All the Books Becoming Movies and TV Shows in 2023
Check out these great reads coming to a screen near you.
If there was one upside to the pandemic, it was having more time at home to read. If your reading list fell by the wayside in 2022, why not start with the books set to become movies and TV series this year? Whether you’re looking for a psychological thriller, a feel-good novel, or a whimsical romance, there’s something for every taste currently being adapted in Hollywood. Even if many of the adaptations still don’t have release dates, you can get a head start on your reading list before these books hit big and small screens in the new year. From The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes to Daisy Jones & the Six , here are some of the books that will arrive in movie or TV form in 2023.
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Similar to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel, which is told as an oral history of a 1970s band, the 10-episode Prime Video adaptation will be a fictional documentary. Riley Keough plays lead singer Daisy Jones, with Camila Morrone, Sam Claflin, and Suki Waterhouse as several of her bandmates. The book is a delight, ultimately revealing the mystery behind the beloved group’s breakup, and it’s the sort of thing you’ll devour on your holiday plane ride home. Reid’s more recent novel, Malibu Rising , is being adapted by Hulu, so add that to your list as well.
On Prime Video on March 3, 2023
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret b y Judy Bloom
Judy Bloom’s seminal 1970 coming-of-age novel is finally getting the on-screen treatment, with writer and director Kelly Fremon Craig at the helm. The book follows the trials and tribulations of sixth grader Margaret Simon, who will be played in the film by Abby Ryder Fortson. It also stars Rachel McAdams, Benny Safdie, and Kathy Bates. Although details on the adaptation are scarce, expect lots of preteen drama and poignant growing-up moments. If you somehow missed the novel when you were younger, now is the perfect time to get caught up.
In theaters April 28, 2023
Text for You by Sofie Cramer
Sofie Cramer’s romantic novel will become Love Again , a film starring Sam Heughan and Priyanka Chopra Jonas. The story follows a grief-stricken woman who is dealing with the death of her fiancé. When she begins texting his old phone, someone new begins to respond. Expect a heartwarming tale about finding love again after a loss — something that always makes for a tear-jerking movie. The novel is an enjoyable, easy read that’s perfect for the holiday season.
In theaters May 12, 2023
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
In Crockett Johnson’s popular 1955 children’s book, young Harold discovers he can create magical things with his purple crayon. It’s a fairly sparse story, so expect the on-screen version to have more narrative heft. The film, from director Carlos Saldanha, stars Zooey Deschanel, Zachary Levi, and Lil Rel Howery. You may not spend a weekend rereading this one, but if you have kids — or nieces or nephews — this is a good one to bring out.
In theaters June 30, 2023
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
Christopher Nolan’s next film takes on J. Robert Oppenheimer, the so-called “father of the atomic bomb.” The movie is based on Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin’s 2005 nonfiction tome, which clocks in at more than 700 pages. The film, titled Oppenheimer , stars Cillian Murphy in the titular role and follows the theoretical physicist’s participation in the Manhattan Project. The stacked cast also includes Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., and Florence Pugh. Start reading this one now to get through it by next summer.
In theaters July 21, 2023
Dune by Frank Herbert
The on-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic sci-fi novel Dune will continue in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two , which continues the saga of Paul Atreides. Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya return, with a new set of cast members who include Florence Pugh, Austin Butler, Léa Seydoux, and Christopher Walken. The first film adhered fairly closely to the novel, and this sequel will cover the book’s second half as Paul seeks revenge against those who destroyed his family.
In theaters November 17, 2023
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games books and movies were extremely successful, so it makes sense that Suzanne Collins’ recent prequel is getting a similar live-action version. Director Francis Lawrence returns for the prequel, which will feature Rachel Zegler, Hunter Schafer, Jason Schwartzman, Peter Dinklage, and Viola Davis. Tom Blyth stars as a young Coriolanus Snow, who becomes involved in the drama of the 10th annual Hunger Games. Expect drama, violence, and backstabbing.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Alice Walker’s beautiful novel The Color Purple was previously adapted into a film in 1985 with Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg as the leads. It also became a stage musical, which is the source for the latest movie adaptation. Here the story, about a Black woman living in the South during the early 1900s, is told with musical numbers. Fantasia plays protagonist Celie Harris Johnson, while Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo and Taraji P. Henson round out the cast. The original novel is a must-read and worth adding to your library queue immediately.
In theaters December 20, 2023
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Anyone who has read Anthony Doerr’s 2014 World War II novel All the Light We Cannot See has been anxiously awaiting its on-screen treatment. The book, about a blind French girl and a young German boy during the war, has been transformed into a forthcoming Netflix limited series. Directed by Shawn Levy and written by Steven Knight, the series stars newcomer Aria Mia Loberti along with Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie. The book is memorable and emotionally wrought, so be sure to read it before the show premieres.
The Power by Naomi Alderman
In The Power , a feminist novel that has drawn comparisons to Margaret Atwood’s work, teenage girls mysteriously develop a special power to electrocute people at will. It’s a seriously compelling premise in book form but will be even more riveting as a 10-episode series for Prime Video. Author Naomi Alderman was involved in the series, which stars Toni Collette, Auli’i Cravalho, and John Leguizamo. There are plans to keep the story going over multiple seasons, much like The Handmaid’s Tale , so catch the book now.
Red, White & Royal Blue b y Casey McQuiston
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Casey McQuiston’s 2019 rom-com centers on a romance between Alex Claremont-Diaz, the First Son of the United States and a British prince, Henry Fox-Mountchristen-Windsor (sigh). The novel is a delightful if sometimes predictable romp that sees the pair navigating a relationship on the world stage. The film version, set for release by Prime Video, will star Taylor Zakhar Perez and Nicholas Galitzine as the will-they-won’t-they lovers, with Uma Thurman playing the U.S. president.
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
Thriller fans have likely already devoured The Last Thing He Told Me , released last year. But for those who may have missed it, the novel centers on a man who disappears and leaves his wife and daughter questioning who he really was. The book was optioned by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and is becoming a limited series for Apple TV+. The on-screen version, written by author Laura Dave, features Jennifer Garner, Angourie Rice, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Set in the 1960s, Lessons in Chemistry follows a female chemist who works with an all-male team at the Hastings Research Institute. Through some twists and turns, she becomes the unlikely star of a TV cooking show. It’s a feel-good novel, which will become a drama series for Apple TV+ with Brie Larson in the lead role. The book makes for a comforting read, especially for women who may not have always fit in. The series will also star Lewis Pullman, Aja Naomi King, and Thomas Mann.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Originally meant to be released in 2022, Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film is an adaptation of journalist David Grann’s 2017 nonfiction book Killers of the Flower Moon . The book investigates a string of murders of affluent Osage people in the 1920s and chronicles how the recently formed FBI looked into the murders. The movie version, framed as a Western, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jesse Plemons, and Robert De Niro, as well as Indigenous actors, like Lily Gladstone and Tantoo Cardinal, as members of the Osage Nation. The film is rumored to be set for a premiere around Cannes.
The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
Sci-fi fans shouldn’t miss Liu Cixin’s 2008 novel The Three-Body Problem , the first in a trilogy about the people of Earth encountering an alien civilization in a nearby star system. Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with Alexander Woo, are adapting the book into an epic series for Netflix, with production in the U.K. and China. Eiza González, Benedict Wong, Tsai Chin, Rosalind Chao, John Bradley, and Liam Cunningham are featured in the ensemble cast (recognize a few former GoT cast members?). Expect expansive world-building and mysterious plot twists. If you enjoy the first book, continue on to the sequels The Dark Forest and Death’s End .
Emily Zemler is a freelance writer and journalist based in London. She is a frequent contributor to Shondaland, the Los Angeles Times, Observer, and Rolling Stone, among other outlets. Emily is the co-author of "A Sick Life," with TLC’s Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, and the author of "The Art and Making of Aladdin" and "Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiara."
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The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Life of Pi. Fight Club . What do these fan favorites all have in common? They’re all beloved book-to-movie adaptations , of course. Some of the best books also make the best movies and TV series. These stories are already infused with thoughtful dialogue, robust character development and the kind of plots that keeps pages turning. Add in a little “lights, camera, action!” and they’re bound to be blockbusters. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best books being made into movies this year.
Ready for a great read in preparation for a fresh addition to the streaming queue? Whether you’re a fan of thriller novels , romance books , true crime or classic novels , you’ll find outstanding nonfiction and fiction books in these script-to-screen picks. Keep reading to learn about the most exciting books becoming movies in 2023.
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1. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Release date: April 28, 2023
Starring: Abby Ryder Fortson, Benny Safdie, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates
Where to watch: Theaters
Considering streaming services’ love affair with children’s and YA literature (it’s the source material for a big chunk of teen-targeted TV and films), it’s no surprise this children’s book is getting the Hollywood treatment. The real wonder is why it didn’t happen sooner. Judy Blume’s beloved 1970 coming-of-age story has buoyed tweens for generations. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret is the tale of 11-year-old Margaret Simon, who has just moved from New York City to a school in New Jersey. In both the book and the movie, our likable protagonist navigates everything from periods and peers to romance (or the wish for it!) and religion.
2. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Release date: Nov. 17, 2023
Starring: Hunter Schafer, Rachel Zegler, Viola Davis and Peter Dinklage
Three cheers for yet another Hunger Games film! Widely considered one of the best book series for teens , Suzanne Collins’s dystopian novels feature brave teens and tweens who must put their lives on the line for their communities. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes , released in 2020, is a prequel to the original series, taking place years before Katniss, Peeta and Gale were a glimmer in the Capitol’s eye. Read this for the villain backstory you didn’t know you needed: It’s the rich and riveting tale of Coriolanus Snow—the future sinister President Snow.
3. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Release date: May 2023 (tentatively)
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brendan Fraser, Lily Gladstone and Robert De Niro
Where to watch: Apple TV+ and theaters
A popular book club pick in 2017, Killers of the Flower Moon is now one of the most-anticipated books being made into movies in 2023. The dark mystery is based on hair-raising true crimes committed in the 1920s. When a serial murderer begins picking off members of the Osage tribe in Oklahoma, an FBI investigator steps in. He discovers a systematic and brutal culture of crime that will leave your heart racing until the last page.
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4. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Release date: 2023 (exact date TBA)
Starring: Nicholas Galitzine, Taylor Zakhar Perez and Uma Thurman
Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video
Not all books being made into movies this year will premiere in theaters. You can stream this delightful rom-com, inspired by Casey McQuiston’s LGBTQ page-turner , from any device. You’ll fall head over heels for this love story between the president’s son and the Prince of Wales. It’s got classic tropes like enemies-to-lovers and twists on favorites (forget fake dating—this includes a fake friendship), but Red, White & Royal Blue really stands apart for its themes of self-acceptance and loyalty.
5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Release date: Dec. 20, 2023
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Halle Bailey and Elizabeth Marvel
Wait, wasn’t this one of the great film adaptations when it premiered back in 1985? Well, yes. But The Color Purple is poised to come back in 2023, and in spectacular musical form. Though the musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic novel won’t hit theaters until December, there’s already plenty of buzz for this coming-of-age masterpiece about love, family and the ways both can help you make it through trauma. The story follows Celie, a Southern Black woman in the early 20th century whose faith in God and humanity is tested repeatedly by the poverty and abuse around her.
6. The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
Release date: Feb. 3, 2023
Starring: Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Rupert Grint and Ben Aldridge
M. Night Shyamalan’s adaptation of Paul Tremblay’s The Cabin at the End of the World will debut on screen as Knock at the Cabin . In the book, 7-year-old Wen and her dads, Andrew and Eric, head to a remote New Hampshire cabin for vacation. It’s the perfect setting for a terrifying horror novel , and Tremblay goes at full throttle. There’s a mysterious character appearing seemingly out of nowhere, a hostage situation and, ultimately, a demand that the trio choose someone to sacrifice.
7. Dune by Frank Herbert
Release date: Nov. 3, 2023
Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya and Austin Butler
Last year, Dune was one of the top books becoming movies. Here we are again with the next installment of this incredible science fiction series. In Dune: Part Two , Paul comes back with a vengeance to hunt down those who destroyed his loved ones. The plot thickens as he is forced to choose between someone he loves and the future of the universe itself. If you saw Dune last year, you already have a good idea of what’s in store: action and adventure, mind-blowing world building and themes of man versus nature. But since the book is always better, why not give yourself a sneak peek of the film by immersing yourself in the sci-fi book series before hitting the theater in November?
8. Text for You by Sofie Cramer
Release date: May 12, 2023
Starring: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sam Heughan and Celine Dion
Meet Clara. Her fiancé was killed in an accident two years ago, but she can’t shake the feeling that things were left unsaid. Lately, texting his old phone number seems to help. Of course, sometimes numbers get reassigned. Now meet Sven. He lives across town and—yes, you guessed it!—has started receiving text messages from a mysterious stranger. When he decides to track down the sender, a sweet story of serendipity and new beginnings starts to unfold. Like so many other book-to-movie adaptations, Text for You will debut under a different name for the big screen. Look for Love Again , the romantic comedy starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas opposite Sam Heughan (calling all Outlander fans!) .
9. Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie
Release date: Sept. 15, 2023
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Jamie Dornan, Michelle Yeoh and Tina Fey
Where to watch: Disney+ and theaters
Fans of last year’s white-hot murder mystery Death on the Nile will love the next big-screen Agatha Christie flick: A Haunting in Venice , based on her 1969 mystery book titled Hallowe’en Party . A 13-year-old girl found dead at a Halloween party seems frightful enough, but then Hercule Poirot learns that the girl had recently claimed she witnessed a murder. So was the poor girl a liar, as some of the other partygoers suggest? Or has a killer returned to quiet a bystander?
10. American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
Release date: July 21, 2023
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh and Jack Quaid
During World War II, physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer led the team responsible for building the atomic bomb. He was brilliant. He was successful. Later, he was plagued by the moral murkiness and emotional fallout of his efforts. In American Prometheus , Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin present decades of research on this iconic man. They detail his career throughout the 20th century, through World War II and the Cold War. It’s a riveting, thought-provoking biography that will debut in theaters under a one-word title: Oppenheimer.
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23 Books To Read Before They're Made Into Movies And TV Shows
Travel from page to screen with these upcoming adaptations..
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Are you someone who likes to read the book before seeing the movie? If so, you're in luck, because there's a big batch of books being turned into films and television shows this year. There are rom-coms, historical dramas, and classics all making their way to the big screen in 2023, 2024, and beyond. Browse our list, and it might just help you fill both your bookshelves and your upcoming movie nights—you'll soon have lots of stories to keep you occupied. Some highlights include Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, which is being turned into a 1970s-set documentary-style miniseries starring Riley Keough and Sam Claflin, and Wicked: Part One, which will be bringing both the beloved musical and the book upon which it is based to the big screen. Read on, find a new book to read, and then look forward to adding a new movie to your queue in months to come. Is the book better than the movie ? You be the judge.
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Miniseries: Daisy Jones & The Six (2023)
This bestselling book follows a 1970s rock band through their rise and fall, and it's now headed to Amazon Prime as a 10-part documentary-style miniseries starring Riley Keough and Sam Claflin as rock stars clashing amidst their band's meteoric rise.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
Movie: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. (2023)
Judy Blume’s classic coming of age novel is getting a film adaptation this year. Starring Rachel McAdams, Benny Safdie, Kathy Bates, and Abby Ryder Fortson, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. will be the nostalgic, heartwarming, and funny story you need this year.
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Movie: Wicked: Part One (2024)
There have been rumblings of a film adaptation of the lauded musical for years, but Wicked: Part One, which is based on the Stephen Schwartz musical of the same name (which, in turn, is based on the Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of The Wicked Witch of the West ) is finally on the horizon–with Wicked: Part Two hopefully not far behind. It’s directed by Jon M. Chu and stars Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande, Jonathan Bailey, and Michelle Yeoh.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Movie: The Nightingale (2023)
The 2015 novel The Nightingale is the basis for the upcoming historical drama of the same name directed by Mélanie Laurent and starring sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning. It's set in France during the German occupation of WWII and is inspired by the story of Adrienne de Jongh, a member of the Belgian resistance.
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Series: Lessons in Chemistry (2023)
Brie Larsen is starring in and executive producing Lessons in Chemistry, a series adaptation of Bonnie Garmus’ bestselling novel, which is set in the 1950s and sees a scientist and single mother spurring a revolution via a televised cooking show. It’s slated to premiere on Apple TV+ this year.
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Series: Washington Black (TBA)
Set in the 19th century, this upcoming, nine-episode Hulu miniseries is based on the celebrated novel by Esi Edugyan. The story follows the adventures of George Washington "Wash" Black, played by Ernest Kingsley Junior, who flees a sugar plantation in Barbados and travels the world, finding love, connection, and danger along the way.
Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie
Movie: A Haunting in Venice (2023)
Kenneth Branagh is once again tackling an Agatha Christie adaptation. This time, Christie’s mystery novel Hallowe’en Party will reach the screen as A Haunting in Venice, which is scheduled for release in fall 2023 and stars Branagh, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, and Michelle Yeoh.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Movie: Wonka (2023)
While the book has had a few notable film adaptations, this new movie goes even farther back to provide an origin story for none other than Willy Wonka himself. Timothée Chalamet stars in this prequel, which is billed as a “musical fantasy” and is based on characters created by Roald Dahl.
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Movie: Killers of the Flower Moon (2023)
This highly anticipated film is based on David Grann’s bestselling 2017 nonfiction book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. It’s being directed by Martin Scorcese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemmons, and Brendan Fraser. Set in northeastern Oklahoma in the 1920s, the film follows a young J. Edgar Hoover as he investigates a series of mysterious deaths of members of the Osage Nation.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Series: All the Light We Cannot See (TBA)
Another adaptation that has been in the works for a while, All the Light We Cannot See is an upcoming series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Anthony Doerr. It’s headed to Netflix in the future and stars Aria Mia Loberti, Mark Ruffalo, and Hugh Laurie.
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
Movie: Oppenheimer (2023)
Christopher Nolan’s next big film is Oppenheimer, an epic that’s slated to be released summer 2023. It’s based on the 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist who led the Manhattan Project. Cillian Murphy stars as the titular character.
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
Movie: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow (TBA)
Gabrielle Zevin’s novel of friendship, video games, collaboration, and digital storytelling has garnered more than a few fans since its release in 2022. Paramount Pictures acquired the rights to the novel in 2021, and an adaptation of the widely acclaimed story is hopefully on the horizon.
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Series: The Power (2023)
Naomi Alderman's dystopian science fiction novel, which was published in 2016, explores ideas of power, responsibility, and potential. It's headed to Amazon Prime in March 2023 with ten episodes starring Auli'I Cravalho and John Leguizamo.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Movie: The Color Purple (2023)
Alice Walker’s unforgettable novel The Color Purple is getting a new film adaptation this year. Directed by Blitz Bazawule and starring Fantasia, Colman Domingo, Taraji P. Henson, Corey Hawkins, Danielle Brooks, H.E.R., and Ciara, this new imagining of the classic novel is not to be missed.
Dune by Frank Herbert
Movie: Dune, Part Two (2023)
Part of Frank Herbert’s acclaimed sci-fi novel Dune made it to the screen in an adaptation by Denis Villeneuve. The director continues the story with Dune, Part Two, which tells more of the story of Paul Atreides and stars Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, and Rebecca Ferguson.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Series: One Hundred Years of Solitude (TBA)
An adaptation of Gabriel García Márquez’s novel has been in development for some time, but rumor has it that the project, which tells the epic story of seven generations of the Buendía Family and spans history, politics, and legend, is moving forward at Netflix.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Movie: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (TBA)
You can find the drama and glitz of old Hollywood throughout Taylor Jenkins Reid's book The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, making it perfect for a film adaptation. Few details have been shared about the project thus far, but Netflix is at the helm, so the odds are good that the adaptation will make it to your queue soon.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Movie: Exit West (TBA)
We don’t yet know all the details of the upcoming film adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s beautiful 2017 novel Exit West , but so far, it looks like the film is being directed by Yann Demange, who directed ‘71 (2014) and produced Lovecraft Country (2020). It stars Riz Ahmed as one member of a refugee couple fleeing a war-torn place through mysterious portals in their city.
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
Movie: The Little Mermaid (2023)
A live-action version of The Little Mermaid is coming to screens this year. Based on the earlier film, which itself is based on the folktale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid sees Halle Bailey taking on the role of Ariel with Jonah Hauer-King, Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy, Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina rounding out the cast. Rob Marshall directs.
Separation Anxiety by Laura Zigman
Series: Separation Anxiety (TBA)
Julianne Nicholson is attached to star in the upcoming television series adaptation of Laura Zigman's 2020 book Separation Anxiety, a story about grief, loneliness, and hope.
Shriver by Chris Belden
Movie: A Little White Lie (2023)
This satiric novel is set at a writers' conference where a man is mistaken for a reclusive writer with whom he shares a name. The film adaptation is set to star Michael Shannon as the titular Shriver.
Text for You by Sofie Cramer
Movie: It's All Coming Back to Me (2023)
A woman sends texts to her late fiancé's cell phone number but finds more than solace in this upcoming remake of a German-language adaptation of Sofie Cramer's novel Text for You. The upcoming film stars Sam Heughan and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie
Movie: Peter and Wendy (2023)
Peter Pan is getting another live-action adaptation. The upcoming film is called Peter and Wendy, and it follows the adventures of Peter Pan and Wendy Darling along with Tinker Bell (played by Yara Shahidi) and Captain Hook (played by Jude Law). It's slated to be appear on Disney+ in April 2023.
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January 28, 2023 - Updated March 6, 2023 // 18 Comments
Out of all these years I’ve done my book to movie adaptation lists these past couple years by far have been the most rollercoaster experience –for obvious reasons. There’s always SOME change and moving of dates but these past years so many things postponed, productions halted, things moved around. It was hard to keep up. But here we are….it’s time to explore all the books becoming movies in 2023.
This list is always a working list but it’s going to be probably very fluid this year depending on how things go so I fully expect things to be moved up, moved back and every which way. There are a lot of books optioned for movies hanging in the balance right now and I will keep you up to date on those!
Keep checking back because I’m sure I will have updates weekly for upcoming book to movie adaptations for this year (2023)!
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So what books are becoming movies and tv shows, you ask?
Upcoming Books Becoming Movies & TV Shows For 2023
I’ve sorted out the list to help you browse with ease based on the type on the category you might be looking for.
- the ones I’m personally MOST excited about
- Books Becoming TV Shows
- Fiction Books Becoming Movies (For Adults)
- Children’s & YA Books Becoming Movies/TV
- Non-Fiction Books Becoming Movies
- Likely Coming Out In 2023 But Not Confirmed
Upcoming Book to Film Adaptations I’m Most Excited About In 2023:
I always love sharing which ones I am personally excited for. This list is mostly about just give you the info of which movies & tv shows are coming out based on books but since it’s *my* list I really like giving you my top picks out of all the films & movies based on a book each year.
A Man Called Otto Out Now! Genre: Dramedy
Starring : Tom Hanks, Mariana Treviño, Rachel Keller ng ,
Premise : “Otto is a grump who’s given up on life following the loss of his wife and wants to end it all. When a young family moves in nearby, he meets his match in quick-witted Marisol, leading to a friendship that will turn his world around.” ( IMDB)
I love this book so much and cannot wait to see Tom Hanks as Ove (well now changed to Otto!). I get it though — my book club had a fun time debating the pronunciation when we read it. It’s OOH VA. Anyways, bring tissues for either your reading or viewing pleasure. I cried buckets. I also highly recommend Backman’s other books.
Knock At The Cabin February 3, 2023
Genre: Horror Thriller
Starring : Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird
Premise : “While vacationing, a girl and her parents are taken hostage by armed strangers who demand that the family make a choice to avert the apocalypse.” ( IMDB )
While I wasn’t in love with the book (I liked it), I LOVE M. Night Shyamalan and this one has been getting strong praise already. To hear critics say it is one of his best yet makes this book to movie adaptation at the top of my list!
Dear Edward February 3, 2023
Genre: TV Drama
Starring : Colin O’Brien, Eva Ariel Binder, Khloe Bruno, Audrey Corsa
Premise : “Follows Edward, a 12-year-old boy who survives but lost his family in a devastating commercial plane crash, as he tries to make sense of life along with a group of others affected, and new friendships, romances and communities are formed.” ( IMDB)
I liked this book (maybe not as much as other people) but I definitely recommend reading this book before it becomes a tv series in February (have tissues handy if it’s anything like the book!). Very much looking forward to this book to tv series adaptation on Apple+!
Daisy Jones & The Six March 3, 2023 Genre: TV Drama
Starring : Riley Keough, Sam Claflin, Sebastian Chacon, Suki Waterhouse
Premise : “Following the rise of Daisy Jones and The Six’ rock band through the ’70s LA music scene on their quest for worldwide icon status.” ( IMDB)
I AM SO STOKED FOR THIS! Loved this book (and TJR is one of my all time fave authors) but it is SO going to make an incredible tv series from Reese Witherspoon and Amazon. It’s going to translate so well considering the book is basically the transcript of this music documentary about the (fake) band and their stories and there is going to be the original music for it. So glad we finally have a release date — feel like I’ve been waiting for forever! Check out this list of books like Daisy Jones !
