Out of all these years I’ve done my book to movie adaptation lists this has by far been the most rollercoaster year….for obvious reasons. There’s always SOME change but this year so many things postponed, productions halted, things moved around. It was hard to keep up. But here we are….it’s time to explore all the books becoming movies in 2021.
This list is always a working list but it’s going to be probably very fluid this year depending on how things go so I fully expect things to be moved up, moved back and every which way. There are a lot of books optioned for movies hanging in the balance right now and I will keep you up to date on those!
Keep checking back because I’m sure I will have updates weekly for 2021 adaptations (as well as 2022)!
So what books are becoming movies and tv shows, you ask?
Books Becoming Movies & TV Shows In 2021
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I’ve sorted out the list to help you browse with ease based on the type on the category you might be looking for.
the ones I’m personally MOST excited aboutAdult fiction books becoming moviesBooks becoming TV showsChildren’s & YA book to movie adaptationsComic & graphic novels becoming movies & tv showsnon-fiction books becoming moviesPOSSIBLE 2021 book to movie releases (will be updated)
Upcoming Book to Film Adaptations I’m Most Excited About:
I always love sharing which ones I am personally excited for. This list is mostly about just give you the info of which movies & tv shows are coming out based on books but since it’s *my* list I really like having that handpicked touch. So these are the ones I’m most excited about!
Out February 3, 2021
Starring: Beau Garrett, Katherine Heigl, Sarah Chalke, Roan Curtis, Ben Lawson
Premise of Firefly Lane: “The story of Tully and Kate, two unlikely friends from their meeting as tweens in 1974 to the present. Kate, the introvert, and Tully, the coolest girl in school, form a bond that weathers every milestone in their lives, leading up to a tragedy in the present.”.
I’ve read another book by Kristin Hannah that made me sob and I’ve heard this is a heavyhitter (and I’ve owned it for years) so have tissues!! This one will be out on Netflix!
To All The Boys: Forever and Always
Out February 12, 2021
Starring: Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Lana Condor
Premise of Forever and Always: “Continuing the romantic life of the teenage girl and facing her good and hard times with her friends and family.”
This YA book series is one of my faves! I loved Forever and Always, Lara Jean as a conclusion to this series and I am so excited for this one!!
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Death on the Nile
Out September 17, 2021
Starring: Armie Hammer, Gal Gadot, Kenneth Branagh, Annette Bening
Premise of Death on the Nile: “While on vacation on the Nile, Hercule Poirot must investigate the murder of a young heiress.” (IMDB)
Murder mystery fans, another Agatha Christie adaptation is coming your way! Well, technically the second adaptation of Death on the Nile because there was one in the 70’s. I am hoping they will continue to adapt her books — so many possibilities.
UPDATE: This one just got pulled from the release calendar as of November 5th for 2020 and is now September 21.
There’s Someone Inside Your House
Out February 2021 on Netflix
Starring: Sydney Park, Sarah Dugdale, Théodore Pellerin, Dale Whibley, Asjha Cooper.
Premise of There’s Someone In Your House: “The graduating class at Osborne High is being targeted by a masked assailant, intent on exposing the darkest secret of each victim, and only a group of misfit outsiders can stop the killings.” (IMDB)
I am so excited that Netflix will be adapting one of Stephanie Perkins’ books! I’ve loved her contemporary young adult books but this one is the book equivalent of 90’s slasher films. I can’t say it was my FAVE but it was a quick perfect Halloween read that is SO going to be fun on screen. Definitely one of the most exciting YA book to movie adaptations for 2021 for me! And according to Screenrant it’s February!
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Shadow and Bone
Out April 23, 2021
Starring: Freddy Carter, Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, Amita Suman, Ben Barnes
Premise: “A young woman with newfound powers tries to save her land from a powerful, evil force.”
This is a series I love SO MUCH and I’m excited for it to be a tv show on Netflix despite the fact that the author, Leigh Bardugo, has said it will be pretty different from the books. A great series to binge read!
