Today I’m sharing a list of books that are becoming either movies or TV shows in 2020. I love book adaptations and I always love reading these kinds of lists, so I hope you like it too and maybe get some new books for your reading list.

There’s a really interesting mix here, but if I had to pick out a recurring theme I’d say horror and mystery will be really big next year. Those are 2 of my favorite genres so I love to see it!

Related: 20 highly anticipated horror movies coming in 2020

Although I’m looking forward to plenty of comic book movies next year, I didn’t include any since I wasn’t sure which particular comics to recommend for most of them. These are mostly ordered by release date, but the ones at the bottom don’t currently have one as of today. And of course, any of these dates could change.

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1. Just Mercy

One of the very first movies of 2020 is this adaptation of the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. It tells the true story of a man who appeals his murder conviction with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson. It stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson, and was directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Type: Movie
Release Date: January 10th
Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson

2. The Outsider

The Outsider is 1 of 2 TV shows coming in 2020 based on Stephen King books (that I know of). It’s a bestseller, so you may have heard of it. The story follows the investigation of the murder of a young boy, in which one of the town’s most prominent citizens has been accused of the crime.

The Outsider by Stephen King

Type: TV Show
Release Date: January 12th
Stars: Jason Bateman, Cynthia Erivo

3. Sanditon

Sanditon is based on the unfinished novel by Jane Austen, which follows a young woman who goes to stay at a seaside resort called Sanditon. It stars Rose Williams and Theo James (yes, please). This show has already aired in the UK (I’ve already seen it) but I’m still adding it to the list for U.S. viewers. It was poorly rated by critics and has a cliffhanger ending, but I enjoyed it. 🤷🏾‍♀️ The show was canceled by ITV so I don’t think it’ll be back for a 2nd season unless it gets picked up.

Sanditon by Jane Austen

Type: TV Show
Release Date: January 12th (U.S.)
Stars: Rose Williams, Theo James

4. The Turning

The Turning is based on the novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. I mentioned in my list of highly anticipated horror movies coming in 2020 that this story is about a woman hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after the deaths of their parents. But, in true horror movie fashion, these kids are twisted.

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Type: Movie
Release Date: January 24th
Stars: Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard

5. All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places, based on the book by Jennifer Niven, is the story of Violet and Theodore, who meet, fall in love, and change each other’s lives forever, as they struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past. I haven’t read the book, but it definitely sounds like a tearjerker!

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Type: Movie
Release Date: February 28th
Stars: Elle Fanning, Justice Smith, Keegan-Michael Key, Luke Wilson

6. To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

It’s no surprise that my most anticipated book to film adaptation of 2020 is To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You! The cast is back again and we’re continuing with book 2 of the To All The Boys trilogy. I’ve read all 3 books so I know we are in for lots of drama with this one, but I’m so excited to watch it play out. And I love that the 3rd movie has already been filmed as well so we shouldn’t have to wait too long between them!

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Type: Movie
Release Date: February 12th
Stars: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Jordan Fisher, Janel Parrish, John Corbett

7. Emma

The classic story of Emma by Jane Austen is coming soon as a new movie, starring Anya Taylor-Joy. The visuals in the trailer are stunning and I’m loving the humor, so I bet this one will be a joy to watch.

Emma by Jane Austen

Type: Movie
Release Date: February 21st
Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Josh O’Connor

8. The Invisible Man

The idea of The Invisible Man will be turned into a movie starring Elizabeth Moss. The movie obviously won’t be anything like the classic book, but I love this concept so I’m pretty excited.

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

Type: Movie
Release Date: February 28th
Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge

9. Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere, the novel by Celeste Ng, is becoming a mini-series for Hulu. The story follows two women and their families who become friends and are subsequently torn apart by drama in their small town. This is very reminiscent of Big Little Lies, another adaptation that I loved, and I’m very excited to check it out!

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Type: TV Show
Release Date: March 18th
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, and Joshua Jackson

10. The Woman in the Window

This is story is about a woman — suffering from agoraphobia and unable to leave her home — who witnesses a horrific crime (or does she??). I love mysteries but I’m a little wary of this one after the reshoots and delays. Also, the look of it reminds me a lot of The Girl on the Train, a similar adaptation, and that movie was pretty bad. Let’s hope Amy Adams can carry this one! Her performance in Sharp Objects was criminally underrated.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Type: Movie
Release Date: May 15th
Stars: Amy Adams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gary Oldman

11. Death on the Nile

After the success of Murder on the Orient in 2017 (which was just okay), we’re getting another adaptation of a classic Agatha Christie novel — same director, too. The book follows Hercule Poirot who, wile on vacation on the Nile, must investigate the murder of a young heiress. The cast is stacked once again, including Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Annette Bening, Letitia Wright, and Russell Brand. I love murder mysteries!

