Read Before You Watch: Adaptations In the Works Part 2

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Yes, that’s right! There are SO many adaptations in the works that this ended up becoming a two-part series!

It seems like every other day; there’s news of a new adaptation in the works. It’s a great time to be a reader, with so many bright and colorful worlds to look forward to. Some of these adaptations have been in the works for a while, while others have only recently been announced. So keep that in mind while reading – as we might be in for a bit of a wait.

Did you miss part one? No worries – read it HERE.

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman series was groundbreaking – and fans just couldn’t get enough of it. Therefore, it was a brilliant move on Netflix’s part to obtain the rights to turn it into a television series. There’s a ton to learn about the adaptation online, and it’s worth checking out the cast as well. However, Netflix hasn’t announced an official release date – yet.

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Who didn’t read All Quiet on the Western Front for school? Now might be the time to read it – or brush up once again, as All Quiet on the Western Front is heading to Netflix. The movie will star Daniel Bruhl, most recently spotted on Falcon and Winter Soldier.

Artemis by Andy Weir

Did you love the Martian? Then tune in because Andy Weir’s second novel is also in line for the adaptation treatment. There’s currently no release date, but we do know that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directors for the film.

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler’s Kindred will eventually be heading to Hulu, and fans should prepare this thrilling yet gut-wrenching watch now – because they won’t want to miss it. So far, we know that Micah Stock, Ryan Kwanten, Gayle Rankin, Austen Smith, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, and David Alexander Kaplan are all involved – but not what roles they’re taking up.

Enola Holmes 2

Did you love the first Enola Holmes movie that hit Netflix? Are you surprised to hear that it’s actually a novel series? Currently, there are seven, all written by Nancy Springer. While there’s no official release date for the second movie, fans are hoping for a 2022 release.

Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger

For those that love steampunk, sass, feminism, and fantasy, there’s always the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger. Set in an alternate version of Victorian London, this series has a way of enchanting readers. Frederator Studios bought the rights for the series, though there’s no official release date yet.

Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders’ Victories Greater Than Death is the first novel in a science fiction series, and it’s already on the path for an adaptation. Michael B. Jordan’s production company (Outlier Society) is at the helm. The novel will soon become a television series, one headed straight towards Amazon. There’s no release date at the moment.

First Kill by Victoria Schwab

First Kill is a short story written by Victoria Schwab and originally appeared in the Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite anthology (worth the read, TBH). Despite being a short story, Netflix snatched up the rights to turn it into a television series. There will be eight hour-long (probably) episodes in total. Currently, there’s no release date attributed to the project, but all evidence points to the filming going as planned.

Valdemar by Marcedes Lackey

Radar Pictures recently bought the rights to Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series. This fantasy series explores everything from magic to what it takes to be a good person and everything in between. There’s no release date yet, and so far, Radar Pictures hasn’t found a streaming service for the show to end up on (yet). Oh! And it sounds like the series will be titled The Last Herald Mage.

The Three Body-Problem by Liu Cixin

The Three Body-Problem is a series written by Liu Cixin and yet another purchase made by Netflix. While there’s no release date for this project either, it already has a director, and there’s at least some idea of how they want it formatted.

The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth Trilogy is a brilliant fantasy trilogy you don’t want to miss out on. The series is set in a fantasy world, one where a fifth season, but unlike a second winter, this one brings about the apocalypse. TriStar Pictures won the right to adapt this series into movie format, which makes it the second adaptation actively in the works for N.K. Jemisin’s series (the other being The Inheritance Trilogy).

Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire

Recently it was announced that Paramount Pictures won the rights to adapt Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series. This is a series of novellas all set in fantastical worlds – and yes, the plural there is intentional. There are thousands of worlds connecting to ours through tiny doorways that only certain children can see. Though not all children find their way home, or if they do, they don’t always want to stay there. Since this news is relatively, well, new, there’s no information on release dates yet.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone series is a West African-inspired fantasy world where magic exists – but not for all. This is the world where Zélie Adebola was born into, and she’s fighting to change her world, hopefully for the better. Lucasfilm will be adapting the series, which will stream on Disney+. There’s no current release date. But it will be worth the wait.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Fans of Victoria Aveyard will be delighted to hear that Peacock has optioned her Red Queen series. This is a future dystopia, one where there are ‘silver bloods’ and ‘red bloods.’ You can imagine how well that works out. Elizabeth Banks is both director and one of the stars, with more news to come.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Remember earlier when Artemis made the list? Well, as it turns out, that isn’t the only Andy Weir novel actively in progress of getting an adaptation. Ryland Grace is a science teacher – he’s also humanity’s best hope for survival. If you loved all of the scientific details of The Martian, then you’ll love this read. MGM has officially purchased the rights, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller signed on to direct. Ryan Gosling will play Ryland Grace. No release date at this time.

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death is set in an apocalyptic Sudan and follows Onyesonqu; a sorceress determined to stop a genocidal war. HBO has the rights to this one and has pulled significant names such as George R.R. Martin, Tessa Thompson, and Aïda Mashaka Croal as producers.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Given the success of the Shadow and Bone (on Netflix) and the reception of Ninth House, it’s no surprise that Amazon optioned it for adaptation. Alex Stern always could see ghosts – and it is not something she relishes. Yet it did get her into an exclusive Yale position, so there’s that. Now we’re going to get to see it all play out on the small screen.


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