This year started with adaptations of Little Women and Dracula and there are so many more to come – both on the big and small screen. Here are some that we are looking forward to…
Robert Downey Jr’s first major role since Avengers: Endgame finds him talking to the animals in this photo-realistic film inspired by Hugh Lofting’s classic character and the story The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle in particular.
Emma Woodhouse (played by The Witch and Peaky Blinders star Anya Taylor-Joy) meddles in the affairs of her friends and family in this fresh adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic.
The Thick of It and Veep creator Armando Ianucci follows The Death of Stalin with his own take on David Copperfield. Starring Dev Patel in the title role, the story follows David on his road to adulthood – focusing on the people he meets along the way.
The Handmaid’s Tale and Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss stars in this reimagining of H.G. Wells’ classic science fiction novel. Directed by Saw’s Leigh Wannell, this new take finds brilliant scientist Cecilia Kass dealing with a series of eerie coincidences following the ‘suicide’ of her abusive ex.
The long-awaited adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s bestseller arrives on the big screen in 2020, courtesy of Disney and director Kenneth Branagh. Newcomers Ferdie Shaw and Lara McDonnell take the lead roles of Artemis and Holly Short while Nonso Anonzie, Judi Dench and Josh Gad all provide stellar support.
Starring Spider-Man’s Tom Holland, Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley and Hannibal himself, Mads Mikkelsen, the wait will finally be over for the big-screen adaptation of Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy. This film, based on The Knife of Never Letting Go, finds Todd Hewitt going on the run with Viola Eade – the first girl he meets in an apocalyptic future…
Kenneth Branagh follows the success of Murder on the Orient Express with a new take on Agatha Christie’s classic Hercule Poirot mystery. Directing and starring as the Belgian detective, the film features a fabulous ensemble cast including Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Letitia Wright and Russell Brand.
Those of us of a certain age still wake up in a cold sweat at the mere thought of Anjelica Huston’s portrayal of The Grand High Witch in 1990’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s wicked story. Will Anne Hathaway prove to be just as scary?
Of course, there will also be a selection of superhero stories being brought to life as well!
A Field in England and High-Rise director Ben Wheatley is the leftfield choice to bring Daphne du Maurier’s gothic tale of romance and obsession to Netflix as a feature-length film. It stars Lily James as the unnamed protagonist, Armie Hammer as Maxim De Winter and, fresh from that scene-stealing turn in Fleabag, Kristin Scott Thomas as Mrs. Danvers.
The BBC adapts Sally Rooney’s British Awards Book of the Year into what must surely rank as one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated dramas. It’s a story of politics, love and the ways that life can change in the blink of an eye…
The Luminaries (AJLPM)
An epic story of love, murder and revenge set in the 19th century. Anna Wetherell (played here by Eva Green) meets – and falls for – the charming Emery Staines after sailing from Britain to New Zealand to start a new life.
Tackling themes of prejudice, racism and terrorism, Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses is regarded as one of the most important, inspiring and influential teen series and now it will be coming to a screen near you starring Jack Rowan, Masali Baduza, Helen Baxendale, Paterson Joseph and none other than Stormzy!
Mike Flanagan follows up the success of his brilliant adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House with his take on Henry James’ 1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw. Expect powerful emotional moments, shocks, scares and hidden ghosts….
His Dark Materials, The Walking Dead, The Outsider, Snowpiercer, The Umbrella Academy and The Stand will also be returning or coming to television and streaming services for the first time in 2020. Find more Film and TV books at thebookpeople.co.uk.