6 March 2020

10 Upcoming Adaptations To Get Excited About

After reading, watching TV and movies is our second favourite activity. When we reunite a few times a year we always try to binge at least one season or series together - some favourites in the past have been The Fall, Fleabag, and Sharp Objects - which is of course, a book adaptation! Here's a look at some upcoming books being turned into TV and movies in the future that we are very excited to check out.

I asked for this book for Christmas so that I could prepare for this miniseries coming to HBO Max. I was in my glory when the press release for new programming came out and took a lot of notes about what books I want to read in preparation. Emily St. John Mandel is a Canadian author and her book Station Eleven is about a "swine flu-like" pandemic that kills off most of the world's population. I feel like this is related reading given all the panic about the coronavirus. Vancouver-raised actress Mackenzie Davis (one of my boyfriend's celebrity crushes) is set to star and the series will be directed by Hiro Murai who works on Atlanta which is AMAZING. Very excited for this one!

I have not read this series (even though I pledged to after I included Crazy Rich Asians in our last post like this) but I LOVED the Crazy Rich Asians movie adaptation. I loved the cast, the music, the way it looked visually and I cried real tears at that beautiful bougie wedding scene. China Rich Girlfriend is the next in the series and follows the same characters as they focus on their own wedding. It will be the same writing/directing team which is fantastic news and I just think it's bound to be another great adaptation.

I bought this book just a few weeks ago because I liked the teaser trailer released by Hulu and because I saw this book included on so many celebrity lists of the year. If you follow me on Twitter you know that I complain once a week about Canadians not having access to Hulu... this is one of those shows I'll be willing to buy online if it doesn't come to one of the many streaming services I already pay for. The book is written by an Irish author and follows the relationship between too fundamentally different young people over a long period of time. The two stars of the miniseries are essentially unknown and I'm excited to see their performance!

I'm pretty sure I read this book in high school and it was one of my first pleasant experiences with a required reading list. I don't know why but I always resist dystopian fiction but then really like it. This book is very famous and won a lot of fiction awards in its day, a lot of people compared it to Orwell's 1984. It's about a futuristic state where everyone is 'programmed' to make society function better. The book being made into a miniseries that is going to be on NBC's upcoming streaming service called Peacock (what a dumb name). The protagonist will be played by Alden Ehrenreich who I really liked from a movie Meg & I watched together called The Yellow Birds. Jury is still out for me on whether or not I'll be getting Peacock but I'm sure I'll find a way to watch this regardless.

I am sort of interested in reading this and luckily my dad has a copy! I've never watched the David Lynch film version of Dune so I honestly have no idea what it's about. Denis Villeneuve is one of my favourite filmmakers with Sicario, ArrivalBlade Runner 2049, Incendes, etc all being four or five star movies. The cast is insane and this is definitely one of my most highly anticipated movies of 2020.

This may seem like a random choice but now that I'm pregnant I spend a LOT of time trying to recall all of children's books I loved so I can start collecting them for my kid. I loved Roald Dahl when I was younger and would re-read his stories over and over again. The Witches was hands down my favourite and even though the 1990 adaptation was VERY good, I'm super excited for this remake. It's going to be produced by Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water) and Alfonso CuarĂ³n (Roma), and directed by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) so you already know it's going to be a lot different than the first. I could be more excited about the casting - I'm not an Anne Hathaway fan and have a hard time seeing how she will rival Anjelica Huston in the original adaptation - but Octavia Spencer, Chris Rock, and Stanley Tucci are all starring as well so I'm sure it will all pan out. I'm really excited for this and it'll be a great movie to take my niece and nephew to go see.

I have never read an Agatha Christie novel or any mystery novel for that matter. I've been mildly interested in seeing the 1978 movie adaptation because of the cast (Jane Birkin, Mia Farrow, Bette Davis, Maggie Smith) and think it would be fun to watch back-to-back. I think the 2020 cast is well than impressive (I hate Gal Gadot) but I really enjoyed Rian Johnson's Knives Out and am ready for more plot-heavy mysteries.

I loved Big Little Lies so much and am about to start The Husband's Secret, also by Liane Moriarty, in advance of that being adapted for TV. Now we have Nine Perfect Strangers which will star Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy and is sure to be very good. I haven't read any of Meg's writeups for this but I know for certain she either has already or is about to bitch about Hulu not being available to Canadians and now is my time to shine! This amazing limited series is going to go to Hulu and I am pissed. I will have to find a way to buy it on its own somehow but it is unjust.

One of my all-time-favourite movie club themes we've had is easily the Michael Mann month (Heat, Manhunter, The Insider, Thief, Collateral, Miami Vice). His movies are exactly the sort of thing I want to watch over and over again. I knew I would pay anything for HBO Max when they announced they would be developing a TV show called Tokyo Vice from Michael Mann. The series is based on a memoir from an American journalist named Jake Adelstein and follows his pursuits in Japan. It will star Ansel Elgort and I will be watching live the night it airs!

This movie is set to release in May so if you want to read the book first, it's time to get a move on it. It seems like your typical mystery novel turns blockbuster but those get me every time. Tracy Letts who wrote the original play for August: Osage County wrote the adaptation so I do worry it will be incredibly depressing, but it is starring Amy Adams and Gary Oldman so I will for sure go see it.

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