, AR with her cute husband and even cuter dog. At 16, she plucked a copy of Sloppy Firsts off the "New Releases" shelf and hasn't stopped reading YA since. (She's still got a soft spot for the swoony, contemporary stuff.) A former magazine editor, she is now a freelance writer, graphic designer, art director and photo stylist. The rest of her time is spent drinking cocktails, renovating her house and laughing at her husband's ridiculous Pretty Little Liars theories.