9 Books being made into films for 2020


Some of our favourite books are being made in to/released as films this year, so we thought we would tell you about them. Let us know through our Chat Room if you have a particular favourite that you’re looking forward to watching, or maybe tell us which book you’ve loved reading that you would like to be made into a film?

Here we go.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

One of the all-time great love stories. Who can recall the fear of watching the demonic Mrs Danvers’ silhouette standing in front of the flames as they take over Rebecca’s bedroom in the original black and white film? No? What about the shock twist in the book? If you haven’t read it yet, then you’re in for a treat. We’re looking forward to watching the new film version when it comes out on Netflix, with Lily James, Armie Hammer, Keeley Hawes and Kristen Scott Thomas in the cast, among others.

The Witches by Roald Dahl

This author surely must be on most children’s favourite author list. It’s now being made into a new film and if you haven’t read the book it’s about a young orphaned boy who goes to live with his grandmother, a retired witch hunter. They live in a world filled with evil witches who masquerade as ordinary women and turn children into mice. The boy and his grandmother want to track down the Grand High Witch, played by Anne Hathaway, and destroy her. The cast also includes Stanley Tucci and Octavia Spencer.


Inspired by The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Thomas Shepherd. Seven years after the death of his wife, widower, Doctor Dolittle played by Robert Downey Jr, has shunned Victorian society to spend time at home with only his menagerie of animals for company. He is only persuaded to leave his home when Queen Victoria falls seriously ill and he sets sail on an epic voyage to find a cure for her. The cast also includes Antonio Banderas, Jim Broadbent, Jesse Buckley, as well as Octavia Spencer (second film we’ve included in our list with this actress in the cast). Emma Thompson, Rami Malek and others provide the voices for the CGI animals. This looks to be a fun movie with clever CGI animals and lots of antics.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Another CGI-animated film, this time telling the story of a dog, Buck, who enjoys a blissful life in California until he’s stolen and sold ending up in the freezing Yukon during the Alaskan Gold Rush. As dog and cat adopters ourselves, this sounds as if it will be a heart-breaking story. It does though look as if it will also be an action-packed film and has a great cast, including a gruff-sounding Harrison Ford, Wes Brown, Karen Gillam and ex-Downton heartthrob, Dan Stevens.

The Invisible Man by H G Wells

This is a classic sci-fi movie that traumatised some of us when we watched the older version as children. Watching the trailer with Elisabeth Moss, as Cecelia, and her ex-partner, Adrian, played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen, this film looks to be even more terrifying. Cecelia doesn’t believe that Adrian, a sociopath, would ever kill himself. She soon discovers that he has found the perfect way to torture her and make her pay for leaving him by devising a way to make himself invisible so she can’t see where he is, or fight back. Chilling!

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Looks enchanting. Made by the producer of Harry Potter and Paddington, this film includes Colin Firth in its cast. He plays the sad father of the boy from the book in this adult version of the film. A young orphan girl is brought from India to a rundown mansion by Julie Walters. Her miserable life there is transformed when she discovers a secret garden full of colour where magical things happen. Also in the cast is, Dixie Egericx, playing the orphaned girl, Edan Hayhurst, and Isis David.

The Woman in the Window by A J Finn

This is the first film in our list from a more recent novel. This is a psychological thriller about a woman who has agoraphobia. Anna Fox becomes friends with neighbour, Jane from across the street. Jane seemingly has a perfect family life, but one day Anna witnesses a crime from her window. Anna believes Jane has been murdered. Then another woman professing to be her friend Jane comes to her house and Anna must prove she is not going insane. The cast includes Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Wyatt Russell (Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s son), Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Julianne Moore.  If the film is anything like the book it will be chilling and keep us riveted to the screen.

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

This is another film by Sir Kenneth Branagh where he’ll be playing Agatha Christie’s famous detective Hercule Poirot, once again. This remake about the murder of a young heiress onboard a cruise ship, will no doubt be scenic. The impressive cast includes, Tom Bateman, Armie Hammer (the second time we’ve included one of his 2020 films…), Annette Bening, Ali Fazal, Gal Gadod, Rose Leslie Sophe Okenodo, Emma Mackey, Letitia Wright, and both Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.

Dune by Frank Herbert

If you love epic sci-fi movies with a lot of drama and CGI then this remake is probably one for you. The formidable cast includes Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Oscar Isaac, Thimothee Chalamet and Zendaya.


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