Still from Killers of the Flower Moon

Expect another Scorsese film in 2022 | Source: Apple TV

The Most Exciting Book-to-Screen Adaptations to Come 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.

Death on the Nile

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. Set to be released February 11 this year, the film will see detective Hercule Poirot uncover the mystery of a murdered passenger on the S.S. Karnak.

Death on the Nile film
Image: Death on the Nile | Source: Guy at the Movies

Where the Crawdads Sing

Best selling novel Where the Crawdads Sing is another highly anticipated book-to-screen adaptation that’s due for release in 2022. 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.

Conversations with Friends

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 will air through Hulu and BBC Three this year.

Conversations with Friends cover
Image: Conversation with Friends | Source: Amazon

The Nightingale

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
Image: The Nightingale | Source: Audio Bookstore

The Wonder

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

Deep Water

Written by the author behind the book-to-screen adaptation, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Deep Water is another psychological thriller by Patricia Highsmith. Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas play a married couple whose loveless marriage becomes fuelled by jealousy. Deep Water is set to hit the big screen on January 14 and then release through Amazon later this year.

Deep Water cover
Source: SoundCloud

Everything I Know About Love

Inspired by Dolly Alderton’s heartfelt memoir of the same name, Everything I Know About Love is another book-to-screen adaptation we can expect this year. Starring Emma Appleton, Bel Powley, Marlie Siu, Aliya Odoffin and Jordan Peters, the seven-part drama will explore relationships in your twenties and air on BBC One.


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.

Dakota Johnson in Persuasion
Image: Dakota Johnson in Persuasion | Source: Netflix via InStyle

Killers of the Flower Moon

Based on the non-fiction book by American journalist David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon will be brought to life on screen by a star-studded cast. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Lily Gladstone and Brendan Fraser, the Scorsese film will delve into the greed-fuelled murders of the native American Osage people.

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

Looking to tick off some five-star reads on your to-read list? Read up on The Best Selling Books of 2021 (So Far).

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