Every 2021 Book to Movie & TV Series Adaptation


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Book to Movie (or TV Show) releases for 2021 that will be forging ahead are still being sorted, but here’s what’s on the docket so far. I expect that a lot more will be added as releases get pushed to 2021. Also, when things settle down I assume release schedules will be hammered out and more dates will be confirmed. Stay tuned for more!

The adaptations listed here are all ones with some assurance that they’ll actually come out in 2021. So, a movie or television series with a tentative release date in 2021 or with a producer saying that it’ll be released in 2021 or it’s in the process of filming or something like that.

(P.S. For past lists, see the 2019 Books to Film list or the 2020 Books to Films list.)

Which one of these books to movie or tv show adaptations are you looking forward to?

2021 Books to Film / Movies / TV Shows


A Discovery of Witches, Season 2 (IMDB)
Release Date: January 2021

A Discovery of Witchessecond season is expected in early 2021. It’s originally based on the very popular “All Souls” fantasy romance series by Deborah Harkness. The show stars Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer as our witch and vampire love birds.

I’ve been watching the show and if you think it sounds interesting, you’ll probably love it.

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Peter Rabbit 2 (IMDB)
Release Date: January 15, 2021

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There’s a sequel to 2018’s Peter Rabbit adaptation coming out in February. Stars Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson and James Corden.

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Chaos Walking (IMDB)
Release Date: January 22, 2021 (if ever)

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Chaos Walking is an adaptation of Patrick Ness’s The Knife of Never Letting Go which is Book One in his Chaos Walking trilogy. Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland star in the movie.

Chaos Walking has had a very, very difficult time trying to make the jump to film. It was greenlit nearly a decade ago (in 2011), has six different screenwriters credited to it (with the last one being Patrick Ness himself, who has some screenwriting experience), and has cost well over $100 million.

To make matters worse there’s a nearly two-year-long gap from when the first cut of the film was shot (and deemed unreleasable) and when extensive re-shoots took place. Which means the two stars (Daisy and Tom) may look a little different from scene to scene. Anyway, you can read about all of it here. It’s slated for January 22, 2021, but who knows. I’ll believe it when I see it, since this movie has been delayed so many times.

The YA dystopian sci-fi novel is about a 12-year-old boy, Todd Hewitt, who is the only boy from a town full of men where everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts. He flees from town with his dog when he realizes something is very wrong with the town and comes across a girl that curiously managed to survive whatever wiped out the female townspeople.

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To All the Boys 3 / Always and Forever, Lara Jean (IMDB)
Release Date: February 2021 (anticipated)

Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky will be back for the third movie, which was shot back to back with the second installment, previously released. It’s likely to come out in February 2021 (basically, a year after the second one).

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Without Remorse (IMDB)
Release Date: February 26th, 2021

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Tom Clancy’s novel Without Remorse is being adapted into a movie starring Michael B. Jordan.

It’s a story about a former Navy SEAL turned CIA operative who seeks revenge after his girlfriend is killed by a drug lord.

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Antlers (IMDB)
Release Date: February 19, 2021

Antlers, a movie expected in 2021, is an adaptation of a short story by Nick Antosca called “A Quiet Boy”. The movie stars Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons and Jeremy T. Thomas.


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Fatherhood / Two Kisses for Maddy (IMDB)
Release Date: April 2, 2021

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The memoir Two Kisses for Maddy is being adapted into a movie called Fatherhood, starring Kevin Hart.

It’s a book about love, grief and fatherhood by Matt Logelin. Synopsis: “Matt and Liz Logelin were high school sweethearts. After years of long-distance dating, the pair finally settled together in Los Angeles, and they had it all: a perfect marriage, a gorgeous new home, and a baby girl on the way. Liz’s pregnancy was rocky, but they welcomed Madeline, beautiful and healthy, into the world. Just twenty-seven hours later, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and died instantly, without ever holding the daughter whose arrival she had so eagerly awaited.

Though confronted with devastating grief and the responsibilities of a new and single father, Matt did not surrender to devastation; he chose to keep moving forward-to make a life for Maddy.”

