Top Books Film

2024 is one for the books!

Film adaptations of novels remain a cornerstone in entertainment. A recent study by the Publishers Association and Frontier Economics revealed that movies derived from literary works outperform original screenplay films by 53% in global box office revenue. This enduring trend underscores the enduring popularity of book adaptations across both film and television platforms.

In 2024, audiences can anticipate a plethora of highly anticipated film and TV adaptations. This year promises an array of exciting book adaptations such as the highly anticipated “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover and the much-awaited “Wicked” film, featuring Ariana Grande, offering readers a multitude of entertainment options throughout the year.

KHAMSA brings you top books-turned-movies of 2024 that you just can’t afford to miss!

١. Dune (1965) – Frank Herbert

Adapted from Frank Herbert’s iconic novel series “Dune,” Dune: Part Two, released in cinemas on February 29, is the third screen adaptation and perhaps the most successful yet. Starring Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, the film follows his journey on the dangerous planet of Arrakis, where he must navigate political intrigue and mystical forces. As Paul uncovers his destiny and forges alliances with the native Fremen people, the story delves deeper into themes of power, destiny, and the human condition.

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٢. The Watchers – A. M. Shine

Based on A.M. Shine’s novel, The Watchers, the film adaptation, directed by Ishana Shyamalan, hits theatres on June 6. Starring Dakota Fanning as Mina, the story follows her journey through rural West Ireland, where she becomes trapped in a bunker with three strangers. As eerie creatures lurk outside, the group must navigate the dangers of the forest to escape. With a captivating storyline and stellar cast, including Georgina Campbell and Alistair Brammer, The Watchers promises a thrilling cinematic experience.

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٣. Harold And The Purple Crayon – Crockett Johnson

Adapted from Crockett Johnson’s cherished 1955 children’s book series, “Harold and the Purple Crayon” gets a cinematic makeover, set to release on August 1. Directed by Carlos Saldanha and starring Zachary Levi as Harold, the film follows his adventures as he brings his drawings to life with a magical purple crayon. Joined by Lil Rel Howery, Jemaine Clement, and Zooey Deschanel, Levi’s Harold must navigate the challenges of his newfound powers while saving both his original world and the real world. With its magical premise, the film promises an enchanting journey into the world of imagination.

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٤. It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover

Ruling social media since 2019, It Ends with Us, written by Colleen Hoover, is finally coming to big screens on August 9th. Referred to as ‘CoHo’ by her devoted fans, Hoover is recognized as the ruler of BookTok (the reading community on TikTok). The film features Blake Lively playing Lily, a flower shop owner in Boston, as she navigates her grief from her abusive father’s passing and the challenges of reuniting with her high school sweetheart, Atlas.

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٥. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Written by Gregory Maguire and illustrated by Douglas Smith, this highly anticipated book-turned-musical-turned-movie is set to hit theatres on November 27th as “Wicked.” This prequel to The Wizard of Oz stars Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda. Delving into the backstory of these two witches, the film explores the complexities of their once-strong friendship, marked by numerous trials and tribulations before their eventual estrangement. Divided into two parts, the film musical promises to captivate audiences with its rich narrative and stellar cast.

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Sakina Juzar, a journalist specializing in culture and lifestyle, possesses an enthusiasm for the art of narrative and meticulous documentation. Her craft delves into a combination of fashion, culture, and society, both within the Middle East and on a global scale and provide a unique perspective for the same. Furthermore, Sakina curates an Instagram blog, @thelockedword, where she indulges in poetry and discourse on mental well-being.