Is the book better or is the movie better? Do we really have to choose? There are some pretty incredible things in the works for some of your favorite stories, and what’s more, the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hanks, and Lupita Nyong’o are set to star/produce/write (Lupita and Reese are each mentioned twice in this list—so look out). From a true story about growing up in apartheid South Africa, to a Get Out–style thriller, to a tale about a mourning widower who feels he’s lost all hope, these stories will enrich and delight. Many of these adaptations are only recently announced or still in development so read the books while there’s still time!
10 Book-to-Screen Adaptations We Can’t Wait For
Taking its cue from movies like Get Out, I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS starts off with a road trip with a couple and the atmosphere feels off. Jake and his unnamed girlfriend are off to meet his parents but Girlfriend is considering ending the relationship. Things take a turn when Jake insists on driving her to his old high school—and then disappears. Identity swapping, spooky hallways, and violent surprises abound in this psychological thriller that we’re certain will be the perfect haunted date-night movie. You can expect the Netflix film directed by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind writer/director in 2020. Read the full review of I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS.
Can’t get enough of Lupita Nyong’o? Well, you’re in luck: she’s starring in the TV miniseries of AMERICANAH. The love between young Ifemelu and Obinze begins during their teenage years in Nigeria. When Ifemelu leaves to study in the US and Obinze is denied a visa, their lives split. Years later, Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze must decide if they can reawaken their love. With Nyong’o producing and starring and her BFF—The Walking Dead Actress and Tony-nominated playwright—Danai Gurira working on the script, we’re brimming with anticipation for this long-awaited adaptation. Read the full review of AMERICANAH.
This powerful story of race and gender is centered on Ifemelu, a brilliant and self-assured young woman who departs military-ruled Nigeria for an American university where, for the first time, she is forced to grapple with her identity as a black woman. Ifemelu faces difficult choices and challenges, suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, and eventually achieves success as the writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. Fearless and gripping, Americanah is a richly told story set in today’s globalized world.
HBO takes on Stephen King with a miniseries coming in 2020! When police detective Ralph Anderson accuses popular teacher and little league coach Terry Maitland of raping, mutilating, and killing an eleven-year-old boy, the small town of Flint City, Oklahoma, goes haywire. As the plot thickens, a mysterious character called THE OUTSIDER becomes increasingly violent, and plays the other characters to a terrifying end.
Tom Hanks is set to play Ove in the film adaptation of this Swedish comedy-drama. Ove is a fifty-nine-year-old widower who thinks his life is truly over. After a suicide attempt, Ove’s neighbors strive to break into the elderly man’s life, and one succeeds. A heartwarming story about aging and community, A MAN CALLED OVE is sure to be a tearjerker. Read the full review of A MAN CALLED OVE.
“If you like to laugh AND feel moved AND have your heart applaud wildly for fictional characters, you will certainly fall for the grumpy but lovable Ove (it’s pronounced “Oo-vuh,” if you were wondering).”
In this new spin on the “only minutes left to live” narrative, Katie Khan has penned a beautiful story about love, as Carys and Max count down their ninety minutes of oxygen supply left. They are adrift in space with nothing left to hold on to but each other. What if only one of them gets the chance to survive? Black Panther’s Letitia Wright and Star Wars’ John Boyega will star as the star-crossed lovers.
Featuring a dream cast—including Kerry Washington, Joshua Jackson, Reese Witherspoon, and more—Hulu adapted limited series of Celeste Ng’s LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE will be an instant hit. Even more exciting, author Celeste Ng is on the writing team. In LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE, we enter the lives of a rich family whose home has just been burned to the ground. Did their youngest daughter do it? Why? This intricate novel brings together questions of family loyalty and privilege, all set in a progressive suburb of Cleveland.
The epic, emotional novel ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, set in France in World War II, is being adapted into a Netflix limited series. The series will be created by the production company behind Stranger Things, and we can’t wait to see what this heartwarming story about kindness and friendship between a young blind girl and an orphan drafted into the Hitler youth will become on the screen.
Already beloved by millions of readers, this novel follows a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as they both try to survive the devastation of World War II. The breakout hit of 2014, this beautiful novel was a finalist for the National Book Award and it just won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. If you haven't read it yet, this one should be at the top of your spring reading list.
First a podcast, then a novel, next an exciting digital series. In a story of truly newsworthy proportions, LIMETOWN takes its plot from the well-loved podcast. When seventeen-year-old Lisa Haddock hears that three hundred people living at a nearby research facility have disappeared without a trace, she dives headfirst into the mystery. Jessica Biel is set to star in Facebook’s ten-episode series about this thrilling adventure.
Reese Witherspoon is set to produce this sordid tale about a rich young woman covering up her old identity. Ani FaNelli endured a shocking public humiliation at her prestigious former high school, and she sought to reinvent herself and erase her past. Now she has it all, yet she’s still harboring a dark secret. Will she set herself free—and at what cost? Read the full review of LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE.
Ani FaNelli is the epitome of young, modern women. And that’s not a good thing. Image-obsessed, cruel, and deceptive, Ani isn’t crazy so much as extraordinarily damaged from two traumatic high school events that are expertly revealed, piece by piece, in this masterful debut. I loved the anger in this political, well-observed novel, made more powerful by the reveal that Knoll’s own sexual assault contributed to its creation. Contemporary and timely: believe the hype.
Crazy like: Carrie Bradshaw with a cleaver.
Best crazy moment: Ani’s choice of porn. (Ouch.)
More Lupita Nyong’o, please! Trevor Noah’s bestselling memoir is being adapted into a film but there’s still no word on when we’ll see it on screen. Set in the years of apartheid through the transition into the new South Africa, Noah tells the story of his incredibly strong mother (to be played by Nyong’o), and being biracial in the heated, changing climate of South Africa.