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7 New and Upcoming Book-to-Screen Adaptations

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 24, 2021

It's always fun for us to compare and contrast books with their screen versions. Our newest batch of featured adaptations are based on a diverse set of genres and most of these are available to stream right now. But If you're anything like us, you make a point to read (or even reread) before watching. So be sure to check out the source material before you press play.

Arsene Lupin, The Gentleman-Thief

Lupin is a modern-day heist drama inspired by the turn-of-the-century Arsène Lupin adventure series written by Maurice Leblanc. In the Netflix adaptation, Omar Sy plays Assane Diop, a man seeking to avenge his father, who died after being accused of a crime he didn't commit.

Avengers West Coast: Vision Quest

The new Disney+ limited series, WandaVision, is a loose adaptation, drawing from a few Marvel comics. This one by legendary artist/writer John Byrne will introduce you to superhero characters Wanda (Elizabeth Olson) and Vision (Paul Bettany) who are featured in the buzzy new show.

Firefly Lane

Bestselling author Kristin Hannah's novel inspired the Netflix drama about a pair of friends in the Pacific Northwest, weathering the ups and downs of their relationship from when they met in high school to their mid-40s. Katherine Heigl plays Tully Hart, the "cool" girl at school who befriends the goofy Kate Mularkey, played by Sarah Chalke.

The Silence of the Lambs

Clarice, a new series on CBS, is just one of the many popular adaptations of Thomas Harris's haunting novel, this one centering on FBI agent Clarice Starling (Rebecca Breeds) and the serial killers and sexual predators she pursues. You may also want to see how Clarice measures up to the 1991 film and NBC's Hannibal.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean

The final episode of the To All the Boys trilogy by Jenny Han will see Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) facing their biggest relationship crisis yet. Expect big twists and turns in the Netflix adaptation, along with more of the butterfly-inducing romance that infused the first two installments.

Behind Her Eyes

This eerie thriller by English author Sarah Pinborough was declared "bloody brilliant" by none other than Stephen King. Now a limited series on Netflix, it follwos single mother Louise (Simona Brown), pulled into a world of twisted mind games when she begins an affair with her boss while secretly befriending his wife.

Cherry

This debut novel got a lot of buzz when it was published in 2018, in part because author Nico Walker was incarcerated at the time. (BTW, he's not the only author to write from prison.) Premiering on Apple TV+ on Feb. 26, the darkly funny story is about an Iraq War vet who starts robbing banks to fund his opioid addiction.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for 2021. There are so many more big titles coming down the pike. Here are just a few more of the exciting volumes headed to screens later this year:

Let us know about the book-to-screen adaptations you're most excited to see (and read) coming up.

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