Interested in finding out which upcoming new movies are based on books? Start browsing our list of current movie adaptations, it may even encourage you to decide on the next book you want to add to you reading list.
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Recent Popular Adaptations
Above Suspicion (2020)
Thriller directed by Phillip Noyce based on the book of the same name by Joe Sharkey. This is the true story of a newly married FBI agent, Mark Putnam (Jack Huston), assigned to an Appalachian mountain town in Kentucky. There, he is drawn into an illicit affair with an impoverished local woman, Susan Smith (Emilia Clarke), who becomes his star informant, but her ticket out turns into a disaster for both of them. The cast also includes Thora Birch, Johnny Knoxville, and Sophie Lowe.
Romantic drama sequel based on the novel of the same name by Anna Todd’s second book of the After series. We follow Tessa and Hardin (Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin) after the tumultuous beginning to their relationship. When a bombshell revelation is dropped about the origins of their relationship, and Hardin’s mysterious past, Tessa questions if Hardin is really the deep, thoughtful guy she fell in love, or has he been a stranger all along? The cast also includes Dylan Sprouse, Shane Paul McGhie, Candice King, Khadijha Red Thunder, Inanna Sarkis, Samuel Larsen, and Selma Blair.
All the Bright Places (2020)
Romantic drama based on the novel of the same name by Jennifer Niven. The story centers on Violet Markey (Elle Fanning) and Theodore Finch (Justice Smith), who meet and change each other’s lives forever. As they struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past, they come together, discovering that even the smallest places and moments can mean something. The cast also includes Alexandra Shipp, Keegan-Michael Key, Luke Wilson, and Kelli O’Hara.
Drama based upon the novel “Sorta Like a Rockstar” by Matthew Quick. The story follows optimistic musically gifted high school student, Amber Appleton (Auli’i Cravalho), with musical aspirations, but is homeless. When tragedy strikes, she must learn to accept help from her friends to overcome her personal hardships and fulfill her dreams. The cast also includes Rhenzy Feliz, Justina Machado, Fred Armisen, Carol Burnett, and Judy Reyes.
Sci-fi fantasy adventure directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on Eoin Colfer’s novel of the same name. The story follows Artemis Fowl II (Ferdia Shaw), a young Irish criminal mastermind, who kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer, Holly Short (Lara McDonnell), for ransom to fund the search for his missing father. The cast also includes Nonso Anozie, Hong Chau, Josh Gad, Judi Dench, Miranda Raison and Tamara Smart.
The Bay Of Silence (2020)
Thriller based novel of the same name by Lisa St Aubin de Terán. The story follows Will (Claes Bang), a husband who believes that his wife, Rosalind (Olga Kurylenko), is innocent of their son’s suspected murder, only to discover the devastating truth behind her past links her to another unsolved crime and if it could shed light on what happened to cause their son’s death. The cast also includes Brian Cox, Alice Krige, and Assaad Bouab.
Family adventure based “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London. The story follows a sled dog struggling for survival in the Alaskan wild. The cast includes Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Omar Sy, and Bradley Whitford.
Chaos Walking (2021)
Sci-fi thriller directed by Doug Liman based on the novel “The Knife of Never Letting Go”, the first novel of the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. The story follows Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) who lives on the distant planet of New World, has been brought up to believe that the Spackle released a germ that killed all the women and unleashed Noise on the remaining men. After discovering a patch of silence out in the swamp he soon discovers the source of the silence: a girl, named Viola Eade (Daisy Ridley). The cast also includes Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Kurt Sutter, Nick Jonas and David Oyelowo.
Chemical Hearts (2020)
Teen romantic drama based on the novel “Our Chemical Hearts” by Krystal Sutherland. The story follows Henry Page (Austin Abrams), a teenage student who considers himself a hopeless romantic but has never fallen in love. Austin aspires to be editor of the high school newspaper and lives happily focused on his studies to enter a good university, until Grace Town (Lili Reinhart) enters his class. His new partner is not exactly the girl of his dreams, but little by little he falls in love with her when the two children chosen to edit the institute newspaper.
Drama based upon the novel “Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom’s Small Prayer in a Big Way” by Laura Sobiech. The based on true events story centers on musically gifted seventeen year-old, Zach Sobiech (Fin Argus), who lives with a rare form of bone cancer. We follow his senior year as he navigates the complexities of love, friendship, family, and leaving behind a musical legacy. The cast also includes Sabrina Carpenter, Madison Iseman, Neve Campbell, Tom Everett Scott, and Lil Rel Howery.