Happiness For Beginners Summer 2023
Starring : Luke Grimes, Ellie Kemper, Gus Birney, Nico Santos
Premise : “Helen has always lived as far from the edge as possible. Finding herself newly divorced and a little lost, Helen decides she needs a reset and signs up for the “Adventure of a Lifetime!” The adventure is a backcountry survival course hiking the Appalachian Trail with a group of oddball strangers. From the beginning, Helen’s plan to be the best hiker is tested, and she finds more than just herself in the wilderness.” ( IMDB)
If you’ve been around here a long time you know this is NO surprise that this book is one of my most anticipated book to movie adaptations coming out in 2023! Netflix confirmed Summer 2023 so I can’t wait to find out a specific release date. (my review of Happiness For Beginners )
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Love At First Sight September 2023
Starring : Ben Hardy, Jameela Jamil(voice), Haley Lu Richardson
Premise : “Hadley and Oliver begin to fall for each other on their flight from New York to London. The probability of ever finding each other again seems impossible, but love – and London – may have a way of defying the odds..” ( IMDB)
One of my absolute favorite YA romance books and my favorite of Jennifer E. Smith’s. The author recently confirmed this as a 2023 and I cannot wait for this YA book to movie adaptation! ( My review of The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight)
The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes November 2023
Genre: Dystopian Adventure
Starring : Ruby Stokes, Morven Christie, Luke Treadaway, Ivanno Jeremiah, Rachel Zegler
Premise : “Coriolanus Snow at age 18, years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem. Young Coriolanus is handsome and charming, and though the Snow family has fallen on hard times, he sees a chance for a change in his fortunes when he is chosen to be a mentor for the Tenth Hunger Games. only to have his elation dashed when he is assigned to mentor the girl tribute from impoverished District 12.” ( IMDB)
This Hunger Games prequel is definitely one of the most exciting books becoming movies for 2023 for me as it is one of the few book series where I have loved both the books and movies almost equally for different reasons. Definitely one of the better YA book to movie adaptations out there and I can’t wait to see it! Check out this list of books to read if you like The Hunger Games while you wait!
One True Loves Likely 2023
Starring : Phillipa Soo, Luke Bracey, Simu Liu
Premise : “A woman is unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiance who has finally brought her back to life.” ( IMDB)
Oh, this book. It’s one of those I will never forget what a visceral reading experience I had. Remember exactly where I was when I finished this tearjerker. The book to film adaptation is completed and it looks good for 2023 release. Stay tuned for more details! Until then, you can read my review of One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid .
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The Changeling Likely 2023
Genre: Horror Fantasy
Starring : Emy Coligado, Elizabeth Whitmere, Allison Price, Daphne Rubin-Vega
Premise : “A horror story, a parenthood fable and a perilous odyssey through a New York City you didn’t know existed.” ( AppleTV+ )
Definitely one I plan to read soon in preparation for the tv show adaptation for Apple TV+ as I’ve heard it’s like a dark fairytale for adults and that is certainly up my alley! The book was named one of TIME’S 100 best fantasy books of all time!
The Flatshare TBA 2023
Starring : Jessica Brown Findlay, Anthony Welsh, Bart Edwards, Jonah Hauer-King, Shaniqua Okwok
Premise : “A unique situation where to save money, two strangers share a flat on a schedule where they never meet each other. They communicate via post it note while they navigate their unusual agreement, their relationships, and lives.” ( IMDB)
I am beyond excited for this book to tv series adaptation because I LOVED this book. If you are in the UK you can already watch this but no release date yet for the rest of us outside the UK/without a VPN. Rumor has it mid 2023. In the meantime, definitely check out Beth O’Leary’s books if you enjoy light & easy reads !
Books Becoming TV Shows In 2023
The Lying Life of Adults Out Now Genre: Drama
Starring : Valeria Golino, Giuseppe Brunetti, Azzurra Mennella
Premise : “A girl in search of her true reflection in a divided Naples: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity.” ( IMDB)
While a fan of Ferrante’s Neopolitan series , I haven’t gotten around to this after some lackluster reviews about this one. Nonetheless I’m interested in this book becoming a tv show in 2023 — coming to Netflix — and the second Ferrante adaptation in the past year.
Not Dead Yet February 8, 2023
Starring : Lauren Ash, Gina Rodriguez, Hannah Simone
Premise : “Follows Nell Serrano, broke, newly single and feeling old, who is working to restart the life and career she left behind 10 years ago.When writing obituaries is the only job she can find, Nell starts getting life advice from an unlikely source. ( IMDB)
I keep seeing commercials for this and it looks cute! You will be able to watch on ABC and then Hulu the next day.
Lucky Hank March 19, 2023
Starring : Shannon DeVido, Bob Odenkirk, Mireille Enos, Hayley Sales
Premise : “Follows William Henry Devereaux, Jr. A born anarchist and partly in the fact that his department is more savagely divided than the Balkans” ( IMDB)
A new tv series starring Bob Odenkirk — the tv gods love me! (Seriously if you haven’t watched Better Call Saul — fix that!). This one is set to premiere on AMC this Spring with eight episodes.
The Power March 31, 2023
Genre: Science Fiction
Starring : Toni Collette, Toheeb Jimoh, Halle Bush, Ria Zmitrowicz, Auli’i Cravalho
Premise : “A group of teenage girls mysteriously develop a special power that allows them to electrocute people at will. ( IMDB)
This book to movie adaptation is one you should definitely read before you watch this new tv series on Amazon Prime! This dystopian world and all the issues it explores (power, systemic oppression, & more) make a great book club read !
Tom Jones April 30, 2023
Genre: Period Drama Romance
Starring : Hannah Waddingham, Solly McLeod, Pearl Mackie, Sophie Wilde,
I love a good period drama romance! This one, the book originally published in 1749, will be a four part tv miniseries on PBS Masterpiece.
The Three-Body Problem TBA 2023
Starring : Eiza González, Benedict Wong, Liam Cunningham, John Bradley, Jovan Adepo
Premise : “Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.” ( IMDB)
This upcoming tv series based on a book series looks interesting. Huge in scope and coming out on Netflix from the Game of Thrones creators — it’s a must watch for me! I saw on Netflix’s blog it said 2023 but no idea when.
Book To Movie Adaptations For 2023 (For Adults)
The Pale Blue Eye Out Now
Starring : Charlie Tahan, Christian Bale, Gillian Anderson , Harry Melling
Premise : “Follows a veteran detective who investigates the murders, helped by a detail-oriented young cadet who will later become a world famous author, Edgar Allan Poe. ( IMDB)
Netflix has spent some good money for this gothic horror-thriller, that is also Edgar Allan Poe inspired, so I hope it pans out.
A Little White Lie February 23, 2023 Genre: comedy, satire
Starring : Kate Hudson, Peyton List, Wendie Malick, Zach Braff, Michael Shannon, Aja Naomi King
Premise : “When a handyman living in New York City is mistaken for a famous and famously reclusive writer, he’s brought to a university where he to deliver a keynote address to save the school’s literary festival.” ( IMDB)
I’ve never heard of this book but the film is described as a comedy. It underwent a name change and I am really looking forward to it based on some articles I’ve read!
Love Again May 12, 2023 Genre: Romantic Comedy
Starring : Sam Heughan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Russell Tovey, Celia Imrie, Celine Dion
Premise : “A young woman tries to ease the pain of her fiancé’s death by sending romantic texts to his old cell phone number, and forms a connection with the man the number has been reassigned to.” ( IMDB)
Based on a German novel ( SMS für dich ), this one is coming to the big screen but also looks like it is being published in English soon with the cover above. The book hasn’t gotten rave reviews from what I’ve seen so I hope they’ve done a loose adaptation.This one has had like 2 name changes to the film from what I’ve seen and got pushed back from February to May so I hope it’s worth the wait. Regardless, Sam is in it so at least there is that.
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The Perfect Find Summer 2023
Starring : Gina Torres, Gabrielle Union, Aisha Hinds, Keith Powers
Premise : “Will a forty-year-old woman with everything on the line – her high-stakes career, ticking biological clock, bank account – risk it all for an intensely lusty secret romance with the one person who could destroy her comeback, for good?” ( IMDB)
Tia Williams is a fantastic romance author and I am excited for this book becoming a movie! Netflix confirmed it is a summer 2023 release.
Spaceman TBD Fall 2023 Genre: Sci-fi Drama
Starring : Adam Sandler, Paul Dano, Carey Mulligan
Premise : “As an astronaut sent to the edge of the galaxy to collect mysterious ancient dust finds his earthly life falling to pieces, he turns to the only voice who can help him try to put it back together. It just so happens to belong to a creature from the beginning of time lurking in the shadows of his ship.” ( IMDB)
Thought to originally be coming out in 2022, Johan Renck confirmed this sci-fi space adaptation would be out in 2023. I’m honestly really interested in this movie on Netflix — I tend to like Adam Sandler in more serious roles which is the vibe I get from this one based on reviews of the book. Seems like sci-fi meets literary fiction.
Leave the World Behind December 8, 2023
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Drama
Starring : Julia Roberts, Ethan Hawke, Kevin Bacon, Mahershala Ali
Premise : “A family vacation on Long Island is interrupted by two strangers bearing news of a mysterious blackout. As the threat grows more imminent, both families must decide how best to survive the potential crisis, all while grappling with their own place in this collapsing world.” ( IMDB)
This book was definitely polarizing but very discussion-worthy and the adaptation has me excited. Look at that cast!
Eileen TBA 2023
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Starring : Anne Hathaway, Jefferson White, Thomasin McKenzie, Shea Whigham
Premise : “Set in the 1960’s, a woman’s friendship with a new co-worker at the prison facility where she works takes a sinister turn.” ( IMDB)
I love this author’s books and I’m so excited for this book to film adaptation! It premiered at Sundance recently and the reviews I’m seeing have me excited to watch — especially Anne’s performance and the fact the author (and her husband) helped produce the film. Will update when we get a premiere date!
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Butcher’s Crossing TBA 2023
Genre: Western Drama
Starring : Nicolas Cage, Fred Hechinger, Rachel Keller, Xander Berkeley
Premise : “A frontier epic about an Ivy League drop-out as he travels to the Colorado wilderness, where he joins a team of buffalo hunters on a journey that puts his life and sanity at risk.” ( IMDB )
I’ve seen a couple places say March 2023 but I’m unsure. The film premiered at TIFF Fall 2022 so I think 2023 is very likely but TBA on the release date.
The Portable Door TBD 2023 Genre: Fantasy
Starring : Sam Neill, Christoph Waltz, Jessica De Gouw, Miranda Otto
Premise : “Paul Carpenter is an intern at a mysterious London firm with unconventional employers, including a CEO who wants to disrupt the ancient magical world with modern corporate practices.” ( IMDB)
All the reviews of this book I read make it seem like it’s a humorous and oddball urban fantasy a la Terry Prachett. Can’t wait to see a trailer!
Children’s & YA Books Becoming Movies/TV Shows
Lockwood & Co. January 27, 2023
Starring : Ruby Stokes, Morven Christie, Luke Treadaway, Ivanno Jeremiah
Premise : “A tiny startup, run by two teenage boys and a newly arrived, supremely psychically gifted girl, a renegade trio destined to unravel a mystery that will change the course of history.” ( IMDB)
This middle grade book series is the next in line for a book to tv show adaptation — on Netflix! It’s a book series that I’ve heard rave reviews about from the middle grade readers in my life. A fun ghost hunting adventure!
The Crossover April 4, 2023 Genre: Coming of Age Sports Drama
Starring : Daveed Diggs, Derek Luke, Jalyn Hall, Deja Monique Cruz
Premise : “The boys come of age on and off the court as their former pro-baller father adjusts to life after basketball and matriarch mother finally gets to pursue dreams of her own.” ( IMDB)
This book is a favorite from when my nephews were teenagers! If you have a sports loving pre-teen, check this one out! Looks like it will be a great family tv series to watch on Disney+.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret April 28, 2023
Starring : Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Benny Safdie , Abby Ryder Fortson, Elle Graham
Premise : “When her family moves from the city to the suburbs, 11-year-old Margaret navigates new friends, feelings, and the beginning of adolescence.” ( IMDB)
This was one of my absolute favorite books growing up (and maybe even one of my top Judy Blume books though Blubber and Tiger Eyes were high up there for me!). I am genuinely looking forward to this. NOSTALGIA!
White Bird August 25, 2023
Starring : Gillian Anderson, Helen Mirren, Olivia Ross
Premise : “A young Jewish girl hidden away by a boy and his family in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.” ( IMDB)
If you are familiar with Wonder (and the expansion on the characters in Wonder in Auggie & Me) then you might be familiar with Julian’s grandmother who got a graphic novel called White Bird written about her story. I genuinely don’t think you need to be familiar AT ALL with Wonder or the characters to enjoy Grandmère’s (played by Helen Mirren!!!) story (both the graphic novel and movie). I told my niece this was coming out and she is SO EXCITED.
American Born Chinese TBA 2023 Genre: Action Comedy
Starring : Ben Wang, Ke Huy Quan, Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu
Premise : “The story of Jin Wang, an average teenager juggling his high-school social life with his immigrant home life. When he meets a new foreign student on the first day of the school year, even more worlds collide as Jin is unwittingly entangled in a battle of Chinese mythological gods” ( IMDB)
This story was my introduction into graphic novels and it is an absolute classic that I highly recommend. I have high hopes for this graphic novel adaptation in the form of a tv show on Disney+. No release date as of yet but it’s 2023 premiere was confirmed at D23 Expo .
