When we think of adaptations for film and TV we usually think of the source material as a book. Well, here’s a reality check. The industry has been keeping up with hit podcasts for years, poaching ideas when they are just too good to pass up. In fact, podcasts have become a bit of a backdoor to TV and film. The reason is, they are a low-risk testing ground for the pricier mediums of film and television. In a podcast, the narrative strength of an idea can be tested on audiences before committing millions of dollars to produce it as a film or TV series.
As book trailer makers, we’re all about seeing books adapted for the screen. So we get excited when we hear news of big stars and major production companies acquiring literary rights. We get even more excited when we hear they’re getting ready to go into production. Here’s a taste of what’s shooting in 2021.
Calling all lovers! There’s a new romance-laden adaptation coming out in March just for you. This film has all of the romantic nostalgia of The Notebook in a modern story that flashes back from modern-day London to the French Riviera of the 1960s. The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes hit shelves in 2012 via Penguin Random House. Now in 2021, it’s a Netflix film starring Felicity Jones and Shailene Woodley set to premiere this March. Wondering what it’s all about? Then read on my friends, and prepare to fall in love all over again.
Dig slashers? You’re in luck! A gory new adaptation in the vein of Scream hits everyone’s favorite streaming service this month. What’s the big deal? We’re midway through February and the actual release date is still a mystery. So flood your eyes with blue light and just keep refreshing that Netflix home page until the film There’s Someone Inside Your House pops up. In the meantime, we’ll tell you everything we know about it here to satiate your obsession with blood and guts pouring out of Nebraska teenagers.
Here comes the true story of a man wrongfully imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years, without a trial. In his memoir, Mohamedou Ould Salahi paints a horrific picture of what it was like to be locked up indefinitely without trial. Salahi is just one of the thousands of victims swept up in America’s aimless “War On Terror.” An ideological war that still rages on, continuing to justify America’s imperialistic agenda twenty years after 9/11. Salahi’s memoir served as the inspiration for The Mauritanian, now available for streaming on Netflix.
Last year screwed up a lot of releases, including the film adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse starring Michael B. Jordan. Paramount and Amazon finally settled on a release date of February 26, 2021, for this franchise thriller. The original October release was delayed due to Paramount’s stalled negotiations with Amazon, who will release the film next month.