The year 2020 was difficult for the film industry too like everyone else. With the theatres closed, films had to reschedule and push their release date to this year. And because of there are a number of movies based on books releasing this year and we are going to give you the list of upcoming movies. From the long awaited remake of Dune by director Denis Villeneuve to a rom-com Marry Me based on Bobby Crosby.


Dune is an iconic sci-fi novel by Frank Hebert that was first published in 1965. It is set on a desert planet called Arrakis. It is the story of Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family who is tasked with ruling a hostile world where one of the most valuable things is the spice ‘melange’, it is a drug that has the ability of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Dune is the story of Paul Atreides as he evolves into the mysterious man known to all as Muad’Dib. The film is directed by Denis Villeneuve. The film has an A-list cast starring Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides and Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Oscar Isaac, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin. This upcoming movie by the Warner Brothers is one among list of upcoming movies set to release in theatres and on HBO Max on the same day on 1 October. This is not the first adaptation of the book, in 1984 the movie was adapted by David Lynch. Denis Villeneuve said in an interview with FANDOM that, “Dune remake will be Star Wars for adults.”

The Last Duel

The Last Duel film is 2nd in the list of upcoming movies based on books releasing in 2021. This movie is based on novel by Eric Jager titled The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France. The book was published in 2004. In 1386, two former best friends, Norman knight Jean de Carrouges and the squire Jacques Le Gris, face off in trial by combat when one is accused of assaulting other’s wife. During this trial the wife’s life hangs in balance because if her husband gets killed, she would be burned at the stake as a punishment for making false accusation. This trial by combat is the last officially recognized judicial duel fought in France. The film is directed by Ridley Scott. Matt Damon stars as Jean de Carrouges and Adam Driver stars as Jacques Le Gris. The film also stars Jodie Comer as Marguerite de Carrouges and Ben Affleck as King Charles VI. The film is set to release in October, 2021.

Deep Water

Deep Water is a psychological thriller novel by Patricia Highsmith. It was published in 1957. It is a story of Vic and Melinda Van Allen’s loveless marriage. Their marriage is held together by a dubious arrangement to avoid the messiness of divorce. This arrangement allows Melinda to take any number of lovers as long as she does not leave her family. However, soon Melinda’s lovers start to disappear and her husband Vic becomes the prime suspect of the case. The film is directed by Adrian Lyne. It stars Ben Affleck as Vic Van Allen and Ana de Armas as Melinda Van Allen. This upcoming movie based on book is going to be released in August.

The Nightingale

The Nightingale is a novel by author Kristin Hannah. It was published in 2015. The Nightingale follows the story of two sisters; Vianne and Isabelle during the World War II. Vianne lives in a quiet village of Carriveau in France. She believes that the Nazis would not invade France but soon they do invade France. While her husband is fighting for the Front it is up to her to keep her family alive. Isabelle is a rebellious eighteen year old who falls in love with Gaëtan who believes French can fight the Nazis from within France but when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and risks her life to save others. The film is being directed by Melanie Laurent. It stars the Fanning sisters, Dakota Fanning as Vianne and Elle Fanning as Isabelle. The film is set to release in December, 2021.

Marry Me

Marry Me is a romantic comedy graphic novel by Bobby Crosby published in November 2020. Pop star Kat Valdez frustrated by her love life after finding out that her partner cheated on her one day marries a Charlie Gilbert random stranger holding ‘Marry Me’ sign at her show. The film is directed by Kat Coiro. It stars Jennifer Lopez as Kat Valdez and Owen Wilson as Charlie Gilbert. It also stars Maluma, John Bradley, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Michele Buteau and Sarah Silverman.


Nomadland is based on a non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder. It was published in September of 2017. Nomadland tells story of American workers who travel like nomads with campers, searching for employment. It follows the effects of the Great Recession when there was great decline in the economy globally. Chloe Zhoa the director of Nomadland took inspiration from this book. The film follows Fern, a woman who travels through the American West after losing everything in the Recession. The film stars Frances McDormand. The film was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2020. The film will be released in February 2021.    

Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley is a horror filled mystery thriller by William Lindsay Grisham. The book was published in 1946. It follows a carny named Stan Carlise. He has a talent of manipulating people with well-chosen words. Soon he meets a female psychiatrist and everything starts going to hell as it turns out she is more dangerous than him. The film is directed by Academy Award winning director of Shape of Water, Guillermo Del Toro. The film has A-list stars; Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Paul Anderson, Toni Collette, William Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen and Tim Blake Nelson. The film is set to be released in December 2021.  

Death on The Nile

Death on The Nile is a detective novel by Agatha Cristie. It follows the famous detective Hercule Poirot’s investigation of the murder of Linnet Ridgeway, a young and beautiful heiress who has been shot through the head while on a cruise vacation on river Nile. Kenneth Branagh reprised both his role, as a director and as Hercule Poirot in this film. This film also stars Armie Hammer, Gal Gadot, Emma Mackey, Letitia Wright, Rose Leslie, Annette Bening, Ali Fazal, and Russel Brand. The film that was initially going to be released in 2020 is now going to be released in September 2021.


Cherry is a debut semi autobiographical novel by Nico Walker published in August of 2018. It is about an unnamed narrator from Ohio and his life in college, as a soldier in the war of Iraq, as a drug addict and as a bank robber after returning from the war during the American opioid epidemic. The film is directed by Joe Russo and Anthony Russo. The film stars Tom Holland in the lead role as Nico Walker along with Ciara Bravo as Emily. The film will be released on Apple TV on 12 March 2021.

The Girl On The Train

Last in the List of upcoming movies based on books releasing in 2021 comes The Girl On The Train which is a psychological thriller by Paula Hawkins published in 2015. It tells narrated by three different women about troubles of relationship and binge drinking. It follows Rachel, a recent divorcee who spends her daily journey on train fantasizing about a seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes daily, but something terrible happens there one day. The film is directed by Righu Dasgupta. It stars Parineeti Chopra in the lead as Mira Dev (Rachel in the novel). The film also stars Aditi Rao Hydari, Avinash Tiwary and Kirti Kulhari. The film will be released on Netflix on 26 February 2021.

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