Brooklyn director John Crowley and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy screenwriter Peter Straughan have both previously brought huge silver-screen book adaptations into being; but now they've taken on an even bigger literary challenge: condensing a nearly-800-page novel into a two-and-a-half-hour coming-of-age drama.
The Goldfinch is adapted from Donna Tartt's Pulitzer prize-winning bestseller. Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver) stars as a man who survives a bombing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and takes a valuable Dutch painting from the wreckage. Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Wright and Luke Wilson co-star as the people who see him descend into a world of hedonism and forgery.
Stand back Sex and The City! Step aside Entourage! The latest TV series to have a cinematic spin-off is Downton Abbey.
Just in case 52 episodes with the Crawley family and their faithful servants left you wanting more, the series' creator, Julian Fellowes, has written a two-hour follow-up, and most of the original cast have been lured back to their very big house in the country. Among them are Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, and Jim Carter (as Carson the butler), whose wife, Imelda Staunton, joins the roster as the magnificently named Lady Maud Bagshaw.
The story, set in 1927, revolves around a visit by King George V (Simon Jones) and Queen Mary (Geraldine James).
Blasting off from the Venice Film Festival, Ad Astra is a science-fiction adventure written and directed by James Gray, the critics' favourite who made The Lost City of Z.
Like The Lost City, it is a Heart of Darkness-inspired drama about an explorer travelling to dangerous uncharted territory. Brad Pitt plays an astronaut who is bound for Neptune, where his father (Tommy Lee Jones) may be involved in a humanity-threatening experiment.
It's 1968, and Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) needs to raise enough money to stop her ex-husband Sidney Luft (Rufus Sewell) gaining full custody of their children. She signs up to a series of nightclub appearances in London, but her addictions to alcohol, pills and unsuitable younger men ensure that audiences never know whether the show will go on.
But Judy also feels like Zellweger's own shot at a comeback. Not only does she have the kind of substantial lead role that wins Oscars, but she does all the singing herself – no small task considering that Garland was one of the 20th Century's most celebrated vocalists.