In 2021, we were treated to book adaptation after adaptation. And 2022 doesn’t look to be too different. From children’s books to young adult graphic novels to horror short stories, there’s no shortage of options to check out. Quite a few movies and shows already have release dates, but most are still filming or in post-production. Here are all the books you need to check out before their adaptation hits the screen.
‘Naomi’ by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker
The CW has a new superhero show joining their roster. Naomi is a DC comic book series that follows teenager Naomi McDuffie, who takes off to discover her origins. She learns she is a metahuman with super-strength, super-durability, flight, and energy manipulation.
Kaci Walfall is starring as the titular character. Alexander Wraith, Mouzam Makkar, Mary-Charles Jones, Cranston Johnson, and Barry Watson will join her. And if that isn’t enough for you, Ava DuVernay is one of the executive producers. It premieres on The CW on January 11.
‘Redeeming Love’ by Francine Rivers
I honestly had never heard of the book until Abigail Cowen, who plays Sarah, posted the trailer on her social media. Joining Cowen are Tom Lewis, Famke Janssen, Logan Marshall-Green, Nina Dobrev, and Eric Dane. And the trailer makes them look straight out of the 1850s.
The book was released in 1991, and it’s taken over 30 years for it to finally make it to the screen. While based on the Book of Hosea in the bible, Redeeming Love is set during the California Gold Rush. It will premiere on January 28 in theaters.
‘The Black Phone’ by Joe Hill
Straight out of Hill’s first book, “The Black Phone” is a horror short story that follows a thirteen-year-old trapped in his kidnapper’s basement. The black phone in the basement is his only way out, but it only offers him the stories of the kidnapper’s dead victims.
Hill is the writer of Locke and Key, the hit Netflix horror series. The success of that show proves The Black Phone movie is sure to be a hit. Blumhouse is producing, while Ethan Hawke stars as the kidnapper. The film will make it to theaters on June 24.
‘Death on the Nile’ by Agatha Christie
Kenneth Branagh is returning as Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s iconic detective. The movie was supposed to come out in 2019 but got delayed multiple times since then. Since Murder on the Orient Express did well at the box office, you can expect this movie to be just as intriguing.
Joining Branagh are Gal Gadot, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Letitia Wright, and more. Like its predecessor, Poirot will have to solve a mystery where all suspects are stuck in one place. The only difference is he’s on a boat this time. Check it out in theaters on February 11.
‘Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris’ by Paul Gallico
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is the first in a series following Harris, a fashion-obsessed woman who travels the world collecting her coveted couture items. In this book, she travels to Paris to get a Dior evening gown after seeing her employer’s closet.
Lesley Manville is starring as Mrs. Harris. Isabelle Hupert, Jason Isaacs, and Lambert Wilson will be joining Mrs. Harris on her Parisian quest. It will be the fourth film adaptation of the novel, and that’s not including the stage adaptation. It hits theaters on March 4.
‘The Unbreakable Boy’ by Scott Michael LaRette
The Unbreakable Boy is a memoir about LaRette’s son, Austin, an autistic boy with a rare bone density disorder. The adaptation brings that story to film, with Jacob Laval playing the young Austin and Zachary Levi playing his father. Even though the movie isn’t out yet, the book already has the stars on its new cover.
Joining Laval and Levi are Amy Acker, Patricia Heaton, Peter Facinelli, and Meghann Fahy. Jon Gunn, who wrote I Still Believe, will be directing the inspiring movie. It’s sure to tug at your heartstrings when it releases in theaters on March 18.
‘Bullet Train’ by Kōtarō Isaka
The Bullet Train movie has a star-studded cast, even bringing in an appearance from Bad Bunny. Zazie Beets, Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Joey King, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Shannon, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are starring in the film. I for one can’t wait to see more of Sandra Bullock.
The novel follows five assassins stuck on a bullet train, unknowingly with coinciding missions. Each spy will do whatever it takes to get their objective. The story kept me on my toes, and the movie is sure to, as well. Check it out in theaters on April 8.