Mystery thriller directed by Kenneth Branagh based on the novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. While on holiday in Egypt, world-renowned detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) sets out to find the murderer of a young heiress, Linnet Ridgeway Doyle (Gal Gadot), linked to a mysterious love triangle. The cast also includes Armie Hammer, Emma Mackey, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Rose Leslie, Sophie Okonedo, and Letitia Wright.
Thriller drama based on the novel of the same name by Donald Ray Pollock. Set in Ohio between the end of World War II and the beginning of the Vietnam War, the story follows various disturbed people who suffer from the damages of the post-war, and crime. The cast includes Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Bill Skarsgård, Riley Keough, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, Haley Bennett, Eliza Scanlen, and Mia Wasikowska.
Family fantasy based on the character Doctor Dolittle created by Hugh Lofting in a series of his children’s books. The story centers on famed doctor and veterinarian, Dr. John Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr.), who turns to treating animals because of his love for all creatures. When Dolittle discovers he can communicate with the animals, he embarks on a fantastical adventure. The cast also includes Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Harry Collett, Jessie Buckley, Emma Thompson, Tom Holland, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, and Octavia Spencer.
Sci-fi adventure based on the novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. The story centers on the son of a noble family, Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), who is entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy. The cast also includes Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.
Romantic comedy based on the novel of the same name by Jane Austen. The story centers on handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy), who is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along. The cast includes Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Josh O’Connor, and Callum Turner.
Mystery drama based on the book series of the same name by Nancy Springer. The story centers on Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown), Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes (Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin) rebellious teen sister. On the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola wakes to find that her mother, Eudoria Holmes (Helena Bonham Carter), has disappeared, leaving behind an odd assortment of gifts, but no apparent clue as to where she’s gone or why. As her brothers decide to send her off to finishing school, she instead sets off to find her mother on her own, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right.
Horror slasher comedy loosely based on the book “Freaky Friday” by Mary Rodgers. The story centers on seventeen-year-old Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton), who after swapping bodies with a deranged serial killer, The Butcher (Vince Vaughn), discovers she has less than 24 hours before the change becomes permanent. The cast also includes. The cast also includes Kathryn Newton, Vince Vaughn, Uriah Shelton, Alan Ruck, Katie Finneran, Celeste O’Connor, and Misha Osherovich.
The Glorias (2020)
Bio-drama based on the book “My Life on the Road” by Gloria Steinem. The story of Gloria Steinem (Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander), from her childhood to her leading role in the women’s liberation movement. The cast also includes Timothy Hutton, Lorraine Toussaint, Janelle Monáe, Bette Midler, and Lorraine Toussaint.
War drama directed by Aaron Schneider based on the novel “The Good Shepherd” by C. S. Forester. Inspired by true events, the story follows US Navy Commander Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks), who has to lead an Allied convoy being stalked by German U-boat wolf packs. The cast also includes Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo.
Psychological horror directed by Charlie Kaufman based on the novel of the same name by Iain Reid. The story centers on a young woman (Jessie Buckley), who even though is full of misgivings, travels with her new boyfriend, Jake (Jesse Plemons), to his parents’ secluded farm. Upon arriving, she comes to question everything she thought she knew about him, and herself. The cast also includes Toni Collette and David Thewlis.
Intrigo: Dear Agnes (2020)
Thriller based on the book trilogy of the same name by Håkan Nesser. The story follows Agnes (Carla Juri), who after the death of her husband is desperate for money. When she runs into her old friend, Henny (Gemma Chan), who is enraged at her unfaithful spouse, Peter (Jamie Sives), Henny makes Agnes a shocking offer, money to live a better life, if she will murder Peter.
Sci-fi horror based on the novel of the same name by H. G. Wells. The story centers on, Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss), who after her abusive ex-boyfriend commits suicide, begins to rebuild her life for the better. However, her sense of reality is put into question when she begins to suspect her former boyfriend is not actually dead as she had thought. The cast includes Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Storm Reid, Aldis Hodge, and Harriet Dyer.
The Last Thing He Wanted (2020)
Political thriller based on the book of the same name by Joan Didion. The story centers on journalist Elena McMahon (Anne Hathaway), who finds herself on dangerous ground when she abandons coverage of the 1984 presidential campaign to fulfill her father’s, Richard McMahon (Willem Dafoe), guilt-propelled errand. Cast into an international melee of politics and covert ops, Elena’s insists on revealing the players and causes of a region in turmoil. Cast also includes Ben Affleck, Rosie Perez, Edi Gathegi, Mel Rodriguez, and Toby Jones.
Let Him Go (2020)
Drama based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson. The story centers on retired sheriff George Blackledge (Kevin Costner) and his wife Margaret (Diane Lane), who are grieving over the death of their son. They set out to find their only grandson, and have to fight to rescue him from a dangerous off-grid family. The cast also includes Lesley Manville, Will Brittain, Jeffrey Donovan, Kayli Carter, and Booboo Stewart.
