Lots of summer films are still in theaters, but as we roll into September, there are a host of upcoming new movie releases adapted from memoirs, novels, or fantasy series, and classic characters brought to life or reimagined for the screen. Here’s what’s on tap for September – December!
starring Henry Golding, Blake Lively and Linda Cardellini: adapted from the A Simple Favor (September 8, R) – psychological suspense thriller by Darcey Bell.
– starring Julianne Moore, Christopher Lambert and Ken Watanabe in an adaptation of Bel Canto (September 14) Ann Patchett’s novel.
– starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Fionn Whitehead: adapted from the family court The Children Act (September 14, R) . drama by Ian McEwan
The House With a Clock in Its Walls (September 21, PG) – starring Cate Blanchett and Jack Black; from the children’s . novel by John Bellairs
– starring Lea Thompson, Ian Bohen and Taylor Murphy in a modern reboot of the Little Women (September 28, PG-13) classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. OCTOBER
– starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson: superhero film based on the Venom (October 5) Marvel Comics villain Venom.
First Man (October 12, PG-13) – from the biography by James R. Hansen. First Man: A Life of Neil Armstrong
– starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet as the father and son from the memoir Beautiful Boy (October 12, R) by David Sheff. Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction
The Hate U Give (October 19, PG-13) – starring Amandla Stenberg, K.J. Apa and Anthony Mackie; adaptation of the bestselling , which took on the fraught topic of police shootings and race through the lens of a high schooler’s experience. novel by Angie Thomas
– starring Melissa McCarthy: dark comedy based on the Can You Ever Forgive Me? (October 19, R) by the self-described “literary forger” Lee Israel. memoir NOVEMBER
Boy Erased (November 2) – starring Nicole Kidman and Lucas Hedges; from the memoir by Garrard Conley.
– starring Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, and Matthew Macfadyen; Disney treatment of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (November 2) E. T. A. Hoffman’s classic fairy tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.”
– animated film starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the latest theatrical reboot of the classic Dr. Seuss story The Grinch (November 9, PG) . How the Grinch Stole Christmas
– starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as the duo in this humorous adaptation of the classic Holmes and Watson (November 9) by Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes books
The Girl in the Spider’s Web (November 19) – starring Claire Foy, Lakeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks; from the continuing Stieg Larsson’s Millenium series by David Lagercrantz. novel
Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald (November 16) – starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, and Dan Fogler in the second film based on J. K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. DECEMBER
– starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie; based on the biography Mary, Queen of Scots (December 7) by historian John Guy. Queen of Scots – The True Life of Mary Stuart
– sci-fi adventure starring Hugo Weaving, Stephen Lang and Robert Sheehan: adapted from the first in the teen/young adult Mortal Engines (December 14) . Hunger City Chronicles by Philip Reeve
– starring Emily Blunt as the iconic nanny reappearing to her now-grown charges in Depression-era London – featuring the character originating in the classic Mary Poppins Returns (December 19, PG) Mary Poppins series by P. L. Travers.
– starring Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage, and Jake Johnson in an animated superhero film featuring the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (December 19) Marvel Comics character Miles Morales.
– action adventure starring Lana Condor, Jennifer Connelly, and Eiza González: adapted from the character and series Alita: Battle Angel (December 21) . Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro
live-action superhero adventure starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Nicole Kidman: featuring the Aquaman (December 21) – DC Comics character Aquaman.