2020 has been a trying year as we all know. So, to read during a global pandemic is par the course. I’m sure a lot of you bought too many books during lockdown, hopeful to get through them all and to pass the time. Of course, we love to read books and the deep connection we gain with our favourite characters. But we all know watching a film, or a gripping TV show is so much quicker to take in. Now, in light of Cineworld’s closure and cinemas being not as busy as before, here’s a heads up on all the book adaptations coming soon.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 3 (Feb 2021)
Lara-Jean is back! But this time her story is coming to an end. The third film in the instalment is coming soon and it was actually filmed along with the second movie back in 2018. The film will be coming to Netflix around the same time as Valentine’s Day in line with the previous film’s release. The film is based on the book Always and Forever: Lara Jean and wraps on Lara Jean and Peter finishing their final year of high school.
In 2019, filming began for this adaptation on Marilyn Monroe’s famous life. This fictionalized chronicle is based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates and on the star’s life. Starring Ana De Armas, production was scrapped in 2011 and is now complete with Armas playing Monroe’s troubled character brilliantly.
Without Remorse (February 2021)
Starring Michael B. Jordan and based on Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, the story follows John Clark, a Navy Seal who seeks revenge for the murder of his wife, and in the process finds out he is a part of an even bigger conspiracy. Due to the pandemic, the film is being transferred from Paramount Pictures to Amazon Studies and will be released on Prime Video.
Antlers (Feb 2021)
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Based on the short story The Quiet Boy, comes Scott Coopers’s Antlers. The film is produced by Guillermo Del Toro, who’s best know for Hellboy (2004) and The Shape of Water (2017), del Toro’s eerie style is alive and well here. A small-town teacher and her brother the Sherriff, become intrigued by a young boy who is keeping a supernatural creature in the house. Writer, Nick Antosaca’s short story was published online with Guernica, and is as dark as you would expect. ‘‘Lucas had drawn each of them. His illustrations were quick but thoughtlessly confident, like a painter’s sketches. The most extraordinary thing was how realistic they were, except that Middle Wolf had an oddly human face and Big Wolf had strange eyes’’ Horror fans will love this one.
The Stars at Noon (2021)
Adapted from Denis Johnson’s book The Stars at Noon (1986), the film of the same name is directed by French director, Claire Denis. Starring Robert Pattinson, production began in April 2019 and this was the second collaboration between Pattinson and Denis who previously worked together for daring sci-fi odyssey movie High Life (2018). The Stars Set At Noon is set in 1984 and follows an American woman living in Nicaragua, with a mission to complete in Central America.
The Nightingale (Dec 2021)
Adapted from the 2015 best-selling novel of the same name written by Kristin Hannah, the story follows two sisters who live in France and who are separated on the eve of World War II. Starring real-life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, the film is directed by Mélanie Laurent. The sisters are bound by their sacrifices and separated by their characters.
Chaos Walking (Jan 2021)
Based on Patrick Ness’ book, The Knife of Never Letting Go, Chaos Walking has been just that. The total cost has added up to $100 million. The young adult dystopian sci-fi novel introduces 12-year-old Todd Hewitt, who lives in a male-only town where everyone can hear each other’s thoughts. He flees and meets a girl who fled her female-only town.
Cruella (May 2021)
Starring Emma Stone, and based on The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith, comes the live-action prequel made by Disney. Both Emma Stone and Emma Thompson are set to star, and the story delves more into the life of Cruella De Vil.
Nightmare Alley (2021)
Though no release date has been confirmed for this, Nightmare Alley is said to be coming next year. It’s based on a thriller from 1946 by William Lindsay Gresham. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, the cast includes Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette and Willem Dafoe. The story follows Stan Carlisle, a hand magician who is deep in the sleazy world of travelling carnivals.
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