By Ashly Moore Sheldon • October 08, 2023
There are a lot of exciting book adaptations coming to the screen right now. We're excited to watch, but first we want to read, because, as we all know, the book is (almost) always better. Here are fifteen of the latest, greatest book-to-screen adaptations. Order your copy of the source material so you can read before you watch.
Season two of The Wheel of Time continues the adaptation of Jordan's addictive fantasy series. With new threats on the horizon, Moraine (Rosamund Pike) teams up with friends, old and new, on a world-spanning journey to defeat the evil that threatens them. The action-packed epic features Daniel Henney as Lan Mandragoran, and Zoë Robins returns as Nynaeve al'Meara.
Apollo and Emma are settling into their roles as new parents. But something isn't right with Emma and, after committing a horrific act of violence, she disappears. Set in an alternate New York City, this award-winning dark fantasy has been adapted into a new series starring LaKeith Stanfield as a man who navigates a surreal terrorscape as he tries to find his wife and child.
El Paso, Texas, 1987: Ari is an angry teen whose brother is in prison. Dante is a know-it-all with an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet, they seem to have nothing in common. The film adaptation of book one of this award-winning series tells the story of two lonely Mexican-American teens who form an unexpected bond, sending them on a journey of self-discovery.
As the only Black person at Wagner Books, editorial assistant Nella is growing tired of the isolation and microaggressions, so she's thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel is hired. The two women have an immediate connection. But after a series of uncomfortable events, the friendship takes a turn. This whip-smart thriller is the basis for a creepy new series.
Director and star Kenneth Branagh's latest Hercule Poirot adaptation, retitled A Haunting in Venice, features another impressive cast. When a young girl is found dead at a Halloween party, Ariadne Oliver (Tina Fey) sends for her old friend, the great Belgian detective. Michelle Yeoh plays a creepy psychic, claiming to be able to channel the dead.
The movie adaptation of this bestselling rom-com stars Haley Lu Richardson as Hadley, a young woman who meets a cute, charming guy while waiting for a flight to London for her father's wedding. When he turns out to be her seatmate, the two spend the long flight getting acquainted and maybe even falling in love—only to lose track of each other on the side. Can they find one another again?
Dumb Money, starring Paul Dano, Pete Davidson, Vincent D'Onofrio, America Ferrara, and Nick Offerman, is based on the insane true story of everyday people who flipped the script on Wall Street and got rich by turning GameStop into the world's hottest company. Mezrich's gripping beat-by-beat account traces the amazing story of what happened—and where we go from here.
In this taut dystopian thriller, severe climate change has ravaged the country, leaving behind a charred wasteland. Junior (Paul Mescal) and Henrietta (Saoirse Ronan) live a relatively comfortable (if solitary) life on one of the last remaining farms. But when a stranger arrives at their door, Junior is suddenly sent away and Henrietta is left with some very familiar company.
Following the success of previous horror adaptations like that of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, director Mike Flanagan takes on the master of gothic horror with this modern-day retelling of the short story, which also draws from other works by Poe. The miniseries stars Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Mary McDonnell, and Mark Hamill.
Brie Larson stars in the series adapting this bestselling novel about a 1960s woman who, after being fired from her job as a chemist, takes a job hosting a TV cooking show. Elizabeth Zott is a woman who knows her own mind. Despite being repeatedly sidelined, discounted, and abused by her male peers, she soldiers on in pursuit of her passion: scientific experimentation.
A National Book Award finalist, this masterful work of literary journalism unearths the twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery of the Osage Reign of Terror, a string of murders of Osage Native Americans from the 1910s to the 1930s. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the long-anticipated dramatization stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jesse Plemons, Robert DeNiro, and Brendan Fraser.
Originally published as The Hard Sell, this nonfiction book offers the inside story of a band of entrepreneurial upstarts who made millions selling painkillers—until their scheme unraveled. The film adaptation features Chris Evans, Catherine O'Hara, and Andy Garcia. At its center, Emily Blunt plays a desperate single mother who gets drawn into the fray.
This beloved Pulitzer-winning novel tells the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of WWII. Interweaving their stories, the tale illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. The highly anticipated series features Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie.