Want an inside look at some of 2021’s most anticipated TV and film releases? Read these books for the inspiration behind them.
Daisy Jones & The Six
Release date: Unknown
The first book on our list is a guaranteed page-turner and soon-to-be 13 part Amazon series. Author Taylor Jenkins Reid brilliantly captures the ups and downs of forming a rock band in the 1970s—sex, drugs, glamor and all. Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne, the musical duo at the center of Reid’s story, are an unlikely pair, but together, they create the best music you’ve (n)ever heard.
Amazon’s adaptation is produced by Reese Witherspoon and stars Riley Keough, granddaughter of rock ‘n’ roll legend Elvis Presley. Original music is also in the works!
The House of Gucci
Release date: November 24, 2021
Sara Gay Forden’s The House of Gucci opens with the brutal murder of Maurizio Gucci. In 1998, his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani Martinelli was sentenced to 29 years in prison for arranging the attack. Forden’s detailed account explores the socialite’s motives while documenting the rise and near fall of the famed Gucci dynasty.
Production of the adaptation is currently underway. Directed by Ridley Scott, the major motion picture stars Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto and Al Pacino among others. Lady Gaga shared this glamorous behind-the-scenes shot on March 9.
The Woman in the Window
Release date: May 14, 2021
A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window is a gripping Hitchcockian thriller about Anna Fox, an agoraphobic psychologist, who spends the majority of her time with a bottle of wine in one hand and a pair of binoculars in the other. One day, however, her life is turned upside down when she witnesses something sinister unfold across the street. Finn takes the reader on a wild ride as Anna grapples with what she’s seen and the secrets her spying habit brings to light.
The adaptation is directed by Joe Wright and stars Amy Adams and Julianne Moore. It’s set to land on Netflix this spring.
Where the Crawdads Sing
Release date: Sometime in 2021
Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing spent an unbelievable 125 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. The story takes place in Barkley Cove, a quiet coastal town in North Carolina during the 1960s. Kya, the “marsh girl”, is abandoned by her family at a young age. Left with nothing but an unkempt shack and the land it occupies, Kya develops a deep admiration for the wildlife around her. However, she lacks proper education and subsequently faces the judgment of her neighbors. So, when the body of a local hotshot is discovered, Kya becomes the prime suspect.
The breakout star of Sally Rooney’s Normal People, Daisy Edgar-Jones, will play Kya in the upcoming film.
Release date: Unknown
On September 11, 2001, a day already defined by immense tragedy, Tess DeNunzio’s sister is killed in a hit-and-run. Fifteen-year-old Tess writes a letter to Zoe, grieving her loss and contemplating her own place in the world. Author Phillip Beard tells a heartbreaking story and, in the process, manages to teach the reader a thing or two about themselves. Dear Zoe’s narrator holds nothing back, making for an especially moving teen drama.
The book’s adaptation is in post-production with a possible 2021 release date.