2020 was a rough year – I think we can all agree on that. COVID-19 affected all aspects of life, but most notably in my life was the closing of movie theaters and delayed release dates for both TV shows and movies. Some movies even went directly to streaming services (though I’m not too upset about that, because the two I watched were big flops and I’m glad I didn’t waste my money in the theater…). I’m hoping 2021 will not follow suit, but I’m not so sure. I usually will post upcoming book-to-screen adaptations for the year, but with how horribly 2020 went, I’m hesitant. My post for the 2020 adaptations was dead wrong. Literally like 3 of those were actually released. So this year, I thought I’d just gather a collection of adaptations I’m looking forward to, whether they have a release date for this year or they’re just in the works in general. Kind of a mess, I know—it stresses me out too. But here we go.
Anticipated Book-to-Screen Adaptations
Chaos Walking (based on Patrick Ness’s The Knife of Never Letting Go) — March 5, 2021
Will we finally get this film this year? It’s been delayed about seven thousand times, most recently from January 2021 to March 2021. Sigh. Honestly, the trailer looks a hot mess. I’m trying not to get my hopes up, because I really did adore the Chaos Walking trilogy. I guess I now have to wait two more months to find out. Unless they push it again…
Dune (based on Frank Herbert’s Dune) — December 18, 2021
Another pushed-back film, Dune is one that I’m not sure I’ll read the book for… As you most likely know, I have a strict policy of reading the book first. But Dune, though often credited as being one of the best sci-fi novels of all time, sounds kind of boring. I love sci-fi, but a spice war? Or, drug war? I don’t know. I don’t know a lot about it. Maybe I’ll give it a shot, since I now have until December to read it first.
To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean (based on Jenny Han’s Always and Forever, Lara Jean) — TBA (expected this year, most likely in February)
I’m really sad to see this series come to an end! I loved the books, and I especially this last one, where we really see Lara’s character arc come through. There’s no official release date yet, but most likely it’ll come out in February, around Valentine’s Day. I’m excited for this adorable finale!
There’s Someone Inside Your House (based on Stephanie Perkins’s novel of the same name) — TBA (expected sometime this year)
I was super excited to hear Netflix was adapting this novel into a movie! Though I think a series would have been cool. Regardless, this book creeped me out and left me on the edge of my seat, so I’m sure the movie will do the same. It’s expected sometime this year–October would make sense. But I’m ready for it NOW.
Artemis (based on Andy Weir’s novel of the same name) — TBA
I hated this book. Like, Hated with a capital H. It was such a disappointment after Weir’s incredible novel The Martian. I even like The Martian‘s adaptation. I’m hoping maybe the adaptation of Artemis will make up for the shitshow that the novel is, but we’ll see. I’ll probably see it out of pure curiosity.
The Tragedy of Macbeth (based on William Shakespeare’s novel Macbeth) — TBA
I love Shakespeare. I know some people say they like Shakespeare, but I mean, I really love Shakespeare. As an English major, I took an entire class dedicated to studying the ol’ Bard and it was one of my favorites. I’ve watched many adaptations of Shakespeare’s works, both cinematic and dramatic, so I’ll be interested to see how we interpret this text in 2021 on the big screen.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (based on Douglas Adams’s series of the same name) — TBA
Hulu is apparently taking on this adaptation, which is supposed to be a modern take on the classic. I myself haven’t read Hitchhiker’s yet, but it’s on my TBR for the year and I’m really excited. I know lovers of the series are hesitant about Hulu’s upcoming adaptation—I’ll be sure to let you know how nervous I am after finally reading this classic.
Shadow and Bone (based on Leigh Bardugo’s series of the same name and series Six of Crows) — April 2021
I haven’t yet read these series, but I am hoping to at least start them this year. I will probably wait to watch the series later down the road after reading the books, but nonetheless I am excited.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians (based on Rick Riordan’s series of the same name) — TBA
When Rick Riordan announced the MASSIVE news that Disney+ would be adapting the PJO series, WITH Riordan actually being a part of the process, I was overjoyed. I never watched The Sea of Monsters movie that came out after absolutely hating the first one, but I’m really glad they stopped while they were behind. This upcoming series probably tops my list of most anticipated adaptations. I know it probably won’t be released for at least another year, but I’ll be eagerly waiting as long as I have to.
The Witcher, S2 (based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s series of the same name) — 2021
So, real talk: I haven’t watched S1 of The Witcher yet. I know, I know. How could I not? I adore Henry Cavill. And my fiancé really liked it. So maybe before S2 comes out, I’ll cave and watch the first season.
You, S3 (based on Caroline Kepnes’s series of the same name) — 2021
I have no idea how S3 is going to go. For the first two seasons, I had an idea thanks to the books. But S3 is totally uncharted territory. THEN I find out Kepnes is publishing a third book in April!? There’s no way this book and S3 will coincide. No way. S2 was almost a completely different story compared to book 2. I’m not sure S3 and book 3 will have anything in common. But we’ll see. I’m pretty excited to compare the two!
A little different than previous years’ posts, but I hope this post was just as interesting for you. And hopefully I gave you some new information about your favorite books and series! Are you excited for any of these? Are there other adaptations this year (or in the future) you’re looking forward to? Let me know in the Comments!