Non-fiction Books Becoming Movies
Pain Hustlers October 27, 2023
Genre: Crime Drama
Starring : Emily Blunt, Chris Evans, Andy Garcia, Catherine O’Hara, Jay Duplass
Premise : “Liza dreams of a better life for her and her daughter so she gets a job at a bankrupt pharmacy and Liza’s guts catapult the company and her into the high life not knowing that she will soon be in the middle of a criminal conspiracy.” ( IMDB)
This film was inspired by a New York Times article the author wrote and the book that came out after that article. Netflix has confirmed this Fall release!
Fairyland TBA 2023
Starring : Emilia Jones, Scoot McNairy, Geena Davis, Cody Fern, Adam Lambert
Premise : “A young girl recounts growing up in San Francisco in the ’70s and ’80s with her gay dad.” ( IMDB)
I’ve never heard of this memoir but it looks quite interesting and I’ve been following the reviews post-Sundance premiere which make me feel like it’s the type of family story I’d like. Will await release details!
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Killers of the Flower Moon 2023 TBD
Starring : Jesse Plemons, Leonard DiCaprio, Brendan Fraser, Robert DeNiro
Premise : “Members of the 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.” ( IMDB)
Love learning about history you might not have heard of? Love true crime? A captivating non-fiction read (that reads like fiction) with a star-studded cast for the movie based on this book! I was heartened to read this article about how Scorsese gave importance to Osage tribe input in production. Hope it reflects!
Possible 2023 Adaptations (But Not Confirmed)
These are adaptations that I have a hunch could be coming out this year but have no confirmation on that. Just making an educated guess based on where they are at in the process and what I’ve seen a few sources say/speculate. Will be keeping my eye on these very closely for updated information!
The Marsh King’s Daughter TBD 2023
Starring : Garrett Hedlund, Daisy Ridley, Ben Mendelsohn
Premise : A woman seeks revenge against the man, her father, who had abducted her mother long ago — a secret she has buried until he escapes prison and she knows she will be the only one to find her survivalist father in the marsh. ( IMDB)
Ooh this thriller sounds fantastic and like a good cat-and-mouse story! Definitely on my reading list before it becomes a movie! It’s in post-production.
Poor Things Likely 2023
Genre: Sci-fi romance
Starring : Emma Stone, Margaret Qualley, Willem Dafoe, Mark Ruffalo
Premise : “Poor Things tells the incredible story of Belle Baxter, a young woman brought back to life (after drowning herself to escape her husband) by an eccentric but brilliant scientist.” ( IMDB)
This postmodern re-imagining of Frankenstein from the 90’s has quite the star-studded cast — definitely an interesting book to movie adaptation to watch out for especially since it has been delayed since 2021. I’ve seen rumors that it could be premiering at Cannes but time will tell.
Uglies Likely 2023
Starring : Joey King, Chase Stokes, Laverne Cox, Kelly Gale
Premise : “A world in which a compulsory operation wipes out physical differences and makes everyone pretty.” ( IMDB)
If you would have told me back when I read this series in 2007 that in 2023 this would be one of the YA books becoming movies I’d be covering — I would be shocked! I feel like I remember way earlier around the time I read it rumblings of an adaptation that never panned out (stayed in development I guess) but now filming has wrapped on this film coming to Netflix more than likely in 2023! I honestly hope it’s good because the concept is so interesting!
Salem’s Lot September 9, 2022 TBD now
Starring : Spencer Treat Clark, Alfre Woodard, William Sadler
Premise : “A writer travels to a town where the people become vampires.” ( IMDB)
Another King adaptation! This one was adapted in the 70’s as a miniseries as well as in 2004 (with Rob Lowe) and now will be a new film remake! I plan to actually read this horror classic before the film because I’m woefully under-read when it comes to Stephen King.
Shogun TBD 2023 Genre: Period Drama
Starring : Hiroyuki Sanada, Cosmo Jarvis, Tadanobu Asano, Anna Sawai
Premise : “Set in the 17th Century, the story is told from the perspective of British hero John Blackthorne, a sailor who rises from outsider to samurai, while being used as a pawn in Japanese leader Toranaga’s struggle to reach the top of the ruling chain, or Shogun.” ( IMDB)
This book was already adapted into miniseries in 1980 and this remake is slated to be a tv series on FX. Production wrapped in June of last year so this is very promising for 2023.
Dark Harvest TBD 2023
Starring : Elizabeth Reaser, Luke Kirby, Jeremy Davies, E’myri Crutchfield, Casey Likes
Premise : “A legendary monster called October Boy terrorizes residents in a small Midwestern town when he rises from the cornfields every Halloween with his butcher knife and makes his way toward those who are brave enough to confront him.” ( IMDB)
Like fantasy-horror or looking for a perfect Halloween read ? Check out this short little book becoming a movie in 2023! It has been postpone a couple times so hopefully it will be coming out in 2023 for real this time.
Which books becoming movies or tv shows are you most excited about?
P.S. Check out my list of most anticipated books for 2023 !
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November 12, 2019 at 10:30 am
For me, it’s the Knife of Never Letting Go, especially with two of my favourite actors as the main characters. I’m curious to see how Dune turns out too as I didn’t really connect with it as a reader, but saw the potential for it in a more visual format. Although right now as two of my favourite book series (Kushiel Legacy and Tortall series) have just been picked up for TV series it’s looking like 2021 (or fall 2020) is probably going to be my time for book adaptations!
November 12, 2019 at 10:36 am
I definitely tried to read Dune years ago and didn’t get far so I feel the same. I think it could be great on screen! And omg I saw the Kushiel Legacy news recently and I’ve had them on my TBR for forever so I better get on that. Going ot check out the Tortall series!!
November 12, 2019 at 1:36 pm
There are so many good ones I didn’t even know were getting adapted! Thankful for this list.
November 12, 2019 at 8:19 pm
You are welcome! So Glad it’s helpful!! Hopefully there will be even more to share as things get announced.
Alicia Notarainni says
November 13, 2019 at 7:37 pm
Don’t forget Dolittle! ( https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6673612/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1 ) I’m obsessed with the Dr. Dolittle books and the new cast looks awesome. But I’m so excited about The Secret Garden too and lots of others on your list! Thanks for making it; I want to check out almost all of them!
Erica Metcalf says
November 16, 2019 at 6:04 pm
HOLY! What a list! I cannot wait for The Outsider!!!! And I need to read Dune! I had never heard of that book until just a couple days ago when it was a trivia question. Our whole group turned to look at me, but I had no idea! I’ve seen someone posting about the book everyday since then!
November 18, 2019 at 12:34 pm
This must have taken for-ev-er to compile!! Great list! I cannot wait for Little Fires Everywhere- I’m hoping for a Big Little Lies vibe.
November 20, 2019 at 12:20 pm
Every year it is my labor of life but I genuinely love compiling it!! And I’m excited because I think as a book club we are going to at least try to watch the first episode together!
Pamela Lowery says
December 8, 2019 at 12:49 pm
Hoping News of the World is as awesome as I think it will be. One of my favorite books with Tom Hanks equals perfect combination
March 9, 2020 at 1:09 am
Thank you! What a wonderful list, i have added a lot to my to be bought list now!
Megan | Bookstacks & Golden Moms says
October 11, 2020 at 3:08 pm
I absolutely loved the 90s adaptation of The Stand and am a little wary of the new one coming out, though I love Whoopi Goldberg. We’ll just have to see how they do it …
November 25, 2020 at 6:15 am
The Undoing is already available here. It’s on Hotstar and looks very interesting. I am waiting for all the episodes to land (right now, there are only 5) before I start binge-watching. I’m pretty excited for Nine perfect strangers and Conversations with Friends too!
April 4, 2021 at 1:02 pm
Holy Moly, the Wheel of Time books are getting an adaption!?!?!?! I am crazy excited now and maybe I should try to actually finish books 10+….
April 22, 2021 at 9:23 am
hahah I believe in you!
June 14, 2022 at 8:45 pm
You missed “love and gelato” coming to netflix
June 15, 2022 at 8:12 am
Yes, sadly this post has a few updates that need to be made. I’ve been largely out of commission as I did something to my back that made work hard the past 2 months. Hoping to be able to add all the exciting updates this week! I am VERY excited for Love and Gelato — loved that book and it looks wonderful as an adaptation!
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Book lovers are in for a treat this year, with a jam-packed slate of upcoming movies and TV series based on bestselling books.
Travel back in time to the ’70s with Taylor Jenkins Reid’s bestselling book “Daisy Jones & The Six,” whose TV adaptation hits Prime Video this Friday; transport yourself to the mythical world of Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” whose adaptation for Netflix stars Tom Sturridge and Gwendoline Christie; or immerse yourself in the dense pages of Joyce Carol Oates’ “Blonde,” whose film adaptation starring Ana De Armas is up for an Oscar.
Here are the best books adapted for the screen to dig into right now:
‘Daisy Jones & The Six’
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The rollicking, drama-filled show about the epic rise and fall of an iconic 1970s rock band, loosely based on Fleetwood Mac, has been in the works since even before the book’s 2019 release. In 2018, Variety reported that Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Amazon Studios would co-produce a limited series based on the book. Five years later, the 10-episode season is finally here.
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‘The Sandman’ by Neil Gaiman
In Neil Gaiman’s seminal comic book series “The Sandman,” a wizard attempts to capture Death to bargain for eternal life only to unwittingly trap her younger brother Dream, also known as Morpheus, in the process. In order to keep him safe, the wizard keeps Dream encased in a glass bottle for decades until he finally makes an escape on a quest to to seek vengeance on his captors and fix the chaos caused in his absence. The series is one of the first graphic novels to make it onto “The New York Times” Best Seller List and has now been released as a Netflix series starring Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie and Taron Egerton.
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‘Eragon’ by Christopher Paolini
“Eragon” is the first of four books in Christopher Paolini’s best-selling series “The Inheritence Cycle,” which is now in early development as a live action TV series at Disney+. In the series, a young farmboy named Eragon befriends a dragon named Saphira, who he teams up with to defeat the evil king Galbatorix and free the land of Alagaësia from his tyranny.
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‘Blonde’ by Joyce Carol Oates
Ana de Armas stars as Marilyn Monroe in this powerful tale that offers a tantalizing glimpse into the life of one of pop-culture’s most renowned icons. Andrew Dominik is adapting Joyce Carol Oates’s fictionalized story to Netflix, slated for a release date on September 23, with Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale and Julianne Nicholson also starring. Check out more Marilyn Monroe books here.
‘Where the Crawdads Sing’
Based on Delia Owens’ best-selling novel, Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine-produced adaptation is set for a July 15 release. The crime drama follows the wild and unkempt Kye, suspected of a mysterious murder in a quiet fishing village. Daisy Edgar-Jones stars as Kye, alongside Taylor John Smith and Harris Dickinson.
‘Red, White & Royal Blue’
The Amazon Studios production is an adaptation of Casey McQuiston’s 2019 best-seller which centers on a star-crossed power couple — the Latiné character of Alex Claremont-Diaz, the son of the president of the United States, and his relationship with Prince Henry, grandson of the Queen of England. Matthew López is set to direct the film starring Taylor Zakhar Perez and Nicholas Galitzine.
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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
This bestseller is being adapted into a movie for Netflix by “Little Fires Everywhere” creator Liz Tigelaar. The book tells the secret story of the reclusive Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo as told to an unknown, young magazine reporter Monique Grant. Hugo’s stories of Tinseltown in the 50s, 60s and 80s change Grant’s perspective, but why was this writer plucked from obscurity to tell this story?
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‘Wool’ by Hugh Howey
Rebecca Ferguson and Tim Robbins are set to star in Apple’s series adaptation of Hugh Howey’s beloved sci-fi trilogy. In “Wool,” all of humanity (the remnants that exist of it anyway) lives underground in a single silo. The story follows Juliette, a woman from the underground who struggles with her newfound power after being inexplicably promoted to the head of law enforcement.
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‘The Lord of the Rings’ by J.R.R Tolkein
Amazon Prime’s upcoming television adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s renown series, “ The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” is being developed by J.D Payne and Parick McCay. The new series will be set in the Second Age of Middle-earth as a prequel to the events in the original novels and films. Set for a premiere date of September 2, Morfydd Clark, Robert Aramayo and Joseph Mawle star in the promised-to-be-epic show.
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‘The Vanishing Half’ by Brit Bennett
Brit Bennett’s “The Vanishing Half” was one of the biggest books of 2020, and is now coming to the screen with Aziza Barnes set to write and produce the HBO adaptation. It tells the story of two identical twin sisters growing up in the Jim Crow South before escaping at 16 and pursuing divergent life paths. There have been no casting announcements for the highly-anticipated series yet.
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‘Paper Girls’ by Brian K. Vaughan
“Paper Girls” centers around four young girls who, while out delivering papers on the morning after Halloween in 1988, become unwittingly caught in a conflict between warring factions of time-travelers, sending them on an adventure through time that will save the world. “Toy Story 4” writer Stephany Folsom adapted the popular sci-fi comic book series as an Amazon original series and is expected to stream on July 29.
