Last May, we talked about some of the adaptations of YA books coming to screens in 2018 and it’s definitely been a busy year for YA lovers! Fortunately (or unfortunately, for our wallets), 2019 is looking just as busy.
For starters, Dumplin’, inspired by the Julie Murphy novel, hit Netflix on December 7, so of course we all spent the day watching that over and over again.
We also got an official US release date for the adaptation of Ruta Sepetys’s Between Shades of Gray. After premiering at the LA Film Festival on September 21, Ashes in the Snow was given a wide release date of January 11, 2019 for those of us in the US.
Another adaptation we won’t have to wait long for is one that many fans have already been waiting ages for – The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. The movie has been named Chaos Walking and has finally gotten an official release date of March 1, 2019, though there are still no trailers to go with that.
Just a few weeks after comes Five Feet Apart. The book, written by Rachael Lippencott, as well as two of the film’s writers, Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, only released on November 20, and was likely written to go with the movie instead of the other way around, but the novel did come first, so it counts, right? This movie, about two teens with cystic fibrosis, stars Cole Sprouse, of Riverdale fame, and is hitting theaters on March 22.
For those of you who are into the smaller screen, we have some good news. Sara Shepard’s spin-off of Pretty Little Liars, The Perfectionists, is coming to Freeform. Ten episodes have already been ordered and some favorites from Pretty Little Liars are confirmed to be returning to this show. There’s no definitive release date yet, but it’s assumed to be coming in May 2019.
Also coming in may is an adaptation of The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, which includes another Riverdale star. We still don’t know a ton about this adaptation, but it’s currently scheduled for May 17, 2019.
The last adaptation we’re sure is coming in 2019 is one that’s long overdue – Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. While technically not YA, this classic middle grade series couldn’t be left off our list. The teaser trailer for this August 9 release just came out at the end of November and shows off some of the big names attached to the film.
There are a lot of other adaptations of YA books in post-production or filming right now that might hit theaters in 2019, but we can’t be too sure. An adaptation of All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven began filming early in October, making it a likely candidate to hit Netflix in 2019. Films of Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos, Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart, Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, and Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton are all in post-production, so news about them could come at any time. We even just got word that Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle will be going into production for Netflix in early 2019, making it likely that the movie will be out by the holiday season.
But perhaps most excitingly, confirmation has finally come down that P.S. I Still Love You, the sequel to Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, has officially been green lit. Paramount Pictures, which owns the rights to the series, has signed a partnership deal to produce conflict specifically for Netflix, and after the massive popularity of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, creating the sequel is a top priority for the two companies. Filming hasn’t even started and there’s definitely no release date, but signs point to the movie coming as soon as possible.
With the way Hollywood moves, we might have a bunch of additions by the middle of 2019, but it’s already looking to be an exciting year with a lot of time in movie theaters and a lot of time marathoning shows at home. Which adaptation are you most excited about? And which books do you hope are next? Tweet us @piquebeyond and let us know!