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Sometimes I prefer to look at a book, you know? Last week, Netflix announced its fall program of original films; these are the ones based on books.
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Worth, directed by Sara Colangelo (September 3)
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Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Mohammed Ali, directed by Marcus A. Clarke (September 9)
Based on the book Blood Brothers by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith, this documentary uses archive footage to tell the story of these former friends and allies.
Night Books, directed by David Yarovesky (September 15)
Based on the book Nightbooks by JA White, this film follows a horror-loving boy who is caught by a witch and is forced to tell her a story every night in order to stay alive, in a twisted mixture of Hansel & Gretel and Scheherazade .
Sounds like love, directed by Juana Macías (September 29)
Based on the novel We Were Songs by Elísabet Benavent and starring María Valverde, this film follows Maca, a young woman who has just got over a broken heart when the man who broke it, Leo (Álex González), returns to her life .
Nobody Comes Out Alive, directed by Santiago Menghini (September 29)
Based on Adam Nevill’s novel No One Gets Out Alive, an immigrant takes a room in a boarding house and finds herself in a nightmare.
There’s Somebody in Your House, directed by Patrick Brice (October 6th)
Fever Dream, Director: Claudia Llosa (October)
Based on the novel Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin. A boy sits with a dying woman who is not his mother and together they tell a story.
Passing by, directed by Rebecca Hall (November 10)
Based on the novella Passing by Nella Larsen with Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson in the story of childhood friends who meet again as adults, one of whom lives in Harlem and the other is married to a white person and passes away as white.
Tick, tick, BOOM! Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda (November 19)
Why am I adding this and not Diana: the Musical (October 1st)? Because this is available as a book. (If you don’t know, Tick, Tick, Boom! Was Jonathan Larson’s first musical, before a little show called Rent.) Starring Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Vanessa Hudgens, Judith Light and Bradley Whitford as Stephen Sondheim.
14 Summit: Nothing is Impossible (November 29)
This documentary tells the story of Nims Purja, a mountain climber from Nepal who was the first person to climb all 14 eight-thousanders in the world … in just seven months. His memoir Beyond Possible will be published in January 2022.
A Boy Called Christmas, directed by Gil Kenan (November)
Based on Matt Haig’s children’s novel A Boy Called Christmas, this seems like a Christmassy Christmas story.
The Power of the Dog, directed by Jane Campion (December 1)
Based on the book The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage with Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee. As far as I can tell, this is a mean rancher who’s mean to his brother’s new wife and son.
The Prodigal Daughter, directed by Maggie Gyllanhaal (December 31)
Based on the novel The Prodigal Daughter by Elena Ferrante with Olivia Colman and Dakota Johnson. The entire official description of this article reads, “A woman’s beach vacation takes a dark turn as she begins to face the problems of her past.” I AM FASCINATED.
Original films for romantics
If there’s one superpower I don’t mind it’s the ability to watch romance novels. The only Netflix original mentioned above that looks like it’s based on a romance is Sounds Like Love, but I don’t know if it has an HEA. However, there are a few originals that look just as fun …
Love hard, directed by Hernan Jimenez (November 5th)
Listen, in this case, a girl is flying across the country to surprise the guy she spoke to on a dating app only to find she was fished for catfish … and that’s where the romance begins? ??
A Castle for Christmas, directed by Mary Lambert (November)
Brooke Shields (!!!) is an American writer on vacation in Scotland (!!!!), where she decides to buy a castle (!!!!!), but Cary Elwes (!!!!!!) does it not. I don’t want to sell it to her.
The Princess Switch 3, directed by Mike Rohl (November)
Vanessa Hudgens returns in yet another Princess Switch movie. This time a priceless relic has been stolen!
Single All The Way, directed by Michael Mayer (December)
M / M fake dating for the holidays and the mom they are trying to fool is played by Kathy Najimi !!!
If Netflix needs more ideas for customizing books, we have suggestions for Latinx books, books about people with disabilities, and LGBTQ + books.