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Adult Fiction Book to Movie In Adaptations In 2021
Out May 21, 2021
Starring: Eric Bana, Genevieve O’Reilly, Keir O’Donnell
Premise of The Dry movie: “Aaron Falk returns to his drought-stricken hometown to attend a tragic funeral. But his return opens a decades-old wound – the unsolved death of a teenage girl..” (IMDB)
Do you like atmospheric mysteries set in small towns with BIG SECRETS? Check this book out.
I NEED this to be announced when it will release in the U.S. So far it releases in Australia in the new year and then other territories to be announced.
Premise: An archaeologist embarks on the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938..(IMBD)
This one is a novel based on true events. Definitely sounds interesting as I’ve never heard of the events it is based on!
Premise: The epic journey of a poor Indian driver who must use his wit and cunning to break free from servitude to his rich masters and rise to the top of the heap.(IMBD)
This dark humor novel set in India will be adapted by Netflix and woo boy does the trailer look good. It will be out in select theaters in December and then out on Netflix on the date above.
Out February 12, 2021
Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Danielle Macdonald, Lucas Hedges
Premise: An aging Manhattan socialite living on what’s barely left of her inheritance moves to a small apartment in Paris with her son and cat. (IMBD)
I saw someone liken this book to something akin to a Wes Anderson movie and that DEFINITELY piqued my interest!
Photo via Sony Pictures
Out February 26, 2021
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Cam Gigandet, Jodie Turner-Smith
Premise: “John Kelly, a Navy SEAL, goes on a path to avenge his wife’s murder only to find himself inside of a larger conspiracy.” (IMDB)
Jack Ryan universe fans are going to be excited for this adaptation of another Tom Clancy novel in the series. It’s been a long time coming since the rights to this were bought like shortly after the book published.
It was originally supposed to come out September 2020 but was delayed and rights were sold to Amazon for it to be releasing on Prime.
February 26, 2021
Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Tom Holland, Jack Reynor, Kelli Berglund,
Premise: “An Army medic suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder becomes a serial bank robber after an addiction to drugs puts him in debt.” (IMDB)
When I read the premise of this book/movie I was like “WOAH that’s intense” and then I found out it’s semi-autobiographical and I was even more fascinated because apparently the author wrote this in jail on a typewriter and is still serving time until November 2020 for some bank robberies. INTERESTING. A reviewer I really trust gave this a high rating so I’m definitely going to check it out!
Apple TV+ acquired the film and it will be dropped there on March 12th after debuting in select theaters in February.
Last Letter From Your Lover
Out March 2021
Starring: Felicity Jones, Shailene Woodley, Joe Alwyn, Callum Turner
Premise: “A young journalist in London becomes obsessed with a series of letters she discovers that recounts an intense star-crossed love affair from the 1960s.” (IMDB)
I love Jojo Moyes books and I cannot wait to see this one on the big screen! Such a good drama-filled love story that will hopefully be good on screen with this cast!!
The production company VP confirmed this film will be coming in 2021.
First look at the movie shared by the author on Twitter:
Photo credit: Studiocanal
Things Heard & Seen
April 30, 2021
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Karen Allen, Natalia Dyer, James Norton
Premise: “An artist relocates to the Hudson Valley and begins to suspect that her marriage has a sinister darkness, one that rivals her new home’s history.” (IMBD)
This horror thriller is headed to Netflix!
Out Spring 2021
Starring: Abigail Cowen, Tom Lewis, Famke Janssen
Premise: A Christian romantic drama (and retelling of the biblical book of Hosea) set during the 1850s Gold Rush in California.
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Those Who Wish Me Dead
Out May 14, 2021
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult, Jon Bernthal, Tyler Perry, Aidan Gillen
Premise of Infinite: “A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert tasked with protecting him — and a forest fire threatening to consume them all..” (IMDB)
This neo-Western is set to release also, for a month, on HBOMax alongside the theatrical release.
