From book to screen… the best of January 2020

The beginning of the new decade brought with it some fantastic new book-to-screen adaptations which stormed the TV and film charts. We have rounded up the hottest adaptations that came to your screens last month.

The Outsider – January 12th

Born from the brilliantly, terrifying mind of best-selling horror and supernatural author, Stephen King, ‘The Outsider’ hit screens on HBO on January 12th 2020. Centered around the investigation into a young boy’s gruesome murder, The Outsider begins with what you think is a seemingly straightforward case. But when an insidious supernatural comes into play, it leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe in.

The 10 part series so far has received rave reviews and is still on-going, playing on Sunday nights.

Just Mercy – 17th January

This powerful and thought-provoking film is adapted from the memoirs of Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, and is the true account of the trial of Walter McMillian and his young defence attorney, Bryan Stevenson, as they fight to appeal his murder conviction. The main cast includes Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx, so expect stellar performances and a gripping story.

Available to view in cinemas now.

The Personal History of David Copperfield – 24th January

Adapted from the 1850 Charles Dickens novel ‘The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account)‘ is a masterpiece of the coming-of-age story. With a stellar cast including Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton and Hugh Laurie, the film tells the quirky story of how an impoverished orphan grew into a burgeoning writer and the comedic adventures and eccentric friends he made along the way.

Still available to watch in cinemas now.

The Turning – 24th January

A modern take on the Henry James novella ‘The Turn of the Screw’ – a classic horror that tells the tale of a governess who finds employment caring for two children in a grand country house, where distant figures stroll the grounds and each child holds a terrible secret .

The horror is still available to see in cinemas around the UK.

The Rhythm Section – January 31st

The Rhythm Section, based on the book of the same title by Mark Burnell, tells the story of a woman, played by the excellent Blake Lively, who joins a covert operation in pursuit of the people who killed her family. A tale of revenge, you follow one woman who enters a dark, complex world while seeking justice for her family and redemption for herself.

Available to view in cinemas now!

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