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Type: Movie
Release Date: October 9th
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Annette Bening, Letitia Wright, Russell Brand

12. The Witches

The Witches is a dark fantasy book by Roald Dahl, about a boy who stumbles upon a group of witches while staying with his grandmother at a hotel, and gets transformed into a mouse by the Grand High Witch. The movie will have an all-star cast, including Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Rock, and Robert Zemeckis and Kenya Barris will direct and co-write, respectively.

The Witches by Ronald Dahl

Type: Movie
Release Date: October 9th
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Chris Rock

13. Dune

Dune, based Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel of the same name and a remake of the 1984 film, is about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy. I never saw the original film or read the book, but I’m still interested in this one.

Dune by Frank Herbert

Type: Movie
Release Date: December 18th
Stars:  Rebecca Ferguson, Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem


The movies below are scheduled to come out in 2020, but no specific release date has been announced as of today.

14. To All The Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean

As I mentioned above, the 3rd and final movie in the trilogy has already been filmed so we will hopefully get it soon after the 2nd movie. The official title and release date haven’t yet been announced

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Type: Movie
Release Date: TBA 2020
Stars: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, John Corbett

15. The Stand

The Stand is the second Stephen King TV adaptation coming in 2020 (that I know of). This one follows what happens as a mutated strain of super-flu wipes out 99 percent of the world’s population and people fight each other for survival.

The Stand by Stephen King

Type: TV Show
Release Date: TBA 2020
Stars: James Marsden, Jovan Adepo, Whoopi Goldberg, Katherine McNamara

16. Fear Street

R.L. Stine was my favorite author when I was a kid, and his Fear Street books were so much fun. I still have a few on my shelf! So of course I’m excited to see the film adaptation. Apparently this is the first of a trilogy planned for 2020? We’ll see, since I haven’t heard much buzz about it at all. This movie hasn’t been said to be based on one particular book in the series, so I’m just listing one of my favorites as a kid, The Prom Queen.

Fear Street books by R.L. Stine

Type: Movie
Release Date: TBA 2020
Stars: Gillian Jacobs, Ashley Zukerman

17. Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone is a very popular YA fantasy book in The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, about a young woman with newfound powers tries to save her land from a powerful, evil force. I haven’t read the books, but I’m pretty excited to check this out. No release date has been announced yet but Netflix has picked it up and it is coming in 2020!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Type: TV Show
Release Date: Late 2020
Stars: Jessie Mei Li, Freddy Carter, Ben Barnes

18. Chaos Walking

Chaos Walking is based on the series by Patrick Ness. It’s about a dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each others’ thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise. Sounds…interesting. The film completed filming in 2017 but has since had lots of reshoots and delays still doesn’t even have a release date. So this project sounds like a complete mess, but I’d watch it for Tom Holland alone.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Type: Movie
Release Date: TBA 2020
Stars: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen

19. Lovecraft Country

Who’s ready for one of Jordan Peele’s next horror projects? 🙋🏾‍♀️Jordan Peele and J. J. Abrams are two of the producers on this one, which is an adaptation of the horror novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, and coming to HBO. The story follows a black man who, alongside his uncle and his childhood best friend, goes looking for his missing father in 1954 Chicago.

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

Type: TV Show
Release Date: TBA 2020
Stars: Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett-Bell

20. After We Collided

The After book series by Anna Todd is very polarizing in that most people either love it or hate it. I’ve personally read 3 out of 5 books because I was interested in the movie (I love teen movies). Both were disappointing, but the first movie did pretty well so we are getting a sequel. After We Collided stars Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Josephine Langford, and Selma Blair, reprising their roles. Dylan Sprouse, Candice King, and Charlie Weber joined the cast as well. I always thoguht these movies should be more like Cruel Intentions (1999), and it seems Anna Todd had the same idea because the same director from that movie, Roger Kumble, is now on board. I hope the sequel is a lot better.

After We Collided by Anna Todd

Type: Movie
Release Date: TBA 2020
Stars: Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Josephine Langord, Selma Blair, Dylan Sprouse, Charlie Weber, Candice King

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2 Comments

  1. I honestly cannot WAIT for PS I Still Love You, I really need to plan what I’ll be doing to CELEBRATE ! Something like a viewing party would be so fun !

    Susan Books Etc

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