Unsurprisingly, 2020 holds an avalanche of books being adapted for film and television. So take a skim through some of the new year’s latest offerings and check in with your Abilene Public Library to decide if, indeed, the book is better than the movie.
Nonfiction adaptations have been fairly successful and the new year brings us “Just Mercy,” based on Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. This true story follows Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, as he defends a young man on death row for a murder he swears he did not commit.
The adaptation of the memoir Two Kisses for Maddy by Matt Loegelin promises to be a heart wrenching account of a single dad’s struggle to raise his newborn daughter after losing his wife in childbirth. The upcoming movie, entitled “Fatherhood,” stars Kevin Hart and is expected to be in theaters in early 2021.
If thrillers and mysteries are more your speed, Kenneth Branagh will be revisiting his role as the famous detective Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s classic “Death on the Nile,” coming in October of this year. Christie will also have another adaptation coming to film with “The Pale Horse.” Also, be sure to check out upcoming movie adaptations of Without Remorse by Tom Clancy and The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn.
Horror is going to have a rich year with two new limited series based on Stephen King’s books The Outsider and The Stand. We will also see some classic horror adapted with Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw movie entitled “The Turning”. One of literature’s most gripping ghost stories, this novella was also an inspiration for the 2001 film “The Others”.
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells will be once again adapted as part of a series of classic movie monster reboots. Additionally, Rebecca by Dame Daphne du Maurier, which was most famously adapted in 1940 by Alfred Hitchcock, is getting a new Netflix original movie. If you happened to be a teen in the ‘90s you may remember the bone chilling “Fear Street” series by R. L. Stine, also famous for writing the “Goosebumps” series. There will be a trilogy based on the “Fear Street” novels and the first should be heading to the big screen this year.
These are only a sampling of book to movie transfers in the near future that may entice you to read or re-read the original book. Stay tuned for another article on this year’s adaptations and in the meantime, be sure to check out our website www.abilenetx.gov/apl and social media pages or call us at any of our locations.
Article Contributed by Marianne Vadney, Librarian I, Mockingbird Branch