5 Must-Reads Heading for the Big Screen in 2020

 1. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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This debut novel of Ness’ “Chaos Walking” trilogy follows a young boy named Todd in a world in which a germ called the “Noise” has killed every female on New World and allows all living beings to hear each others’ thoughts. The movie adaptation, called Chaos Walking is set to premier early in 2020.

 

Director: Doug Liman

Stars: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas

 

2. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

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From Christie’s “Hercule Poirot” series of novels, comes Death on the Nile as it tells the tale of detective Hercule Poirot as he strives to solve the murder of a young woman on a small cruise across the Nile River. The current film-based Hercule Poirot series first debuted on the big screen in Murder on the Orient Express (2017). Death on the Nile is expected to be released on October 9, 2020 with Kenneth Branagh reprising the role of the renowned detective.

 

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Stars: Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Kenneth Branagh

 

3. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

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Following up every teenage girl’s favorite Netflix original rom-com, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, comes the second installment in the trilogy. But did you know our beloved Lara Jean can be found in the bookstacks of Barnes & Noble as well?! Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky return in the sequel To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You on Netflix on February 12, 2020.

 

Director: Michael Fimognari

Stars: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Jordan Fisher

 

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

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Bryan Stevenson is an American civil rights defense attorney and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. This true story recounts the case of Walter McMillian, one of Stevenson’s first clients. Stevenson’s relentless pursuit to free McMillian (who was convicted and sentenced to death for a murder he didn’t commit) will change how you view mercy and justice. Just Mercy will hit theaters on January 10, 2020, but in the meantime, the documentary True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality is available on HBO.

 

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson

 

5. Dune by Frank Herbert

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Dune is set on a mystical planet and follows a young boy named Paul Atreides who must protect “the spice”--a valuable drug that has the ability to extend one’s life. Herbert’s “Dune” series lasts through six novels, with an additional two written by his son, Brian Herbert. The film is set to be released on December 18, 2020.

 

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Star: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Oscar Isaac