After the popular YA films adaptations of 2018 like “Love, Simon” and “The Hate U Give,” many are eager to know what movies featuring our favorite literary teenagers are coming out next. The genre of Young Adult fiction is growing widely, and since movies like “The Hunger Games” and “Harry Potter,” it is becoming more common to see books of this genre make it to the big screen.
One big story coming to theaters this year is “Five Feet Apart” by Rachel Lippincott. Not unlike John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” which was a massive success, two sick teens fall in love and face the consequences of their illnesses. The major kicker for this one, though, is that both have cystic fibrosis and cannot go within five feet of each other without risking their lives.
The movie will star actor Cole Sprouse and actress Haley Lu Richardson as the leading roles. It is being directed by Justin Baldoni, the director of popular show Jane the Virgin. “Five Feet Apart” will be released on March 22 in US theatres.
Fans of stories about young love and mental health will be excited to hear that the novel “All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven is on the list. The characters of the New York Times BestSeller meet on the ledge of the school bell tower six stories above the ground. The two save each other and later team up on a school project.
While discovering the wonders of Indiana for their project, they find themselves and start living in the present. Theodore Finch can be the loud and weird person he is around Violet, and Violet begins to appreciate the days before she graduates and leaves her town and the grief of her dead sister behind.
This intense novel is being made into a Netflix movie starring Justice Smith as Finch and Elle Fanning as Violet. It does not have a release date yet, but filming began last year, so it is expected to be out later in 2019.
For people who don’t like sad teen love stories set in present day, science fiction film “Chaos Walking” will be out on March 1. The movie is based on Patrick Ness’s series that starts with “The Knife of Never Letting Go.”
“The Knife of Never Letting Go” is about a young boy who lives in a town full of men after all females were killed by a germ they call The Noise. The germ allows all of the men to hear each other’s thoughts, however Todd Hewitt knows that they are hiding something. He flees his town with his dog and stumbles across a girl who may be a key to unlocking the world’s secrets.
Todd Hewitt is being played by heartthrob Tom Holland, and Daisy Ridley will star as the mysterious girl, Viola. The cast also includes Nick Jonas, Mads Mikkelson and Cynthia Erivo.
Some other YA movie adaptations to expect this year are “Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets,” “The Sun is Also a Star” and “ Words on Bathroom Walls.” In addition to these book-based movies, we will be getting some TV shows. Though there are no specific dates yet, Hulu has taken on “Looking for Alaska” by John Green as an eight-episode limited series, and Netflix has greenlighted a series based off of Leigh Bardugo’s urban fantasy series “Six of Crows” and “Shadow and Bone.”