Consisting of five short films; "Father's Day", "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill", "Something to Tide You Over", "The Crate" and "They're Creeping Up on You!", Creepshow is King's screenwriting debut
All your favorite books are being made into shows! Here are nine highly anticipated TV adaptations of favorite books set to premiere in 2020.
1. The Outsider
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The Outsider, based on the novel by Stephen King, premiered on HBO on January 12, 2020 and will conclude on March 8. You can catch up on HBO’s digital platform and watch live on Sundays at 9/8c. The Outsider follows the investigation of the gruesome murder of a young boy and the deceiving evidence that leaves a small town questioning everything they know.
2. Locke and Key
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Locke and Key is loosely based on the comic book series by Joe Hill and premiered on Netflix on February 7, 2020. It will run as a ten-part series. Locke and Key tells the story of three siblings who move to their ancestral home after the murder of their father. There, they discover magical keys which are also being sought out by a demon.
3. The Good Lord Bird
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The Good Lord Bird based on the 2013 novel by James McBride is set to premiere on Showtime on February 16, 2020 at 9/8c. Ethan Hawke will both executive produce and star in the limited series which chronicles the journey of abolitionist John Brown, told from the perspective of a fictional enslaved boy named Onion. Onion helps Brown during the Bleeding Kansas uprisings.
4. Little Fires Everywhere
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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng will be adapted into a limited series for Hulu with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington executive producing and starring in the series. It will premiere March 18, 2020 and is one of the most anticipated series of this year. It follows two mothers who are brought together through their children’s friendship, which eventually unearths dark secrets.
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Bridgerton, another highly anticipated series, is based on the series of historical romance novels by Julia Quinn. The series will be produced by Shonda Rhimes and is set to debut on Netflix later this year. This series is set in the 1800s and follows each of the eight Bridgerton children.
6. I Know This Much is True
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I Know This Much is True will be a limited series on HBO, set to debut later this year. Mark Ruffalo will executive produce and star in the series based on the novel by Wally Lamb. The series will follow identical twin brothers, one of whom suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. It is a story of betrayal, sacrifice, and forgiveness as the brothers struggle with their relationship with one another.
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Invincible is an upcoming animated series set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 2020. It is based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, which follows teenager Mark Grayson, whose father happens to be the most powerful superhero on the planet. However, after his seventeenth birthday, Mark begins developing powers of his own. The series will follow teenage superhero Mark, as he navigates his new powers under his father’s tutelage.
8. Nine Perfect Strangers
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Nine Perfect Strangers will reunite Nicole Kidman and producers of the hit series, Big Little Lies to premiere on Hulu in late 2020. Kidman will also star in the series which is based on the novel Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, who is responsible for writing the best-selling novel Big Little Lies. The series will follow nine strangers as they gather at a boutique wellness resort with the common goal of resetting and reinvigorating their lives. However, things take a turn, and these strangers have no idea just how challenging this retreat will be.
9. Normal People
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Normal People will premiere on Hulu as a twelve-part series in the later half of 2020. The series is based on the popular novel by the same name, written by Sally Rooney. This series will follow main characters Marianne and Connell as they navigate an unlikely on-again, off-again relationship throughout their teenage and young adult lives.
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Whether you celebrate this month’s holiday of Thanksgiving or not, the cold season brings us a lot to be thankful for. Family, friends, warm clothes, and of course enough book content to fill your plate ten times over! So round the family up, and enjoy these amazing adaptations Netflix and Hulu have to offer.
Every new release has been put into categories and include the Netflix and Hulu release dates to boot! Click on the titles or where it says “book” or “novel” to either the watch film/show trailer or to purchase the original book!
