Book to movie adaptations coming in 2020: Dune, The Woman in The Window, The Witches and more
Movie adaptations, as we know, can go both ways. Sometimes, they're a wondrous hit and sometimes... they're, well, a glorious miss. From Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings to Dickens' Great Expectations, we've all seen our fair share of great novels turned even greater film titles. We never really know what awaits us at the end of our viewing experience — the gamble, in itself, making the experience more invigorating than ever. After all, there's no greater satisfaction than seeing your favourite fictional world portrayed just the way you want it. With that, we've rounded up the popular books to start getting into before their movie adaptions hit the big screen in the next year or two.
Dune by Frank Herbert
At the top of the list sits Frank Herbert's influential sci-fi piece: Dune. The 1965 novel follows the story of protagonist, Paul Atreides, as his family steps foot on the planet Arrakis aka 'Dune', regarded as the stronghold of the highly-coveted spice melange that lends one the power to control and navigate extraterrestrial space amongst other things. Maybe previously attempted adaptations couldn't make the cut, but we're going to be optimistic about this one, considering how acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve (director of Blade Runner 2049) is calling the shots. And of course — from Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet to King of the Seas Jason Momoa to fem icon Zendaya — it's already looking to be one hell of an epic ride.
So strap in and start reading — we don't think this is a film you're going to want to go in without knowing Arrakis deep down to its core.
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot is back at it again. As the title says it, the novel details the murder of the beautiful Linnet — newly wed to Simon Doyle — as they cruise the River Nile. But behind the murder sits an intense unravelling of love and passion, of jealousy and betrayal, and at the crux of it all: blood. Poirot's brilliance is once again set to the test three years after the previous adaptation of Christie's The Murder on The Orient Express. The trailer alone presents a riveting thriller with Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot taking the stage as Linnet alongside none other than Kenneth Branagh (Detective Poirot) himself.
The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn
A.J Finn's The Woman In The Window follows Dr. Anna Fox — the seemingly unreliable female narrator — who may either be suffering from hallucinations, or really, holds the key (or window) to solving the domestic mysteries from across her Manhattan apartment. The struggle is not only against the detective in absolute disbelief over Anna's accusations, but Anna herself, it seems. The wait for the film adaptation has been long for this one — and with everything happening outside, it seems like Netflix has finally decided to give the Oscar nominee Amy Adams, and her voyueristic window, a place to call home.
The Last Letter from your Lover by Jojo Moyes
No one does romance just quite like Jojo Moyes. Coming to you from the last years when sending letters was still a thing, the 2008 romance novel details two intriguing journeys of betrayal and forbidden love within their individual timeframes: Jennifer Stirling in 1960 and Ellie in 2003. More than just a story of failed fidelity, Moyes' piece is an immensely nuanced portrayal of the real-life struggles of love and marriage through the years. This tender story has also been bought over by Netflix end of last year - and with the compelling Felicity Jones who played Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything - we'll have our eyes set on this one.
Film release TBC.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
And here's one for the first book that gave some kids nightmares. A childhood classic, Roald Dahl's The Witches will prevail as that book that introduced most of us to the darker aspects of the supernatural as we know it to be. Following The Boy and his grandmother, it chronicles their encounter with The Grand High Witch of All the World with a plan to exterminate all children. As the novel's premise of 'evil witches' has garnered controversy when viewed through a feminist lens, this is one film adaptation that has all the promise of being better, especially with Anne Hathaway being casted as The Grand High Witch herself.
Film release TBC.