Infinite (The Reincarnationist Papers)
Out May 28, 2021
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Mantzoukas, Dylan O’Brien, Sophie Cookson
Premise of Infinite: “A man discovers that his hallucinations are actually visions from past lives.” (IMDB)
One of those cases where the movie interests me more than the actual book. It’s a fantasy/sci-fi thriller all about total recall and secret societies!
Out August 13, 2021
Starring: Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Rachel Blanchard, Tracy Letts, Lil Rel Howery
Premise of Deep Water: “A well-to-do husband who allows his wife to have affairs in order to avoid a divorce becomes a prime suspect in the disappearance of her lovers.”
I can’t say I’ve heard of this one prior to learning about the movie but this thriller sounds right up my alley. I love a good psychological domestic thriller.
Out October 1, 2021
Starring: Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Timothée Chalamet
Premise of Dune: “Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.” (IMDB)
Sci-fi lovers are ya ready?? One of the most popular sci-fi series of all time is coming back to the big screen — there was a movie in the 80’s and a miniseries in 2000. It looks like book 1 is going to be split into two movies from what I’ve read.
It will be part of the Warner Brothers release of of 2021 movies on HBO Max. Apparently Dune is ALSO getting a tv show too focusing on the female characters from the Dune universe!
Out December 2021
Starring: Ana de Armas, Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Julianne Nicholson
Premise: “A fictionalized chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.” (IMDB)
I have this love for fictionalized accounts of famous people and historical figures and I feel like one re-imagining from Marilyn Monroe’s perspective will be wild to see on the big screen. All signs are pointing to a 2021 release according to this article.
Out December 3, 2021
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins, Ron Perlman, Rooney Mara and David Strathairn
Premise: An ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is. ” (IMBD)
If you are into crime noir, check this older (more obscure) title out! There is actually a 1940s film noir based on the same book. Very intrigued by this one with Guillermo del Toro at the helm.
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Out December 21, 2021
Starring: Elle Fanning, Dakota Fanning
Premise: The lives of two sisters living in France are torn apart at the onset of World War II” (IMBD)
This is one of my most anticipated movies based on a book to come out in 2021 for sure. Kristin Hannah is a brilliant author, this book is emotional and heart-wrenching and the Fanning sisters are going to be brilliant in it…I know it.
Out December 25, 2021
Starring: Gustaf Skarsgård, Sofia Helin, Lisa Carlehed
Premise: “Based on the book by Vilhelm Moberg (published in 1949) depicting a few people emigrating from Sweden to the United States in the 1840 – early 1850.” (IMDB)
This is a four-book historical series, written by one of Sweden’s greatest 20th century writers, that tells the story of Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson and their children as the emigrate from Sweden to Minnesota and build a life there.
Moved to TBA 2021
Starring: Morena Baccarin, Mel Gibson, Charlie Hunnam
Premise: “A disgraced ex-cop seeks solace by moving to the woods, but his quiet life comes to an end when a private eye recruits him to investigate a murder.” (IMDB)
This first book in what looks to be a new thriller/detective series looks promising as both a series to get into and as a movie! It’s a newer release and haven’t heard much buzz about it.
The Woman in the Window
Out TBD 2021
Starring: Amy Adams, Anthony Mackie, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore
Premise of The Woman in the Window: “An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors only to witness a disturbing act of violence.” (IMDB)
I was so excited about this one and then this article happened exposing the author. It is a wild ride. I’m still curious about the book/movie because I’ve heard interesting things about it but I feel so icky about the whole thing he did.
It was supposed to be out in May 2020 but will likely be releasing in 2021 and probably moving to Netflix according to this article. It is completed though so I see no reason for it not to be 2021.
