Director of Warm Bodies, 50/50, and The Wackness, Jonathan Levine is set to direct the upcoming Hulu limited series, Nine Perfect Strangers based on the novel by Liane Moriarty.
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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Season 2 of Big Little Lies is here! Watch this video to get filled in on what you need to know about season 2 of this award-winning show.
HBO’s Big Little Lies is back with a bang, this time featuring famed actress Meryl Streep. This could never have been without an unlikely connection with the author.
As engaging and exciting as the series has been, a second season was never planned by author Liane Moriarty. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Big Little Lies was “intended as a limited series, the first season was an adaptation of Moriarty’s novel, with the seven episodes covering all the source material.”
However, due to the huge following the first season garnered, HBO wanted to keep going, and Moriarty had to come up with new material. After some time she found a break in her writer’s block with the new character, Mary Louise Wright, who was created with Meryl Streep in mind.
Mary Louise Wright is the mother to one of the main heroine’s husband, Perry, who (spoiler alert) is killed by one of the main characters. Perry’s mother’s role in Season 2 becomes a new threat to the main 5, as the truth of what happened to Perry would put them all in danger. Mary Louise is determined to learn the truth of what happened to her son, which just adds to the drama and tension in the story.
Thanks to Meryl Streep’s phenomenal acting, all the drama and tension that this new character adds is magnified to an extraordinary level. Just take a look at this one scene.
None of this would have happened if not for a mysterious connection that Moriarty had no idea she was making with Streep as she made the character with her in mind. For the famed actress, it only took her one look at the script and she was all for joining the cast. This is all thanks to Mary Louise’s name, which happens to be Meryl Streep’s given name.
Author Liane Moriarty really did create the character with Streep in mind, she just didn’t realize to what extent!
Check out this chilling clip below!
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Big Little Lies, the hit HBO series that stars some of Hollywood’s most epic and powerful women, is almost here with its second season.
Entertainment shared Reese Witherspoon’s promo for the show’s return and fans are already hyped.
The new season will see the return of core cast members Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, and Laura Dern. Meryl Streep guest stars as the mother-in-law to Kidman’s character.
Martin Donovan (Weeds), Crystal Fox, Douglas Smith, and Adam Smith will be joining as well.
While little is known about the upcoming season’s plot, Streep’s character is confirmed to be obsessed with hunting down her son’s murderer. The rest of the cast will be trying to keep the truth from her, for as long as they can.
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In the meantime you can also check out Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarity’s follow up novel, Nine Perfect Strangers, Her new book might not focus on the core cast, but nowadays, spinoffs set in the same fictional universe are always a possibility, and would make for an even more enjoyable read.
Big Little Lies returns on June 9th.
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