While I've heard that some theaters are open, many of the films adapted from books that were originally planned for this year—both theatrical and streaming—have been pushed into 2021. Though disappointing in many ways, on the positive side, these delays mean we have a little more time to read the books before we see the movies. Here are some of the page-to-screen adaptations we're looking forward to.
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder
Published in 2017, Nomadland chronicles journalist Jessica Bruder's venture into a modern subculture of workers: those unable to make ends meet in low-wage jobs or on social security, who have chosen nomadic lives following the jobs while living in RVs and camper vans. In the film adaptation, Frances McDormand stars—as a woman who loses her factory job and heads out in her van through the American West as a 21st century nomadic worker—while a couple of the people profiled in the book also feature. Currently scheduled for a February 2021 release.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
I love Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking trilogy and can't wait to see the movie based on the first book, The Knife of Never Letting Go. Todd Hewitt's town is populated only by men, all of whom constantly hear each other's thoughts. The so-called Noise germ took away silence, and caused the death of the town's entire female population, but just as he is about to become an adult himself, Todd realizes the town is hiding dark secrets and he runs away with only his dog to accompany him—a dog whose voice Todd can also hear in his head. And the two of them encounter what should not be possible: a girl, and silence. The movie is titled Chaos Walking and is currently set to release in January 2021.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
This is the final book in the To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy to be adapted for film; the first two books have already been hit films on Netflix. In Always and Forever, Lara Jean, Lara Jean is a happy high school senior, her dad is getting remarried, and her sister Margot is coming home for the summer. Lara Jean's relationship with Peter is better than ever, but what will happen when she goes to college? Big decisions must be made and the final book in this trilogy is as delightful as its predecessors. We'd expected to see the movie adaptation of Always and Forever, Lara Jean in the spring of this year but Netflix postponed and we are still waiting for a final release date. While not confirmed, recent speculation puts the release as February 2021.
French Exit by Patrick deWitt
Patrick deWitt is an editor favorite, and we chose French Exit as one of the Best Books of the Month when it published in 2018. It's a dark comedy about a wealthy widow named Frances Price who takes off for Paris with her odd and apathetic son, Malcolm, after their comfortable New York lives are threatened with financial ruin and scandal. deWitt's characters are pitch perfect in a satire of high society that is surprising, thoughtful, and very funny. I'm excited to see Michelle Pfeiffer in the role of Frances in the film adaptation. Scheduled for February 2021.
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