8 Watch-Worthy Book Adaptations Coming Soon

If you are a bookworm like me, you know it’s always exciting to see your favorite books get adapted to the big screen. Especially, if it’s well done and stays true to the books. If you love books and novel adaptations as much as I do, read on for a list of promising shows and features coming soon. 

1. “Daisy Jones & The Six” 

A New York Times Bestseller loosely inspired by the band Fleetwood Mac, “Daisy Jones & The Six” tells the story of the meteoric rise and eventual break-up of a fictional rock band in the 70’s. The adaptation, starring Sam Claflin as Billy Dunne and Riley Keough as Daisy Jones, is set to release through Amazon Prime. Suki Waterhouse and Camila Morrone will also be joining the star-studded cast. The show will be produced by Reese Witherspoon and will feature original music. The series is currently in production and while there is not yet a set release date, it is anticipated to start streaming by the end of 2021 or sometime in 2022. 

2. “One of Us Is Lying” 

Five stereotypical high school students are sent to detention and find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation after one of them mysteriously dies. The show will feature Cooper van Grootel, Marianly Tejada, Annalisa Cochrane, Mark McKenna and Chibuikem Uche as the protagonists. The teen murder mystery is set to be released on Peacock on Oct. 7. 

3. “Lord of the Rings” 

Tolkien’s iconic high fantasy series will soon be adapted into a TV show set to air on Sept. 2, 2022. The show is being produced by Amazon Prime and shooting will take place in New Zealand. It seems that the show will explore storylines that occur before the events of “The Fellowship of The Ring.”  The project will have a huge budget, close to half a billion dollars per season. Some of the locations that will be included in the series are Numenor, the Misty Mountains and the elf-capital Lindon. Though it stops and starts thanks to the coronavirus, production has already begun. Filming resumed at the end of 2020. Headlining the cast are Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Maxim Baldry and Ian Blackburn. 

“Lord of the Rings,” Courtesy of Amazon Prime Studios.

4. “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” 

The beloved children’s series will be getting a second chance at an adaptation under Disney. Progress has been slow but steady with the Percy Jackson show, slated for Disney+. So far we know that author Rick Riordan has said he will be heavily involved in the show, which is good news for fans who were disappointed by the first adaptation’s inability to stay true to the books. A writer’s room has been created, and the pilot script has reportedly been approved. Production is underway and a casting call has been announced, but even still, Riordan said it might take another two years for the show to come out. While the writers have been making progress, they still need to cast and film, and at this moment the show does not have a director.

5. “Death on the Nile” 

Agatha Christie’s work of detective fiction “Death on the Nile” is also getting a film adaptation. The mystery thriller is being directed by Kenneth Branagh with a screenplay by Michael Green. It stars Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot. Also part of the cast is Gal Gadot, Russell Brand, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Annette Bening, Ali Fazal and Letitia Wright. Filming ended in 2019 and the movie is set to be released on Feb. 11 of 2022. 

Simon Doyle (Armie Hammer) and Linnet Ridgeway (Gal Gadot), Photo credit: Rob Youngson, Twentieth Century Fox Studios

6. “Persuasion” 

The Jane Austen novel is being adapted, again, this time by Netflix. It will feature Dakota Johnson as the lead. Henry Golding, Cosmo Jarvis, Suki Waterhouse, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Richard E. Grant are also part of the cast. The movie is currently in production and set to debut in 2022. This version claims to retell the novel with a more modern approach.

7. “The Nightingale” 

Kristin Hannah’s “The Nightingale” is getting a movie adaptation. The story follows two sisters in France who struggle to survive and resist the German occupation during World War II. Dakota and Elle Fanning have been cast as the protagonists and the movie is set to be released December of 2022.

8. “The Time Traveler’s Wife”

 HBO is adapting Niffeneger’s “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” Steven Moffat (“Doctor Who” and “Sherlock”) will be adapting the novel, and David Nutter (“Game of Thrones” and “The Sopranos”) will be directing season 1. The show, like the novel, tells the love story of Clare and Henry. Henry has a genetic disorder that causes him to spontaneously time travel unpredictably, and Clare, his wife, is left to deal with his frequent absences. The show will explore questions of miscommunication and distance within relationships. The HBO adaptation will feature Theo James and Rose Leslie as the leads. The show is set to be released late 2021 or sometime in 2022. 

By Alice Braga

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