100 Films To Look Forward To In 2020

Book Adaptations:

The Personal History of David Copperfield (24th Jan)

Directed by Armando Iannucci and based on the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, the Victorian-set film follows the life of David Copperfield (played by Dev Patel) from his youth into adulthood. It also stars Peter Capaldi, Morfydd Clark, Daisy May Cooper, Rosalind Eleazar, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw and Paul Whitehouse.

The Woman In The Window (15th May)

Based on the thriller by A.J. Finn and directed by Joe Wright, the film follows an agoraphobic woman (Amy Adams) who lives alone in New York and begins spying on her new neighbours. But when Anna sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Nothing is what it seems.

I’ve read this book (which you can read my review for here so I’m really looking forward to this adaptation. It also stars Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Julianne Moore.

The Rhythm Section (31st Jan)

Based on Mark Burnell‘s novel of the same name, the film stars Blake Lively, Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown. Directed by Reed Morano, it follows a woman who seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family.

Chaos Walking (TBC)

Although this doesn’t have a release date as of yet, it’s another book that I’ve read so I’m also looking forward to this one.

Taking its name from the trilogy of books that it is based on by Patrick Ness, this first film is based on the first book, The Knife of Never Letting Go. Directed by Doug Liman, the film is set in a dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise. Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland are set to lead the adaptation alongside Mads Mikkelsen, Nick Jonas, David Oyelowo, and Cynthia Erivo.

Artemis Fowl (29th May)

Based on the first two novels in the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer and directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film follows Artemis Fowl II (Ferdia Shaw), a young Irish criminal mastermind, who kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer Captain Holly Short (Lara McDonnell) for ransom to fund the search for his missing father in order to restore the family fortune. The film also stars Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Josh Gad, and Judi Dench.

Death On The Nile (9th Oct)

Kenneth Branagh returns with his massive moustache to star in and direct this sequel to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, which is based on the 1937 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. With Branagh as Hercule Poirot, the film also stars Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Rose Leslie, Ali Fazal, Sophie Okonedo, Tom Bateman, Emma Mackey, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, and Russell Brand. It follows Poirot while on vacation on the Nile when he must investigate the murder of a young heiress.

The Secret Garden (17th April)

Based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett and directed by Marc Munden, the film follows an orphaned girl who discovers a magical garden hidden at her strict uncle’s isolated Yorkshire estate. It stars Dixie Egerickx, Colin Firth and Julie Walters.

Although the 1993 adaptation played a huge part in my childhood, it is definitely a film that needed an update to resonate with modern younger audiences, so I think this latest film could do well.

The Witches (16th Oct)

Based on Roald Dahl‘s 1983 classic book The Witches and directed by Robert Zemeckis, the story tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven-year-old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches. It stars Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Rock.

Many of us would have grown up and been terrified by the classic 1990 version of the book so it will be interesting to see how it works under the helm of Zemeckis, who is sure to highlight some of the darker fantasy themes.

Enola Holmes (TBC)

Based on the book series of the same name by Nancy Springer and directed by Harry Bradbeer, the film follows the child sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes who, upon the disappearance of their mother, runs away to become a fugitive private detective herself. It stars Millie Bobby Brown as the title character alongside Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Helena Bonham Carter, Fiona Shaw, and Frances de la Tour.

Emma (14th Feb)

A modern retelling of the Jane Austen novel of the same name and starring Anya Taylor-Joy in the lead role, the film follows Emma Woodhouse, the handsome, clever and rich, who meddles in the romantic affairs of her friends and loved ones. Directed by Autumn de Wilde, the film also stars Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, and Callum Turner.

Taylor-Joy looks great in the role and the modern twist highlighted in the trailer makes this look like an adaptation worth watching.

The Call of the Wild (21st Feb)

Based on the Jack London‘s 1903 novel The Call of the Wild and a remake of 1935 film of the same name, the film follows a sled dog who struggles for survival in the Alaskan wild. Directed by Chris Sanders, the film stars Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford, and Colin Woodell.

The effects don’t look too great from the trailer below, but a potential tear-jerker starring Harrison Ford is enough to tempt me.

Greyhound (8th May)

Directed by Aaron Schneider and starring Tom Hanks, the film is based on the book The Good Shepherd by C. S. Forester. It is set during World War II when a Merchant Marine skipper must maintain his ship’s place in a convoy being stalked by Nazi U-boat wolf packs. It also stars Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham and Rob Morgan.

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