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Literary Adaptations Coming to TV and Film in 2024

by | Dec 21, 2023 | Articles and Reports, News

 

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

When Maya tunes into her toddler’s nanny cam, she sees her 2-year-old playing with her husband. There’s just one problem: her husband was murdered just weeks earlier. Following the successful 2020 adaptation of another Coben bestseller, The Stranger, this thriller premieres as a Netflix mini series January 21.

The Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee

Janice Y. K. Lee’s atmospheric novel follows three transplanted women living in Hong Kong who form a tight bond amidst personal turmoil. Amazon is adapting Lee’s novel into a six-part series, simply titled Expats, starring Nicole Kidman, Sarayu Blue, and Ji-young Yoo. The first episode premieres January 26.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Based on the relationship between Hoover’s parents, the book deals with generational domestic violence as a woman navigates her marriage while coming to terms with her childhood. Justin Baldoni (you might recognize him from Jane the Virgin) is directing, producing, and starring in the film adaptation alongside Blake Lively, Jenny Slate, and Brandon Sklenar.

The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin

The Three-Body Problem begins during China’s Cultural Revolution, with a top-secret military project called Red Coast. The objective is simple: to contact extraterrestrial life. But the project has unexpected and long-lasting ramifications spanning generations, worlds, and realities. 3 Body Problem, as Netflix is styling the show, streams March 21.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

The Wicked book is much darker than the Broadway play and navigates themes of ostracization, propaganda, terrorism. The long-awaited film is set to premiere in November, with Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande as Elphaba and Glinda, respectively.

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer follows a communist spy from North Vietnam who, after implanting himself in the South Vietnam army, joins other refugees in California in the Vietnam War. Part historical drama, part spy thriller, A24 is adapting the book into an HBO mini series starring Hoa Xuande, with Sandrah Oh and Robert Downey Jr.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

In the wake of the Russian Revolution, nobleman Count Alexander Rostov is placed under house arrest at a hotel in central Moscow. The novel spans years as Rostov befriends staff, guests, and a one-eyed cat while living out his sentence within the hotel’s walls. A Showtime TV series based on the novel is expected in December, with Ewan McGregor playing Rostov.

The Tiger’s Apprentice by LAUREN YEP

Tiger’s Apprentice, January 19, 2024 – In one of the kids’ books becoming movies in 2024, Tom Lee is just an ordinary boy until one day he meets a talking tiger named Mr. Hu. Joining Mr. Hu’s ragtag group, Tom finds he has magical powers and important responsibilities. They must keep an ancient talisman out of the hands of their enemies for the safety of the whole world.

Frankenstein by MARY SHELLEY

Lisa Frankenstein, February 9, 2024 – Grieving his mother, young ambitious scientist Victor Frankenstein conducts a series of unorthodox experiments to create life and ends up creating a creature 8 feet tall. Horrified by his creation, Frankenstein spends the rest of his life haunted and trying to destroy the thing he has made. With a mix of comedy and horror, a new film adaptation details a teenage girl who reanimates a handsome Victorian corpse and rebuilds him into her dream guy.

The Two Towers by J. R. R. TOLKIEN

Lord of the Rings: The War of Rohirrim, December 13, 2024 – The second book in Tolkien’s epic Lord of the Rings series introduces the Kingdom of Rohan, a land of horsemen famed for its unstoppable calvary, The Rohirrim. In an animated backstory, The War of the Rohirrim will tell the tale of a legendary King of Rohan who must defend his lands from the Dunlendings.

Exit West by MOHSIN HAMID

In a country on the brink of civil war, fierce Nadia and gentle Saeed begin an intense romance, nestled securely in love as the city erupts around them. As violence escalates, they begin to hear rumors of doors with the ability to whisk you away to a free land. One of the most powerful book to movie 2024 adaptations, Exit West is a tale of desperately clinging to the past while trying to forge a new future.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ

Another likely candidate for books into movies in 2024, is Márquez’s modern classic. Following seven generations of the Buendía family, whose patriarch José Arcadio Buendía founds the city of Macondo, Columbia, along a riverbank. For years, the town has little connection with the outside world until eventually is pulled into the politics of Columbia. Netflix has taken on the challenge of adapting this multigenerational family story to film.

 

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