Great movies based on great books in 2020, The Woman In The Window with Amy Adams, Greyhound with Tom Hanks, The Witches with Ann Hathaway and Octavia Spencer, Dune with Zendaya, and Fatherhood with Kevin Hart.

Written by: Laura Sonn – May 1st, 2020 8:56pm pst

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Raise your hand if you haven’t changed out of your pj’s for days, have eaten more meals from a box than you care to admit, and don’t know what day it is. Congrats! This must mean you’re still in quarantine. But fear not, friends. I’ve got a list of book-adapted movies still being released in 2020 to help you pass the time. Here’s what you should be reading to stay ahead of the quaran-curve.

The Woman In The Window (May 2020)

Based on the novel of the same name by A.J. Finn

Starring Amy Adams. Directed by Joe Wright.

This film might be the film I’m most excited about, partly because it combines three of my favorite things: thrillers, Amy Adams, and Black Mirror. 

The novel, written by A.J. Finn, is a gripping, exciting and quick read. Amy Adams plays Dr. Anna Fox, an agoraphobic who, despite her heavily medicated and wine-induced lifestyle, believes she’s witnessed the murder of a neighbor from her window. What ensues is a dark and twisted journey told from Fox’s perspective that leaves the reader wondering what is real, what is fantasy, and what secrets each of the characters are desperately trying to keep hidden.

Director Joe Wright also directed the Black Mirror episode “Nosedive”, which starred a slowly-unraveling Bryce Dallas Howard in her quest for perfection and social media status. Knowing that Wright has excelled in the arena of women-on-the-verge-of-a-meltdown, I am thrilled to see how he tackles Finn’s nail-biter. The film is scheduled to be released May 15, 2020.

Greyhound (June 2020)

Based on the novel The Good Shepherd by C.S.Forester. 

Starring/Screenplay by Tom Hanks. Directed by Aaron Schneider.

Long before Tom Hanks famously became the first major celeb to contract and recover from COVID-19, he adapted the screenplay and signed on to play the hero of this World War II film. Navy Cmdr. Ernest Krause (played by Hanks) leads a fleet of 37 Allied ships across the North Atlantic while hot on the trails of a wolfpack of German U-boats. Krause, who has been assigned to command the USS Keeling (code name Greyhound) not only faces the very real tangible threats all around him, but must also defeat his own inner criticisms and personal demons to lead the fleet to victory. 

The film wrapped in August 2018 and was originally intended for release in Spring 2020, but has since been pushed to June 2020.

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The Witches (October 2020)

Based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl

Starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer. Directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Move over scrunchies, Doc Martens and Friends…there’s a new wave of 90’s nostalgia in town.  The Witches, a dark fantasy by Roald Dahl first published in 1983 and first adapted to film in 1990, is making a comeback to the big screen in October 2020. The novel tells the story of an unnamed seven-year-old boy who curiously stumbles upon a convention of witches during a stay with his grandmother at a hotel, and, when found out, is turned into a mouse by the Grand High Witch (played by Anne Hathaway in the film and Anjelica Huston in the 1990 version). 

Director Robert Zemeckis, who is known for bringing larger-than-life characters to the big screen in a zany but memorable way (think Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future I, II, and III, and Death Becomes Her), also served as co-writer on the screenplay alongside The Shape of Water’s Guillermo Del Toro and Kenya Barris. 

Death on the Nile (October 2020)

Based on the 1937 novel by Agatha Christie

Starring Gal Gadot & Armie Hammer. Directed by Kenneth Branagh

I’m not going to lie…I haven’t really read Agatha Christie since my (I’m sure) riveting performance as Vera Clathorne in And Then There Were None my junior year of high school. However, she’s been making quite the big screen splash the past few years, last year with Murder On the Orient Express and now with Death on the Nile. This third film adaptation of the 1937 novel, starring Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette Benning and actor/writer/producer Kenneth Branagh, follows detective Hercule Poirot aboard the steamer Karnak as he races to solve the Christie-classic murder-mystery. 

While I didn’t love last year’s remake of Murder…Express, I did find it visually stunning and hope the Egyptian-set Nile would be equally as exciting. The film, previously set to release December 2019, will be released October 9th, 2020.

Dune (November 2020) 

Based off of the novel by Frank Herbert

Starring Zendaya, Timothée Chalamet. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. 

The Time: far future. The Place: Planet Arrakis, also known as Dune, a distant planet on which humans have discovered the most valuable substance to them in the universe: “the spice”, which has the ability to extend human life, provides superhuman levels of thought, and allows “foldspace travel” (traveling extremely far distances without actually moving by “folding” space). 

I’ll give it to them, I’m not really a sci-fi kinda gal, but this film has a killer cast, including Zendaya, Timothée Chalamet, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, and more, so I’m likely to give it a shot. It’s scheduled to be released in November 2020.

Fatherhood (Oct 2020)

Based off of the memoir Two Kisses for Maddy by Matt Logelin.

Starring Kevin Hart. Directed by Paul Weitz

Looking for a good, cathartic cry? Grab your tissues and settle in because this one is a real heart-tugger. Author Matt Logelin recounts his gut-wrenching true story of the joyful birth of his daughter, Maddy, and the devastating loss of his wife, Liz, all in a 27-hour period. 

Kevin Hart stars as Matt and the film was pushed up to be released in October 2020. Logelin claims that the book is his “Taj Mahal” to his wife and pours his grief out on paper for all to read so that Maddy “can know her mom through this.” Cut to me ugly crying on my couch.

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About The Author:

Laura Thomas Sonn is a host & writer for Afterbuzz TV by day and a mom of two by, well, all the time whose obsessions include all things Bravo, a cold glass of rosé, and teaching indoor cycling at Cyclebar. She currently resides in Nashville

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