Mysteries and thrillers going from page to stream in 2021
If reading books before you see them adapted for film is your jam, then the next few months promise good times for mystery and thriller readers. Covid continues to play havoc with movie schedules—as it did in 2020—and movie theaters across the country remain shut. Streaming options however, look great; in addition to what’s out, or starting to stream soon, we have added a few as-yet-unscheduled movies we plan to keep an eye on (along with the release/streaming date for each movie). And for those readers who like fictional and non-fictional crime tales, we also added a couple of true crime gems to our list.
From the origins of one of Tom Clancy’s most popular supporting characters to a mind-melding domestic thriller, here are all the movies we are putting on our watchlist. Read ‘em before you see ‘em!
The Associated Press has hands-down the best take on this novel: “Romance and grisly murders crawl into the back seat of the car for a make-out session, producing a read that is as eerie as it is delightful.” There’s just no arguing with a premise like that. (February 1)
Behind Her Eyes can be summed up in two words: mind games. Who’s playing them and how they will intrigue, mystify, and stun readers. If you don’t believe me, take it from Stephen King, who called the novel “bloody brilliant.” With a cast that includes Eve Hewson (aka Bono’s daughter) and Tom Bateman (Murder on The Orient Express), we’re looking forward to the movie. (February 17)
Timing is everything when an Army veteran who’s resorted to robbing banks to support his opioid addiction, falls in love at an inopportune time. Juggling the love of his life, crime, drugs, and PTSD may prove his undoing. Starring Tom Holland (Spider-Man) and Ciara Bravo, director Joe Russo is already on record saying Holland’s performance—his first in a serious role—is “Oscar-worthy.” (February 26)
We love a good origin story, and Without Remorse is just that. It shows how John Clark—one of the most popular characters in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan universe—sets out to avenge his murdered, pregnant wife, and stumbles into an international conspiracy. With Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan starring, this action-packed movie is set to stream on Prime Video. (April 30)
The Reincarnationist Papers, retitled Infinite for film, is a science fiction tale about a man who discovers his hallucinations are actually flash-forwards from his past. With Antoine Fuqua in the director’s chair and an all-star cast, led by Mark Wahlberg and including Rupert Friend, Toby Jones, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, this sci-fi action-fest may be the popcorn-on-the-couch movie we’ve been waiting for. (May 28)
Set in 1963, this Stoker Award winner is sort of like a historical Fight Club, except it’s set in a blink-and-you-miss-it Midwestern town. And most of the fighting is done by October Boy (aka Ol' Hacksaw Face, or Sawtooth Jack), who walks out of the local cornfields each fall—butcher knife in hand. And he walks into town to take on the local boys. Local teenager Pete decides getting the better of October Boy is his ticket out of town, but he may not be prepared for what he learns about his grisly adversary. (September 24)
Other highlights, available to stream now:
The Dry by Jane Harper (January 2021)
Upcoming 2021 movies whose release dates we’re keeping an eye on:
Last Looks by Howard Michael Gould (2021, date tbd)
True crime stories being adapted for film: