Where the Crawdads Sing

Still from Where the Crawdads Sing | Source: Michele K Short

20 Must Watch Book to Movie & TV Show Adaptations in 2022

After a year of COVID-related delays and release postponements, 2022 is promising to make up for lost screen time – although I’m sure we all had plenty – with a number of book-to-screen adaptations ripe for release this year. Including best-selling novels like Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Delia Owen’s Where the Crawdads Sing, this year is set to bring plenty of great viewing. From miniseries to star-studded films, here are some of the most exciting screen adaptations to keep an eye out for in 2022.

Killers of the Flower Moon

Release date: TBA

Based on the non-fiction book by American journalist David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon will be brought to life on screen by Martin Scorsese and an A-list cast. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Lily Gladstone and Brendan Fraser, the film will delve into the greed-fuelled murders of the native American Osage people in the 1920s known as the Reign of Terror.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone in Killers of the Flower Moon
Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone in Killers of the Flower Moon | Source: Apple TV

Daisy Jones and the Six

Release date: TBA

Inspired by Fleetwood Mac, Daisy Jones and the Six tells the heartwrenching story of a fictional 70s rock band. Diving into the band’s love triangles and crazy rock n’ roll lifestyle, the upcoming TV adaptation will star Riley Keough (Daisy Jones) and Sam Claflin (Billy Dunne). Produced by Reese Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine as well as Amazon Studios, the book-to-screen adaptation will be available to stream as a 13-episode limited series sometime this year.

The Wonder

Release date: TBA

Based on the novel by Emma Donoghue, The Wonder is set to star Florence Pugh as English nurse, Lib Wright. Set in the Irish Midlands in 1862, the story follows the mystery surrounding a young girl who has survived months without food. This psychological drama is expected to come to Netflix later this year.

Florence Pugh in The Wonder
Florence Pugh in The Wonder | Source: Netflix via Variety

Luckiest Girl Alive

Release date: TBA

The film adaptation of Jessica Knoll’s 2015 bestselling novel is set to debut on Netflix sometime in 2022. Starring and produced by Mila Kunis, the film will tell the story of Ani FaNelli, a New Yorker who appears to have it all before being beckoned to confront a dark truth when a crime documentary director invites her to recount an incident from her teenage years. Actors Finn Wittrock, Chiara Aurelia and Jennifer Beal will star alongside Mila Kunis in this adaptation.

Luckiest Girl Alive book cover
Luckiest Girl Alive | Source: Amazon

A Man Called Otto

In theatres: December 25

After the Swedish adaptation was nominated for an Academy Award in 2017, Fredrik Backman’s debut novel A Man Called Ove was picked up by Hollywood. Starring Tom Hanks, the US remake, which has changed Ove to Otto, will follow the same grumpy widower who forms an unexpected friendship with his neighbour, Marisol. Hanks is joined by Cameron Britton, Mike Birbiglia and Mariana Treviño in this heartwarming story that is set to hit screens this Christmas.

A Man Called Ove
A Man Called Ove | Source: Amazon

The Nightingale

Release date: December 23

Set to star sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, Kristin Hannah’s movie adaptation of The Nightingale is penned to potentially hit the big screen later this year. The novel, and soon-to-be film, tells the story of two sisters separately navigating the human experience amid the horrors of World War II in France.

The Nightingale cover
The Nightingale | Source: Audio Bookstore

She Said

In theatres: November 18

Based on the New York Times investigation into the many allegations of sexual harassment and abuse perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein, She Said is the Pulitzer Prize-winning book from the journalists who broke the story, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. Set to be translated to cinema screens this November, the Maria Schrader-directed film will star Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan.

She Said book cover
She Said | Source: Amazon

White Bird

Release date: October 14

Based on R.J Palacio’s graphic novel, White Bird takes place in the world of Palacio’s bestselling novel Wonder. Julian, a classroom bully, learns of the powerful tale of his mother’s upbringing during WWII. Played by Helen Mirren, Julian’s grandmother reveals her story of courage as a Jewish girl in Nazi-occupied France. Bryce Gheisar will reprise his role as Julian from Wonder, and will star alongside Gillian Anderson.

White Bird | Source: Amazon

Blonde

Release date: September 23

Starring Ana de Armas, the Netflix adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ fictionalised recounting of Marilyn Monroe’s life is set to be released on September 23. Directed by Andrew Dominik, Blonde is what Netflix describes as a “boldly reimagined fictional portrait” of the Hollywood legend.

