Seeing in real time everything we have imagined reading a book is incredible, although sometimes we don’t agree with the choice of the actors or the timeline of the story. Every year we see more and more book to movie adaptations and that is great, not only for us readers, but for people who don’t read and finally can know what they are missing.
There are a lot of book to movie adaptations, but most of them have no release date and that is why I am not including them in this list.
The following 20 book to movie adaptations are coming to various screens this 2020:
1.- The turning based on the book The turn of the screw by Henry James.
A very young woman’s first job: governess for two weirdly beautiful, strangely distant, oddly silent children, Miles and Flora, at a forlorn estate, an estate haunted by a beckoning evil. Half-seen figures who glare from dark towers and dusty windows- silent, foul phantoms who, day by day, night by night, come closer, ever closer. With growing horror, the helpless governess realizes the fiendish creatures want the children, seeking to corrupt their bodies, possess their minds, own their souls, but worse-much worse, the governess discovers that Miles and Flora have no terror of the lurking evil. Starring Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard and Brooklynn Prince.
Release Date: January 24
2.- The Rhythm Section based on the book The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell
The plane crash that killed Stephanie’s family wasn’t an accident. Filled with rage, she joins a covert intelligence organization to exact her revenge. The movie stars Blake Lively, Jude Law, and Sterling K. Brown. Is a series of 4 books.
Release date: This book to movie adaptation was supposed to be released on February 22, 2019.
New date: January 31
3.- To all the boys: P.S. I still love you based on the book P.S. I still love you from the series To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han.
Book to movie adaptation of the first book was released by Netflix in 2018 and was a total success.
Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing. Stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo. Is a series of 3 books.
Release date: February 12
4.- The call of the wild based on the book The call of the wild by Jack London.
At the dawn of the Klondike Gold Rush, when capable sled dogs are in high demand, half St. Bernard Buck is wrenched away from his home and forced to survive in the harsh conditions of the Yukon. The movie stars Harrison Ford.
Release date: This book to movie adaptation was supposed to be released on December 25, 2019.
New date: February 21
Is one of Austen’s most captivating and vivid characters. Beautiful, spoilt, vain and irrepressibly witty, Emma organizes the lives of the inhabitants of her sleepy little village and plays matchmaker with devastating effect. Stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Josh O’Connor.
Release Date: February 21
6.- The Invisible Man based on the book The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
This new one is not an exact adaptation, but a modern one. Is not about a scientist who learns how to harness invisibility, but about a woman who believes that her former boyfriend, how took his own life, is still alive and following her. Stars Elisabeth Moss and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.
Release Date: February 28
7.- I still believe based on the book I still believe by Jeremy Camp.
A leading artist on the contemporary Christian scene, Jeremy Camp, has gained a sizable fan following. I Still Believe follows Jeremy’s life from growing up in Indiana and his struggles as a teen, to his love for his first wife Melissa and her untimely passing, to his growing music ministry and re-found hope and love in his wife Adrienne. The movie stars KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Gary Sinise and Shania Twain.
Release date: March 13
8.- Little fires everywhere based on the book Little fires everywhere by Celeste Ng
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak. Will be a miniseries of 8 chapters on Hulu. Stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.
Release Date: March 18
9.- Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway based on the book The tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Despite his efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his reputation as naughty among the other rabbits. Once he leaves the garden, Peter goes in search of his father and finds himself in a world where pranks are well seen and tolerated, but his family comes to look for him to bring him back home. Stars Margot Robbie, Daily Ridley and Rose Byrne.
Release Date: April 3
10.- The secret garden based on the book The secret garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Mary Lennox lost both her parents in a cholera epidemic and is given to the care of her uncle Archibald Craven, whom she has never met. Once when her uncle is away from home, Mary discovers a charming walled garden which is always kept locked. Mystery deepens when she hears sounds of sobbing from somewhere within her uncle’s vast mansion. The kindly servants ignore her queries or pretend they haven’t heard, spiking Mary’s curiosity. Stars Dixie Egerickx, Julie Walters and Colin Firth.
Release date: April 17
11.- The Personal history of David Copperfield based on the book David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.
Is the story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Stars Dev Patel, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton and Ben Whishaw.
Release date: May 8
12.-The Woman in the Window based on the book The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Anna Fox has one lifeline to the real world: her window. She suffers from agoraphobia and is terrified to step outside. She watches her perfect neighbors—and then she witnesses something no one was supposed to see. The movie stars Amy Adams, Gary Oldman and Julianne Moore.
Release date: Was supposed to be released on October 4, 2019.
New release date: May 15
13.- Infinite based on the book The Reincarnationist papers by D. Eric Maikranz.
Offers a tantalizing glimpse into the Cogmonina, a secret society of people who enjoy total recall of their past lives and know by experience that they will incarnate into new bodies after their deaths. Associating with one another in each successive life, some are agents of change working lifetime after lifetime toward their goals, some are catalysts to history, some pursue loves and friendships through the ages, while others are jaded, self-indulgent hedonists, staggering from life to life. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Sophie Cookson and Dylan O’Brien.
Release date: August 7
14.- The one and only Ivan based on the book The one and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better. This animated movie adaptation by Disney features the voice of Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren and Danny DeVito.
Release date: August 14
15.- Without remorse based on the book Without remorse by Tom Clancy.
John Kelly, former Navy SEAL and Vietnam veteran, is still getting over the accidental death of his wife six months before, when he befriends a young woman with a decidedly checkered past. When that past reaches out for her in a particularly horrifying fashion, he vows revenge and, assembling all of his old skills, sets out to track down the men responsible, before it can happen again. The movie stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Jodie Turner-Smith.
Release date: September 18
16.- Death on the Nile based on the book Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: ‘I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.’ Yet in this exotic setting, nothing is ever quite what it seems. Stars Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Annette Bening.
Release Date: October 9
17.- The Witches based on the book The Witches by Roald Dahl.
A young boy discovers a secret meeting of witches while staying with his grandmother at a hotel, and as a result, the witches turn him into a mouse. The movie stars Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci and Chris Rock.
Release date: October 9
18.- Deep water based on the book Deep water by Patricia Highsmith.
Vic and Melinda Van Allen’s loveless marriage is held together only by a precarious arrangement whereby, in order to avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda is allowed to take any number of lovers as long as she does not desert her family. Eventually, Vic can no longer suppress his jealousy and tries to win back his wife by asserting himself through a tall tale of murder—one that soon comes true. The movie stars Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts, Lil Rel Howery and Rachel Blanchard.
Release date: November 13
Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream. Stars Timothee Chalamet, Jason Momoa Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgärd, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac. Is a series of 8 books: 6 written by Frank Herbert and 2 by his son Brian Herbert.
Release Date: December 18
20.- News of the World based on the book News of the World by Paulette Jiles
In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.
Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land. The movie stars Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Fred Hechinger, Neil Sandilands and Thomas Francis Murphy.
Release date: December 25
Go to the nearest bookstore, grab some of these books and read them before their adaptations come out.
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