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‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman
The adaptation of Alderman’s story, directed by “The Handmaid’s Tale’s” Reed Moreno, imagines a world in which women are physically stronger than men, by way of a magical electric current that rises through their body. Alice Eve, John Leguizamo and Auli’i Cravalho are set to star in the 10-episode series.
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‘Malibu Rising’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s recently released novel is being developed as TV series for Hulu, helmed by “Little Fires Everywhere” creator, show runner and executive producer Liz Tigelaar. The best-selling novel, which follows Reid’s first successful book “Daisy Jones & the Six,” centers on the famous Rivas siblings whose lives take a dramatic turn after their annual end-of-summer blowout in 1983.
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12 Books Being Turned Into Movies in 2023
From Oppenheimer to Dune: Part Two, these books will become movies in 2023.
Ever since the beginning of film as a medium, filmmakers and writers have looked to their favorite books and authors to create content. Some of the most classic films in movie history have been inspired by books and literature, making the book-to-movie pipeline a lucrative one when it comes to cementing an author's legacy differently. However, book to movie adaptations tend to induce one of two reactions in dedicated fans of the book: excitement or a groan of despair . While some series, like Harry Potter , solidified the fan base with the movie adaptations of the books, others, like the Percy Jackson movies, made a lot of fans disappointed in what spawned out of their favorite series.
Despite some complaints that Hollywood might not be as creative as it used to be, there are plenty of books new and old that will be seeing a movie adaptation in 2023 . Some of these movies were translated from all over the world, while others are beloved classics or slot neatly into the label of contemporary fiction. Keep these movies and books bookmarked — they are an adaptation of books.
12 Women Talking
Women Talking , which has been garnering buzz with critics at the film festivals, was originally adapted from a 2018 book by Miriam Toews that has the same name. The movie — and novel — were inspired by real-life events that happened in a deeply conservative colony in Bolivia called Manitoba. In Women Talking , the year is 2010, and a group of women lives in isolation at a colony. When they realize the extent of what the men in their colony did — including drugging and raping them — the foundations of the life they have lived there begin to crumble completely.
11 The Pale Blue Eye
A mystery thriller, Scott Cooper’s The Pale Blue Eye thrusts viewers back into the 1830s when several murders have been occurring at the United States Military Academy. Retired detective Augustus Landor (Christian Bale) is asked to investigate, and along the way, he enlists a young cadet from the academy: Edgar Allan Poe. With the clues left behind for them, they soon come to realize that there’s a potential serial killer on the loose, and they need to find the individual before it’s too late. The Pale Blue Eye is adapted from a novel by Louis Bayard that came out in 2003.
10 A Man Called Otto
Tom Hanks stars in A Man Called Otto , where he portrays Otto Anderson. Otto is an older man who lives alone in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, and he’s not the most pleasant fellow on the block despite being a stickler for rules and his daily routine. However, Otto is just misunderstood, as his wife recently died, and he’s grieving over her. When a new family moves across the street, they make it their mission to try and bring Otto into their lives. A Man Called Otto is an adaptation of the novel A Man Called Ove , which had a successful Swedish film version in 2015.
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9 Knock At the Cabin
M. Night Shyamalan’s latest feature in 2023 is Knock at the Cabin , which stars Dave Bautista and Jonathan Groff in the leading roles. Based on the novel The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul G. Tremblay, this horror film starts with a family trying to take a simple vacation to get away from their normal lives. They rent a cabin in the woods, but things start to go awry when four strangers appear at their door and demand one of them be chosen for a sacrifice. If they do not comply, then the apocalypse is going to happen.
- Embankment Films
Emily is Frances O’Connor’s debut as a director and selects the writer Emily Brontë as her subject. Emma Mackey portrays Brontë during the events that led her to write the classical novel Wuthering Heights . A fictionalized take on the writer’s life begins with her dying and transitions to a flashback format, one where Emily, still a young woman who has not had a formal education yet, meets a man that captures her heart. However, this is where the movie takes its creative liberties: this male lead did not exist in real life.
7 The Color Purple: The Musical
- Amblin Entertainment
Alice Walker came out with her novel The Color Purple back in 1982, and, in 2005, a Broadway musical adaptation of the novel was made to moderate success. Now, in 2023, a third adaptation — Steven Spielberg made a film version in 1985 with Whoopi Goldberg — is making its way into theaters. This version retains elements of the musical , specifically the songs. Set in the American south during the early 1900s, a young girl named Celie must cope and survive with her sister in a world that’s seemingly against them.
Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer is one of the most anticipated releases of summer 2023, but it was adapted and sourced from a book along with actual history. The movie tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was a critical figure in the Manhattan Project during World War II. With his and so many others’ research, they were able to create atomic bombs and nuclear weapons. The movie will follow his life and research leading up to the creation of the bomb, as well as its impacts of it. Oppenheimer was based on the biography American Prometheus , which was written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.
5 Dune: Part Two
Denis Villeneuve’s Dune came out in 2021 and was a massive success, propelling its stars and director to all-new heights. It seemed inevitable with the publicity the first movie got that a sequel would be in the works, especially since the first part only covered half of the very beginning of the Dune book series. The original cast, including Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, will be reprising their roles, while newcomers include Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, and Léa Seydoux. Dune: Part Two will land in theaters in November 2023.
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4 The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
The Hunger Games series was one of the most beloved franchises of the early 2010s, rising to the levels — but not quite — of the mania the Harry Potter franchise had once created. Author Suzanne Collins came out with a prequel to the series in 2020, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes , one that introduced president Coriolanus Snow sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games. An orphan in the book, he is selected to mentor a girl from District Twelve in the Hunger Games and ends up accidentally in the games with her. Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth will star.
Timothée Chalamet will star in Wonka , a musical that serves as a prequel for the well-known Charlie and the Chocolate Factory . Directed by Paddington’s Paul King, the movie will open up the backstory of Willy Wonka to show when he was a young man just getting started in the world and his career. Set years before he ever opened his chocolate factory, he has a plethora of adventures to go on before becoming the character the world knows today. Wonka will include a few musical numbers as well, making this the first time Chalamet will star and sing in a musical.
2 Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
Judy Blume’s classic 1970 novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. will finally see the light of day in the movie world. The director and writer of The Edge of Seventeen , Kelly Fremon Craig, will be directing and writing the film. When sixth grader Margaret Simon is told that her family is moving away from New York City to live in the suburbs of New Jersey, her internal crisis worsens. One of her parents is Christian and the other is Jewish, and while she has a clash of faiths in her everyday life, she has to go through her coming of age as a teenager in a new environment.
1 Text For You
- Screen Gems
Priyanka Chopra will star in the upcoming Text For You , which is a remake of a German movie from 2016. The German movie, in turn, was inspired by a novel by Sofie Cramer. Chopra is Mira Ray, a woman who just lost her fiancé. To cope with her grief, she continues to text his number. Little does she know that it now belongs to someone else, who, with the help of Celine Dion, wants to win over Mira’s heart.
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15 Book-to-Screen Adaptations to Look Forward to in 2022
Every year, dozens of books are translated to the screen, whether it be in the form of a film or television show, bringing to life the rich tales we’ve adored for so long. This past year has been packed with high-profile book adaptations, including sci-fi epic Dune , Jane Campion’s neo-Western The Power of the Dog , and Lady Gaga-fronted crime thriller House of Gucci . So far, 2022’s release slate is brimming with promising adaptations sprawling across a variety of genres, ranging from beloved classics ( Persuasion ) to psychothrillers ( Deep Water ) and romances ( My Policeman ). In preparation for a year stuffed with film and TV adaptations, we’ve rounded up 15 literary adaptations we’re excited to see grace our screens.
Conversations with Friends
Sally Rooney stans make some noise! After Hulu’s 2020 limited series adaptation of Rooney’s beloved novel Normal People took the world by storm at the start of the pandemic, her debut novel, the equally sensational Conversations with Friends , will be receiving the adaptation treatment next with the same creative team behind it (including Oscar-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson). It tells the story of Frances and Bobbi, two Dublin-based students who become romantically intertwined with an older married couple, Nick and Melissa. The 12-episode series will star newcomer Alison Oliver, Sasha Lane, Joe Alwyn, and Jemima Kirke and is set to premiere in the spring.
Daisy Jones & the Six
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s best-selling 2019 novel charts the Fleetwood Mac-esque rise and fall of the titular fictional rock band in the 1970s. Told in the structure of an oral history, the story even includes original song lyrics. In an act of perfect casting, Riley Keough (who literally has rock roots; her grandfather is Elvis Presley) playing Daisy Jones, an enigmatic solo artist who rises to rock-superstardom when she teams up with The Six, a band whose pompous frontman, Billy Dunne, will be played by Sam Claflin. Production for the Amazon series started on Sept. 27, but there’s no official release date yet.
Where the Crawdads Sing
With this adaptation , as well as Daisy Jones & the Six , Reese Witherspoon is continuing her streak of scooping up some of the most popular books from recent years and turning them into Hollywood adaptations under her production company, Hello Sunshine. Delia Owens’ debut novel is a coming-of-age story that centers on Kya, an orphaned girl growing up in the marshlands of North Carolina in the 1950s who gets blamed for the death of a local popular guy, Chase Andrews. Starring Normal People breakout star Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, and Harris Dickinson, the film is set to be released on July 22, 2022.
Jane Austen’s novels have been translated to the screen for as long as we can remember, and they’ve increasingly received modernized interpretations (see: Clueless and Emma. ). This year, Netflix will retell this Regency era-set classic with a “modern, witty approach.” Dakota Johnson will play Anne Elliot, the 27-year-old unmarried protagonist who reconnects with Captain Frederick Wentworth, a dashing and now-wealthy naval officer whose marriage proposal she turned down eight years before.
Bethan Roberts’ 2012 novel centers on a heartbreaking love triangle between a police officer named Tom Burgess, his wife Marion, and a man named Patrick in 1950s Brighton, England. Set in a time when homosexuality was still illegal in Britain, Tom knows it would be “safer” for him to marry Marion than to be in a relationship with Patrick, so Marion and Patrick decide to begin sharing Tom, which ultimately proves to be destructive. On track to steal Hollywood’s heart, Harry Styles will lead as the titular policeman. Opposite him will star The Crown ’s Emma Corrin and David Dawson, and the film is expected to land on Amazon later in 2022.
A lot has been said, written, and filmed about Marilyn Monroe over the years, and yet again, a biopic about the star will be released after almost 10 years in the making. Blonde is a 700-page, Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel by Joyce Carol Oates that tells a fictionalized account of Marilyn Monroe’s private life. Ana de Armas will star as the Hollywood icon, and it’ll feature a score from Nick Cave & Warren Ellis. While the film hasn’t received an official date yet from Netflix, dig into the enormous book or watch Michelle Williams’ underrated performance in My Week with Marilyn in the meantime.
Set against the backdrop of World War II, Kristin Hannah’s novel tells the story of two sisters coming of age in France as they struggle to survive the German occupation. The story is inspired by the women of the French resistance who aided downed Allied soldiers in escaping Nazi-occupied territory and helped hide Jewish children. Actress-turned-director Mélanie Laurent will helm the adaptation based on a script by Dana Stevens. With real-life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning starring, this will mark the first time the duo will play sisters on screen. After being delayed for the past two years, the film will finally get to grace the big screen on Dec. 23, 2022. Third time’s the charm, we hope.
Doubleday Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
A Western crime drama, David Grann’s nonfiction book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI investigates a series of murders of the Osage people in Osage county, Oklahoma that took place in the early 1920s after valuable oil was found on their land. The murders sparked a major investigation from the newly-formed FBI. Martin Scorsese’s follow-up to The Irishman and first film with Apple TV+ will star a myriad of some of the best working actors, including Jesse Plemons, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, Brendan Fraser, and Robert De Niro. Production wrapped last fall, so we can hope to see the film receive a 2022 release.
W. W. Norton & Company Deep Water
Patricia Highsmith has long been an inspiration for filmmakers, with her work serving as the source material for films including Purple Noon , The Talented Mr. Ripley , and Carol . Deep Water centers on Vic and Melinda Van Allen’s loveless marriage as the couple begin to play mind games that turn deadly after their marriage crumbles. Former real-life partners Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas will star in the erotic psychological thriller. While it was originally slated to be released in theaters on Jan. 14, 2022, it will now stream on Hulu at a still-undisclosed date.
W. W. Norton & Company The Talented Mr. Ripley
Speaking of Patricia Highsmith, her quintet of Tom Ripley novels, the first installment of which received a film adaptation in 1999 starring Matt Damon and Jude Law, is being turned into a TV series by Showtime titled Ripley . Set in the early 1960s, it follows the title character who is hired by a wealthy man to travel to Italy with the task of convincing his son, Dickie Greenleaf, to return home. The eight-episode series will star Andrew Scott in the titular role, as well as Johnny Flynn and Dakota Fanning. It's anticipated to be released some time in 2022.
