By Bianca Smith • March 12, 2018
We know that most prefer the book to any movie adaptations, but this month has three adaptations that we're willing to take a chance on. OK, to be honest, we're booking tickets now. Cinematography technology is bringing Ernest Cline's Ready Player One to life. The queen of movie adaptations, Reese Witherspoon, is in A Wrinkle in Time. And young love is aways sweet, albeit seemingly dramatic for the teens, so we're looking forward to Love, Simon based on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
The 1980s video gamers will be in cinemas later this month for Ready Player One. In the story, it's 2045 and the world has exhausted its resources. Everyone lives in, essentially, trailer stacks. For escapism entertainment, teenager Wayne Watts plays the virtual world puzzle game OASIS. The creator of OASIS left his fortune to the finder of an Easter egg hidden in his game. After five years no one has found the first clue. Wayne stumbles upon the first clue and the people willing to kill him for it. If you're wondering why the 1980s gamers will be drawn to this? The OASIS creator was an era fanboy and included pop culture references all through the game.
Steven Spielberg was recruited as the director for this big-budget adaptation—a perfect match when he's mentioned in the book. A word of warning to book purists: Steven Spielberg said he removed most references to himself and his movies from Ready Player One. However, he left Wayne with his customized DeLorean.
Read it first, then see Ready Player One when it opens in cinemas March 29.
Madeleine L'Engle's classic science-fiction novel is being updated for its 2018 screen adaptation. Disney is behind the project and they've spared no expense on the cast with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Chris Pine. Storm Reid plays Meg, which has us all excited. Oh, we got distracted by the amazing cast. What's the story about? Meg's father is an explorer who went missing while experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel. Twelve-year-old Meg, her precocious five-year-old brother Charles Wallace, and their new friend Calvin meet some odd beings who call themselves Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which. The women explain Meg's father is in trouble and only the three children can help. There's science along with the adventure, most of the science is from the rather knowledgable five-year-old. There's a bit more to it than that, but you can read the book, and catch A Wrinkle in Time on the screen.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a long title, so we understand why filmmakers renamed the movie adaptation to Love, Simon. Simon is a gay teen who isn't ready to share that fact with the world. Unfortunately, an acquired email results in Simon being blackmailed by the class clown, Martin: Be wingman to Martin or have his sexual identity revealed, along with the identity of the flirty boy whom Simon was emailing.
Young Adult books have been leading the way with diversity, where movie production is often more timid, so it's a relief to see Simon is produced by Temple Hill Entertainment. This is the team behind the adaptations of The Fault in Our Stars and The Maze Runner, which both were great adaptations. Read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda before seeing Love, Simon.