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1/17

Emma, by Jane Austen

Austen's story about a strong-willed matchmaker is about to get another remake. There have been as many Emma adaptations as there have been of Pride and Prejudice, but I'll happily watch as many as are made. In related news, the now-classic movie Clueless, which was based on Emma, is also set for a re-make.


2/17

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle

This movie, based on a science fiction novel about a family that is whisked away to a foreign planet to content with malevolent creatures, was released this past spring in theaters and received mixed reviews. If you didn't see it the first time around but want to see how it stacks up against the classic book, it was just released on Netflix.


3/17

Bluebeard, by Kurt Vonnegut

Based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard is the fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, a one-eyed former artist of the Abstract Expressionist era. The film adaptation has been in the works for a while now and is in pre-production with no release date yet. Let's all hope this one gets made.


4/17

Christopher Robin, based on A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh

Christopher Robin is all grown up and has lost his imagination, so Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood help him find it again. Not exactly a remake, but fans of Winnie the Pooh will probably love it. The film was released on August 3, 2018.


5/17

Wicked, by Gregory Maguire

Before it was a Broadway musical, Wicked was a book (based -- very, very loosely -- on the classic Oz books by L. Frank Baum). The upcoming film adaptation will also include music, some of it brand new. It's set be released this December.


6/17

Death on the Nile, by Agatha Christie

This is one of Christie's detective mysteries about Poirot. A number of Poirot movies have been made already and if you like the most recent Murder On the Orient Express, you'll probably like this one because it stars Kenneth Branagh as Poirot again. It's set to be released this December.


7/17

Witness for the Prosecution, by Agatha Christie

Christie actually has two books being made into movies soon. Witness for the Prosecution is the story of a dramatic murder trial involving the murder of a wealthy widow. Ben Affleck is both directing and starring, and this remake of an earlier classic starring Charles Laughton is set to premier sometime in 2019.


8/17

The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

The 1963 book by Plath is her only novel. It tells the story of Esther Greenwood as she struggles with the reality of mental illness. Kirsten Dunst is directing the film, and Dakota Fanning is starring as Esther. The movie is set to be released sometime this year.


9/17

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

London's classic novel, in which a sled dog named Buck struggles for survival, is about to get another remake, this one starring Harrison Ford. The film will premier on Christmas Day, 2019.


10/17

Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray

This novel follows the lives of two women during the Napoleonic Wars in France. Produced by Amazon Studios, it aired as a 7-part mini-series last month to good reviews.


11/17

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John Le Carre

Le Carre's novel, about a spy working in East Germany during the Cold War, has long been considered one of the best stories told about espionage. It's currently in production for AMC and the BBC.


12/17

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

Part love story, part creepy haunting, Bronte's novel examines what happens when we judge each other too quickly, what happens when love turns into a broken heart, and the human desire for revenge. Wuthering Heights is set to debut November 30.


13/17

Purgatory, by Dante

There isn't much information out there about this one, but any attempt at putting the great Italian poet's imagination on the screen is worth noting. The anticipated release date is Christmas Eve of 2019.


14/17

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, by Mildred Wirt Benson

Nancy Drew mysteries are ageless. The first film version of this book was back in 1939 and here we are re-making it again, this time with a more modern feel. Filming is completed and although there is no release date it will be sometime in 2019.


15/17

Catch-22, by Joseph Heller

Perhaps the funniest and also darkest novel to be written about the Second World War. Both Hugh Laurie and George Clooney are expected to have parts in this mini-series set to premiere on Hulu in 2019.


16/17

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women adaptations keep being made. The BBC recently did one, and here is yet another in the works. If you're too fatigued by another retelling of the March family saga to watch, take heart: this one will explore the lives of the characters after the events of the book, although there will be flashbacks. This one stars Meryl Streep.


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