Don Delillo’s 1985 postmodern classic follows a couple, Jack Gladney and his fourth wife, Babette, and their four children as they find themselves at the center of an environmental disaster in their small Midwestern town. As part of a recent deal to produce films for Netflix, writer-director Noah Baumbach will reunite with frequent collaborators Greta Gerwig (who is also his partner) and Adam Driver, who will star in the lead roles. Jodie Turner-Smith, André 3000, Raffey Cassidy, Don Cheadle, Alessandro Nivola, and his children, Sam and May Nivola, will also star. While no release date has been set yet, production took place starting in the summer , so we can expect to see it arrive on the streamer later in 2022.
Back Bay Books The Wonder
Emma Donoghue’s novels are once again getting the big-screen adaptation treatment, with Room having received critical success and a handful of Academy Award nominations (and one win) almost six years ago. The Wonder , a psychological thriller inspired by the 19th century phenomenon of the “fasting girls,” is set in the Irish midlands circa 1862 and follows 11-year-old Anna O’Donnell, a young girl who stops eating yet remains alive and healthy, and Lib Wright, an English nurse who is brought to the small impoverished village to observe. Florence Pugh will star as Lib, with Disobedience and A Fantastic Woman director Sebastián Lelio directing and co-writing the script with Donoghue and Alice Birch.
Lisa Taddeo’s debut nonfiction book is an intimate portrayal of female desire told from the true experiences of three American women who suffered for their sexual desires. There is Lina, a housewife in suburban Indiana who immerses herself in an affair with her high school sweetheart to escape from her passionless marriage. Sloane is an entrepreneur in the Northeast who has an open marriage with her husband Richard that becomes endangered after two strangers enter their lives. Lastly, there’s Maggie, a student in North Dakota who must deal with the aftermath of accusing her teacher of inappropriate behavior. In the Showtime series, expected in fall 2022, Shailene Woodley will play Gia, a writer who persuades each of these three women to tell their stories. Betty Gilpin will play Lina, DeWanda Wise will play Sloane, and Gabrielle Creevy will play Maggie.
The Stars at Noon
Set in 1984 against the backdrop of the Nicaraguan Revolution, Denis Johnson’s novel follows an English oil businessman and American journalist-turned-prostitute who become romantically intertwined. Soon, however, their situation becomes riddled with lies and conspiracies, causing them to attempt to flee the country and leaving them with only each other. The A24 film will be directed by French auteur Claire Denis and will star Joe Alwyn and Margaret Qualley as the unnamed characters. Production in Panama wrapped in December, so we hope that it’ll be ready for a 2022 release.
Naoise Dolan’s stunning debut novel centers on 22-year-old Ava, an Irish expat teaching English grammar to children at a TEFL school in Hong Kong. She soon becomes entangled in a love triangle with Julian, a 28-year-old affluent English banker who doubles as her roommate, and lawyer Edith. Dolan’s writing has drawn many comparisons to Sally Rooney’s work, largely due to the way both writers handle topics such as intimacy, identity, and class dynamics, but Exciting Times is a superb book in its own right. Shithouse director Cooper Raiff will direct the limited series for Amazon Studios and Phoebe Dynevor will produce and star as Ava. At the moment, there is no release date for the series, although we hope to see it on our screens soon.
Jihane Bousfiha is a freelance culture writer based in Florida. Her work has appeared in Vulture, The Daily Beast, W Magazine, Paste Magazine, The Cut, and more. You can find her on Twitter @jihanebousfiha_.
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The 15 biggest book-to-movie adaptations of 2022 and where to stream them.
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For moviegoers who love literary adaptations , 2022 was a very good year. There is something inexplicably special about seeing the story and characters you've imagined and built up in your head for so long physically play out on the big screen in front of you, and some classic novels, newly minted bestsellers, and gripping nonfiction books became movies in 2022. From an adaptation of Agatha Christie's "Death on the Nile" to a film version of "Where the Crawdads Sing," this year saw lots of films make the leap from page to screen.
As streaming services continue to create more and more exciting TV shows and films, it makes sense that they'd turn to novels and nonfiction books for inspiration. This year, we got the new series "Heartstopper," based on the graphic novels of the same name, on Netflix. That streamer also gave us another season of "Bridgerton," with the third, based on another of Julia Quinn's novels, coming in 2023. On Hulu, viewers watched the limited series "Under the Banner of Heaven," an adaptation of the bestselling nonfiction book, and "Kindred," based on Octavia E. Butler's novel of the same name. Unfortunately, some 2022 movies we were looking forward to were moved to next year, like the new Disney+ adaptation of "Peter Pan," but that just means there'll be more to love down the road.
Ahead, revisit some of our favorite book-to-movie adaptations from 2022, and find out where to watch them right now.
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60 New Page-to-Screen Adaptations to Add to Your 2022 Reading List
This article was originally published in January and has been updated with new releases.
It has been a big year for book adaptations: From the breakouts ( My Policeman and Pachinko ) to the sprawling, much-loved universes making a return to the screen ( Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones ), 2022 has been fruitful for book nerds and cinephiles alike. As the remaining months of the year tick down, there’s still much to look forward to in this arena. From adaptations of everything from fables to memoirs and short horror stories to novellas, here are the most anticipated, coming soon to a screen near you.
In Guillermo del Toro’s new Netflix horror anthology series, Cabinet of Curiosities (previously known as Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight ), the world’s a stage for the creepy, disturbing, and horrifyingly beautiful. Over eight episodes, all with different directors (including the makers of The Babadook , Splice , and Mandy ), Cabinet of Curiosities showcases creatures and stories from the dark corners of the imagination. Among the spooky tales, two are del Toro originals, while others are based on short stories by H.P. Lovecraft, Michael Shea, Emily Carroll, and Henry Kuttner.
Cabinet of Curiosities , starring Rupert Grint , Ben Barnes, and Andrew Lincoln, is streaming on Netflix.
The game is afoot — again! Millie Bobby Brown’s Enola Holmes is back and once more follows in the footsteps of her famous brother, Sherlock (here, Henry Cavill), to navigate the criminal underworld as a detective for hire . Nancy Springer’s novel inserts the younger Holmes into the Arthur Conan Doyle canon as a contrast to her older brother. She’s the firecracker of the family, and this sequel throws her into a dangerous new world when she accepts her first case as a pro sleuth. Investigating London’s gritty factories and high-society galas, Enola risks it all to solve the treacherous case of a missing sister.
Enola Holmes 2 , starring Millie Bobby Brown , Henry Cavill, and David Thewlis, will be streaming on Netflix November 4.
This remake of a holiday classic takes the form of a musical comedy (and arrives before Thanksgiving). A modern retelling of Charles Dickens’s 1843 novella A Christmas Carol , it sees Ryan Reynolds and former elf Will Ferrell join forces, with (it seems) the latter playing the miserable, Christmas-hating misanthrope taken on a magical journey. With its big musical numbers, this update is sure to ignite the holiday season in you … if the pumpkin spice hasn’t already.
Spirited , starring Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell, and Octavia Spencer, hits theaters November 11 and Apple TV+ November 18.
This epistolary YA novel sees 15-year-old Tess attempt to get on with her life as she wades through her guilt about her half-sister’s death in a hit-and-run on 9/11. Through Tess’s youthful gaze, we see her parents’ decaying relationship fall apart and her own summer romance develop while she begins the emotional process of moving away from home. Every encounter and new venture is tinged with memories of her late sister.
Dear Zoe , starring Sadie Sink, Jessica Capshaw, and Theo Rossi, hits theaters November 14.
Our beloved Miss Flo will return to the screen post– Don’t Worry Darling in Sebastián Lelio’s period drama The Wonder . Set in the Irish Midlands in 1862, the story follows English nurse Lib Wright (Florence Pugh), a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign who arrives in a small village to observe an 11-year-old child said to have miraculously survived for months without food. Tourists flock to behold the miracle, and a journalist is sent to cover this force of nature who believes she’s living off manna from Heaven. Standing guard over the girl, Lib becomes responsible for the child’s life.
The Wonder , starring Florence Pugh, Tom Burke, and Toby Jones, hits theaters November 2 and Netflix November 16.
Taffy Brodesser-Akner adapts her 2019 debut novel, Fleishman Is in Trouble, which charts the adventures of Toby, a recently divorced, bitter 40-something man trying to solve the mystery of his ex-wife’s disappearance. The Manhattanites’ amicable co-parenting arrangement dissolves in Toby’s hunt for the truth and an unraveling of what he believes about his relationship. Balancing his hospital work and his newly single status with this added responsibility, Toby sees his life fall apart before his eyes.
Fleishman Is in Trouble , starring Claire Danes, Jesse Eisenberg, and Lizzy Caplan, is streaming on Hulu November 17.
On October 5, 2017, Pulitzer Prize–winning reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey published a bombshell article in the New York Times , the ripples of which are still being felt today: At the heart of their report was the breaking story of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse of numerous women. Their book, She Said , charts the untold story of the pair’s journalistic process as they brought this story to light.
She Said , starring Carey Mulligan , Zoe Kazan , and Patricia Clarkson, hits theaters November 18.
The comradeship among naval officers reaches new heights in Devotion , a retelling of the true story of loyalty between elite fighter pilots Jesse Brown and Tom Hudner. The pair were the U.S. Navy’s most celebrated wingmen during the Korean War, with Brown becoming the Navy’s first Black carrier pilot at a time when the U.S. was divided by segregation. In this film, both men are deployed to the Mediterranean, but when one gets captured behind enemy lines, the other must choose between his own life and saving his comrade.
Devotion, starring Jonathan Majors , Glen Powell, and Christina Jackson, hits theaters November 23.
Luca Guadagnino and Timothée Chalamet reunite after Call Me by Your Name in Bones and All , a love story about two teen wanderers who bond over their shared desire and their appetite for human flesh. Maren (Taylor Russell) is traveling to reunite with her father, but on her cross-country road trip, she finds fellowship in the form of a fellow cannibal (Chalamet). Blending horror with the road movie in the context of Reagan’s America, Bones and All shows a search for love in atypical places.
Bones and All, starring Timothée Chalamet , Taylor Russell, and Mark Rylance, is scheduled for release November 23.
Noah Baumbach returns with a new navigation of the family dynamic in White Noise , an adaption of Don DeLillo’s career-defining 1985 novel. The family consists of Jack; his fourth wife, Babette; and their four children as they navigate a cataclysmic accident that has shed chemical waste over their town. With the lethal cloud floating above, the family must confront their mortality and decide what they’re willing to sacrifice in order to survive.
White Noise , starring Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig , and Raffey Cassidy, is out November 25 in cinemas and December 30 on Netflix.
Miriam Toews’s 2018 novel was loosely inspired by real-life events at the Manitoba Colony , an ultraconservative Mennonite community in Bolivia whose members were put on trial in 2011 for the rapes of upwards of 100 women. Sarah Polley’s adaptation takes place in a fictional isolated Mennonite colony where women have spent years being abused. The film begins after the abusers have been sent to jail, and through flashbacks, Polley’s narrative focuses on the fallout from this trauma.
Women Talking , starring Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, and Jessie Buckley, will start a limited theatrical release December 2.
D.H. Lawrence’s infamous 1928 novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover was ahead of its time in its exploration of Victorian female sexuality and was once regarded as vulgar and pornographic. Banned upon its publication for “promoting adultery” and not published in uncensored form until 1960, Lady Chatterley’s Lover explores the title character’s steamy affair with her gamekeeper after she falls out of love with her baronet husband. At its core, the novel is an examination of the impact of love on the mind and body.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover , starring Emma Corrin, Faye Marsay, and Joely Richardson, will be streaming on Netflix December 2.
The 1883 Italian novel The Adventures of Pinocchio has already been the subject of one adaptation this year ( Robert Zemeckis’s film for Disney+ ), but Guillermo del Toro’s star-studded animated version proves Carlo Collodi’s classic is still fertile ground for filmmakers. Del Toro’s version is based on artist Gris Grimly’s designs for the book’s 2002 edition, and the Oscar-winning director’s magic touch is sure to capture the energetic spirit of this fable, which follows the titular puppet’s desire to be a real boy.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio , starring Ewan McGregor, Cate Blanchett, and Tilda Swinton, hits select cinemas November 25 and Netflix December 9.
Marc Forster’s A Man Called Otto is a remake of the 2015 Swedish film A Man Called Ove — itself an adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s novel of the same name. The story follows the grumpy 60-year-old Ove/Otto, who is forced to retire from his job of 40 years after his wife dies. When he’s faced with this wall of bad news, his loneliness becomes unbearable, and he decides to commit suicide. His attempts are interrupted by some lively new neighbors, with whom he forms an unlikely friendship. The young family next door not only spoils his plans but shows him that life can become joyous again when it’s least expected.
A Man Called Otto , starring Tom Hanks, Rachel Keller, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, hits theaters December 14.
