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Jessica, Preston | September 11, 2020

Many of the best movies and television series are based on books, and a whole slew of page-to-screen adaptations are scheduled for release in 2020. The book is almost always better than the movie, so don’t let the movies spoil some great books!

Check out our list of upcoming adaptations or read on for the books you need to read before you see the movies:

The rhythm section : a Stephanie Patrick thriller by Mark Burnell   P.S. I still love you Jenny Han   Two kisses for Maddy : a memoir of loss & love by Matthew Logelin   The woman in the window by A. J. Finn   Dune Frank Herbert

2020 has a ton of exciting offerings for movie fans. Production on the adaptation of spy thriller “The Rhythm Section” was delayed when star Blake Lively was injured on set in 2017, but we finally get to see the finished product when it hits theatres at the end of January. A few weeks later, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Netflix will release the teen rom-com adaptation of Jenny Han’s “P.S. I Still Love You.” In April, Kevin Hart will star in “Fatherhood,” the adaptation of Matthew Logelin’s memoir, “Two Kisses for Maddie.” In May, the long-delayed adaptation of “The Woman in the Window” will premiere, starring Amy Adams. One of the year’s most widely-anticipated (and star-studded) adaptations comes out in December, when Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, and Javier Bardem star in a reimagining of Frank Herbert’s “Dune.”

The luminaries by Eleanor Catton   Little fires everywhereby  Celeste Ng   I know this much is true Wally Lamb   Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah   On her own ground : the life and times of Madam C.J. Walker Bundles by Perry A'Lelia

There are also a number of book-to-series adaptations premiering on television and streaming services this year. Keep an eye out for the adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s epic award-winning “The Luminaries,” starring Eva Green, which will premiere on BBC. Family drama “Little Fires Everywhere,” starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon, will premiere on Hulu. Mark Ruffalo will be doing double-duty playing identical twins in HBO’s upcoming limited series based on Wally Lamb’s “I Know This Much is True.” Netflix has a number of series on their 2020 schedule, including an adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s “Firefly Lane,” starring Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke, and “Madam C.J. Walker” (based on “One Her Own Ground” by A'Lelia Bundles), which was filmed in Hespeler last year and stars Octavia Spencer and Tiffany Haddish.

Be sure to check out our full list of upcoming page-to-screen adaptations. Which one are you most looking forward to? Tell us in the comments below!


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Dune by Frank Herbert is being adapted into a major motion picture by a award winning Quebec director named Denis Villneneau.