If you’re one of those families that insist their kids read the book before seeing the movie, there’s some serious page-turning in your future. And if you’re happy just to be able to go to the movies for some kid- and teen-friendly fare, you’re in luck, too. From nursery classics like Peter Rabbit to tween and teen-targeted thrillers like Ready Player One, kids’ books and young adult novels are getting the Hollywood treatment. And now that movie trailers, sneak peeks, and behind-the-scenes footage hit the internet months in advance of the films’ releases, kids’ excitement for big-screen adaptations of their favorite books starts early. Check out the film adaptations hitting the big screen in 2018 to see if you’d like to read up before you step up to the box office.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure by James Dashner (in theaters Feb. 9, 1018; targeted to teens)
Who’s in it: Nathalie Emmanuel, Dylan O’Brien, Katharine McNamara
After Thomas declines to have an operation to get his memory back, he and his friends plan an escape from WICKED (the government agency) headquarters and go to Denver, where they’ll be protected from a terrible disease. It’s not long before lawlessness reigns, and Thomas has to choose allegiance among three powerful forces.
Why we’re excited: The third and final installment in this grim dystopian series has the potential to answer lingering questions. The book left a few holes, so we’ll see if the movie does any better. In any case, there will be nail-biting suspense, exciting action, a high body count, and special effects that will be sure to impress whether you see it in 3D, 2D, or IMAX 3D.