Read Before You Watch: Adaptations In the Works Part 3

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It’s time for the first Read Before You Watch update of 2022! And boy do we have A LOT of adaptations to talk about. Don’t be surprised if this series ends up having half a dozen more parts, because we still have a long way to go on this list.

On the bright side, that means there is so much more for fans to look forward to over the next couple of years. If you notice we’re missing one of your favorite incoming adaptations, feel free to reach out (but do know that there are more parts in the works). We love hearing about any bookish news!

Read Before You Watch | Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five


All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See stole the hearts of thousands (millions? Probably) when it was released back in 2014. And soon, we’ll be reliving that tale, as it is heading to Netflix. Thus far, we know that Atria Mia Loberti has been cast to play Marie-Laure, though I’m sure more news will follow shortly.

Scott Pilgrim Vs the World by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Fans of Scott Pilgrim Vs the World were lucky enough to already receive one fun movie based on the graphic novels. But it looks like they’re about to get even luckier, as Edgar Wright is set to turn the series into a Netflix original. This adaptation is still early in the process, from the sounds of it – so stay tuned for more information.

Naomi by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker

Okay, so if you’ve been paying any attention to CW lately, you already know about Naomi. Naomi recently started airing and is based on a series originally written and illustrated by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker. Check it out!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by Victoria Schwab

Be still my heart. Victoria Schwab’s instant classic, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is already making headway towards an adaptation. Rights were acquired by Studio eOne, while Schwab pens the script (alongside Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage). No news on an anticipated release yet, but you better believe I’ve got eyes open for news.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series may be over a decade old at this point – but apparently, that isn’t enough to stop the adaptation train. And thank goodness for that! His beloved series will be getting turned into a Netflix original, with the help of Joey King, Chase Stokes, Brianne Tju, and Keith Powers.

Grendel by Matt Wagner

Apparently, Netflix is on a roll, as they recently announced yet another graphic novel adaptation in the works. Given the popularity of some of their other works (Locke & Key, The Old Guard, etc), this isn’t too surprising. The series will be eight episodes long, though we don’t yet know when it’ll be available on the streaming service.

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico

Set in 1950s London, this enchanting story revolves around a cleaning lady and a Dior dress – resulting in a love (of fashion) for the ages. It’s set to release on March 4 and will star Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert, Jason Isaacs, Lambert Wilson, Alba Baptista, Lucas Bravo, and Rose Williams.

White Bird by R.J. Palacio

It would seem that adaptations revolving around graphic novels are on the rise, and we are here for it! White Bird is scheduled to release in September (we hope) and stars Gillian Anderson, Helen Mirren, Ariella Glaser, Bryce Gheisar, Joe Stone-Fewings, and Orlando Schwerdt.

White Noise by Don Delillo

White Noise is another adaptation hopefully releasing sometime this year (2022), so fingers crossed! Written by Don Delillo, it follows Jack Gladney, a professor of Hitler studies, as he and his family go down a horrible spiral of events.

School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

If you love fairy tale adaptations, then this is not one to miss! School of Good and Evil is set to release sometime this year, and already has a full cast (a good sign for the release date!). This story follows Sophia and Agatha and their plans for the School of Good and Evil – along with many other surprises, of course.

The Stars at Noon by Denis Johnson

Set in 1984, Nicaragua, The Stars at Noon is focused on a revolution – one that sucks in everyone in the vicinity, including an American journalist and a British businessman. Once again, we don’t have a set release date for this adaptation, but it is expected sometime in 2022.

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Fans of Florence Pugh should rejoice, as she has already been cast to lead the adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder. Ciaran Hinds, Kila Lord Cassidy, Toby Jones, and Niamh Algar are also starring. The release date is expected to be sometime during 2022.

Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka

Brad Pitt stars in this adaptation of Kotaro Isaka’s Bullet Train. If you love stories revolving around daring assassins and the like, this is the movie for you. Currently, the expected release date for Bullet Train is July 15, 2022.

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

At this point, it almost isn’t surprising to hear that another Stephen King novel is getting the adaptation treatment. This time around it is ‘Salem’s Lot, which was originally published in 1979. Gary Dauberman is at the helm (directing). ‘Salem’s Lot is expected to release on September 9, 2022.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

If you found yourself enchanted with Min Jin Lee’s writing in Pachinko, then we have some good news for you! This novel is getting the adaptation treatment. Filming wrapped sometime last year, though there is currently no release date set. Keep an eye on Apple TV+ news for more information.


Like what you see? Stay tuned for the next part of the series!

Read Before You Watch | Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five

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