6 Book-to-Movie Adaptations That Already Have a Built-In Sequel
The worst thing about watching a movie you love is that it has to end.
It doesn't feel fair that the adventure has to come to a close after a couple hours or so. Fortunately, sequels exist to stretch out our enjoyment for just a little bit longer. And when a movie is based on a book that already has a sequel, we're all already one step closer to seeing that story make its way to the screen.
Here are some of our favorite book-to-movie adaptations that already have built-in sequels—and if we can't wait for the movies to come out, at least we can read the books.
Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians made more money than any other romantic comedy in the last 10 years, so it only makes sense that we're all desperate for a sequel. Thankfully, author Kevin Kwan has already laid the groundwork for it with the novel China Rich Girlfriend. We don't want to say too much, but the book revolves around Rachel and Nick's upcoming wedding as Rachel also uncovers a massive secret about her own lineage. And once we all become obsessed with the China Rich Girlfriend movie, we'll also have the last story in the trilogy, Rich People Problems, to look forward to.
(Crazy Rich Asians via Warner Bros. Pictures)
The House With a Clock in Its Walls
The House With a Clock in Its Walls follows 10-year-old Lewis Barnavelt as he moves in with his strange uncle Jonathan after he loses his parents. Jonathan lives in a weird old house, but it gets even weirder when Lewis accidentally calls upon the ghost of an ever warlock. In the books, Lewis' adventures continue in the sequel The Figure in the Shadows when he finds his grandfather's amulet, which grants Lewis everything he wants—but with a catch. Beyond that story, there are 10 more books in the series itching to be adapted as well.
The brilliantly told Love, Simon is based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. It revolves around a gay high school student named Simon Spier in a story about blackmail, anonymous connection and coming out of the closet. As his biggest secret is under threat of exposure, he starts falling in love with another closeted gay student online, knowing him only be the screen name "Blue." To add to all of it, his best friend Leah has always been in love with him, and her feelings about the whole situation are complicated when he finally does come out.
The book's sequel, Leah on the Offbeat, then focuses on Leah and her own school struggles. Only her mom and Simon know that's she's bisexual, and as her senior year comes to a close, her friend circle seems to be falling apart. With prom, graduation and college on the horizon, she's not sure how to sort out her life before she's forced to move on. And though it's not a direct sequel or prequel, The Upside of Unrequited takes place in the same shared universe, so can we get a trilogy of Simon movies, pretty please?
(Love, Simon via 2oth Century Fox)
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
After the events of the movie version of To All the Boys I've Loved Before, it seems like everything is going to be alright between Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky—even when John Ambrose McLaren shows up with a bouquet of flowers at Lara Jean's place. The book's sequel, P.S. I Still Love You, actually ends with the couple still broken up, and although they quickly mend their relationship, John Ambrose re-enters her life as a pen pal. When Peter has some real competition, things might get ugly, and Lara Jean will be forced to make a choice about who really deserves her love. We're crossing our fingers that the third book, Always and Forever, Lara Jean, can also become a rom-com instant classic.
(To All the Boys I've Loved Before via Netflix)
In Wonder, we were introduced to 10-year-old Auggie Pullman, who's initially an outsider at his new private school because of his rare facial deformity, but eventually overcomes his differences to become beloved by his classmates. The book's sequel, Auggie and Me, is interesting because it's actually three different stories, told from three different perspectives. "The Julian Chapter" is told from the point of view of Auggie's biggest bully, Julian, and focuses on the strains in his life that motivated his disobedience. "Pluto" tells the story of Auggie's best friend, Christopher, before the events of Wonder. Lastly, "Shingaling" is focused on Auggie's new friend Charlotte, including how she feels about Auggie when he first shows up at school (plus the mystery she solves with her friend Summer). We'd love to see these three stories interwoven to create another compelling Wonder film.
(Wonder via Lionsgate)
A Wrinkle in Time
In A Wrinkle in Time, Meg, her little brother Charles Wallace and her good friend Calvin, who are guided by the mysterious Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which as an evil entity called The IT tries to take over everything in existence. The next book, A Wind in the Door, takes a very different turn when Charles Wallace starts suffering from a strange disorder. Meg, Calvin and their nasty school principal Mr. Jenkins then team up to travel inside one of Charles Wallace's mitochondria to stop evil creatures called the Echthroi from destroying his cells from within. Once that's through, there are actually five books in total, with A Wind in the Door also being followed by A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters and An Acceptable Time.
(A Wrinkle in Time via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
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