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Book-to-screen adaptations have always been a source of excitement and debate among fans. Whether it’s comparing the merits of the original book to its movie counterpart or eagerly awaiting the visual representation of beloved characters, adaptations offer a unique way to experience stories in a new medium. In 2022, there are several highly anticipated book-to-screen adaptations that are sure to captivate audiences. From suspenseful thrillers to heartwarming romances, these adaptations promise to bring beloved stories to life. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most anticipated book-to-screen adaptations of 2022.
Anatomy of a Scandal (Netflix, April 15)
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One of the most highly anticipated book-to-screen adaptations of 2022 is “Anatomy of a Scandal,” based on Sarah Vaughan’s best-selling novel. Set to premiere on Netflix on April 15, this six-episode TV series is a timely exploration of entitlement, consent, and the #MeToo movement. The story revolves around James, a prominent politician, and his wife Sophie, who appear to have a perfect life until James is accused of professional misconduct and even more sinister allegations. Starring Rupert Friend as James and Sienna Miller as Sophie, “Anatomy of a Scandal” promises to deliver slow-burning suspense and gripping courtroom drama.
Heartstopper (Netflix, April 22)
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“Heartstopper,” based on Alice Oseman’s beloved webcomic and graphic novel series, is set to premiere on Netflix on April 22. This heartwarming eight-part series follows the unexpected romance between Charlie and Nick, two grammar-school boys. As they navigate their newfound feelings for each other, “Heartstopper” explores themes of love, friendship, and self-discovery. While the series may not literally stop your heart, it is sure to warm it with its tender portrayal of young love.
Under the Banner of Heaven (FX and Hulu, April 28)
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Jon Krakauer’s riveting true-crime bestseller, “Under the Banner of Heaven,” is being adapted into a seven-episode limited series set to premiere on FX and Hulu on April 28. This chilling adaptation delves into the gruesome 1984 murder of Brenda Wright Lafferty and her infant daughter in Salt Lake City. Andrew Garfield takes on the role of Detective Jeb Pyre, a devout Mormon who must confront his own faith as he investigates the murders and unravels their connection to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Under the Banner of Heaven” promises to be a gripping exploration of religion, crime, and the search for truth.
Conversations With Friends (Hulu, May 15)
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Fans of Sally Rooney’s “Normal People” have been eagerly awaiting another adaptation of the Irish author’s work, and their wait will soon be over. “Conversations With Friends,” Rooney’s debut novel, is set to premiere as a 12-episode series on Hulu on May 15. The series follows the complex relationships between Frances and Bobbi, two best friends who become entangled with an eccentric married couple. As they navigate the complexities of love, friendship, and sexuality, “Conversations With Friends” pushes the boundaries and challenges societal norms. The series stars Alison Oliver, Joe Alwyn, Sasha Lane, and Jemima Kirke.
Where the Crawdads Sing (In theaters July 15)
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Delia Owens’ bestselling novel, “Where the Crawdads Sing,” is finally getting the big-screen treatment, set to hit theaters on July 15. The story centers around Kya, a young woman who has lived a solitary life in the North Carolina marshes after being abandoned as a child. When she becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a local man who had a secret relationship with her, Kya’s past and present collide. Produced by Reese Witherspoon, this adaptation promises to capture the atmospheric beauty and mystery of the novel. Daisy Edgar-Jones takes on the role of Kya, while Harris Dickinson portrays the ill-fated Chase.
Salem’s Lot (In theaters Sept. 9)
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Stephen King’s chilling novel, “Salem’s Lot,” is once again being adapted for the big screen. Set to release on September 9, this movie adaptation follows the story of Ben, a troubled writer who returns to his childhood town only to discover that vampires have infiltrated the community. As Ben and a group of locals band together to fight the evil lurking in the shadows, they must confront their own demons. “Salem’s Lot” promises to be a thrilling and terrifying cinematic experience, with Lewis Pullman taking on the role of Ben.
