If you love books about cinema, then here’s a calendar of upcoming movie book releases, that are currently up for preorder.

We love a good book about the movies around these parts, and keep an ever-expanding list of titles we recommend. You can find that here. But one thing we’ve struggled to find is a regularly-updated list of what film books are on the horizon over the next year or two. Given that books tend to be announced or at least put up for preorder up to a year or two in advance, there’s no shortage of them on the way.

This, then, is us trying to do something about that. We’ve organised this list by month, as release dates do tend to fluctuate a week or two it seems. We’ve included links to find out more about the titles concerned. Please note that these are affiliate links, that help with the running of our independent website, but we want to be transparent that there is a small benefit to us in you clicking them. That said, that’s not what this calendar is about.

Instead, it’s a celebration of the reading ahead of us. We’ve avoided overtly academic texts that are selling for sky high prices. Likewise, making-of books for upcoming movies tend to bubble up without any push from us. This lot, though, will hopefully be of interest…

JULY 2020

Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema

Vanessa Harryhausen

The late, great Ray Harryhausen’s work is explored in this new book, written by his daughter and digging into his archive.

Details: https://amzn.to/3aS6MQI

Chasing The Light: How I Fought My Way Into Hollywood – From The 1960s To Platoon

Oliver Stone

Books have been written about writer and director Oliver Stone before, but this one’s his official memoir, covering his time in Vietnam, his addictions, and his break into the movies.

Details: https://amzn.to/35iWHLz


Murder And The Movies

David Thomson

Film historian Thomson’s latest book looks at the link between what we see on the big screen and what we do in real life.

Details: https://amzn.to/3d2dq8B

The Art Of Screen Adaptations

Alistair Owen

This looks fascinating: a book interviewing screenwriters about adapting other work for the screen. A long list of intriguing interviewees too…

Details: https://amzn.to/3fEEcFn


A Kind of Magic: Making the Original Highlander

Jonathan Melville

Melville already has a book to his name tracing the story behind the original Tremors movie, and now he’s point his nerdy tentacles at the original Highlander film too.

Details: https://amzn.to/2VNtTYA


But What I Really Want to Do Is Direct: Lessons from a Life Behind the Camera

Ken Kwapis

Kwapis, director of films such as The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants and Dunstan Checks In, on top of a whole host of TV shows, will be laying bare his stories of directing. It’s described as “Ken Kwapis’s take on William Goldman’s classic Adventures in the Screen Trade, but from the Director’s point of view”.

Details: https://amzn.to/35pTI4c

Tainted Glory: Travels With Oscar

Rupert Everett

The third volume of Everett’s memoirs. The first two were excellent, and this time, he’s covering the period where he stepped into movie directing…

Details: https://amzn.to/3eLvjJJ

Practically Perfect: Life Lessons from Mary Poppins

Katy Brand

Following her excellent book about Dirty Dancing, the brilliant Katy Brand now turns her attention to another classic. She looks at how to turn what the film teaches us into things we can use in everyday life…

Details: https://amzn.to/35hBoKo

Gene Kelly: The Making of a Creative Legend

Earl Hess and Pratibha A Dabholkar

A book that promises to give us a full picture of the life and times of the late Gene Kelly, illustrated with plenty of photographs too.

Details: https://amzn.to/3aQ0ukD

Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise

Scott Eyman

Film historian Eyman has penned what’s being billed as the definitive biography of Cary Grant, from being haunted by his past to his movie career and beyond.

Details: https://amzn.to/2KL8Ak1

Flash Gordon: The Official Story Of The Film

John Walsh

I’ve tended to leave contemporary movie tie-in books out of this list, but who can resist what’s said to be the definitive telling of the story behind 1980’s Flash Gordon? Includes new interviews with the likes of Sam Jones, Brian Blessed and Mike Hodges.

Details: https://amzn.to/2KMDUyS

Marilyn Monroe: The Last Interview

Marilyn Monroe

A collection of conversations with the late Monroe, including – as the title suggests – her final interview.