Russian writer Leo Tolstoy’s 1886 novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich is widely regarded as one of the master’s greatest pieces of fiction. Living , its latest adaptation, follows Ivan, a high-court judge in 19th-century Russia who finds himself in an unhappy marriage after he discovers that his medical condition is terminal. Ivan desperately searches for a cure, but his pain becomes so intense he is forced to spend his dwindling number of days in bed. Here he comes face-to-face with his mortality through spiraling existential thoughts. He grows frustrated with his friends and family for not acknowledging that he’s approaching death, and he begins to question whether he really lived his life to the fullest.
Living , starring Bill Nighy, Aimée Lou Wood, and Tom Burke, hits theaters December 23.
Since entering the public domain in 2020, Richard Connell’s 1924 short story “The Most Dangerous Game” has been prime material for screen adaptation, though it has been adapted a number of times already — most notably in the 1932 horror film by Irving Pichel and Ernest Schoedsack, starring Joel McCrea and Leslie Banks. This 2022 retelling also follows a father and son’s fight for survival after being marooned on a remote island and caught up in a hunt in which they are the prey.
The Most Dangerous Game , starring Tom Berenger, Judd Nelson, and Bruce Dern, is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video .
Sometimes, “inspired by the book” is a loose description; this seems to be the case for The Legend of Molly Johnson, an adaptation of Henry Lawson’s dramatic short story “The Drover’s Wife.” Inspired by her own experience, director Leah Purcell reimagines this tale of a woman and her children living in the isolated Australian Outback through an Indigenous feminist lens. As writer, director, and star, Purcell will be all over this story of a fiercely protective mother who battles the power of nature.
The Legend of Molly Johnson , starring Leah Purcell, Rob Collins, and Sam Reid, is available on VOD .
The Game of Thrones prequel we’ve all been waiting for , House of the Dragon is set 200 years before Game of Thrones and ties in chapters from George R.R. Martin’s 2018 novel Fire & Blood to chronicle the downfall of House Targaryen and the eruption of the Targaryen war of succession, known as the Dance of the Dragons. This civil war threatens to tear the dynasty apart, with battles multiplying as the Targaryens try to desperately hold on to their power and the Iron Throne. In what promises to be a fight of loyalty vs. destiny, House of the Dragon ’s sheer scope is impressive.
House of the Dragon , starring Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, and Olivia Cooke, is streaming on HBO Max .
British novelist A. S. Byatt’s 1994 mythical tale “The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye” follows a scholar’s meeting with a djinn who offers three wishes in exchange for its freedom. The meeting takes place in an Istanbul hotel room, and the decisions lead to unexpected consequences. With Idris Elba as the djinn and Tilda Swinton as the scholar, the acting prowess is sure to sparkle in George Miller’s adaptation, Three Thousand Years of Longing , in which fairy-tale conventions are used to expose the rot in contemporary society.
Three Thousand Years of Longing , starring Idris Elba, Aamito Lagum, and Tilda Swinton, is available on VOD .
In case you thought we didn’t have enough Lord of the Rings content, here’s some more. The novel and its appendices are the basis for the fantasy TV series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power . The lesser-known appendices — set thousands of years before The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, during the Second Age of Middle-earth — offer more contextual details (including the histories, cultures, genealogies, and languages of Middle-earth) to bulk up this new addition to the lore.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power , starring Morfydd Clark, Robert Aramayo, and Markella Kavenagh, is streaming on Amazon Prime Video .
The fourth and final installment of the After cinematic series, a sequel to After We Fell , is based on book four of the After novel series by Anna Todd. What began as Harry Styles fanfiction has taken on a life of its own with Tessa and Hardin’s tumultuous relationship once again put to the test. As the young couple experience the plight of adulthood, their love is challenged by family hardships and personal tragedies. Ultimately, Hardin discovers he cannot brood his whole life, and Tessa learns sweetness can turn sour.
After Ever Happy , starring Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, and Carter Jenkins, is available on VOD .
One evening, a young woman — our unnamed protagonist — leaves work to have sex in an underground parking garage with a stranger. It is a seemingly sudden interruption of her otherwise quiet life. Yet from this moment, she is utterly hooked on pursuing a purely sexual relationship with the ex-criminal (it’s never quite clear what he did, but he’s repeatedly and worryingly violent). With a stark and explicit approach to sex, violence, and drugs, True Things delves into the harsh realities of two very different addictive personalities.
True Things , starring Ruth Wilson, Tom Burke, and Hayley Squires, is available on VOD .
A cinematic account of Joyce Carol Oates’s novel Blonde has been in the works for years, with many actors considered to star as the legendary Marilyn Monroe, but it was Ana de Armas who secured the bag. Just from set images, she seems to be the perfect pick . Oates’s novel is a study of Monroe’s inner life, but don’t mistake this for a biography: Oates has said the book is entirely fictional. In the trailer for the film, Armas sits quietly in front of a dressing-room mirror, blinded by the flashing lights of paparazzi, as Monroe’s “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” plays. The film will hone in on the dichotomy of fame — to be seen by all but known by none.
Blonde , starring Ana de Armas, Adrien Brody, and Bobby Cannavale, is streaming on Netflix .
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile is the oddest title on this list. Shawn Mendes is the titular crocodile — certainly an interesting career move for the 24-year-old, though I can’t blame him for taking the opportunity to star (vocally, as a humongous animated crocodile) opposite Javier Bardem and Constance Wu. This children’s-book adaptation is also a musical (suspiciously, there’s no sign yet of James Corden ) that follows a young boy trying to settle into a new home in NYC when he discovers a giant singing crocodile in the attic. Big-city antics ensue.
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile , starring Javier Bardem , Constance Wu, and Shawn Mendes, is now in theaters .
Every year in the village of Gavaldon, two children are kidnapped. Sophie, a perfectionist and top student, and Agatha, a villainous personality with a black cat, are about to discover where those missing children end up. The enchanting fantasy film sees the pair’s destinies reversed in the Endless Woods: Sophie is dumped in the School for Evil to take uglification, death-curses, and henchmen training, while Agatha is placed in the School for Good with princess-etiquette and animal-communication classes. By being put in each other’s shoes, the two best friends learn more about themselves.
The School for Good and Evil , starring Sophia Anne Caruso, Sofia Wylie, and Laurence Fishburne, is streaming on Netflix .
Sure to be both beautiful and devastating if it packs the same punch as Bethan Roberts’s novel, My Policeman is a tragic tale of thwarted love and besotted longing. Fair warning: It’ll make your heart hurt. Set in the 1950s, British policeman Tom (Harry Styles) falls for Brighton schoolteacher Marion (Emma Corrin), then finds himself passionately infatuated with museum curator Patrick (David Dawson) in a time when homosexuality was illegal. Director Michael Grandage has one hell of a task to live up to in putting this beautifully rendered story on the page — though, with this cast, it’s looking promising.
My Policeman , starring Emma Corrin, Harry Styles, and David Dawson, is now in theaters .
It’s about drive; it’s about power — it’s about Dwayne Johnson portraying Black Adam in the character’s cinematic debut! Set in the DC Extended Universe, Black Adam , the archnemesis of Shazam, joins the likes of Henry Cavill’s Superman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman with a solo movie. The Rock professed his excitement at playing “the most ruthless villain/anti-hero of all time finally coming to life” on Instagram .
Black Adam , starring Dwayne Johnson, Noah Centineo, and Aldis Hodge, is now in theaters .
The rich are put under a microscope in Anatomy of a Scandal , a scandalous (naturally) political drama about Britain’s elite. James and Sophie Whitehouse look like they have it all, but their whole world is about to be snatched away. James is a Westminster government minister who finds himself at the center of a political scandal, and his wife is dragged into the web of manipulation to help clean it up. The high-profile marriage begins to unfurl under the pressure of a determined prosecutor who is set on proving James guilty. The six-episode courtroom drama–cum–psychological thriller becomes a gripping exploration of deeply held secrets and haunting memories.
Anatomy of a Scandal , starring Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery, and Rupert Friend, is streaming on Netflix .
Loosely based on American graphic novelist Adrian Tomine’s short comics — “Amber Sweet” and Killing and “Dying,” from the book of the latter’s name, and “Hawaiian Getaway,” from the book Summer Blonde — Jacques Audiard, Céline Sciamma, and Léa Mysius’s adapted screenplay captures the same melancholic tone of its source material. The film, in its interweaving of Tomine’s comic stories, focuses on the lives of four adults (Émilie, Camille, Nora, and Amber) who flit between friends and lovers in their navigation of adulthood.
Paris, 13th District , starring Lucie Zhang, Makita Samba, and Noémie Merlant, is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video .
The combination of Daisy Edgar-Jones and Andrew Garfield is bound to be lethal in Under the Banner of Heaven, as they play Brenda Lafferty and Detective Jeb. It has been a long time coming: Krakauer’s book was originally adapted for a Ron Howard film back in 2011, but more than a decade later it is materializing as a Hulu show, adapted by Dustin Lance Black. Centered on the horrors of Ron and Dan Lafferty’s heinous crimes, Under the Banner of Heaven is an investigation of what led the two fundamentalist Mormon brothers to murder. While examining their unyielding faith and polygamist lifestyle, Krakauer’s investigation raises provocative questions about devout belief.
Under the Banner of Heaven , starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, Andrew Garfield, and Sam Worthington, is streaming on Hulu .
After The Handmaid’s Tale and Shirley , Elisabeth Moss seems to have developed quite the penchant for gripping dramas. Her next venture is The Shining Girls, in which she stars as a Chicago newspaper archivist whose memory of a traumatic assault arises when a recent murder mirrors her own case. She grows utterly determined to uncover her attacker’s identity, a man who seems to have a pattern of murdering bright young women who fall into his orbit. The metaphysical thriller sees Moss’s Kirby turn the tables as she sets out to hunt the hunter.
Shining Girls , starring Elisabeth Moss, Jamie Bell, and Phillipa Soo, is streaming on Apple TV+ .
Annie Ernaux’s novel focuses on the plight of a 23-year-old student who falls unexpectedly pregnant in 1960s France, a time when abortion in a medical setting is illegal and self-induced termination is a criminal offense. The book follows Annie looking back on her experience, while Audrey Diwan’s upcoming drama is situated in this young woman’s present day as she desperately seeks a solution. A harrowingly raw and timely account of unwanted pregnancy, Happening tells this story through a deeply empathetic and personal lens.
Happening , starring Anamaria Vartolomei, Kacey Mottet Klein, and Luàna Bajrami, is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video .
Keith Thomas’s cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter will be the second time this book has been interpreted for the screen. The first, Mark Lester’s 1984 film, received divisive reviews: a 37 percent on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer. Thomas, no doubt, will be hoping for a better reception for his version, which sees a couple desperately sheltering their daughter who has an unprecedented gift: pyrokinesis, the ability to create and control fire. Whether it’s a blessing or a curse, federal agencies are very keen to seize the young girl and harness her power but come up against the barrier of a protective father.
Firestarter , starring Zac Efron , Gloria Reuben, and Kurtwood Smith, is streaming on Peacock .
After the success of Normal People , it was only a matter of time before the Sally Rooney Extended Universe became a reality. The second of Rooney’s book-to-screen adaptations is Conversations With Friends , a story that follows tight-knit university friends and former lovers Frances and Bobbi as they meet an older married couple, journalist Melissa and actor Nick. When Frances and Nick’s flirtation gives way to an intense affair, the bond between all four is put to the test. Conversations With Friends ’ exploration of relationships between a tangled foursome has big shoes to fill, but with Normal People ’s crew also embarking on this adaptation, the show could very well live up to the hype.
Conversations With Friends , starring Alison Oliver, Joe Alwyn, and Sasha Lane, is streaming on Hulu .
A reimagining of the classic tale of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan , Laurie Fox’s novel chronicles four generations of women in the Darling family. The Lost Girls follows Wendy as she is trying to outrun the perpetuating pattern of young love and loss that the women before her encountered. The Darling women repeatedly fall for Pan and are whisked away to Neverland, but how will this fantastical trip change the course of Wendy’s life? And when her own daughter comes of age, how will she cope with seeing her child fall into Peter’s orbit? In examining Wendy’s inclination for fantasy, Fox is not interested in the men with Peter Pan syndrome but rather the women who fall in love with them.
The Lost Girls , starring Joely Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, and Julian Ovenden, is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video .
Joe Hill’s 2004 short horror story, The Black Phone , set in a suburban Colorado town in 1978, is a supernatural stranger-danger written warning: Thirteen-year-old Jack Finney is kidnapped by a serial killer and locked inside a windowless, soundproof basement. Five children have gone missing before him, and from the bloodstains on the floor, it’s not looking good for him. Isolated in the cellar, an old disconnected landline phone is Jack’s only connection to the world beyond his four walls, and in the dead of night, the phone rings. The voices on the line are the victims of the killer who has him trapped, and they may just be the key to his escape.
The Black Phone , starring Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames, and Madeleine McGraw, is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video .
Lieutenant Commander James Reece returns home devastated after his entire platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed and killed. Home should be a safety net for this veteran, but when he lands on American soil, he finds his government may be against him. He becomes wrapped up in a conspiracy, with no one close to support his homecoming, and his desire to avenge his fallen team leads him to the upper echelons of power in an attempt to hold those in charge accountable. Chris Pratt is Reece, because he’s playing every action hero, including Mario, right now.
