Begin your binge fest this year with these fantastic book adaptations Now Streaming on Hotstar Premium
MUMBAI: A good book adaptation possesses the combined brilliancy of the original novel and the innovative freshness of a film. Kickstart this year with these fantastic shows and films on Hotstar Premium that are as brilliant as the books they’ve been adapted from –
Must Watch Shows
Show Title: The Outsider
Adapted from: The Outsider by Stephen King
When an insidious supernatural force edges its way into a seemingly straightforward murder investigtaion of a young boy, it leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe.
Show Title: His Dark Materials
Adapted from: His Dark Materials, a trilogy by Philip Pullman
Lyra, a brave young woman from another world, on a quest to rescue her kidnapped friend, uncovers a sinister plot of a secret organisation, extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets.
Show Title: Wolf Hall
Adapted from: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
After 20 years of marriage without a mail heir, King Henry VIII of England decides to divorce Anne Boleyn. However, when the Pope rejects this decision, Thomas Cromwell steps in to help the king.
Show Title: Olive Kitteridge
Adapted from: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
The sweet, funny, tragic story of the denizens of a seemingly placid New England town are seen through the eyes of a middle-school math teacher in this four-part miniseries based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book.
Must Watch Movies
Movie Title: Alita: Battle Angel
Adapted from: Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro
Alita, a female cyborg, is revised by cyber-medic expert Daisuke Ido when he finds her in the local dump. Alita is skilled in legendary martial art Panzer Kunst and becomes a mercenary hunter-warrior.
Movie Title: Red Sparrow
Adapted from: Red Sparrow by former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative Jason Matthews
A Russian intelligence officer is drafted to become a “Sparrow”, a trained seductress. Her first assignment is a young, undercover CIA officer. They collide in a charged atmosphere of espionage, but their mutual attraction will threaten their careers and the life of America’s most valuable Russian mole.
Movie Title: The Imitation Game
Adapted from: The biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
In 1939, during World War II, newly created British intelligence agency MI6 recruits Cambridge mathematics alumnus Alan Turing, to crack Nazi codes, including Enigma; which cryptanalysts has thought unbreakable. Turing’s team, including Joan Clarke, analyze Enigma messages while he builds a machine to decipher them. Turing and team finally succeed and become heroes, but in 1952, the quiet genius encounters disgrace when authorities reveal he is gay and send him to prison.
Movie Title: The Martian
Adapted from: The Martian by Andy Weir
Mark Watney is presumed dead during a planetary storm and is left behind on planet Mars. NASA discovers that he is not only alive but has also managed to sustain himself. A rescue mission is planned before he runs out of supplies and oxygen.
Movie Title: Shawshank Redemption
Adapted from: Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, a Stephen Kingnovella published in a short story collection called Different Seasons
A drama of hope, friendship and atonement behind the walls of a maximum security prison in The Shawshank Redemption.