Some of the best movies and TV shows can be traced back to a stellar book or series of novels, and that continues to be the norm in Hollywood. There have been a slew of popular films in recent years that have their source in books, and 2021 is no exception. And it may be the end of the year, but there are still plenty of books to be covered on screen in the months to come.
From thrillers to children’s books, all manner of stories are hitting screens in the form of Netflix, Peacock, Apple + and Amazon Prime shows and movies. Some old and some new, these are the latest adaptations bookworms and moviegoers should be looking for.
8 Alley of Nightmares – December 17, 2021
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, this psychological thriller is based on the eponymous novel, published in 1946. The novel follows a second-rate carnival and the shady actors involved in making the fair.
The commotion, the swindle, the theft, the salacious ploys and the dangerous seductresses make up the grim carnival and its sordid situation behind the scenes. William Lindsay Gresham, the author of the book, attributes his idea for the book to conversations he had with a former carnival worker, as noted in the introduction to the book itself.
7 Death – October 29, 2021
Featuring Tessa Thompson, André Holland, Ruth Negga, and Alexander Skarsgård, this film will soon be available on Netflix. Based on the novel Who passed by Nella Larsen, it follows the lives of two black women, Irene and Claire, who reunite in the Harlem Renaissance in the late 1920s.
As Clare infiltrates Irene’s home, her family, and her social circle, dark obsessions arise and cause conflict. The novel was written in 1929, and the film’s retro black-and-white feel is sure to be one that will get audiences excited.
6 The lost girl – December 17, 2021
Elena Ferrante’s novel receives a stellar cast of the Brightest Stars, which includes Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley, Peter Sarsgaard, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Paul Mescal, Ed Harris, and it’s directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Another psychological drama film to be released on Netflix after a limited theatrical release, like the book, it chronicles a lady’s beach getaway and how it all goes wrong when she’s obsessed with another woman and her. girl.
She then has the dark weight to approach the memories of her first days of motherhood, which were triggered by this woman and her daughter.
5 The Wheel of Time – November 19, 2021
that of Robert Jordan The wheel of time is the next fantastic mega TV show to watch. He follows a member of a powerful matriarch organization who takes five special children from their hometown after an attack by dark forces.
One of the children is the Dragon Incarnate, an ancient hero and channeler destined to destroy or save the world with his powers. The fantasy series will be available to watch on Amazon Prime.
4 One of Us Lies – October 7, 2021
Karen M. McManus’ young adult thriller comes to life on new streaming platform, Peacock. Featuring Mark McKenna, Marianly Tejada, Cooper van Grootel, Annalisa Cochrane and Chibuikem Uche, the story concerns five students in detention at Bayview High.
A student dies from a fatal allergic reaction, and when authorities decide a foul play was involved, the other four children are fully investigated to find the killer. There have been several great films based on young adult novels, and this one looks like a promising series as well.
3 A Boy Called Christmas – November 26, 2021
A cutesy family adventure based on the book of the same name by Matt Haig, this Netflix film traces the origin story of Santa Claus or Saint Nikolas, when he was a young boy who went to the North Pole in search of his father.
Christmas movies are still a popular genre, but another reimagining of Santa’s beginnings as Santa is always welcome this holiday season.
2 Pachinko – End of 2021
This series is sure to be perfect for lovers of historic family dramas that span decades. Based on Min Jin Lee’s book, Pachinko is an epic saga that follows a Korean family who immigrated to Japan during WWII. The story spans from 1883 to 1989.
Apple + is at the head of Pachinko the series, which has completed filming and is slated for release at the end of 2021. The Asian epic focuses on its protagonist Sunja, whose trip to Japan in deep poverty reveals a current of intolerance towards Koreans in Japan. His life is intertwined with that of Hansu, a mysterious Korean merchant born into a wealthy Japanese family, as well as many other characters.
1 The Lost Girls – December 2021
The lost girls by Laurie Fox is an account of the Peter Pan fable but from the point of view of Darling women. Peter Pan has a hold on these ladies, starting with Wendy’s grandmother and then Wendy’s mother.
As Wendy grows up and has her own child, Berry, she must fight to keep her away from Pan’s undue influence on women while keeping her legacy alive. Several versions of Wendy are popping up here, and this reimagining seems to be intriguing.
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