Details: https://amzn.to/2VNNnwb


Wes Anderson: The Iconic Filmmaker And His Work

Ian Nathan

Empire’s Ian Nathan has put together the first book to bring together the films of Wes Anderson in one tome, up to and including The French Dispatch.

Details: https://amzn.to/2yYlPLq

No Time Like The Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality

Michael J Fox

The latest volume of Michael J Fox’s memoirs, following on from the excellent Lucky Man and Always Looking Up.

Details: https://amzn.to/2Soyq1z


Stanley Kubrick Produces

James Fenwick

A look at the films of Stanley Kubrick, but just the ones where he acted as producer rather than director. Promises to go through lots of lost Kubrick projects too…

Details: https://amzn.to/2xkYIKG

Suddenly Something Clicked

Walter Murch

Editor, writer, director and sound designer Walter Murch appears to have written his memoir. Can’t find any further details about the book at the moment, but worth keeping an eye out for.

Details: https://amzn.to/2zCvRlM



Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation and the Making Of A Dark Classic

Glenn Frankel

Award-winning author Frankel has previously penned acclaimed books about The Searchers and High Noon – and now he turns his attention to a 60s classic.

Details: https://amzn.to/2XvnwtP


Women vs Hollywood: The Fall and Rise of Women in Film

Helen O’Hara

The terrific Empire scribe Helen O’Hara tells the story of how women’s roles in cinema have changed over the decades, and the new generation of women telling their stories on screen.

Details: https://amzn.to/2z1irzp

Camera Man: Buster Keaton, The Dawn Of Cinema, And The Invention Of The Twentieth Century

Dana Stevens

The chief film critic of Slate tells the story of Buston Keaton’ film life, with it the transition of cinema from the ‘silent’ era to the talkies.

Details: https://amzn.to/2VO8jDa


MARCH 2021

Guillermo del Toro: Studies In The Horror Film

Guillermo del Toro

An updated version of del Toro’s previous collection of essays and interviews, this one exploring the films Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone.

Details: https://amzn.to/2VNKEmr

APRIL 2021

Tom Selleck’s memoir

Tom Selleck

Thus far untitled, the owner of one of the most-loved moustaches of the 1980s will be telling his life story in his autobiography, his film career included. The date for this one may shift to the autumn of 2021.

Details: https://amzn.to/3bOK0e4

JUNE 2021

del Toro on del Toro

Jason Wood and Guillermo del Toro

The excellent Faber & Faber series of filmmakers discussing their work arrives at the door of the brilliant, Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro. It’s a 384 page journey through del Toro’s career we’re set to get.

Details: https://amzn.to/2KNMEos



Mike Leigh On Mike Leigh

Amy Raphael and Mike Leigh

A fully-updated and revised edition of the Faber & Faber tome, which will see Leigh discussing his career up to and including his latest films.

Details: https://amzn.to/3bRpkSE


Christopher Nolan: A Retrospective: The Movies, Marvels and Mysteries of Christopher Nolan

Tom Shone

Film journalist Tom Shone obtained substantical access to filmmaker Christopher Nolan for what promises to be a fascinating journey through Nolan’s career.

Details: https://amzn.to/2KMyDY6

Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years: The Definitive Story Behind the Blockbuster Studio

Tara Bennett and Paul Terry

Pretty much as it sounds, this one. A two volume official set covering the Marvel cinematic universe, with over a hundred new interview from the stars and creatives involved. A panic-inducing £115 price tag, though

Details: https://amzn.to/2KYNJtP


Creating Back to the Future: The Art and Production Design of the Movie Trilogy

The blurb for this one reads: “This book takes readers through the creative process from visualizing the characters and costumes, through to vehicles and sets. With concept art, storyboards and set designs, and commentary by Back to the Future authorities Joe Walser, Michael Klastorin and Rob Klein.”

Details: https://amzn.to/3jhSgr0


We’ll keep updating this list as we discover more…

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