Read Before You Watch: Adaptations In the Works Part 4

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It’s that time again! Time to talk about all of the amazing adaptations heading our way. And boy, do we still have a lot of them to cover! Not that we’re complaining – the more, the merrier, right? Many of the adaptations on this list don’t have release dates yet, so please keep that in mind when setting your excitement levels.

As always, if we missed an adaptation that you’re looking forward to, feel free to reach out and let us know. We’re always looking for more bookish news on the horizon!

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

Conversations with Friends by Salley Rooney

Fans of Salley Rooney’s writing will be happy to hear this news. This is not the first time her works have been adapted (Normal People), leaving readers with high hopes for what is to come. Unfortunately, we don’t yet know when it will be released. Stay tuned for more information!

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Naomi Alderman’s The Power is next up on the list for novels getting the small-screen treatment. This series is set to air on Amazon Prime Video and will star Auli’i Cravalho, John Leguizamo, and Leslie Mann. No release date as of yet.

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

Great Circle, written by Maggie Shipstead, is reportedly heading to the small screen. Currently, there is no known release date on the matter, but fans are already looking forward to this one. It isn’t every day we get to see a beloved historical fiction novel get the adaptation treatment.

Luster by Raven Leilani

Luster made instant waves when it was released back in 2020, and now the adaptation is set to do the same. This adaptation will be heading to HBO and has Tessa Thompson’s Viva Maude Productions pushing it forward. No release date at the moment.

Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner

Fans of both Lisa Gardner and Hillary Swank are probably going to jump for joy at this news: the rights for Before She Disappeared have officially been snatched up by Entertainment One. Hillary Swank is set to back and star the adaptation, which currently has no release date.

Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult’s next adaptation is already in the works, and fans are here for it – pun intended. Wish You Were Here has had the rights optioned for adaptation by Netflix. That’s a good sign, as they haven’t shown many wasteful purchases so far. It is still early in development, so we don’t have much news beyond that at this point.

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Firekeeper’s Daughter is another novel that has been optioned by Netflix studios (they’re really on a roll lately, aren’t they?!). Likely this is going to be a single-season series, but that could change depending on reception. This one is still in early development, so there isn’t much news as of yet. But we’ll try to keep you updated!

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

This past October it was announced that Netflix (again) bought the rights to The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi. We know that Freida Pinto will star, with Sri Rao, Mirsada Abdool Raman, and Michael Edelstein signed on as executive producers. It’s expected to release in 2022, though no specifics as of yet.

The Girls I’ve Been by Tessa Sharpe

It would seem like Netflix is hogging all of the adaptation news in this part. Millie Bobby Brown is jumping on board this train, playing the leading role in The Girls I’ve Been, written by Tessa Sharpe. This adaptation is apparently still early in the process, as there isn’t much news to find – so far.

Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

Somewhere Only We Know is the latest K-Drama announcement to make waves. And you guessed it – it is heading to Netflix. Written by Maurene Goo, this adaptation is also still very early in the works, so stay tuned for more information.

The Upper World by Femi Fadugba

Daniel Kaluuya has taken the leading role in The Upper World‘s adaptation. Written by Femi Fudugba, this adaptation will soon be making its way to the small screen, courtesy of Netflix. There is no official release date at this time, so stay tuned!

They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die At the End was a smash hit when it hit the shelves, so hearing about an adaptation is hardly surprising. Entertainment One has landed the rights for this novel, and reportedly Adam Silvera (the author) will be writing the screenplay.

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Opposite of Always, written by Justin A. Reynolds, will likely be making its way to the big screen in the near(ish) future. Randy McKinnon has signed on to lead the production for Paramount Players. It is still early in the process (like many others in this list), so there isn’t a lot to go on at the moment. Stay tuned!

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Amazon has officially purchased the rights to Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty, meaning that we will likely be seeing a series stem from this novel sooner rather than later. Lola Tung has been cast for the leading role (Belly), with Christopher Briney (Conrad Fisher) playing the supporting role.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Apple TV+ has been working hard to snag the rights for many novels in the past few months. Recently, they announced the adaptation of The Last Thing He Told Me, written by Laura Dave. The novel will become a limited series, with Jennifer Garner starring.


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