She Said (In theaters Nov. 18)
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“She Said” is a highly anticipated movie adaptation based on the book by New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor. The book chronicles their groundbreaking investigative reporting on the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal, which played a pivotal role in launching the #MeToo movement. The movie, set to release on November 18, stars Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan as the journalists who exposed the truth behind Weinstein’s actions. “She Said” promises to be a powerful and important film, shining a light on the impact of investigative journalism in holding those in power accountable.
Luckiest Girl Alive (Netflix, 2022)
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Jessica Knoll’s gripping thriller, “Luckiest Girl Alive,” is being adapted into a movie for Netflix, expected to release in 2022. Knoll, who also wrote the screenplay, brings her own personal experiences to the story, which follows a woman who has reinvented herself after a traumatic incident in her past. However, her carefully constructed life begins to unravel when her past resurfaces. Starring and produced by Mila Kunis, this adaptation promises to be a tense and compelling exploration of trauma, identity, and the lengths we go to protect our secrets.
A Man Called Otto (In theaters Dec. 25)
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Fredrik Backman’s heartwarming debut novel, “A Man Called Ove,” is getting a big-screen adaptation set to release on December 25. In this U.S. adaptation, Ove has been renamed Otto, portrayed by the talented Tom Hanks. The story follows the curmudgeonly Otto as he forms unexpected connections and discovers the true meaning of friendship and community. With Rita Wilson among the producers, this adaptation promises to capture the humor, heart, and poignant moments of the original novel.
The Summer I Turned Pretty (Amazon Prime Video, TBD)
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Before “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” Jenny Han’s “The Summer I Turned Pretty” captured the hearts of readers. This beloved young adult romance trilogy is set to premiere as a Prime Video series in 2022. The story revolves around Belly, a teenage girl who spends her summers at the beach house of her mother’s best friend. As she navigates the complexities of love and friendship, Belly finds herself torn between two boys who vie for her affections. “The Summer I Turned Pretty” promises a delightful and nostalgic coming-of-age story that will transport viewers to idyllic summer days.
Pieces of Her (Netflix, currently available)
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“Pieces of Her” is a gripping thriller based on Karin Slaughter’s novel, currently available on Netflix. This eight-episode series follows Andy and her mother, who become caught up in a violent incident at a local diner. As a result, Andy discovers that her mother has been hiding a shocking secret past. “Pieces of Her” explores themes of identity, family, and the lengths we go to protect the ones we love. With stellar performances by Bella Heathcote and Toni Collette, this adaptation is sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
Death on the Nile (HBO Max and Hulu, currently available)
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Agatha Christie’s classic murder-mystery, “Death on the Nile,” has received a thrilling movie adaptation currently available on HBO Max and Hulu. Set aboard a glamorous cruise ship on the Nile River in 1937, the film follows the investigation led by the brilliant detective Hercule Poirot, portrayed by Kenneth Branagh. When a newlywed couple’s honeymoon is marred by a murder, Poirot must unravel a web of deceit and uncover the killer’s identity. With a star-studded cast including Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, and Emma Mackey, “Death on the Nile” is a visually stunning and suspenseful adaptation that will keep audiences guessing until the end.
No Exit (Hulu, currently available)
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The thrilling movie adaptation of Taylor Adams’ novel “No Exit” is currently available on Hulu. The story follows Darby, a woman who becomes stranded at a rest stop during a snowstorm. As she seeks shelter with a group of strangers, she makes a horrifying discovery—a young girl is being held captive in one of their vehicles. Darby must navigate the dangerous situation and find a way to save the girl and herself. “No Exit” is a claustrophobic and tension-filled adaptation that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.
Pachinko (Apple TV+, currently available)
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Min Jin Lee’s sweeping historical fiction novel, “Pachinko,” has been adapted into an eight-episode series currently available on Apple TV+. This multigenerational saga follows a Korean immigrant family as they navigate love, loss, and identity across four generations. “Pachinko” has been praised for its resilience and compassion, and the adaptation brings the rich tapestry of the novel to life. With a talented cast including Jin Ha, Minha Kim, and Lee Minho, “Pachinko” is a visually stunning and emotionally resonant series that explores themes of family, culture, and the pursuit of the American dream.