It’s a brand new year and 2020 is already shaping up to be a great year for books to movies and TV show adaptations!

If you’re anything like me, you’re dying to see some of your favourite books live in action! So today, I’m bringing you a list of 34 books being made into movies and TV shows in 2020. Most of these adaptations have release dates but some on this list are scheduled to release this year, but are not confirmed.

I’ll be updating this post when more information becomes available, such as release dates and any promotional posters!

Without further rambling, here is a list of 34 books being adapted into movies and TV shows in 2020!

Books to Movies and TV Shows in 2020

1. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson – January 10th, 2020

Based on a memoir written by Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy is receiving a film adaptation in January of 2020. The film follows Bryan Stevenson, a Civil Rights Attorney who tries to free a wrongfully accused man from death row. The film received a limited release at the end of 2019, after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival. It was officially released at the beginning of January.

2. The Outsider by Stephen King – January 12th, 2020

Stephen King’s novel The Outsider is currently airing as a miniseries on HBO. The show follows a police detective who is investigating the murder of a young boy. With the growing supernatural forces showing in the investigation, this show is certainly going to show some creepy moments!

3. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting – January 17th, 2020

Doctor Dolittle is receiving another adaptation in 2020 with Dolittle! Starring Robert Downey Jr. and other amazing actors such as Tom Holland, Emma Thompson and Antonio Banderas, this movie is sure to be exciting. Dolittle follows a doctor who discovers he can talk to animals.

4. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James – January 24th, 2020

The Turn of the Screw is receiving a movie adaptation with the release of The Turning. Starring Finn Wolfhard, from Stranger Things, this movie is going to be equal parts creepy and scary. This modern version of the book follows a nanny who is hired to look after two young children in an old and mysterious estate.

5. The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell – January 31st, 2020

Blake Lively and Jude Law star in this upcoming movie adaptation of The Rhythm Section. This movie follows a young woman who seeks revenge on those who orchestrated a plane crash that kills her family. I love Blake Lively and this definitely looks like an interesting film!

6. Birds of Prey by Jordan B. Gorfinkel and Chuck Dixon – February 7th, 2020

The Birds of Prey comic is receiving a movie adaptation in February! Birds of Prey follows Harley Quinn after she stops working with the Joker. She joins a bunch of other female supeheroes like the Black Canary to save a girl from an evil crime lord. It acts as a spin-off movie to the 2016 film, Suicide Squad.

7.  P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – February 12th 

I am particularly excited about the release of P.S. I Still Love You on Netflix! The sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before will pick up after the events of the first film. The trilogy follows Lara Jean as she navigates the accidental release of all the love letters she’s written to boys. If this one is as cute as the first, I know it’ll be a great adaptation!

8. Emma by Jane Austen – February 21st, 2020

Jane Austen’s classic book Emma is receiving a film adaptation this year. The comedic-drama will focus on Emma, a rich and clever young girl who likes to meddle in the affairs of others. She particularly enjoys meddling in the romance department! I absolutely love Jane Austen and I really enjoy the adaptations, so I’m looking forward to how this one plays out!

9. The Call of the Wild by Jack London – February 21st, 2020

Harrison Ford stars in the film adaptation of The Call of the Wild. The film follows a dog named Buck who is stolen and sold to freight haulers in the Yukon. It shows off the struggle that Buck endures and is certainly going to be an emotional film (but with some cute, humourous parts thrown in)!

10. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells – February 28th, 2020

H.G. Wells’ book The Invisible Man is receiving a film adaptation this year and it looks like it’s going to be a thrilling one. The film follows Cecilia, played by Elizabeth Moss, who learns that her abusive ex-boyfriend has committed suicide. She believes that things are not really what they seem and she now has to prove that she’s being followed and hunted by someone invisible.

11. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – February 28th, 2020

Jennifer Niven’s young adult contemporary is receiving a Netflix film adaptation. The film follows Violet and Theodore as they meet and ultimately change each other’s lives. If it’s anything like the other Netflix adaptations such as To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, it’s going to be a really cute and sweet film!

12. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli – March 13th, 2020

The legendary middle grade novel Stargirl is receiving a film adaptation on Disney+. The film follows a young boy named Lucas who becomes intrigued by a quirky girl named Stargirl. I’ve seen the trailer and it looks like this film is going to adorable.

13. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – March 18th, 2020

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is receving an adaptation this year in the form of a miniseries. The show features Reese Witherspoon (one of my fave actresses’), Kerry Washington and Joshua Jackson. The show follows the Richardson family and a mother and daughter who bring change to the neighbourhood. It looks like it’s going to be a fantastic adaptation.

14. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter – April 3rd, 2020

Our favourite rabbit is back on the big screen! Peter Rabbit returns in this sequel and it looks like it’s going to be just as good as the first, if not more so! This film follows Peter, who runs away from the farm when his owners go on their honeymoon. Peter meets another rabbit who teaches him all about living in the world – and they may have a special link! With James Corden voicing Peter, it’s going to be great!

15. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – April 15th, 2020

The classic story, The Secret Garden, is receiving another film adaptation this year. Colin Firth stars in this film which means I’m definitely looking forward to its release. The Secret Garden follows a young orphaned girl who is sent to live with her Uncle. She quickly discovers the mysterious secrets of the estate she’s now living in.

16. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens – May 8th, 2020

Charles Dickens classic story David Copperfield is receiving a film adaptation called the Personal History of David Copperfield, starring Dev Patel. This comedic-drama follows the life of David Copperfield, from childhood to adulthood.

17. The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn – May 15th, 2020

The Woman in the Window is a film adaptation based on the novel by the same name. It originally had a release date in 2019, but was changed to May of 2020. The film is a psychological thriller that follows a woman who begins spying on her neighbours.

18. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – May 29th, 2020

I am super excited for this adaptation – plus, I’m a serious sucker for anything Disney. Based on a middle grade series, Artemis Fowl follows a 12 year old boy who is part of a criminal mastermind family. He begins investigating the disappearance of his Father. It looks like it’s going to be a great adaptation!

19. The One and Only Ivan by Katharine Applegate – August 14th, 2020

Angelina Jolie, Bryan Cranston and Sam Rockwell are all involved in this upcoming adaptation. The One and Only Ivan follows a gorilla named Ivan who tries to figure out his past with his elephant friend Stella. Along with their animal friends, they plan to escape captivity.

20. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke – August 17th, 2020

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke is receiving an animated film adaptation with voice work from Felicity Jones and Patrick Stewart. The film follows a dragon, a spirit and an orphan boy who join together for an amazing adventure through the Himalayas.

21. Without Remorse by Tom Clancy – September 18th, 2020

Without Remorse by Tom Clancy is receiving a film adaptation with the same name, starring Michael B. Jordan. This action thriller follows Navy Seal John Clark who seeks vengeance after the murder of his wife.

22. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie – October 9th, 2020

I am super excited for the film adaptation of Death on the Nile. Kenneth Brannaugh returns in this Agatha Christie adaptation as Hercule Poirot. It follows his vacation in Egypt and his hunt for a murderer. I’m definitely hoping to read this book before the film is released!

23. The Witches by Roald Dahl – October 9th, 2020

Roald Dahl is a classic children’s book author and his book The Witches is receiving a film adaptation with Anne Hathaway in October! I Love Roald Dahl and Anne Hathaway, so you bet I’ll be watching this when it’s released. The Witches follows a young boy who runs into a conference of witches. It’s going to be such a fun film!

24. Dune by Frank Herbert – December 18th, 2020

Dune is an upcoming science fiction film releasing this December. The film follows the son of a noble family who is asked to protect a valuable element in the galaxy. With Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Jason Mamoa and other popular celebrities, this film is sure to be a hit.

25. A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig – December, 2020

Matt Haig’s middle grade book is receiving a film adaptation sometime in December. Starring Meryl Streep, Kristen Wig, Jim Broadbent and more, it’s going to be a fun Christmas film. The movie follows a young boy named Nikolas and his adventures. It’s no surprise that Nikolas grows up to be Santa.

Books to Movies and TV Shows in 2020 with No Release Date

26. Cursed by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler – 2020

The young adult book Cursed by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler is recieving a Netflix adaptation. The film follows a young teenage sorceress who encouters a young King Arthur. When they meet, Arthur is on the hunt for an extremely powerful sword.

27. Enola Holmes by Nancy Springer – 2020

This is going to be such a fun film, especially for anyone who loves mysteries and Sherlock Holmes! Enola Holmes follows the younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes as she becomes a private detective. Starring Millie Bobby Brown, from Stranger Things, it’s going to be a great adaptation!

28. Fear Street by R.L. Stine – 2020

Known for his Goosebumps series, R.L. Stine’s Fear Street is receiving an adaptation this year. The first in a trilogy, the film follows a group of teenagers and the mysterious events occuring in their town. As they uncover secrets, they discover that they may be the next target.

29. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – 2020

The classic novel Rebecca is receiving a film adapation sometime in 2020 with Lilly James and Armie Hammer. The movie follows a young newlywed who is constantly in the shadow of her husband’s late, first wife, Rebecca. I love Lilly James so I think this one will be a great adapation!

30. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – 2020

Leigh Bardugo’s famous series, Shadow and Bone, is receiving a TV show adapation. While no date is set yet, it’s expected to have a release sometime in 2020. The Shadow and Bone show will be a fantasy series following a young girl with magical powers as she tries to save her land from evil forces.

31. The Dig by John Preston – 2020

The Dig by John Preston is receiving a film adaptation sometime this year starring Lily James, Ralph Fiennes, and Carey Mulligan. The film follows an archaeologist who participates in the historical excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938.

32. The Stand by Stephen King – 2020

Another Stephen King adaptation in 2020! The Stand by Stephen King is being adapted into a miniseries, similar to The Outsider. The Stand follows a world that is in ruins because of a man-made plague, and the chaos that ensues.

33. The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry – 2020

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry is being adapted into a movie this year. Lois Lowry is known for writing The Giver, so there is no doubt that this book is just as good. The Willoughbys follows four children whose parents abandon them. They quickly learn to change their old-fashioned ways and become a contemporary, modern family. This film will star Ricky Gervais, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short and other well-known actors.

34. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Daniel Clayton – 2020

The young adult novel Tiny Pretty Things is receiving a TV show adaptation. Tiny Pretty Things follows students at an elite ballet academy. I’m sure it’ll be a great adaptation of the book!

I hope you guys are able to find some amazing books to movies and TV shows in 2020!

I’m particularly excited for P.S. I Still Love You, Emma, and Artemis Fowl. But honestly, these all look like they’re going to be incredible adaptations. Let me know in the comments which one you’re most looking forward to watching in 2020!

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!

2 Comments

  • Oooh, I think I’d be interested in The Secret Garden and Rebecca. Both haven’t had an adaptation done for a while so I’d be intrigued to know how they turn out. They’re also stories I love so I want the films to do them justice.
    In terms of book to TV shows, I’m patiently waiting for A Discovery of Witches season 2 which is adapting the second book, Shadow of Night, and that I hope is out later this year.

  • Great list, Victoria! I’ll definitely keep an eye out for some of these. 🙂🙂

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