Books Being Made Into Movies or TV Series in 2021
Chaos Walking: The Complete TrilogyView Catalog Entry
Chaos Walking, Patrick Ness's best-selling YA trilogy, has a grim premise: A virus kills all the women on a colony planet, and drives all the men mad with the ability to hear each other's thoughts. This is the only world Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) has known.
MonsterView Catalog Entry
Winning the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and other accolades, Walter Dean Myers's novel Monster is a classic of children's literature. It tells the story of a 16-year-old teenager incarcerated for a murder charge. Years after its 1999 publication, Monster's movie adaptation premiered at Sundance in 2018, but was acquired by Netflix in 2020, per Shadow and Act.
DuneView Catalog Entry
Dune is set to be one of 2021's most anticipated films. Based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel, Dune takes place in the far future, on a distant planet, where Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) plans to take his family’s business empire to the next level. Given the rich specificity of Herbert’s world, Dune has proven notoriously difficult to adapt (past movies have been critically panned). Instead of trying to cram all of Dune into one movie, director Denis Villeneuve is going big.
The Last DuelView Catalog Entry
History! Revenge! Duels! Eric Jager's book has more than enough to fuel one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2021. Two best friends become worst enemies over the course of the story.
Movie: The Last Duel | Starring: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jodie Comer, and Adam Driver star in the Ridley Scott-directed film | Release Date: October 15, 2021
The Reincarnationist PapersView Catalog Entry
The Reincarnationist Papers is a book sprung from an imaginative premise: The existence of a secret society, called Cognomina, whose members have the ability to remember everything from their past lives. They use that knowledge to enact societal change.
Movie: Infinite | Starring: When Chris Evans had scheduling difficulties and had to leave the project, Mark Wahlberg was cast in the lead. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dylan O'Brien, Jason Mantzoukas, and Rupert Friend are in the movie as well | Release Date: May 28, 2021
Two Kisses for MaddyView Catalog Entry
Matthew Logelin was by his wife Liz's, side, when their daughter was born. Hours later, Liz died of a pulmonary embolism. Paul Weitz directs the adaptation of Matthew's tear-jerker of a memoir.
Movie: Fatherhood | Starring: Kevin Hart stars as Matthew, a man on an unexpected journey into solo fatherhood. Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howery, Anthony Carrigan, and DeWanda Wise co-star | Release Date: April 16, 2021
CherryView Catalog Entry
Nico Walker wrote the semi-autobiographical novel Cherry while he was serving prison time for bank robbery. Known for its distinct literary style, Cherry tells the story of how one veteran's struggle with addiction led to crime. In case you're curious, Walker explains the meaning of the title: “Cherry” is army slang for a soldier who is new to a combat zone.
Movie: Cherry | Starring: Tom Holland, Forrest Goodluck, and Bill Skarsgård | Release Date: February 26, 2021 in theaters, and March 12, 2021 on Apple TV+.
Behind Her EyesView Catalog Entry
Avoid all spoilers when it comes to this psychological thriller, which is now a six-part miniseries on Netflix. A single mother named Louise is pulled into a mysterious married couple's web. We'd tell you what comes next—but we don't want to ruin the surprise.
Netflix Series: Behind Her Eyes | Starring: Simona Brown, Eve Hewson, Tom Bateman | Release Date: February 17 on Netflix