by Allana Luta
Bookbed turned five this month, which is the age most kids start to take an interest in reading, if they’re not already. (Speaking of, we celebrated the National Children’s Book Day at the Philippine Children’s Book Summit yesterday!) And with the recent release of the movie Home, based on The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, I wondered what future children’s books adaptations were in store for us. Here are some I’m excited to see the most.
1. The Little Prince (7 October 2015)
We only have to wait a mere three months before the actual film arrives!
2. Pan (8 October 2015)
I know, I know. Another Peter Pan movie? Haven’t we had enough? And yet Hollywood can’t seem to get over the boy who never grows up. “Pan” is an origin story of Peter Pan and Captain Hook and stars a bunch of really good looking people (hi Rooney Mara, even if you are a white Tiger Lily). Maybe it’s just me but I do like modern interpretations of classic stories so I’m hoping this meets the hype.
3. The BFG (1 July 2016)
Next year is Roald Dahl’s centenary so it would be appropriate to release a new adaptation of one of his most beloved books. An 1989 animated film version exists but was released only through the UK television network ITV. This new film will be available to viewers worldwide.
Also, DID ANYBODY ELSE KNOW ABOUT THIS? Or was I the only one ignorant of this upcoming Spielberg-helmed adaptation? At least now we all know it’s going to be a thing and can collectively wait in anticipation until its release.
4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (March 2016)
Okay, Miss Peregrine is more of Young Adult than Children’s Lit but I’m including it on this list anyway. The story has children with, well, peculiar powers, and horrifying monsters, and an intense confrontation scene towards the end that will keep kids on the edge of their seats. It’s like “X-Men” but for a younger audience.
5. A Series of Unfortunate Events (2016-ish???)
Netflix has yet to announce when it will premiere the live-action television series based on the tridecalogy (is this even a real word?) by Lemony Snicket, but that “fan-made” teaser reminded us just how AMAZING the series could be if done right.
6. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 2016)
“Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.”—J.K. Rowling
This is a loooong ways away but, as a member of the Harry Potter generation, anything related to The Boy Who Lived will generate as much excitement in me as a cookie will to Cookie Monster. All we know of the trilogy is that it is set in New York, will feature Newt Scamander, and occurs 70 years before Harry reads Scamander’s book. In the meantime, I’m going to brush up on my knowledge of fantastic beasts and where to find them.
And that’s it for my list! Are there any children’s book adaptions you’re looking forward to seeing? Or do you have a particular movie based on a children’s story that you don’t mind watching over and over again? Share it with us in the comments below! ☁