2023’s most anticipated screen adaptationsThe Kathmandu Post brings to you four highly-awaited book-to-screen adaptations that are coming out this year
Roald Dahl’s uber popular children’s book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ has already been made into two films (in 1997 and 2005). Now we have another movie coming out based on the same book but this one covers a different perspective. The upcoming ‘Wonka’ will show us a young Willy Wonka and how he met the Oompa Loompas.
Directed by Paul King, the movie stars Timothée Chalamet as the titular character alongside Olivia Coleman and Sally Hawkins.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
The 1970 novel ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ by Judy Blume is finally getting adapted into a film. Categorized as a coming-of-age comedy-drama, the movie will follow 11-year-old Margaret, played by the talented Abby Ryder Fortson, as she handles making new friends after moving to the suburbs and her turbulent feelings as an adolescent.
Fans of the ‘Mean Girls’ star Rachel McAdams will see her take on the role of Margaret's mother, Barbara Simon who is a painter. The film is directed by Kelly Fremon Craig.
The Color Purple
The Color Purple is an upcoming musical drama directed by the Ghanaian rapper, record producer, author, artist and filmmaker Blitz Bazawule. Based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker who also won a Pulitzer Prize for it, the movie is a must-watch release. Covering heavy topics like domestic and sexual abuse, and the silence that surrounds it the film will be released near the end of the year.
The Color Purple boasts a stellar cast including Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover.
A Man Called Otto
A Man Called Otto is based on Fredrik Backman's internationally best selling novel from 2012, A Man Called Ove. The story focus on Ove, a grumpy old man who plans on taking his own life after retiring from his job and losing his wife. He meets the sharp-witted Marisol after her family moves into the house next to him and they form an unlikely friendship.
The movie directed by Marc Foster will star Tom Hanks as Otto and Mariana Treviño as Marisol alongside Rachel Keller, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Kailey Hyman.