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October 2020

Books on Screen

October 2020

October's Books on Screen roundup includes the series premieres of "The Undoing" on HBO, "The Good Lord Bird" on Showtime, and "The Right Stuff" on Disney+; the Netflix release of Rebecca and the HBO Max documentary The Soul of America; the season two premiere of "The Spanish Princess" on Starz; and the series finales of FX's "A Wilderness of Error" and HBO's "Lovecraft Country."


In Theaters


Release Date: October 2nd; available on demand October 6th
Based on: SPONTANEOUS by Aaron Starmer

The War with Grandpa
Release Date: October 9th
Based on: THE WAR WITH GRANDPA by Robert Kimmel Smith

After We Collided
Release Date: October 23rd; also available on demand
Based on: AFTER WE COLLIDED by Anna Todd

The Empty Man
Release Date: October 23rd
Based on: The graphic novel series The Empty Man by Cullen Bunn and Vanesa R. Del Rey




Film Releases

A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting
Release Date:
October 15th on Netflix
Based on: The trilogy A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting by Joe Ballarini

The Perfect Weapon
Release Date: October 16th on HBO Max
Based on: THE PERFECT WEAPON: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age, by David E. Sanger

Release Date:
October 21st on Netflix
Based on: REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier

The Soul of America
Release Date: October 27th on HBO Max
Based on: THE SOUL OF AMERICA: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham

Series Premieres

Release Date:
October 2nd on Hulu
Based on: NORTH AMERICAN LAKE MONSTERS: Stories, by Nathan Ballingrud

"The Good Lord Bird" (7-part limited series)
Air Dates: Sundays at 9pm ET/PT on Showtime; Series Premiere on October 4th
Based on: THE GOOD LORD BIRD by James McBride

"The Haunting of Bly Manor"
Release Date:
October 9th on Netflix
Based on: THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Henry James

"The Right Stuff" (8-part limited series)
Release Dates: Fridays on Disney+; Series Premiere on October 9th (the first two episodes will be available)
Based on: THE RIGHT STUFF by Tom Wolfe

Release Date: October 16th on Hulu
Based on: The Marvel Comics characters Daimon and Satana Hellstrom

"The Queen's Gambit"
Release Date: October 23rd on Netflix
Based on: THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT by Walter Tevis

"The Undoing" (6-part limited series)
Air Dates: Sundays at 9pm ET/PT on HBO; Series Premiere on October 25th
Based on: YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Season Premiere

"The Spanish Princess"
Air Dates: Sundays on Starz (times vary); Season Two Premiere on October 11th
Based on: THE CONSTANT PRINCESS and THE KING'S CURSE by Philippa Gregory

Series Finales

"A Wilderness of Error" (5-part limited series)
Air Dates: Fridays at 8pm ET/PT on FX; Series Finale on October 2nd (the final two episodes will air)
Based on: A WILDERNESS OF ERROR: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald by Errol Morris

"Lovecraft Country"
Air Dates:
Sundays at 9pm ET/PT on HBO; Series Finale on October 18th
Based on: LOVECRAFT COUNTRY by Matt Ruff