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Infinite / The Reincarnationist Papers (IMDB)
Release Date: May 28, 2021

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Infinite is an upcoming sci-fi movie based on a little known sci-fi book series called The Reincarnationist Papers by D. Eric Maikranz. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Dylan O’Brien and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

From IMDB: “A man discovers that his hallucinations are actually visions from past lives.”

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Cruella (IMDB)
Release Date: May 28, 2021

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A live-action prequel to 101 Dalmations is being produced by Disney. It’ll star Emma Stone and Emma Thompson, and the story follows the life of Cruella de Vil.

101 Dalmations is actually based on a book by Dodie Smith (who wrote I Capture the Castle).

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Fear Street (Trilogy) (IMDB)
Release Date: Summer 2021

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The Fear Street book series created by R.L. Stine is headed for a feature adaptation as a movie trilogy. The trilogy is set to be released on Netflix in 2021, each one a month apart during the summer.

The horror series almost always involves teenagers getting caught up in horrific plots, so we can probably expect more of the same from a movie adaptation of it.

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Anatomy of a Scandal (IMDB)
Release Date: Fall 2021

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The Netflix series adaptation of Anatomy of a Scandal will star Michelle Dockery, Rupert Friend and Sienna Miller.

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The Nightingale (IMDB)
Release Date: December 22, 2021

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Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale is finally, FINALLY making the jump to the big screen.

Book lovers have been clamoring for this adaptation for so long, so I really hope they do it justice. Talented real-life sisters Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning are set to star in the movie, so I think that bodes well for it.

It was originally in pre-production in March 2020, but it got put on halt as movies around the world were put on pause. But at least you know they were serious about getting this movie off the ground, so I’m hopeful this one will actually be released in 2021.

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Nightmare Alley (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021 (maybe)

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Nightmare Alley is a thriller that was released back in 1946. There’s no release date for the movie adaptation set yet, but it’s currently filming. Guillermo del Toro directs a star-studded cast, including Cate Blanchett, Bradley Cooper, Toni Collette, Rooney Mara and Willem Dafoe.

From IMDB: “An ambitious young carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.”

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Blonde (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

Joyce Carol Oates’s Blonde, a fictionalized recounting of Marilyn Monroe’s life, is being adapted into a movie to be released in 2021. Ana de Armas (depicted above) will play Marilyn Monroe. Adrien Brody and Bobby Cannavale will star as well.

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The Stars at Noon (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

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The Stars at Noon by Denis Johnson is getting a movie adaptation that will star Robert Pattinson and Margaret Qualley.

From the Publisher: “Set in Nicaragua in 1984, The Stars at Noon is a story of passion, fear, and betrayal told in the voice of an American woman whose mission in Central America is as shadowy as her surroundings. Is she a reporter for an American magazine as she sometimes claims, or a contact person for Eyes of Peace? And who is the rough English businessman with whom she becomes involved? As the two foreigners become entangled in increasingly sinister plots, Denis Johnson masterfully dramatizes a powerful vision of spiritual bereavement and corruption.”

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Mothering Sunday (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

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Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift is being adapted into a movie starrinf Olivia Coleman, Colin Firth and Josh O’Connor.

From IMDB: A maid living in post-World War I England secretly plans to meet with the man she loves before he leaves to marry another woman.

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The Power of the Dog (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

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The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage is being adapted into a movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst. Jane Campion is directing.

From IMDB: “A pair of brothers who own a large ranch in Montana are pitted against each other when one of them gets married.”

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Last Letter from Your Lover (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

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From author Jojo Moyes, Last Letter from Your Lover is about “a young journalist in London becomes obsessed with a series of letters she discovers that recounts an intense star-crossed love affair from the 1960s” (from IMDB).

The Netflix movie will star Felicity Jones, Shailene Woodley and Joe Alwyn.

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The Dig (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

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The Dig is a novel by John Preston that’s being adapted into a movie starring Lily James, Ralph Fiennes, and Carey Mulligan.

From IMDB: “An archaeologist embarks on the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938.”

