Now Streaming: Books With New TV and Movie Adaptations
by Laurie Espino
There are few things more exciting than seeing one of your favorite books make its way to the screen. You know the characters, the story has played out in your head, and now you’re ready to see it play out in a new film or series. From spy novel thrillers to science fiction blockbusters, here are a few books that are ready to jump from page to screen in upcoming adaptations. Which one tops your TBR list?
When Eleanor Bennett died, she left her two children, estranged siblings Bryon and Benny, an odd inheritance – a voice-recorded message. In it, she tells the story of a young woman who escaped her island home under suspicion of murder. As Bryon and Benny listen to their mother’s untold story, everything they know about her and their family is changed forever. Family drama is taken to the next level in this multigenerational tale that probes universal issues like identity, family connections, and the consequences that are passed down.
In Pain Hustlers, National Magazine Award–finalist Evan Hughes lays bare the pharma playbook. He draws on unprecedented access to insiders of the Insys saga, from top executives to foot soldiers, from the patients and staff of far-flung clinics to the Boston investigators who treated the case as a drug-trafficking conspiracy, flipping cooperators and closing in on the key players. With colorful characters and true suspense, Pain Hustlers offers a bracing look not just at Insys, but at how opioids are sold at the point they first enter the national bloodstream — in the doctor’s office.
Soon to be a drama series on Apple TV+ starring Academy Award winner Brie Larson, this #1 New York Times bestselling novel follows Elizabeth Zott, a chemist in the 1960s. She’s the only female in a world-dominated industry. When she becomes the star of the popular cooking show Supper at Six, she turns into an instant star. But it turns out her show isn’t just teaching women how to create the perfect dinner, it’s giving them lessons in chemistry while planting the seed of feminine equality.
Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epistolary novel was first adapted into film in 1985 starring Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg. Twenty years later, in 2005, the musical version made its stage debut on Broadway. It comes full circle with the film adaptation of the musical, produced by Oprah, which will make its debut later this year.
Calling all thriller lovers, this one’s for you! Dubbed one of the best fantasy books of all time by the New York Times, this award-winning book follows the story of Apollo Kagway. Since the disappearance of his father when he was a kid, he’s been plagued with odd dreams. Now an adult, his wife disappears after giving birth to their first child. Now on a mission to find them both, Apollo’s quest takes him to a forgotten land full of secrets. Buckle up, because this is one intensely riveting and page-turning story that will keep you on edge.
Set in Oklahoma in the 1920s, oil is discovered in Osage County, where the Osage Native American tribe lives. When members of the tribe mysteriously begin to be mysteriously murdered, it sparks a major FBI investigation led by J. Edgar Hoover. Lose yourself in this #1 New York Times bestselling mystery novel that’s soon to be a Martin Scorsese film staring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Lily Gladstone.
Serving as inspiration for the Christopher Nolan summer blockbuster movie, this #1 New York Times Bestseller and Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of American theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, also known as the father of the atomic bomb. From his childhood days as a precocious youth in New York City to his infamous security hearing in 1954, this masterful biography tells the story of one of history’s most infamous figures and science’s most brilliant minds.
Slip behind the bleak walls and vacant windows of Netflix’s reimagining of the mansion of doom in this anthology of works by Edgar Allan Poe that inspired the limited series The Fall of the House of Usher. From well-loved classics like “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”to lesser-known gems such as “Tamerlane” and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” these collected tales have withstood the test of time, haunting readers for nearly two hundred years.
The struggles and sacrifices of the University of Washington rowing team are retold in this New York Times bestselling novel that’s soon to be a feature film directed by Academy Award winner George Clooney. Before it hits the big screen, discover the story of how this crew of unlikely men became the 1936 Summer Olympics Men’s Eight champions, beating out Nazi Germany’s team.
Often praised as a masterpiece in science fiction, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series transports readers to a far-off land where the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme for twelve thousand years. The Empire’s days are coming to an end and Hari Seldon, a scientist who can look into the future, is the only one that can save humankind. With masterful storytelling and absurd creativity, Asimov’s novels served not just as a pioneer in space-age science fiction, but also as inspiration for the Apple TV+ series, Foundation.
Before you catch the star-studded part two film, whose roster of actors includes Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Zendaya, and Christopher Walken, be sure to catch up on Frank Herbert’s novel masterpiece. Full of imagination and ingenious in its writing, this bestselling science fiction follows Paul Ateides, who must risk great danger in order to secure a future for his family and people.
Adventure, mystery, and action await you in this spy thriller novel whose film adaptation features an all-star cast including Henry Cavill, Bryce Dallas Howard, Catherine O’Hara, John Cena, and Dua Lipa. When a Russian tycoon sets forth a plan to restore the negation to greatness, only one person, troubled agent Argylle, can stop him. But first, he must save himself.
Now a Netflix film Nyad, starring Annette Bening and Jodie Foster, this riveting memoir follows Diana Nyad as she shares a spirited account of what it takes to face one’s fears, engage one’s passions, and never give up. She not only set a world record — becoming the first person to swim the shark-infested waters between Cuba and Florida with no cage for protection — she also succeeded in fulfilling a dream she first chased at age twenty-eight and at long last achieved when she was sixty-four.
Before you start the highly anticipated Amazon Prime series, be sure to read this captivating and emotional rollercoaster story from the bestselling author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Sixties it-girl Daisy Jones teams up with rising rock band The Six to record an album. Temptations are revealed, relationships are tested, hearts get broken, and music history is made.
Now a major motion picture, Drift starring Cynthia Erivo and Alia Shawkat, this story follows a young Liberian woman named Jacqueline who has fled to the Aegean island of Santorini. She lives in a cave accessible only at low tide. During the day, she offers massages to tourists, battling her hunger one or two euros at a time. Her pressing physical needs provide a deeper relief, obliterating her memories of unspeakable violence. But slowly, the specters of her former life resurface. Now Jacqueline must face the ghosts that haunt her — or tip into full-blown madness.
Now streaming as an Apple TV+ series, this New York Times bestseller explores grief and familial loss when its titular character becomes the sole survivor of a passenger plane crash. The novel is filled with memorable characters and thought-provoking prose.
Bestselling author Cheryl Strayed, aka Dear Sugar, compiled more than a decade’s worth of questions from her readers along with her raw, emotional, and honest answers in this first volume that explores healing, moving on, letting go, falling in love, and everything in between.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Anne Hathaway, Eileen follows Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father’s caretaker in a home whose squalor is the talk of the neighborhood and a day job as a secretary at the boys’ prison. When the bright, beautiful, and cheery Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counselor at Moorehead, Eileen is enchanted and proves unable to resist what appears at first to be a miraculously budding friendship. In a Hitchcockian twist, her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings.
When a peaceful settlement on a moon in the furthest reaches of the universe finds itself threatened by the armies of the tyrannical Regent Balisarius, a mysterious stranger named Kora becomes their best hope for survival. From Zack Snyder, the filmmaker behind 300, Man of Steel, and Army of the Dead, comes Rebel Moon, an epic science-fantasy event decades in the making.
Reacher is the ultimate loner — no phone, no ties, no address. But a woman from his old military unit has found him using a signal only the eight members of their elite team would know. Then she tells him a terrifying story about the brutal death of a man they both served with. Soon Reacher is reuniting with the survivors of his team, scrambling to unravel the sudden disappearance of two other comrades. Discover the inspiration for season two of the hit streaming series Reacher.