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Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution. Based on Queen of Scots: the True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy.

If Beale Street could talk

A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit. Based on If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin.

The city & the city

Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad in the European city-state of Beszel, investigates the murder of a student from Beszel's twin-city of Ul Qoman - which occupies the same space but is perceived differently. Based on The City & the City by China Mieville.

The front runner

In 1987, U.S. Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair. Based on "All The Truth Is Out" by Matt Bai.

Can you ever forgive me?

When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception. Based on "Can You Ever Forgive Me" by Lee Israel.

Les misérables

Follows Jean Valjean as he evades capture by the unyielding Inspector Javert. Set against a backdrop of post-Napoleonic France as unrest begins to grip the city of Paris once more. Based on Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.

The wife

A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm to see her husband receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Based on The Wife by Meg Wolitzer.

The Sisters Brothers

In 1850s Oregon, the infamous duo of assassins, Eli and Charlie Sisters, chase a gold prospector and his unexpected ally. Based on The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt.

The hate u give

Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. Based on The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

The girl in the spider's web

Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials. Based on The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz.

The bookshop

England 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. Based on "The Bookshop" by Penelope Fitzgerald.

First man

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Based on First Man by James R. Hansen.

Boy erased

The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents. Based on Boy Erased by Garrard Conley.

Beautiful boy

Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. Based on Beautiful Boy by David Sheff and Tweak by Nic Sheff.

Far from the tree

Far from the Tree examines the experiences of families in which parents and children are profoundly different from one another in a variety of ways. Based on Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon.

A simple favor

Stephanie is a single mother with a parenting vlog who befriends Emily, a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate. Based on A Simple Favor by Darcy Bell.

Nancy Drew and the hidden staircase

A bit of an outsider struggling to fit into her new surroundings, Nancy and her pals set out to solve a mystery, make new friends, and establish their place in the community. Based on The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene.

Agatha Raisin.

The Cotswolds-based PR guru turned amateur sleuth returns for a series of comedic murder-mysteries based on the books by M.C. Beaton.

The darkest minds

Imprisoned by an adult world that now fears everyone under 18, a group of teens form a resistance group to fight back and reclaim control of their future. Based on The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

The house with a clock in its walls

A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world. Based on The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs.

Christopher Robin

A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life. Based on the works of A.A. Milne.

The meg

After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible. Based on The Meg by Steve Alten.

Juliet, naked

Juliet, Naked is the story of Annie (the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan) and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded, singer-songwriter, Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan's musical obsession. Based on Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby.

Crazy rich Asians

This contemporary romantic comedy follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family. Based on Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.

BlacKkKlansman

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth.

Indian Horse

Follows the life of Canadian First Nations boy, Saul Indian Horse, as he survives residential school and life amongst the racism of the 1970s. A talented hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles stereotypes and alcoholism. Based on Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese.

On Chesil Beach

In 1962 England, a young couple find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. Based on On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan.

How to talk to girls at parties

An alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon. Based on the short story "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" by Neil Gaiman (find this story in Gaiman's short story collection, Fragile Things).

Adrift

A true story of survival, as a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. Based on "Red Sky in Mourning" by Tami Ashcraft.

Ready player one

When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Based on Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.