New year, new you… or shall we say NEW MOVIE ADAPTATIONS?
2020 was certainly the year for reading; when life gets unpredictable, books are always there to ground us. And now, a new batch of stories we love are being adapted to film in the coming year. Here is a list of nine movie adaptations of some of our favorite books to expect in 2021!
Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale is to be made into a movie and will be on December 22nd of 2021. This World War II drama is set in a Nazi-occupied village of Carriveau France, while two sisters are forced to host a German officer in their home. The older sister, Vianne Mauriac, is confronted with the difficulty of balancing obedience to the soldier and protecting her daughter. And younger sister, Isabelle Rossignol, is much more liberal in rejection this officer’s demands and German occupation in general. Can this family work together to survive and find personal freedom? This work is an epic exploration of female strength, resistance and resilience.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han, the third installment in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, will be available on January 22nd, 2021 to watch on Netflix. The love letter writing Lara Jean is now a senior in high school, and living up her life! Excited for a class trip to New York City, her father’s wedding, prom, and of course her long-time relationship with a gorgeous boyfriend, Peter, she never expects the thing to take a turn for the worst. Lara Jean must choose between her head and her heart as all she has planned for comes screeching to an unexpected halt.
Coming to the big screen October 1st, 2021, is the film adaptation for Frank Hebert’s sci-fi novel, Dune. Paul Atreides, heir apparent to the House of Atreides, is living in the wake of his family’s recent take over of desert planet, Arrakis, which contains the most rare and in demand commodity in the galaxy. But with great power comes great opposition and vulnerability. Atreides and his family become the next target for victims of a struggling society. A sci-fi novel that merges politics with religion, and mysticism with adventure, Herbert has created an epic to stand the tests of time. As the next and most promising remake of Dune thus far, sci-fi buffs will be excited to see what becomes of this new adaptation.
The adaption for A.J. Finn’s popular thriller, The Woman in the Window, is assumed to be hitting theaters in 2021, as the original release for this film was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Anna Fox- a New York City recluse, agoraphobic, alcoholic, and former psychologist- spends her days spying on her neighbors from the safety of her apartment. While watching one particular family across the street through the lens of her camera, she witnesses a shocking and confusing crime. But, due to Anna’s physical state during the event, her testimony doesn’t weigh much. Uncertain of what is true an imagined, Anna struggles with discerning the truth of what she saw and with convincing others of its legitimacy. The ambiguous mystery and character involved will keep you guessing until the last page.
The adaptation for Gregory Maguire’s Wicked is expected to release in 2021, depicting the imagined life of the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba. After also having inspired the hit Broadway musical of the same name about the misunderstood witch, Wicked tells the amusing and heartfelt story of love, magic, and what it means to be different.
The adaptation for Francine Rivers’ Christian drama, Redeeming Love, is due to release in early 2021. As a retelling of the Bible story of Hosea, and set during the California gold rush, the life of Angel- working in a brothel and disenchanted with life- is forever changed when Michael Hosea receives a message from God that Angel is the woman he is meant to marry. Rescuing her from her life of abuse, Michael takes her back to his country home where he rehabilitates her and grows to love her imperfections. However, as grateful as she is for his help, Angel can’t help but feel unworthy. It’s only when she realizes that Hosea was not her true savior that she is finally freed from her own shackles and allows herself to love Michael in return.
As the introductory novel to his sci-fi Foundation series, fans of Asimov will be thrilled for the movie adaptation of Foundation in 2021. Set in a distant future, psychohistorian, Hari Seldon, discovers that after twelve thousand years in power, the Galactic Empire is careening toward utter destruction. And, through his deductions with the cycle of history, he learns that this collapse estimates 30,000 years of Dark Ages to follow. In response to these shocking findings, and in order to secure his safety and shorten his dark period, Seldon creates Foundation. Foundation is a planet that will contain the strongest minds and knowledge of humanity, and Seldon sets up events in significant moments in history that will protect Foundation during the fall of the Galactic Empire.
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men after the Noise germ kills all girls and women and has left everyone else able to hear one another’s thoughts on New World. Although all thoughts are perceptible to everyone else, not everything is shared. Todd knows that the village is hiding something. A secret dangerous enough for him to flee into the forest with his dog, whose voice he also hears. As the town settlers aggressively search for him, Todd finds a creature whose thoughts he cannot perceive: a girl. As Todd wonders who this girl is and why she survived the Noise germ, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.” The film adaptation of this novel, Chaos Walking, starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, will be released January 22nd, 2021.
Last, but not least, on this list of movie versions of books to look forward to is Eric Jager’s The Last Duel. Expected to release on October 15th of 2021, Jager’s story about “three unforgettable characters caught in a fatal triangle of crime, scandal, and revenge” is based on true events of Normandy and Paris’ history in 1386. During the Hundred years’ War between France and England, Norman knight, Jean de Carroughes, learns his wife has been brutally raped by squire Jacques Le Gris. A “trial by combat” is decreed by court, and if Carroughes fails, his wife will be put the death as well under pretences of falsely accusing. To be released October 15th, 2021, The Last Duel is sure to make noise.