Celeste Ng is a literary master, and Reese Witherspoon is a limited series fairy godmother. Put the two together, add a dash of Kerry Washington, and we’re poised for a successful adaptation. Out on Hulu March 18, Witherspoon will play "perfect" Elena opposite Washington’s Mia, a single mother who shows up in the neighborhood.
We already know that Jojo Moyes creates beautiful stories ("Me Before You" and its sequels top book lists), and Shailene Woodley gives beautiful performances. So, we’re lucky that the two are merging in a film adaptation of this novel of a woman piecing together her life through letters. Felicity Jones will play reporter Ellie, and Netflix is poised to release in late 2020.
Moving into the YA sphere, the sequel of the insta-success "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before" movie is set to launch on Netflix Feb. 12. Read up on Jenny Han’s continuation of Lara Jean’s story before Lana Condor and Noah Centineo reunite to tug at our high school-era heartstrings.
After 2017's "Murder on the Orient Express," we’re getting another Agatha Christie adaptation (though I’d argue that the Christie-inspired "Knives Out" will win out over any of these). The draw of this "Death on the Nile," though (after its 1978 take), will be its star-studded line-up that includes Armie Hammer, Gal Gadot and Annette Bening. Look out for it around Oct. 9.
Dog book adaptation, check. Harrison Ford makes a scruffy appearance as John Thornton, the kind-hearted outdoorsman that acts as savior to Buck, a dog sold into the dogsled business in Yukon, Canada during the Klondike Gold Rush. Buck has to shed his domesticated ignorance and tap into his instincts to survive the frigid climate and aggressive pack mentality. Catch it on Feb. 21.
Though there’s no release date yet, we can’t help but be excited about the news of a modern "Rebecca" adaptation, this time with Armie Hammer and Lily James taking the top listings. James is the second wife of Hammer’s Mr. De Winter, but it appears that his widow, Rebecca, doesn’t want to let go. Netflix will take this one.
Surly orphan Mary is living in Yorkshire with her uncle where she finds a secret garden and, in turn, companionship. This was the book of your childhood, merging a coming-of-age story with one of strife and friendship. It’s been made for the screen a few times, but this version, due out April 10, will include Colin Firth as widower Archibald Craven, so all is right in the world.
Where "Gone Girl" meets "My Lovely Wife," go along for this ride of a husband-wife duo who spice up their marriage in not-so-healthy ways. Queen Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck (ha) will helm this one, based on the book by Patricia Highsmith and due out Nov. 13.
Liane Moriarty is back for more. The "Big Little Lies" author penned this novel about nine stressed-out city-slickers visiting a wellness resort, and now Nicole Kidman is executive producing and starring in a series for Hulu. Obviously, something is set to blow up in their faces, so keep an eye out for the drop sometime in late 2020.