The Terminal List , starring Chris Pratt, Taylor Kitsch, and Constance Wu, is streaming on Amazon Prime Video .
If your period-drama appetite isn’t satiated by the latest Bridgerton season, Mr. Malcolm’s List should be at the top of your must-sees. Adapting her own novel for the screen, Suzanne Allain’s book and screenplay follow two young women in 1800s England who come up against a conceited and arrogant bachelor irritatingly insistent on selecting the perfect wife. Julia has warned her best friend, Selina, about the man’s hunt for a spouse and gets her on board with a revenge plot to give Mr. Malcom a taste of his own medicine. Mr. Malcolm’s List is a tale of women navigating high-class London society that becomes both a Regency romance and comedy of manners.
Mr. Malcolm’s List , starring Freida Pinto, Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù, and Zawe Ashton, is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video .
Murder on the Orient Express, step aside: The propulsive thriller Bullet Train is looking to take the lead in the genre of mystery films set on a moving train. It follows five individuals riding on Japan’s lightning-fast Shinkansen. They board the train, but will they all get off alive when they arrive at their destination? On board are psychopaths, revenge seekers, assassins, and a suitcase of money that everyone wants. The train trip becomes a journey of double-crossing and murderous motivations moving at 320kms per hour.
Bullet Train , starring Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is in theaters now .
It seems Reese Witherspoon loved her Book Club pick Where the Crawdads Sing so much she had to add it to her production company’s roster of upcoming projects. Owens’s debut novel’s cinematic adaptation already has a crooning Taylor Swift soundtrack , and if “Carolina” is indicative of what’s to come, prepare for a haunting murder mystery. Crawdads , which may or may not be inspired by Owens’s family’s implication in a Zambian murder , revolves around North Carolina’s Marsh Girl and the suspicious death of Chase Andrews. The jury is out on whether it will be possible to make the stunning Daisy Edgar-Jones look like she lives in an isolated, swampy marshland.
Where the Crawdads Sings, starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, and Harris Dickinson, is in theaters now .
DC Comics has provided a boatload of cinematic fables, but its next story pivots from superhumans to superpets. DC League of Super-Pets is a computer-animated superhero comedy movie, and the gang is a ragtag team including Krypto the Superdog (Superman’s pet dog that shares his Kryptonian powers), Ace the Bat-Hound (Batman’s dog that has superstrength and invulnerability), PB the potbellied pig (Wonder Woman’s pet that can grow in size), Merton the turtle (Flash’s pet that acquires super-speed), and Chip the squirrel (Green Lantern’s pet that gains electrical powers).
DC League of Super-Pets , starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Vanessa Bayer, is in theaters now .
This ten-part HBO series based on Jeff Pearlman’s book is a detailed account and an all-access courtside seat to the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers during an era that forever changed the NBA and America’s sports entertainment. A sporting dynasty, in the height of their success known by the moniker Showtime Lakers, the team was revered and unstoppable, with unprecedented success: winning five NBA championships within a decade. Pearlman pulls back the curtain on the success of key players and coaches — Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Pat Riley — to reveal personal stories, intense rivalries, and an era-defining decade on the court.
Winning Time , starring John C. Reilly, Quincy Isaiah, and Solomon Hughes, is streaming on HBO Max .
This historical romance novel takes place in 1850s Gold Country California and follows Angel, who was sold into prostitution as a child and knows nothing but this torturous existence. Angel meets Michael, a man who seeks out her heart and obeys God’s wish to marry her. She warms to Michael but remains skeptical about his pursuit of affection. Rivers’s book is a retelling of the Bible’s Gomer and Hosea story, dealing with the central notion that God’s love can redeem wrongdoings. (Hence the title.)
Redeeming Love, starring Abigail Cowen, Nina Dobrev, and Tom Lewis, is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video .
Harris’s Munich sees Neville Chamberlain desperate to preserve peace as he negotiates the ill-fated 1938 Munich agreement with Adolf Hitler, who is ready for war. This WW2-era spy thriller is fact-based historical fiction told through the eyes of two civil servants: one German and one English. These two young men were friends at Oxford University but now find themselves on opposite sides. Witnessing the dawning of Europe’s darkest hour as it unfolds, the novel’s tense dramatization is carefully balanced on the precipice of war.
Munich — The Edge of War , starring George MacKay, Jeremy Irons, and Jannis Niewöhner, is streaming on Netflix .
Interweaving science fiction and historical romance, The Moon and the Sun is set in 17th-century France under Louis XIV’s rule of glory, wealth, and fortune that knows no bounds. He tasks a philosopher with seeking immortality in the form of endangered, mythical sea monsters, the flesh of which will supposedly imbue the consumer with eternal life. Marie-Josèphe, a low-ranking member of Louis’s court, is happy to assist her philosopher brother; she sketches the creatures and discovers they are not monsters but mermaids. She must now convince the court of her discovery, that is if anyone will listen.
The King’s Daughter , starring Pierce Brosnan, Kaya Scodelario, and Benjamin Walker, is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video .
Cyrano is an adaptation of the 2018 theater show , itself based on Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play, Cyrano de Bergerac . The eponymous protagonist is infatuated with Roxane, the most beautiful woman in Paris, who is in love with another man, Christian de Neuvillette. Love feels out of reach for Cyrano, who believes his appearance and class ranking will make his destiny a lonely one. However, he realizes he can use his poetic penmanship on Christian’s behalf to write declarations of love to Roxane, allowing her to fall in love with his words with no preconceptions.
Cyrano , starring Peter Dinklage, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Ben Mendelsohn, is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video .
Child’s Jack Reacher series, comprising 27 novels, has already been the basis of two film adaptations: Jack Reacher and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back , both starring Tom Cruise. Now the first of Child’s Reacher novels, his 1997 award-winning debut, Killing Floor , will be the basis of a Prime Video original show. Reacher, an ex-military policeman, is an enigma drifting through life, cities, and worlds. It is when he passes through Margrave in Georgia that the jaws of fate catch up with him; he’s arrested for a murder he didn’t commit and thrown into a criminal underworld.
Reacher , starring Alan Ritchson , Willa Fitzgerald, and Kristin Kreuk, is streaming on Amazon Prime Video .
Is it possible the most cursed casting of the year has peaked in February? It will be hard to top Death on the Nile , an adaptation of Christie’s classic Hercule Poirot detective novel, in which a luxury cruise is headed straight for tragedy. The film is a follow-up to Murder on the Orient Express and observes a couple’s tranquil holiday on Egypt’s River Nile as it turns deadly. When a body is found, Poirot is entrusted to solve the crime before the killer strikes again. A tale of blood-stained lies, deceit, and death, this adaptation will certainly cause a stir.
Death on the Nile , starring Kenneth Branagh, Armie Hammer, Gal Gadot, and Letitia Wright, is streaming on HBO Max .
This graphic novel is a new variation on the accidental relationship rom-com trope — a pop superstar is preparing for a huge wedding when she finds out her fiancé has been unfaithful. In a moment of desperation, she decides to spontaneously marry a random fan in the crowd who is holding a “Marry Me” sign. The unlikely romance sees the two strangers navigate new love with the eyes of millions analyzing their every move. Out in time for Valentine’s Day, Marry Me is a modern love story where celebrity and reality collide.
Marry Me , starring Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, and Maluma, is streaming on Peacock .
This adaptation marks the 20th-anniversary release of Pratchett’s children’s fantasy novel, in which the titular and sentient ginger cat is a scam artist. Maurice gathers a gang of talking rats and, inspired by the legend of the Pied Piper, hatches a streetwise con to make money. Arriving at the town of Bad Blintz, they meet the mayor’s daughter, Malicia, and a bunch of ratcatchers who threaten to destroy their entire plan. With a whole host of riveting characters, a moral conundrum of ethics is at the heart of Pratchett’s playful story.
The Amazing Maurice , starring Emilia Clarke, Himesh Patel, and Gemma Arterton, is in theaters soon.
Mrs. Harris is a salt-of-the-earth Londoner, a working-class widow who is a house cleaner for the homes of the upper-class. While tidying Lady Dant’s wardrobe, she comes across a stunning Dior gown and is awestruck by its beauty. She sweeps her modest ambition to the side and begins saving to travel to the House of Dior in Paris in search of another haute couture dress. Lesley Manville is at the helm as the indomitable Mrs. Harris, and if her exemplary performance and knowledge of textiles in Phantom Thread is anything to go by, she’s perfect for this role.
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris , starring Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert, and Jason Isaacs, is in theaters now .
The sixth book in Gabaldon’s Outlander series of novels, A Breath of Snow and Ashes is the basis for the eight-episode sixth season of Outlander . With more than 1,400 pages to adapt, season six has plenty of choices for where to take its time-traveling couple. The story takes place in 1772; Jamie is called upon by the king to protect the land, yet he already knows what the future of this action will hold. Central to this narrative is the effort to manage the present while avoiding disaster in the future. With plenty of drama, brutality, and romance, A Breath of Snow and Ashes makes for rich adaptation material.
Season six of Outlander , starring Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, and Sophie Skelton, is streaming on Starz .
This tender story of Scott and Austin, father and son, is as inspiring as it is tearjerking. The Unbreakable Boy is Scott’s written ode to his son, an 18-year-old who is living with the challenges of osteogenesis imperfecta, commonly known as brittle bone disease, and autism. Embracing both the tragedies and triumphs of life, this saga of family, faith, and fortitude unfolds with searing sincerity. However, Austin’s resilient spirit underscores any and all of the overwhelming ordeals this family endures, especially for his father, whose struggle with addiction is debilitating.
The Unbreakable Boy , starring Jacob Laval, Zachary Levi, and Meghann Fahy, is not yet available on VOD.
The much anticipated second season of Bridgerton , Netflix’s Regency drama from Shonda Rhimes, sees Simon and Daphne step out of the limelight as the latter’s brother, Anthony, takes center stage. Taking inspiration from Quinn’s second novel in the Bridgerton Family’s series, The Viscount Who Loved Me , Bridgerton season two tracks Anthony’s striding toward his commitment to marrying for duty rather than love. In a new Netflix teaser clip , it seems a new character, Kate, has caught Anthony’s eye and attention. It gives off a Darcy-Bennett feel, where beneath the coldness, affections are blossoming.
Bridgerton s eason two, starring Jonathan Bailey, Simone Ashley, and Charithra Chandran , is streaming on Netflix .
Directed and produced by Kogonada and Justin Chon, based on the novel of the same name by Min Jin Lee, Pachinko is an upcoming series that follows a Korean immigrant family over four generations throughout 20th- century Japan. This expansive but intimate saga journeys between Korea, Japan, and America (also told across three languages) against the backdrop of Japan’s annexation of Korea, as a Korean family is exiled from their home amid political warfare. The eight-episode show, if true to the novel, will chart from 1910 to 1989 and revolve around Sunja, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to spoil her proud family’s reputation.
Pachinko , starring Youn Yuh Jung, Lee Minho, and Jin Ha, is streaming on Apple TV+ .
This crime-comedy Scholastic book series centers on a gang of notorious criminals who are renowned for their legendary heists in a world where humans and anthropomorphic animals coexist. Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, Mr. Shark, and Ms. Tarantula have the desire to be reformed villains and put their lives of crime behind them to avoid jail time. However, they may have bitten off more than they can chew when it comes to being agents of good who restore peace; a new villain has arrived, and the gang’s commitment to behaving like model civilians is waning.
The Bad Guys , starring Sam Rockwell, Awkwafina, and Anthony Ramos, is streaming on Peacock .
The internet’s beloved queer Tumblr-originated webcomic Heartstopper charts the friendship (and maybe more?) of two British teens, Nick (an openly gay chronic overthinker) and Charlie (a soft-hearted rugby player). Oseman writes and illustrates the ongoing graphic novel on which the new Netflix series will be based. Heartwarmingly sweet, this story of friendship, trust, and coming out is delightfully penned. The show has been brilliantly cast with a whole host of young and exciting actors who resemble Oseman’s illustrations perfectly.
Heartstopper , starring Kit Connor, Joe Locke, and Yasmin Finney, is streaming on Netflix .
New York Magazine’s “How an Aspiring ‘It’ Girl Tricked New York’s Party People,” by Jessica Pressler
From the very beginning, the jaw-dropping true story of Anna Delvey was destined for cinematic adaptation. The Netflix series Inventing Anna is based upon the New York Magazine article “ How an Aspiring ‘It’ Girl Tricked New York’s Party People ” by Jessica Pressler, who is a producer on the new Netflix show. Told through the perspective of an investigative journalist (a character based on Pressler), the show unpacks how Delvey tricked every New York socialite she came into contact with for money, power, and Instagram followers. Inventing Anna is a highly addictive retelling of Delvey’s daring antics and the fallout of her stolen life.
Inventing Anna , starring Julia Garner, Anna Chlumsky, and Alexis Floyd, is streaming on Netflix .
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