14 book-to-screen adaptations to watch in 2022

BScreen adaptations are big this year, giving plenty of material for anyone who likes to debate which was better: the book or the movie. Adaptations like Netflix’s recent Anatomy of a Scandalbased on the best-selling novel by Sarah Vaughan, to an upcoming version of Sally Rooneyit is Conversations with friends on Hulu, readers eager to lay their eyes on the characters they’ve only visualized in their heads will surely be delighted.

Here are 14 on-screen books to look forward to in 2022.

Anatomy of a Scandal (Netflix, April 15)

Prepare for slow-paced suspense in this #MeToo-era courtroom thriller, which focuses on bad behavior among Britain’s elite. James (Rupert Friend), a high profile politician, and his wife, Sophie (Sienna Miller), seem to be thriving until James is accused of malpractice and then far worse. The novel, published in 2018, was adapted for Netflix by David E. Kelley and Melissa James Gibson. The six-episode television version is a timely examination of law and consent.

Heart stroke (Netflix, April 22)

Heart stroke, Alice Oseman’s sweet webcomic – which debuted in 2016 and was eventually released as a graphic novel series – traces the relationship between Charlie and Nick, two high school students who fall in love with each other. unexpectedly. While Netflix’s eight-part series is unlikely to stop your heart, it will almost certainly warm it.

Under the banner of heaven (FX and Hulu, April 28)

Jon Krakauer’s 2003 true crime bestseller is being adapted into a seven-episode limited series. He investigates the gruesome 1984 murder of Brenda Wright Lafferty (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and her infant daughter in Salt Lake City. Andrew Garfield portrays Detective Jeb Pyre, a devout Mormon who must wrestle with his faith as he unravels the murders and how they relate to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Conversations with friends (Hulu, May 15)

Perhaps you were also expecting another adaptation of a Novel by Sally Rooney since you stopped binging normal people. It’s finally here: the Irish author’s debut novel will be reimagined in a 12-part series starring Alison Oliver, Joe Alwyn, Sasha Lane and Jemima Kirke. It follows a pair of best friends – Frances and Bobbi – as they grow closer to an eccentric married couple and explore their sexuality, testing the limits of their friendship.

Where the Crawdads sing (In theaters July 15)

Delia Owens’ best-selling novel of 2018 is finally getting the big screen treatment. The story centers on Kya (Daisy Edgar-Jones), who was abandoned at a young age and grew up in the swamps of North Carolina. Years later, the lonely and mysterious girl is framed for the murder of town idol Chase (Harris Dickinson), who had fallen in love with her but hid their romance from his family. Reese Witherspoon is among the film’s producers and Olivia Newman is directing. (Taylor Swift recently revealed that she wrote a song for the film, but she faced backlash because of Owens’ controversial involvement with a poaching incident.)

Salem Bundle (In theaters September 9)

A small town in New England is overrun by vampires in Salem Bundlethe last Stephen King thriller in the process of being adapted to the cinema. (The novel — King’s second, published in 1975 — was also the inspiration for a 2004 TNT miniseries.) It’s about Ben (Lewis Pullman), a troubled writer who returns home to Jerusalem’s Lot in Maine, where his childhood demons turn into real ones. He joins forces with a group of locals to fight off evil vampires.

She says (In theaters November 18)

New York Time journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor won a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for breaking the Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal, which helped birth the #MeToo movement. They told how they did it in She says, a 2019 book that took readers behind the scenes of their investigative reporting. Now, Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan are set to portray the reporters in a game-changing film adaptation of the high-profile case.

The luckiest girl in the world (Netflix, 2022)

Jessica Krollwho wrote the 2015 thriller The luckiest girl in the worldalso wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation, due out this year, starring and produced by Mila Kunis. The story, which draws in part on Knoll’s personal experiences, is about a woman who reinvented herself after being raped as a teenager. Years later, she seemingly has it all, until her past comes roaring back, fraying the edges of her carefully constructed life.

A man called Otto (In theaters December 25)

In Swedish author Fredrik Backman’s delicious debut novel, A man called Ove, the titular curmudgeon has too big a heart, literally, but also, it turns out, metaphorically. This story is getting a big-screen treatment in the US, following the success of a Swedish adaptation that was nominated for a 2017 Academy Award. Ove was renamed the more pronounceable Otto in this iteration, which stars tom hank (whose wife, Rita Wilson, is among the producers).

The summer when I became pretty (Amazon Prime Video, TBD)

Before To all the boys I’ve loved before, there was The summer when I became pretty. Jenny Han’s YA romance trilogy, which launched in 2009, is set to premiere as a Prime Video series this year. It’s about Belly (Lola Tung), a teenage girl who takes a crash course in love when she develops a relationship with two boys who fight for her affections. Expect a fun and fluffy coming-of-age story that makes you long for young summers spent by the sea.

Pieces of her (Netflix, currently available)

What happens when you think you know everything about your mother and then find out that she specializes in secrets? This question is at the heart of Karin Slaughter, which served as the basis for this eight-episode inaugural season. Andy (Bella Heathcote) and his mother (Toni Collette) are caught up in a shooting at a local restaurant, which sets off a media storm and forces Andy to realize that his mother has quite a shocking story that has long been hidden.

Death on the Nile (HBO Max and Hulu, currently available)

Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) puts his “little gray cells” to good use in this film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Classic Murder Mystery. It takes place on a glamorous cruise ship down the Nile in 1937, as newlyweds Linnet (Gal Gadot) and Simon (Armie Hammer) celebrate their wedding. Things get complicated when Simon’s despised ex-girlfriend, Jackie (Emma Mackey), shows up, and even more so when Linnet eventually dies. Even if you know exactly what the brilliant detective Poirot is about to uncover, it’s fun to watch the puzzle pieces click together.

No Exit (Hulu, currently available)

In this thrilling film based on the 2017 novel by Taylor Adams, a woman named Darby (Havana Rose Liu) finds herself stranded at a rest stop where she is forced to take shelter with a group of strangers. It might be uncomfortable at the best of times, but the tension quickly mounts when she discovers a young girl bound and gagged in one of the stranger’s vans – clearly, an abduction in progress. Darby must figure out who is responsible and how to save the child, and herself, in this claustrophobic adjustment.

Pachinko (Apple TV+, currently available)

At Min Jin Lee’s Pachinkoa high-profile historical fiction novel published in 2017, has been adored by many readers, such as Barack Obama, who recommended for her resilience and compassion. The saga follows a Korean immigrant family through four generations. In March, an eight-episode adaptation premiered on Apple TV+ as one of the the greatest multilingual shows of all time. The series stars Jin Ha, Minha Kim, and Lee Minho.

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