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- Margaret Atwood: A Word After a Word After a Word is Power (2019 Documentary) – November 19th, Hulu
- Vita & Virginia (2019 Film) – based on the story of the love affair between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf (November 22, Hulu)
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- Fever Pitch (2005 Film) – based on the book Fever Pitch: A Fan’s Life by Nick Hornby (November 1st, Hulu)
- Under the Tuscan Sun (2003 Film) – based on the novel by Frances Mayes (November 1st, Hulu)
- Let It Snow (2019 Film) – based on the novel Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green (November 8th, Netflix)
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- A Simple Plan (1998 Film) – based on the novel by Scott B. Smith (November 1st, Hulu)
- Denial (2016 Film) – based on the book Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier by Deborah E. Lip Lipstadt (November 4th, Hulu)
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998 Film) – based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson (November 1st, Netflix)
- The Christmas Candle (2013 Film) – based on the novel by Max Lucado (November 1st, Netflix)
- The King (2019 Film) – based on historical events and several plays from William Shakespeare’s Henriad (consisting of the plays Richard II, Henry IV Part 1 & 2, Henry V) (November 1st, Neftlix)
- Wings of the Dove (1997 Film) – based on the novel by Henry James (November 15th, Hulu)
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- Escape from Alcatraz (1979 Film) – based on the crime novel by J. Campbell Bruce (November 1st, Hulu)
- The Irishman (2019 Film) – based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt (November 27th, Netflix)
- La Reina Del Sur/The Queen of the South (Season 2) – based on the book by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (November 29th, Netflix)
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- The Counterfeit Traitor (1962 Film) – based on the nonfiction novel by Alexander Klein (November 1st, Hulu)
- The Firm (1993 Film) – based on the novel by John Grisham (November 1st, Hulu)
- Earthquake Bird (2019) – based on the novel by Susanna Jones (November 15th, Netflix)
- Apple Tree Yard (Season 1) – based on the novel by Louise Doughty (November 19th, Hulu)
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- Interview with a Vampire (1994 Film) – based on the Gothic novel by Anne Rice (November 1st, Hulu)
- Rosemary’s Baby (1968 Film) – based on the novel by Ira Levin (November 1st, Netflix)
- The Ring (2002 Film) – based on the novel by Koji Suzuki (November 1st, Hulu)
- NOS4A2 (Season 1) – based on the book by Joe Hill (November 26th, Hulu)
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- Fantastic Four (2005 Film) – based on the Marvel comic series (November 1st, Hulu)
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Season 1 & 2) – based on the manga by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (November 1, Netflix)
- The Deep (Season 3) – based on the comic by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer (November 1, Netflix)
- The End of the F***ing World (Season 2) – based on the graphic novel by Charles Forsman (November 5th, Netflix)
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- Hello Ninja (Season 1) – based on the children’s book by N. D. Wilson (November 1st, Netflix)
- Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2002 Film) – based on the folktales of Sinbad from the Middle Eastern book One Thousand and One Nights (November 1st, Hulu)
- Green Eggs and Ham (Season 1) – based on Dr. Seuss’ book of the same name (November 8th, Netflix)
- Llama Llama (Season 2) – based on the children’s book by Anna Dewdney (November 15th, Netflix)
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The final two episodes won’t air until July 28th but NOS4A2 has already been renewed for a second season!
Based on the bestselling novel by Joe Hill, the story, praised by the Library Journal as “fascinating and utterly engaging,” predominantly follows a woman trying to save her son from a vicious, supernatural killer who has set his sights on him.
With an audience score of 75% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s little surprise that the series based on the bestselling novel by Joe Hill is getting a second season. What’s more interesting is how the second season will play out.
The first season only deals with about half the novel, although its hard to say given that the final two episodes won’t air until the 28th, but it’s already made some vast changes from its source material.
Showrunner and executive producer Jami O’Brien told Cheatsheet before the first season aired that, “…one of our first kinds of departures from the book was to get all these guys closer together so they could actually interact including Maggie [Leigh, played by Jahkara Smith.]”
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Author Joe Hill was on board with the changes, noting, “One thing about an adaptation is that there’s more room for the characters to breathe because even in a 700-page novel you kind of only dip in”.
Ashleigh Cummings, who plays Victoria “Vic” McQueen also noted that the “…eighteen-year-old Vic in the book is quite different to eighteen-year-old Vic that we meet in the show because we kind of need to give her a character arc…”
While we haven’t seen the characters complete their arcs yet and become the characters we know and love from the book, it’ll be interesting to see where they end up when the season one finale hits.
Still, we’re already smiling because it’s exciting to already know that a second season is coming. It will be comprised of ten episodes, the same as the first season, and we’ll continue with these new versions of characters we’ve come to love.
However, given that Vic has different characteristics and there is more mingling between characters than in the books, it’s difficult to say how close this second season will be to the books.
But it should be an interesting one given that O’Brien has stated “I love the characters and the world, and our colleagues at AMC have been wonderful partners. I’m grateful to be playing in the NOS4A2 sandbox.”
So are we!
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