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When books become movies

By Lisa Nicklanovich

There are many popular books that have been adapted to film recently, giving us the opportunity to see how the same story can be reimagined and beloved characters brought to life. The following films and television shows are in production, and the release dates are either unknown or have been postponed. Now would be an excellent time to enjoy the book while waiting for the visual version!

The Woman in the Window: A psychological thriller based on the 2018 novel by pseudonymous author A.J. Finn. Amy Adams plays an agoraphobic woman who drinks wine all day and spies on her neighbors.

Where the Crawdads Sing: The fictional story of Kya, a girl who grows up in a shack in the marshlands of North Carolina. A coming of age story entwined with a crime drama, it is a tale about resilience, survival and hope. Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter are producing the film version of the novel by Delia Owens.

A Gentleman in Moscow: Kenneth Branagh is to star in and produce a television series based on Amor Towles’ best-selling 2016 novel. Branagh will play Count Alexander Rostov, a Russian noble deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal and sentenced to house arrest in a hotel attic room, where he lives through some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history.

I Know This Much is True: Wally Lamb’s family saga that follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers in a story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness is set against the backdrop of 20th-century America. Mark Ruffalo is set to play the twin brothers in this HBO series.

Daisy Jones and The Six: A 13-episode adaptation on Amazon starring Riley Keough is in the works. The novel tracks how The Six, a traditional rock band, came to make music magic with Daisy Jones, an ephemeral solo artist.

Devil in the White City: The book by Erik Larson tells the true story of two men, an architect and a serial killer, whose fates were forever linked by the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese will executive produce the film project which is being developed by Hulu.

Dune: Starring Timothee Chalamet and Jason Momoa, this epic science fiction story is based on the first half of the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert. There is a planned two-part film adaptation.

Killers of the Flower Moon: This American crime thriller directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Eric Roth is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by David Grann. The film will star Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.

Although the production of many movies has been delayed, these books are a few of the ones we are looking most forward to seeing on screen. A more comprehensive list, including ones that are currently streaming, is available on our website at



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