After We Fell
Starring: Arielle Kebbel, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Josephine Langford
Premise: “Just as Tessa makes the biggest decision of her life, everything changes. Revelations about her family, and then Hardin’s, throw everything they knew before in doubt and makes their hard-won future together more difficult to claim. ” (IMDB)
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Out TBD 2021
Starring: Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Brendan Gleeson
Premise: “A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power” (IMDB)
Books Becoming TV Shows in 2021
Lupin (Arsene Lupin)
Out January 8, 2021
Starring: Vincent Londez, Shirine Boutella, Nicole Garcia
Premise: “TV series based on the early 20th century French detective novels by Maurice Leblanc about a gentleman thief named Arsene Lupin.” (IMDB)
I am very, very intrigued by this one — both the book series and the show. It’s coming out on Netflix and is a French language tv series. Some of my favorite movies are in French but I’ve never watched a whole tv series in a different language. I watched the teaser for the show and I’m into it.
I also think the book series sounds interesting too! Apparently it’s a classic mystery series so I’m embarrassed I haven’t heard of it!
Behind Her Eyes
Out February 17, 2021
Starring: Simona Brown, Eve Hewson, Tom Bateman and Robert Aramayo
Premise: “It follows Louise, a single mom with a son and a part-time job in a psychiatrist’s office. She begins an affair with her boss and strikes up an unlikely friendship with his wife..” (IMDB)
This creepy psychological thriller is going to be a miniseries on Netflix!
Out February 22, 2021
Starring: Ulf Stenberg, Miriam Ingrid, Oliver Dufåker
Premise: “Hockey is the last beacon of hope in Beartown and being responsible for it is a heavy burden. The day of the semi-final match is also the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil..” (IMDB)
Fredrik Backman is one of my all time favorite authors and I hope this series is good!
SAS: Red Notice
Out March 16, 2021
Starring: Sam Heughan, Hannah John-Kamen, Ruby Rose
Premise: “A small army of well trained criminals led by Laszlo Antonov have hijacked the Eurostar deep beneath the English Channel..” (IMDB)
If military action thrillers are your thing, check this out. Not normally my thing by Jamie Fraser –erm I mean Sam Heughan– is in it so I will consider the movie.
Check out the trailer over on EW.
Out March 2021
Starring: Hannah Ware, Dimitri Leonidas, Diarmaid Murtagh
Premise: “Love — and lies — spiral when a DNA researcher helps discover a way to find a perfect partner, and creates a bold new matchmaking service.”
I am so, so excited for this one! I think it will be great as tv format.
The Beast Must Die
Out TBD 2021
Starring: Geraldine James, Maeve Dermody, Mia Tomlinson, Barney Sayburn, Jared Harris
Premise: “Respected crime writer Frank Cairns plots the perfect murder – a murder that he himself will commit.”
Cairns intends to murder the hit-and-run driver who killed his young son, but when his intended victim is found dead and Cairns becomes the prime suspect, the author insists that he has been framed. An old friend of Cairns calls in private detective Nigel Strangeways, who must unravel a fiendishly plotted mystery if he is to discover what really happened to George Rattery.” (Goodreads)
Another classic crime/mystery novel, from the Golden Age of crime fiction, being adapted to a tv series! According to ITV, this will be releasing in 2021 but no date has been set as they just started filming.
TBD 2021 release
Starring: Yu Matsushita, Miho Suzuki, Soji Arai
Premise: “Pachinko details the journey of a Korean family who move to Japan in a period of the country’s occupation of a then-unified Korea and their involvement in World War II. The story begins in 1883, but the bulk of the novel’s story takes place between 1910 to 1989.” (NME)
Lover of epic family dramas, check out this historical novel coming to tv screens everywhere thanks to Apple+.
Nine Perfect Strangers
TBD 2021 release
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Manny Jacinto, Regina Hall, Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Boone
Premise: “It takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this ten-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha (Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies. However, these nine ‘perfect’ strangers have no idea what is about to hit them.” (Variety)
Another Liane Moriarty book being made into a tv show! I couldn’t put this one down (super entertaining read!) so I can’t wait to watch and it’s got an INCREDIBLE cast so I have high hopes. I think it will translate really well to tv.
It will be a limited series for Hulu and filming concluded December 2020. I’ve seen reports it’s still very likely for 2021.
