With the recent success of Netflix’s Bridgerton, based on the book series by Julia Quinn, it’s hard to overlook how entertaining literary adaptations can be. When done right, watching your favourite books come alive on screen can be a worthwhile experience. Here are some written works that are becoming movies and TV shows in 2021:
Release date: October 2021 (HBO Max and theatres)
Frank Herbert’s epic science-fiction masterpiece set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar society, tells the story of Paul Atreides as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis. A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism, and politics, Dune is a powerful, fantastical tale that takes an unprecedented look into our universe.
Release date: February 2021 (Hulu)
Author Jessica Bruder, who teaches at the Columbia School of Journalism, spent several years traveling with older Americans who have become itinerant workers in order to make ends meet. In Nomadland, she describes how they assume a “wheel estate” (instead of “real estate”) existence as they travel from one seasonal job to the next, exchanging information on safe camping sites and enjoying the camaraderie of the road. Bruder vividly and sympathetically characterizes these “workampers” as she critiques the financial systems that have led them to adopt this solution.
Release date: February 2021 (Prime Video)
John Kelly, former Navy SEAL and Vietnam veteran, befriends a young woman with a checkered past. When her past reaches out to her in a horrifying way, he vows revenge. But the Pentagon also has plans for John Kelly.
Release date: TBA 2021 (Prime Video)
After Cora, a pre-Civil War Georgia slave, escapes with another slave, Caesar, they seek the help of the Underground Railroad as they flee from state to state and try to evade a slave catcher, Ridgeway, who is determined to return them to the South.
Release date: TBA 2021 (Hulu)
Gathering at a remote health resort for a 10-day fitness program, nine strangers and their enigmatic host become subjects of interest to a broken-hearted novelist who develops uncomfortable doubts about the resort’s real agenda.
Release date: TBA 2021 (Netflix)
Desperate to clear the name of her loving and charismatic public figure husband in the wake of scandalous accusations, Sophie clashes with a determined prosecution lawyer, Kate, who resolves to uncover the truth and bring Sophie’s husband to justice.
Release date: March 2021 (Apple TV+)
Rashly marrying his college girlfriend to keep their relationship active during his tour of duty, a college dropout turned army soldier is overwhelmed by the realities of war, PTSD and opioid addiction before forging a desperate plan.
Descriptions provided by Novelist Plus