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December 2021

Books on Screen

December 2021

December's Books on Screen roundup includes the series premieres of HBO Max's "Station Eleven" and Netflix's "Stay Close" and "Anxious People"; the season finales of "The Wheel of Time" on Amazon Prime Video and "Gossip Girl" on HBO Max; the films The Hating Game, The Tender Bar, The Lost Daughter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid; and the DVD releases of Dear Evan Hansen, The Last Duel, Cry Macho and Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

 

In Theaters


Benedetta
Release Dates: December 3rd (limited); available on demand December 21st
Based on: IMMODEST ACTS: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy, by Judith C. Brown

The Hating Game
Release Date: December 10th (limited); also available on demand
Based on: THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne

Spider-Man: No Way Home
Release Date: December
17th (wide)
Based on: The Marvel Comics character Spider-Man

Nightmare Alley
Release Date: December 17th (limited)
Based on: NIGHTMARE ALLEY by William Lindsay Gresham

The Tender Bar
Release Dates: December 17th (limited); December 22nd (wide)
Based on: THE TENDER BAR: A Memoir by J.R. Moehringer

The King's Man
Release Date: December 22nd (wide)
Based on: The comic book The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons

A Journal for Jordan
Release Date: December 25th (wide)
Based on: A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN: A Story of Love and Honor, by Dana Canedy

The Tragedy of Macbeth
Release Date: December 25th (limited)
Based on: MACBETH by William Shakespeare

 

On TV

 

Film Releases

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Release Date: December 3rd on Disney+
Based on: DIARY OF A WIMPY KID by Jeff Kinney

Hilda and the Mountain King
Release Date: December 30th on Netflix
Based on: HILDA AND THE MOUNTAIN KING by Luke Pearson

The Lost Daughter
Release Date: December 31st on Netflix
Based on: THE LOST DAUGHTER written by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein
 

Series Premieres

"Station Eleven" (10-episode limited series)
Release Dates: Thursdays on HBO Max; the first three episodes will be available on December 16th
Based on: STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel

"Anxious People" (6-episode limited series)
Release Date: December 29th on Netflix
Based on: ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Fredrik Backman

"Stay Close" (8-episode limited series)
Release Date: December 31st on Netflix
Based on: STAY CLOSE by Harlan Coben
 

Season Premiere

"The Expanse"
Release Dates: Fridays on Amazon Prime Video; Season Six Premiere on December 10th
Based on: The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey
 

Series Finale

"Hawkeye"
Release Dates: Wednesdays on Disney+; Series Finale on December 22nd
Based on: Marvel Comics featuring the characters Clint Barton/Hawkeye and Kate Bishop/Hawkeye
 

Season Finales

"Gossip Girl"
Release Dates: Thursdays on HBO Max; the last three episodes of Season One will be available on December 2nd
Based on: The Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar

"The Wheel of Time"
Release Dates: Fridays on Amazon Prime Video; Season One Finale on December 24th
Based on: The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
 

Ongoing Series

"Dexter: New Blood"
Air Dates: Sundays at 9pm ET/PT on Showtime
Based on: The Dexter novels by Jeff Lindsay

"Batwoman"
Air Dates:
Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW
Based on: The DC Comics character Kate Kane/Batwoman, created by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid and Keith Giffen

"Big Sky"
Air Dates:
Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT on ABC
Based on: The Highway series by C. J. Box

"Nancy Drew"
Air Dates: Fridays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW
Based on: The Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

 

On DVD
 

Cry Macho
DVD Release Date: December 7th
Based on: CRY MACHO by N. Richard Nash

Dear Evan Hansen
DVD Release Date: December 7th
Based on: DEAR EVAN HANSEN by Val Emmich, with Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

The Last Duel
DVD Release Date: December 14th
Based on: THE LAST DUEL: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France by Eric Jager

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

DVD Release Date: December 14th
Based on: The Marvel Comics featuring the character Venom