Conversations With Friends
Starring: No casting info yet
Premise: “Two Dublin college students, Frances and Bobbi, and the strange and unexpected connection they forge with married couple, Melissa and Nick.” (IMBD)
Sally Rooney is the new book to screen darling it seems! First Normal People and now Conversations with Friends on Hulu! Elle is reporting the EARLIEST we might see this is late 2021 so fingers crossed. And as of November filming is supposed to start early 2021.
I’m very excited for this one! If you like character-driven books, don’t miss this one!
The Wheel Of Time
Out TBD 2021
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Josha Stradowski, Marcus Rutherford, Zoë Robins
Premise: “The Wheel of Time follows Moiraine, a member of the powerful, all-woman organization of channelers (magic users) called the Aes Sedai, who takes a group of five young people from their home village following an attack by the forces of the Dark One, a malevolent evil entity who seeks to destroy the Pattern (Existence). Among these five, she believes one might be the reincarnation of the Dragon, an ancient hero and powerful channeler who is prophesied either to save the world or destroy it.” (Deadline)
Amazon Prime is bringing us The Wheel of Time series and I couldn’t be more excited because I’ve been needing a new epic fantasy series to watch since Game of Thrones ended.
According to this source, Amazon is looking to a 2021 release.
Children’s & Young Adult Book To Movie Adaptations
(The Knife of Never Letting Go)
March 5, 2021
Starring: Tom Holland, Mads Mikkelsen, Daisy Ridley
Premise of Chaos Walking: “A dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each others’ thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.” (IMDB)
This one was originally supposed to be a March 2019 release date but was pushed backed to 2020 because of reshoots that need to be done according to Indiewire. And then from 2020 it got pushed back for obvious reasons with theaters being closed.
I will be doing a happy dance when this gritty and brutal book to film adaptation FINALLY is out!
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(There You’ll Find Me)
Out January 29, 2021
Starring: Katherine McNamara, Vanessa Redgrave, Judith Hoag, Tom Everett Scott
Premise: “Finley, a talented aspiring violinist, meets Beckett, a famous young movie star, on the way to her college semester abroad program in a small coastal village in Ireland. An unexpected romance emerges as the heartthrob Beckett leads the uptight Finley on an adventurous reawakening, and she emboldens him to take charge of his future, until the pressures of his stardom get in the way.” (IMBD)
This young adult book to movie adaption is based on Jenny B. Jones’ sweet coming of age romance that also explores with grief and grappling with faith in the midst of it.
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School’s Out Forever
Out February 15, 2021
Starring: Anthony Head, Samantha Bond, Alex Macqueen
Premise: “No sooner has 15-year-old Lee Keegan been expelled from his private school than an apocalyptic event wipes out most of the world’s population. With his father dead and mother trapped abroad, Lee is given one instruction: go back to school. But safety and security at St. Mark’s School for Boys is in short supply. Its high walls can’t stop the local parish council from forming a militia and imposing martial law, while inside the dorms the end of the world is having a dangerous effect on his best friend and his unrequited crush on the school nurse isn’t helping him concentrate on staying alive.” (IMBD)
I am fascinated by this series. It’s a series of books, written by different authors, in a shared apocalyptic universe. This is the first one for Scott K. Andrews in the series (1st of his trilogy within the larger world of the series).
This one is like Lord of the Flies Meets The Road according to this Guardian review.
Out March 3, 2021
Starring: Josie Totah, Marcia Gay Harden, Ike Barinholtz, Josephine Langford, Patrick Schwarzenegger
Premise: “Fed up with the sexist and toxic status quo at her high school, a shy 16-year-old finds inspiration from her mother’s rebellious past and anonymously publishes a zine that sparks a school-wide, coming-of-rage revolution.” (IMBD)
Very excited for this YA adaptation comedy drama from Netflix.
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Out Summer 2021
Starring: Gillian Jacobs, Ashley Zukerman, Kiana Madeira
Premise: “In 1994, a group of teenagers find out that the terrifying events that have occurred in their town of Shadyside, Ohio may be connected to each other, and that they may be the next targets” (IMDB)
I am a total RL Stine nerd! I read all his books growing up and, even when I wasn’t reading as much in high school, his Fear Street books were pretty much the only thing I’d read! He also is a delightful man in person (scary to meet your idols!!) so it makes it all the sweeter!
This is going to be a trilogy of films, originally supposed to start being out in 2020 in theater, but now Netflix has got them and will be releasing them summer 2021 for The Summer of Fear and release them a month apart. I CANNOT WAIT.
A Boy Called Christmas
Out Fall 2021
Starring: Maggie Smith, Kristen Wiig, Michiel Huisman
Premise of A Boy Called Christmas: “A re-imagining of the story of Father Christmas, Nikolas is a boy who sets off into the snowy white north in search of his father.” (IMBD)
This is going to be the perfect holiday family film to watch! Matt Haig’s books are fantastic.
The Lost Girls
Out December 2021
Starring: Emily Carey, Iain Glen, Joely Richardson
Premise of The Lost Girls: “Like her grandmother and her mother Jane before her, Wendy must escape Pan’s hold on her and the promise he wants her to keep..” (IMBD)
Firstly, a Peter Pan retelling about the Darling women? YES (though the adaptation looks more promising to me than the book). Secondly, I saw one source that said December 2021 but I couldn’t find anything more so VERY tentative 2021 for this. It is in post-production so fingers crossed.
Non-Fiction Books Becoming Movies In 2021
Out February 12, 2021
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Levi, Tahar Rahim
Premise: “A detainee at the U.S military’s Guantanamo Bay detention center is held without charges for over a decade and seeks help from a defense attorney for his release.” (IMBD)
I went down a RABBIT HOLE reading about this man and his memoir while reasearching this movie for the post. I had never heard of him or his story. He wrote this memoir while detained in Guantanmo Bay.
This was supposed to be on track for a 2020 release but production getting shut down obviously pushed it back. This site and German site Der Spiegel are reporting early 2021. Either way I’d think it likely we see it in 2021.
Out February 19, 2021
Starring: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May
Premise: “”After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad..” (IMDB)
I have had this travelogue on my reading list for a couple years and I REALLY need to get it. Though honestly the movie looks so fantastic I might watch first because I can’t wait and I LOVE Frances McDormand.
My Salinger Year
Out March 5, 2021
Starring: Margaret Qualley, Sigourney Weaver, Douglas Booth
Premise: “”A college grad takes a clerical job working for the literary agent of the renowned, reclusive writer J.D. Salinger.” (IMDB)
Franny and Zooey is one of my favorite books ever and I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this memoir before! Also I just really love books about books.
(Two Kisses For Maddy)
Out April 16, 2021
Starring: Paul Reiser, Alfre Woodard, Kevin Hart, Melody Hurd, Lil Rel Howery, DeWanda Wise
Premise of Fatherhood: “”A father brings up his baby girl as a single dad after the unexpected death of his wife who died a day after their daughter’s birth.” (IMDB)
This book to film adaptation (based on a memoir) was supposed to hit in 2020 but got pushed back. Somebody please pass me the tissues already! This looks like a tear-jerker!
Out May 14, 2021
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Jack Huston, Sophie Lowe
Premise of Above Suspicion: “The true story of an FBI agent’s affair that leads to murder in Kentucky coal country” (IMDB)
True crime readers –check this one out!
Graphic Novels & Comics Adaptations For 2021
May 14, 2021
Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, Sarah Silverman, John Bradley
Music superstars Kat Valdez and Bastian are getting married before a global audience of fans. But when Kat learns, seconds before her vows, that Bastian has been unfaithful, she decides to marry Charlie, a stranger in the crowd, instead. (IMBD)
This looks like SUCH a fun romcom based on a graphic novel!