Salem’s Lot

Release date: September 9

Set to be released on September 9 this year, the remake of Salem’s Lot is set to make vampires scary again. Directed by Gary Dauberman, the adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel will star Lewis Pullman, Makenzie Leigh, Alfre Woodard and Bill Camp. The remake will follow writer Ben Mears who returns to his hometown to discover it has been infested with vampires.

Salem's Lot cover
Salem’s Lot | Source: Fangoria

Bullet Train

In theatres: August 4

Directed by David Leitch, the co-director of John Wick, the upcoming action film Bullet Train is based on Kōtarō Isaka’s 2010 book. Starring Brad Pitt, the story follows an unlucky assassin called Ladybug whose handler, Maria Beetle, will be played by Sandra Bullock. Set in Tokyo, the story surrounds Ladybug’s journey on a high-speed train with five other assassins whose objectives turn out to be interconnected.

Where the Crawdads Sing

Release date: July 21

The best-selling novel Where the Crawdads Sing is another highly anticipated book-to-screen adaptation that’s due for release in 2022. Set in a fictional coastal town in North Carolina, the best-selling novel follows a young girl named Kya, who grows up isolated in the marsh and becomes involved in a local murder investigation. Starring Normal People‘s Daisy Edgar Jones, the coming-of-age drama written by Delia Owens is produced by Reese Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine.

Persuasion

Release date: July 15

Another Jane Austen film adaptation is coming our way this year thanks to Netflix. Starring Dakota Johnson, Persuasion will tell the story of an unmarried woman who reconnects with an old flame. While Austen’s last published novel has been adapted for the screen numerous times over the years, this film adaptation is sure to be an exciting retelling and is set to be released on July 15.

Dakota Johnson in Persuasion
Dakota Johnson in Persuasion | Source: Netflix

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Release date: June 17

Based on Jenny Han’s young adult trilogy, the recently released TV adaptation The Summer I Turned Pretty follows 16-year-old Belly who finds herself in a love triangle between two brothers. The six-episode series was released on June 17 and stars Lola Tung, Gavin Casalegno, Christopher Briney and David Iacono.

Everything I Know About Love

Release date: June 7

Inspired by Dolly Alderton’s heartfelt memoir of the same name, Everything I Know About Love is another book-to-TV adaptation that hit our screens this year. Starring Emma Appleton, Bel Powley, Marlie Siu, Aliya Odoffin and Jordan Peters, the seven-part drama explores friendships, relationships and jobs in your twenties. Released in June, the series is available to stream through Stan.

Conversations with Friends

Release date: June 7

Following on from the critically acclaimed series Normal People comes the screen adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends. Centred on a tangled love affair, the 12-part series is available through Hulu and aired on BBC Three in May this year.

Conversations with Friends cover
Conversation with Friends | Source: Amazon

Heartstopper

Release date: April 22

Based on the best-selling graphic novel series by Alice Oseman, Netflix series Heartstopper tells the story of Charlie, a teenager at a British all-boys school who falls for rugby player Nick. Earning rave reviews, the coming-of-age rom-com has already been renewed for another season. The series was released on April 22 this year.

Deep Water

Release date: March 18

Written by the author behind the book-to-screen adaptation The Talented Mr. Ripley, Deep Water is another psychological thriller from Patricia Highsmith. Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas play a married couple whose loveless marriage becomes fuelled by jealousy. Deep Water is available to stream through Amazon Prime.

The Sky is Everywhere

Release date: February 11

Released on February 11 through Apple TV+, The Sky is Everywhere is a book-to-film adaptation that follows 17-year-old Lennie Walker, played by Grace Kaufman, and her journey through grief following the sudden death of her older sister. But just as the charismatic new guy at school, Joe (Jacques Colimon), enters Lennie’s life, her budding romance is complicated by her sister’s devastated boyfriend Toby (Pico Alexander).

Death on the Nile

Release date: February 11

Starring Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Emma Mackey, Armie Hammer and Tom Bateman, Death on the Nile is the third screen adaptation of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery novel. Released on February 11 this year, the film sees detective Hercule Poirot uncover the mystery of a murdered passenger on the S.S. Karnak.

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