Lost Girls (2020)
Mystery drama based upon the book of the same name by Robert Kolker. When Mari Gilbert’s (Amy Ryan) daughter disappears, police inaction drives her own investigation to an insular gated community near the desolate outer banks of Long Island. Her discoveries force law enforcement and the media to uncover more than a dozen unsolved murders of sex workers, young lives Mari will not let the world forget. The cast also includes Thomasin McKenzie, Gabriel Byrne, Lola Kirke, Oona Laurence and Dean Winters.
Lost Girls and Love Hotels (2020)
Drama based on the book of the same name by Catherine Hanrahan who also wrote the screenplay. The story centers on American English teacher named Margaret (Alexandra Daddario) and her nightly pilgrimages through Tokyo’s glittering nightlife in an attempt to forget her painful past and discover new meaning in the arms of a mysterious Yakuza named Kazu (Takehiro Hira).
Marry Me (2020)
Romantic comedy based upon the graphic novel of the same name by Bobby Crosby. The story centers on pop superstar Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez), who finds out moments before her wedding, before an audience of their fans, that her rock-star fiancé Bastian (Maluma) cheated on her. So in an impulsive moment she marries a random guy, divorced high-school math teacher Charlie Gilbert (Owen Wilson), from the crowd instead. The cast includes Sarah Silverman, John Bradley, Michelle Buteau, and Chloe Coleman.
Drama based on the book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” by Jessica Bruder. The story follows Fern (Frances McDormand), who, after losing everything during the recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. The cast includes David Strathairn, Linda May, Charlene Swankie, and Bob Wells.
Fantasy comedy based on the children’s novel of the same name by Katherine Applegate. The story follows a gorilla named Ivan (Sam Rockwell) who lives in a cage in a suburban shopping mall with an aging elephant named Stella (Angelina Jolie), and a dog named Bob (Danny DeVito) with no recollection of how they got there. When a baby elephant named Ruby (Brooklynn Prince) shows up, Ivan starts to care for her as well and question his captivity. The cast also includes Bryan Cranston, Ramón Rodríguez, Ariana Greenblatt, and Helen Mirren.
The Outpost (2020)
War drama based on the book “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor” by Jake Tapper about the Battle of Kamdesh. The true story follows a small team of US soldiers, who battle against hundreds of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The cast includes Orlando Bloom, Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, Milo Gibson, Jack Kesy, and Will Attenborough.
Comedy drama based on the novel “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens. The story follows orphan David Copperfiel (Dev Patel), from infancy to adulthood as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England. As David sets out to be a writer, in his quest for family, friendship, romance and status, the story of his life is the most seductive tale of all. The cast also includes Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, Gwendoline Christie and Benedict Wong.
The Quarry (2020)
Mystery thriller directed by Scott Teems based on the novel of the same name by Damon Galgut. After murdering a traveling preacher, a fugitive drifter (Shea Whigham) travels to a small town and poses as the man he killed. Though the congregation loves the drifter’s sermons of forgiveness, the local police Chief Moore (Michael Shannon) is suspicious of the man. Soon a gruesome discovery at a local quarry forces the killer to fight for his freedom. The cast also includes Catalina Sandino Moreno, Bobby Soto, Bruno Bichir and Alvaro Martinez.
Bio-drama based on the graphic novel “Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Falloutby” Lauren Redniss. A story of the scientific and romantic passions of Marie (Rosamund Pike) and Pierre Curie (Sam Riley), and the reverberation of their discoveries throughout the 20th century.
Romantic thriller based on the novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. A young newlywed, Mrs. de Winter (Lily James), arrives at her husband’s, Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), imposing family estate on a windswept English coast and finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca, whose legacy lives on in the house long after her death. The cast also includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Goodman-Hill, Keeley Hawes, Sam Riley, and Ann Dowd.
The Rhythm Section (2020)
Action thriller based on his novel of the same name by Mark Burnell. The story centers on Stephanie Patrick (Blake Lively), a woman who seeks to uncover the truth behind a plane crash that killed her family, she was also meant to be on the flight. After she discovers that the crash was not accidental, she embarks on a mission to track down those responsible by assuming the identity of an assassin. The cast also includes Jude Law, Max Casella, and Sterling K. Brown.
Romantic drama inspired by self-help book “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne. The story follows young widow Miranda Wells (Katie Holmes), who is struggling to get by when she meets a stranger, Bray Johnson (Josh Lucas), who subscribes to a philosophy of positive thinking. The cast also includes Jerry O’Connell and Celia Weston.