November 5, 2021
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Kit Harington, Kumail Nanjiani
Premise: “The saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations.” (IMDB)
I hadn’t heard of this comic series from the 70’s but the movie sure has a star studded cast in this addition to the Marvel universe. This one got shuffled around a bit in light of 2020 but hopeful this date sticks.
Starring: Ian Quinlan, Anna Akana, Humberly González, Leslie Bibb, Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels, Matt Lanter
Premise: “When the world’s first generation of superheroes received their powers in the 1930s become the revered elder guard in the present, their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents.” (IMDB)
Netflix is just scooping up all the superhero stuff! I hadn’t actually heard of this comic series but I’m in the market for some new comic series to get into. Netflix apparently purchased ALL of Mark Millar’s stuff that aren’t already licensed out.
There’s no confirmed date (it was looking like 2020 before) but in April Mark Millar said this so I’m going with 2021!
Possible 2021 Releases
The Lost Daughter
Starring: Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard
Premise: “A woman’s beach vacation takes a dark turn when she begins to confront the troubles of her past.” (IMBD)
I LOVED Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series and need to get to this one! I’ve seen reports that 2021 is the plan but no date set as of yet. They just did start filming this October.
The Tiger Rising
Probable 2021 release
Starring: Katharine McPhee, Dennis Quaid, Queen Latifah, Sam Trammell
Premise: “A young boy discovers a caged tiger in the woods near his home.” (IMDB)
Kate DiCamillo writes wonderful children’s books and this will be such a good family friendly movie for 2021. In July, the official Instagram for the movie posted a shot of the sound designer at work that mentioned they were in the home stretch so I feel like 2021 is probable especially after I saw an interview that Queen Latifah did recently.
Y: The Last Man
Possible 2021 release
Starring: Ben Schnetzer, Diane Lane, Mai Arwas, Blake Baumgartner
Premise: “Set in a post-apocalyptic world where all beings on the planet with Y chromosome died, Y follows Yorick, the only surviving male human on the planet and his journey in search of answers. The new world order of women will explore gender, race, class and survival”(IMDB)
I love the Saga comic series from this author but I haven’t dove into this series but I AM DEFINITELY going to before this tv series premieres on Hulu (it was supposed to be on FX originally). I love a good post-apocalyptic setting and Saga is one of my favorite comics ever SO it’s priority.
Filming got delayed in 2020 and now won’t likely wrap up til summer 2021. So MAYBE we will see it late 2021? Will keep you updated!
Update: the pilot episode has wrapped filming!
Probable 2021 release
Starring: Sadie Sink, Theo Rossi, Jessica Capshaw
Premise: “Coming-of-age dramedy in which teenage Tess enlists her biological father – a lovable slacker from the wrong side of the tracks – and the charming juvenile delinquent next door to help her come to grips with the death of her little sister.” (IMDB)
I feel like I’m pretty knowledgeable about young adult books but I had never heard of this one and then I realized it’s a bit of an older one that published a couple years before I even got into YA (thanks to Twilight). I enjoy books about grief and coming of age stories in general so this one looks good! This movie is like 10 years in the making.
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Probable 2021 release
Starring: Tessa Thompson, André Holland, Ruth Negga, Andre Holland
Premise: “Passing” follows the unexpected reunion of two high school friends, whose renewed acquaintance ignites a mutual obsession that threatens both of their carefully constructed realities.”(IMDB)
This film is based off of the book which was published in 1929 and I was curious if it would be moderned up or follow the same time period as the book and it seems as though it’s going to be set in the past. I’m honestly planning to read this novel after learning about it in my research as I want to read more classics from women authors because all the older books I’ve read seem to be written by men. I think the movie is going to be a thought-provoking and timely one as we as a culture have been talking about race and privilege a lot more. It’s got quite the cast too!!
It premiered January 2021 at Sundance so hopefully we will get it soon!
So many exciting movies and tv shows based on books this year! Things will keep being added and changed so keep an eye on this space for updated information.
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