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The Woman in the Window (IMDB)
Release Date: 2020 or 2021

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The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn was a surprise hit with a huge bidding war. It’s a solid thriller about a woman who believes she sees a crime being committed through the window in a house across the way. The book includes a number of homages to Hitchhock’s Rear Window, so I’m curious if the movie will do the same.

I thought the book was pretty good, and Amy Adams is starring in the movie, so I’d be surprised if the movie doesn’t turn out well.

Update #1: This movie is being pushed to 2020 (originally set for Oct. 4, 2019) due to test audiences being confused by the original cut of the film. They’ll be doing reshoots and re-cutting it. The film was originally a Fox 2000 property, but now is a Disney property due to their acquisition of 20th Century Fox. Disney has been reviewing and retooling their new acquisitions, and it looks like this was one they wanted to make some changes on.

Update #2: Looks like this movie is being delayed yet again since Netflix is finalizing a deal to acquire it as of August 2020. It might still come out in 2020, but we’ll see. The good news is that it seems to be pretty much done, so it’s likely we’ll see it at some point, it’s just a question of when.

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Killers of the Flower Moon (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

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Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann is a non-fictional book. From IMDB: “Osage tribe in the United States are murdered under mysterious circumstances in the 1920s sparking a major F.B.I. investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover.”

The movie adaptation has been in the works for some time. Martin Scorsese is directing , with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro starring.

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Passing (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

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The adaptation of Passing by Nella Larson will be directed by Rebecca Hall. Set to star Alexander Skarsgård, Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, and André Holland.

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Cherry (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

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Cherry by Nico Walker is being adapted into a movie by the Russo Brothers, starring Tom Holland.

From IMDB: “An Army medic suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder becomes a serial bank robber after an addiction to drugs puts him in debt.”

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Artemis (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

Andy Weir’s Artemis has had a movie adaptation in development for a while. Weir’s novel The Martian was adapted with great success. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will be directing the Artemis movie.

Artemis by Andy Weir is a science fiction novel set on the moon about Jazz, “a porter and part-time smuggler in the lunar city of Artemis. Trying to make a little extra money, she accepts a less than legal job but ends up involved in a much bigger crime” (from IMDB).

(Also see Everything We Know about the Artemis Movie)

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True Things About Me (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

True Things About Me by Deborah Kay Davies “follows a young woman living on the fringes of society who becomes intoxicated by a stranger who overwhelms her quiet life” (from IMDB). Stars Ruth Wilson, Robert Goodman, Nathan Ampofo.

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Pinnochio (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

Guillermo del Toro‘s spin on the classic tale of Pinnochio (originally authored by Carlo Collodi in 1883) is expected to hit theaters in 2021. Note that the original Pinnochio story is quite different from the Disney version, so I would expect something a little darker than the story you may be familiar with.

See the link below for a first look at this stop-motion animated film.

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Wicked (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

Wicked the Musical is getting a film treatment, finally! I love this musical so much. It’s originally based on the book Wicked by Gregory Maguire. It’s a retelling of Wizard of Oz to explain the origins of the Wicked Witch of the West.

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Redeeming Love (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is being adapted into a movie starring Abigail Cowen, Tom Lewis and Famke Janssen.

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Across the Rivers and Into the Trees (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021 (maybe)

Across the Rivers and Into the Trees, by Ernest Hemingway, is being adapted into a movie starring Liev Schreiber. The book is about an American soldier falling in love with a young Italian countess in Venice.

As of Sepember 2020, it hasn’t been formally announced as a 2021 release, but it’s filming in Venice in October 2020, but it seems like a safe bet.

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Dear Zoe (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

Dear Zoe by Phillip Beard is a “coming-of-age dramedy in which teenage Tess enlists her biological father – a lovable slacker from the wrong side- of the tracks – and the charming juvenile delinquent next door to help her come to grips with the death of her little sister.” (from IMDB).

It’s being adapted into a movie starring Sadie Sink (from Stranger Things), Jessica Capshaw and Theo Rossi.

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Macbeth (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

Joel Coen is directing an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. To star Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, and Brendan Gleeson.

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A Spark of Light (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

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A Spark of Light, by Jodi Picoult, is being adapted into a limited series starring Joey King, set to air in 2021.

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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

Hulu is taking a swing at adapting Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as a series, and as of August 2020, it’s even been renewed for a second season. That’s not a typo — they’re gearing up not one, but two seasons of the show. Season One is expected to air in 2021.

No word yet who is in the cast, but the show began development at Hulu in July 2019.

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Daisy Jones & The Six (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021 (maybe)

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Daisy Jones & the Six is being turned into an Amazon series with original music to be released on Amazon as well. It’ll star Sam Claflin and Riley Keough as the two main characters.

In Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones is young, beautiful, talented and just beginning her ascent into music stardom when a producer pairs her up with The Six, an up-and-coming blues-rock band.

The book tells their story in all its unruly, sex-crazed, drug-fueled glory. Daisy is blessed in every way — looks, money, talent — but is also wild, reckless and filled with hubris. Meanwhile, Billy, the de facto leader of The Six, is capable but controlling and struggling to manage the temptations of the rock and roll lifestyle. When they meet, stars align and legends are born.

See the full summary and review of Daisy Jones & the Six on the Bibliofile.

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Americanah (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

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Americanah is planned as a 10-episode limited series to be aired on HBO Max. Lupita Nyong’o is set to star, and Danai Gurira will showrun and write the series.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is about two young Nigerians, Ifemelu and Obinze, who meet as teenagers and fall in love. Ifemelu immigrates to the United States to attend university, while Obinze becomes an undocumented immigrant in London after post-9/11 restrictions prevent him from following Ifemelu to the States. The story follows their lives across years and continents, telling a profound story about love and race.

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Conversations With Friends (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

Hulu is adapting Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends for a limited series to air in 2021.

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Shadow and Bone (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021 (likely)

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Shadow and Bone, Netflix’s Grishaverse adaptation, will begin airing soon. It went into post-production (so, it’s done filming) Spring of 2020, but doesn’t have a scheduled air date yet as we approach Winter 2020, so it looks like 2021 will be the likely air date for this series.

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Nine Perfect Strangers (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

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Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty is being adapted into a limited series to air on Hulu. The show is being produced by and will star Nicole Kidman.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty is about nine people who gather at a resort for a 10-day wellness retreat. The resort is run by a former businesswoman named Masha. While these strangers get to know each other and grapple with each of their personal issues, they come to find that the resorts policies and practices are a little unconventional and start to have questions about what exactly is going on at this retreat.

See the review and summary of Nine Perfect Strangers on the Bibliofile.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is getting a new adaptation. It’ll be on Disney+.

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The Witcher, Season 2 (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021 (possibly Q1)

The Witcher will be back on Netflix for Season 2. Actor Henry Cavill has stated that the show could potentially be released in early 2021, but no sooner than that. The plan is to resume filming in August 2020.

Based off of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher Saga series of books, the fantasy series stars Henry Cavill as the titular Witcher of the series. He’s basically a dude that goes around hunting monsters.

The Witcher books are a collection of eight books of stories, but I recommend starting with The Last Wish or the Sword of Destiny if you want to read the material that the show is adapting. Season 1 contained parts of these books, and Season 2 will continue adapting them.

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You, Season 3 (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

Caroline Kepnes’s You was adapted into a surprisingly popular show starring Penn Badgley. The sequel, Hidden Bodies, was adapted into its second season in late 2019.

Kepnes in the process of writing books 3 and 4. Book 3 will be adapted into Season 3 of You, to be aired in 2021.

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The Shining Girls (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes is being adapted into a series to be aired on Aplpe+ starring Elizabeth Moss.

From IMDB: A serial killer in Chicago during the 1930s stumbles upon a time traveling device.

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The Player’s Table / They Wish They Were Us (IMDB)
Release Date: 2021

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The Player’s Table is being adapted into a TV series based on Jessica Goodman’s YA novel, They Wish They Were Us. Halsey and Sydney Sweeney will star.

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The Wheel of Time, Season 1 | IMDB
Release Date: 2021

Amazon is adapting Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time fantasy series into a TV show. Apparently, they’re hoping it’ll be the next Game of Thrones, but we’ll see.

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