At AMC®, we’re all about movies, but settling in with a book has its own special charm. Luckily, with these five upcoming releases, you can have both. Get thee to a library … and then to your favorite AMC theatre.
Here are the best book adaptations coming to theatres.
Costume drama queen Keira Knightley (ATONEMENT, PRIDE & PREJUDICE) goes back in time once more for director James Kent’s THE AFTERMATH, based on the 2013 best-seller by Rhidian Brook.
Knightley plays Rachael Morgan, who, with her Colonel husband, Lewis (Jason Clarke), moves into a house in Hamburg, Germany, right after the end of World War II. Lewis has been tasked with rebuilding the ruined city, but his own family begins to fall apart as Rachael falls for the handsome German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) whose house they’re living in. Sorry, Jason Clarke, but we’re not sure we can really blame her. (March 15)
Directors, moviegoers, studio executives — everyone loves Stephen King! Ever since CARRIE first lit movie screens on fire in 1976, there have been dozens of screen adaptations of King’s work, from THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION to THE SHINING to CUJO. Now, one of the author’s most memorable ’80s novels gets a new adaptation in PET SEMATARY.
Jason Clarke (ZERO DARK THIRTY) and Amy Seimetz (“Stranger Things”) play a husband-and-wife duo whose new house borders an ancient native burial ground. And when something is buried in that enchanted area … well, like the book tells us, “Sometimes dead is better.” (April 5)
The Sun Is Also a Star
Fans of the Amandla Stenberg-starring EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING take notice: Nicola Yoon, who wrote the book upon which the teen romance was based, has a new adaptation hitting theatres this May. Yoon returns to the waters of star-crossed romance for THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, directed by Ry Russo-Young, whose previous film was the time-loop drama BEFORE I FALL.
Yara Shahidi (“Black-ish”) stars as Natasha, a practical young woman who’s not the sort to fall in love with a guy (Charles Melton of “Riverdale”) she has only known for a day. But that’s just what happens … just as Natasha and her family are set to be deported to Jamaica in a matter of hours. Expect this one to tug at the heartstrings. (May 17)
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
A-list director Richard Linklater (BOYHOOD, SCHOOL OF ROCK) teams up with A-list star Cate Blanchett (you know what Cate Blanchett has been in) for this adaptation of Maria Semple’s best-selling 2012 novel.
Blanchett plays the eponymous Bernadette, who disappears shortly before a family vacation to Antarctica. Her teenage daughter, played by newcomer Emma Nelson, launches a search for her mother and learns some new things about her in the process. ALMOST FAMOUS’s Billy Crudup, the MATRIX trilogy’s Laurence Fishburne, Kristen Wiig of “SNL,” and ANT-MAN’s Judy Greer co-star. (August 9)
Eoin Colfer’s best-selling children’s fantasy novel “Artemis Fowl” — which launched a rabid fan base and seven sequels when it was published in 2001 — gets a long-awaited movie adaptation!
Director Kenneth Branagh reunites with Disney to bring the film to life (the Shakespeare-loving actor directed THOR for Marvel in 2011), with newcomer Ferdia Shaw playing the title character, a young criminal mastermind who kidnaps a fairy and gets involved in all sorts of fantastical shenanigans. Co-stars Judi Dench and Josh Gad — the latter playing a kleptomaniac dwarf named Mulch Diggums — add some star power. (August 9)
Check back with the AMC Scene for more book adaptation movies coming to theatres soon!