Family fantasy based on the novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The story follows young orphaned Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx), who after being sent to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven (Colin Firth), begins to uncover family secret through the exposure to a wondrous secret garden, lost in the grounds of Misselthwaite Manor. The cast also includes Julie Walters, Edan Hayhurst, Amir Wilson, Isis Davis, and Maeve Dermody.
Bio-drama based on the novel of the same name by Susan Scarf Merrell. The story follows horror writer Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss), who is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlywed, Fred and Rose Nemser (Logan Lerman and Odessa Young), upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her husband, Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg). The couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door.
Action comedy based on the novel “Wonderland” by Ace Atkins. The story centers on ex-cop Spenser (Mark Wahlberg), who teams up with his MMA fighter roommate, Hawk (Winston Duke), when two Boston Police officers are murdered to help him investigate and bring down the criminals. The cast also includes Post Malone, Alan Arkin, Iliza Shlesinger, Bokeem Woodbine, and Marc Maron.
Drama based on the novel of the same name by Jerry Spinelli. The story follows Leo Borlock (Graham Verchere), an unassuming high schooler who finds himself inexplicably drawn to the free-spirited new girl, Susan ‘Stargirl’ Caraway (Grace VanderWaal), whose unconventional ways change how they see themselves and their world. The cast also includes Giancarlo Esposito, Karan Brar, Darby Stanchfield, and Maximiliano Hernández.
Teen romantic comedy sequel directed by Michael Fimognari based on the series of novels of the same name written by Jenny Han. We follow Lara Jean and Peter (Lana Condor and Noah Centineo), who have just have just taken their relationship from pretend to officially official. As their relationship starts to grow, another recipient of one of her old love letters enters the picture. The cast also includes Jordan Fisher, Anna Cathcart, John Corbett, Madeleine Arthur, Emilija Baranac, Trezzo Mahoro, Holland Taylor, Sarayu Blue, and Ross Butler.
True History of the Kelly Gang (2020)
Bio-drama directed by Justin Kurzel based on the novel of the same name by Peter Carey. Set during the 1870s, the story centers on legendary outlaw Ned Kelly (George MacKay) as he leads a band of rebel warriors as they flee from authorities. The cast also includes Nicholas Hoult, Thomasin McKenzie, Charlie Hunnam, Russell Crowe, Essie Davis, Orlando Schwerdt, and Sean Keenan.
The Turning (2020)
Supernatural horror adapted from the 1898 horror novella “The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James. The story follows a young nanny, Kate (Mackenzie Davis), who is hired to take care of two orphans, Flora (Brooklynn Prince) and Miles (Finn Wolfhard), and she starts to believe that their country mansion is haunted.
Comedy drama based on the novel of the same name by Ted Caplan and Jenni Hendricks. The story centers on Veronica (Haley Lu Richardson), a Missouri teen who is shocked to discover she is pregnant, and who sets off on a road trip with her ex-best friend, Bailey (Barbie Ferreira), in hopes of getting an abortion so that she can continue to pursue her Ivy League college dreams.
Waiting for the Barbarians (2020)
Drama based on the novel of the same name by J. M. Coetzee. The story follows an unnamed magistrate (Mark Rylance), of an isolated frontier settlement on the border of an unnamed empire, who begins to question his loyalty to the empire. The cast also includes Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson, Gana Bayarsaikhan and Greta Scacchi.
Family comedy based upon the novel of the same name by Robert Kimmel Smith. The story centers on Peter (Oakes Fegley) and his recently widowed grandfather Ed (Robert De Niro) who moves in with his family, forcing Peter to give up his bedroom. So Peter decides to declare war in an attempt to get his room back. The cast also includes Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Jane Seymour, Rob Riggle, and Cheech Marin.
Animated comedy based on the book of same name by Lois Lowry. Convinced they’d be better off raising themselves, the Willoughby children hatch a plan to send their selfish parents on vacation. The siblings then embark on their own high-flying adventure to adapt their old-fashioned values to the contemporary world as they try to find the true meaning of family. The cast includes Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara, Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski, and Ricky Gervais.
Mystery thriller directed by Joe Wright based on the novel of the same name by A. J. Finn. The story centers on Dr. Anna Fox (Amy Adams), a psychologist who ends up in the middle of a crime scene while spying on her new neighbors, Alistair and Jane Russell (Gary Oldman and Julianne Moore), leaving her to determine whether or not to alert the cops. The cast also includes Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Psychological horror based on the novel of the same name by Daniel Kehlmann. The story follows screenwriter Theo Conroy (Kevin Bacon), who travels to a remote modern house in the Welsh countryside with his wife, Susanna (Amanda Seyfried), and daughter, Ella (Avery Essex), so that he can write the sequel to his hit movie, but a severe case of writer’s block sends him spiraling into a mental breakdown.