‘The Bad Guys’ by Aaron Blabey
DreamWorks has gotten ahold of another children’s book and made an animated hit. The author is also serving as an executive producer, so you know it will do the book justice. The movie follows former criminals turning good to take down a new villain.
Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Craig Robinson, Anthony Ramos, and Awkwafina lent their voices to the main five characters. Zazie Beets, Lilly Singh, Alex Borstein, and Richard Ayoade are joining them. The animated movie will premiere in America on April 22.
‘Heartstopper’ by Alice Oseman
This graphic novel series gained popularity immediately after publishing through TikTok, specifically “BookTok.” The series follows two British teens falling in love while dealing with the typical high school drama. Think “British Simon vs. The Homosapien Agenda.”
Kit Connor and Sebastian Croft are starring as Nick and Ben, respectively. There are currently eight episodes on the way for season one on Netflix. Still, seeing the success of the books, there are probably more to follow soon after. It premieres on June 24.
‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens
The best-selling novel follows two timelines. In one, Kya grows up isolated from most of civilization. In the other, in a nearby town, the investigation of Chase Andrews’s death takes place. Over time, the two timelines intersect and merge into one unsolved mystery.
Daisy Edgar-Jones is starring as Kya, while Harris Dickinson portrays Chase Andrews. The cast also includes Taylor John Smith, David Strathairn, and Jayson Warner Smith. The movie wrapped filming in June 2021. It’s scheduled to release on July 22.
‘The Lord of the Rings’ by J.R.R. Tolkien
We already have The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, but we’re getting another adaptation. This time as a television show set during the Second Age. We covered the first look at the show a few months ago, but we’ve gotten a bit more information since then.
Season one consists of eight episodes, but season two has already been ordered. The cast is large, and Morfydd Clark will play Galadriel before the events of the film series. None of the original cast is returning, but it’s sure to wow audiences when it premieres on September 2 on Amazon.
‘Salem’s Lot’ by Stephen King
Yet another Stephen King novel is making its way to screen again. Salem’s Lot is King’s second novel and has been adapted a few times before, but this will be its first theatrical adaptation. It will follow Ben Mears as he discovers his hometown is being turned into vampires.
Lewis Pullman stars as Ben, and William Saddler will portray Kurt Barlow, the movie and book’s main antagonist. Makenzie Leigh, Bill Camp, Spencer Treat Clark, and Alfre Woodard are joining him. The film will be premiere in theaters on September 9.
‘Dark Harvest’ by Norman Partridge
The horror-fantasy novel is coming to screens just in time for Halloween. Sawtooth Jack terrorizes a town every fall. This year, Richie and Kelly team up to get out of town by beating the mysterious figure at his own game, despite the rules telling them otherwise.
Casey Likes and E’myre Crutchfield will play Richie and Kelly, with Dustin Ceithamer playing Sawtooth Jack, AKA October Boy. Elizabeth Reaser, Luke Kirby, Ezra Buzzington, and Jeremy Davies are also cast. The movie will be released in theaters on September 23.
‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’ by Bernard Waber
The cast of this live-action movie musical was announced back in October. Since then, the movie has continued production. Since production started, there hasn’t been a lot of news on the film and music, but I’m expecting large musical numbers.
With the likes of Javier Bardem, Constance Wu, and Brett Gelman in the cast, it’s not a reach to expect an award-winning movie. I still can’t wait to see who voices Lyle the Crocodile and his grumpy neighbor Mr. Grumps. The film is currently scheduled to premiere on November 18.
‘The Nightingale’ by Kristin Hannah
For the first time ever, real-life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning will act opposite each other in a movie. They will play Vianne and Isabelle, sisters struggling against the invasion of France during World War II. The film has been in pre-production since early 2015.
While it’s been through multiple rewrites, a script from Dana Stevens was finalized. The Fanning sisters are the only cast members announced, but I’m expecting talented actors and actresses to make appearances. The movie is set to premiere on December 23, perfect in time for the holidays.