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Photo: ‘Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris’
Everyone loves a good book; sitting in a cozy spot, huddled up with a book that will take your
imagination just about anywhere. Your brain can conjure up whatever it wants based on how you’ve interpreted those finely printed words on the page. But, when those books get depicted in films, this can be a rather bittersweet feeling. A character may not look how you imagined them to appear, or the environment itself may feel off to you. However, on the other hand, it can also be just the thing you needed to make that fictional world even better.
Book-to-film adaptations aren’t always audiences’ most favorable films; the un-peelable “Now A Major Motion Picture” sticker plastered on the cover irks a tad bit of fans. But, they’re also the type of films that can ultimately create more anticipation, as fans of the series (or of the actors in the film) are already aware of the story that will unfold; thus, seeing how it can physically turn out will bring about that craving for the book to finally come physically alive. But, sometimes, we don’t always know when those films will be coming out; leaving awaiting fans curious about when they can prepare themselves to engross themselves into one of their favorite stories. This can certainly be said about the book-to-film adaptations we have to look forward to in 2022; the majority of them don’t have a specific release date quite yet.
Book-to-Film Adaptations: Where We (Know) That We Are Thus Far In 2022
It’s incredibly fair to say that we’ve come a long way as we’ve directly adapted books into films over the years. They’ve only gotten better with time, and it overall feels as though there’s a purpose for them being made as opposed to adapting the film to simply get a movie out; thus, in turn, bringing about more meaningful fans to the story that will (hopefully) go and read the book before or after the film releases. So far in 2022, we haven’t gotten many book-to-film adaptations. But, before we go into the previously-mentioned films with an undetermined release date for this year, let’s discuss the few films that do seemingly have a concrete release date.
To start, ‘Deep Water’ written by Patrica Highsmith has been released this year; specifically, on March 18th on Hulu. The film stars Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas as a troubled couple, and it’s definitely worth a watch if thrilling mystery and couples who truly need couple counseling are just what you’ve been dying to watch. Other book-to-film adaptations that have been released this year so far have been in a range of genres, such as ‘Redeeming Love’ by Francine Rivers, along with ‘Death on the Nile’ by Agatha Christie (released in February).
Alongside this, we also have a couple of book-to-film adaptations that are expected to release fairly soon this year. We have ‘Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris’ by Paul Gallico and ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens are both expected to release in July, and ‘Salem’s Lot’ by Stephen King is expected in September and ‘White Bird: A Wonder Story’ by R.J. Palacio in October.
With all this said, even if the films that are said to be released in 2022 (but with no concrete/specific release date) don’t end up releasing this year, it’s clear that we have a wonderful line-up ahead of us in terms of what we can already expect out of the Cinematic literature world.
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The Unexpected (Yet Nearly Anticipated) Adaptations To Come
Now, let’s finally get into all the book-to-film adaptations that we as audiences/fans are told will be released this year; yet production has not yet announced a specific date or month that we can expect the film to come out. It’s highly encouraged that the cast and crew take all the time they need on these films, but with the rather highly-liked actors involved within the films, it’s no wonder fans are eagerly awaiting for these potential Cinematic successes to arrive.
It seems as though filmmakers are quite optimistic about their book adaptations to release this year due to the list of films expected to be released this year being about several films (even more if you count the number of limited series adaptations as well); all of them featuring actors and actresses that the industry knows that audiences will go absolutely crazy for and rush to the box office as soon as the film releases.
In the group of the unforeseen, we got a fantastic and magical catalog of films; such as ‘White Noise’ by Don Delillo (starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig), ‘The Wonder’ by Emma Donoghue (starring Florence Pugh), and ‘Blonde’ by Joyce Carol Oates (starring Ana de Armas and Adrien Brody). On the topic of books themselves, we also have literature-themed adaptations anticipated to release this year as well with ‘The Stars at Noon’ by Denis Johnson (starring Margaret Qualley, Joe Alwyn, and Robert Pattinson), ‘Persuasion’ by Jane Austen (starring Dakota Johnson and Suki Waterhouse), and ‘The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry’ by Gabrielle Zevin (starring Christina Hendricks and Lucy Hale).
All-in-all, this is a rather long list of films to announce for release in this year of 2022; but it’s one that I hope the filmmakers can deliver. Because, if so, what a star-studded Cinematic year 2022 will be with these book-to-film adaptations mixed in with all the already anticipated (and highly-awaited) films releasing this year.
Beauty In The Certainty Of Uncertainty
In the end, while we may not entirely know when the latter mentioned films are truly expected to release this year, what we do know is that this year feels oh-so-exciting for the Cinema world; and it’s thrilling to see how many book-to-film adaptations are yet to come and mix itself in with the already highly-anticipated films for 2022.
As I mentioned before, literature is an amazing outlet to engross oneself into; and getting to see it brought onto the big screen is a wonderful opportunity for any fan. In my personal opinion, I find that this year for Cinema is going to certainly feel like a golden age; and that more and more people will rush to bookstores to dive headfirst into the stories to create their visual representation before seeing the filmmakers’ versions. There’s so much we can create in the world of Cinema, and inspiration and basing the story on a previous story is a wonderful way to emulate the sense of entertainment it already gave in a whole different way.
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