Book to Screen Adaptations 2022

I did this last year and it was a really popular feature. Not all the adaptations really released or happened at the time that I said they would in the post, but we all know what’s really to blame for that (starts with p and ends with andemic). Either way, I hope you’ll enjoy this post, taking a look at potential 2022 book to screen adaptations!

Disclaimer: All cast details and dates are subject to change! I used the information I found as of writing this post on January 21, 2022!

MOVIES

Redeeming Love

Book by: Francine Rivers
Cast: Abigail Cowen, Nina Dobrev, Tom Lewis, Eric Dane, Famke Janssen
Director: D.J. Caruso
Release Date: January 21, 2022

Watch the trailer here.

This might just be too religious for me, if I’m being completely honest. Also, they really promoted it with Nina Dobrev, although her part will be so minuscule. Not sure how I feel about that.

The Sky Is Everywhere

Book by: Jandy Nelson
Cast: Jason Segel, Grace Kaufman, Cherry Jones, Jacques Coliman, Pico Alexander, Ji-young Yoo
Director: Josephine Decker
Release Date: February 11, 2022

Watch the trailer here.

It’s about grief and music and sisterhood … I don’t know why I’ve passed up on Jandy Nelson’s beloved novel so far, but it’s definitely a movie I want to watch! (Although it looks like the insta-love will still be present.)

Death on the Nile

Book by: Agatha Christie
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Letitia Wright, Tom Bateman, Leslie Rose, Emma Mackey, Russell Brand, Sophie Okonedo, Annette Bening
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Release Date: February 11, 2022

Watch the trailer here.

This movie got pushed so many times. First, it was just the usual reasons with cinemas being closed, but then the cast just couldn’t hold it together either and one after the other stepped into the spotlight doing something problematic or shady. I feel like the movie is fairly doomed at this point, but I do like Kenneth Branagh’s Poirot … it’s a shame.

Mothering Sunday

Book by: Graham Swift
Cast: Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor, Colin Firth, Olivia Colman
Director: Eva Husson
Release Date: February 25, 2022

Watch the trailer here.

Generally, I like movies and books set in the 1920s, but I’m not sure affairs and such are really my kind of story. Still, it has some great names in the cast and you cannot say that those aren’t a draw.

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris

Book by: Paul Gallico
Cast: Lucas Bravo, Lesley Manville, Jason Isaacs
Director: Anthony Fabian
Release Date: March 4, 2022

This, if successful, could become a whole franchise as I think there are books of Mrs Harris in multiple cities across the globe. It looks sweet enough and has heartthrob Lucas Bravo, who played Gabriel on Emily in Paris, as one of the cast members.

Bullet Train

Book by: Kôtarô Isaka
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Zazie Beetz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree-Henry, Logan Lerman, Michael Shannon, Joey King, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Masi Oka
Director: David Leitch
Release Date: July 15, 2022

I literally know nothing about the contents of this book, but look at that star-studded cast!? I’m just trying to wrap my head around the budget they must have had to include so many names. And you know me, I always love to see my girl Zazie Beetz and my guy Aaron Taylor-Johnson on the screen!

Where the Crawdads Sing

Book by: Delia Owens
Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Harris Dickinson, Taylor John Smith, Garret Dillahunt, Sterling Macer Jr.
Director: Olivia Newman
Release Date: July 22, 2022

You can find my review of the book here.

I’m beyond excited about this release! I only recently read the book, so my memory of it is still very fresh and I can just imagine it so well on the screen. I adore Daisy Edgar-Jones and cannot wait for her to do some magic in terms of the accent again, because she is the queen of sounding like a native wherever her character is supposed to be from. Also, Harris Dickinson … I like the man, but I’m nervous for his role.

Salem’s Lot

Book by: Stephen King
Cast: Spencer Treat Clark, Alfre Woodard, John Benjamin Hickey, Bill Camp
Director: Gary Dauberman
Release Date: September 9, 2022

There’s not much to be found about this adaptation yet, but I know Spencer Treat Clark from Animal Kingdom and he is a really good actor. It’s not eh first time this material was adapted, but I’m guessing visually, they’ll be able to do so much more this time around.

White Bird: A Wonder Story

Book by: R.J. Palacio
Cast: Gillian Anderson, Helen Mirren, Olivia Ross
Director: Marc Forster
Release Date: September 16, 2022

The author of Wonder has made many people cry, so I imagine this to be heartbreaking. Add to that the fact that it’s set around WWII and you just know it’s going to be a tear-jerker.

One True Loves

Book by: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Cast: Phillipa Soo, Simu Liu, Luke Bracey, Michaela Conlin, Tom Everett Scott
Director: Andy Fickman
Release Date: TBA

It’s TJR, of course I’m gonna watch it! I know it’s not everyone’s favorite novel by her, but I definitely mean to read it before it releases! I’m hyped for the cast, if I’m being honest. Simu Liu as a romantic lead with Phillipa Soo? Here for it!

The School for Good and Evil

Book by: Soman Chainani
Cast: Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington, Michelle Yeoh, Laurence Fishburne, Ben Kingsley, Kit Young, Sofia Wyle, Chinenye Ezeudu
Director: Paul Feig
Release Date: TBA

I always thought of this series as MG, but the adaptation looks more teen. I don’t know if that’s just me projecting that on the material because of the cast, but it sure looks like they were willing to put quite some cash into this adaptation. Again, if it’s received well, I’m sure this will be a franchise with multiple installments.

White Noise

Book by: Don DeLillo
Cast: Adam Driver, Raffey Cassidy, Don Cheadle, Jodie Turner-Smith, Greta Gerwig
Director: Noah Baumbach
Release Date: TBA

Look, I’m not going to lie to you, I don’t know this book, but you had me at Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig (and Adam Driver and Don Cheadle and Jodie Turner-Smith).

The Wonder

Book by: Emma Donoghue
Cast: Florence Pugh, Ciarán Hinds, Niamh Algar, Toby Jones, Tom Burke
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Release Date: TBA

Florence Pugh is just out there shining. This role looks very serious and she somehow looks older in that picture than she really is, but I’m excited for her.

Killers of the Flower Moon

Book by: David Grann
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jesse Plemons, Brendan Fraser, Robert De Niro, Tantoo Cardinal, Lily Gladstone
Director: Martin Scorsese
Release Date: TBA

The cast seems fitting for the subject matter of the story. I’m not sure it’s for me, but since this is non-fiction, I hope they do the actual people this is based on justice.

Peter Pan & Wendy

Book by: J.M. Barrie
Cast: Alexander Moloney, Ever Anderson, Jude Law, Jim Gaffigan, Yara Shahidi
Director: David Lowery
Release Date: TBA

I’m kind of over Disney redoing all their movies as live-action adaptations now? I know there’s always some fantastic cast members involved and I don’t want to bash them at all, but these movies are just so forgettable and boring? None of the latest live-action ones stuck with me and Peter Pan is literally one of my childhood favorites. I used to hope he’d fly through my window at night …

Deep Water

Book by: Patricia Highsmith
Cast: Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts, Jacob Elordi, Rachel Blanchard
Director: Adrian Lyne
Release Date: TBA

I’m assuming this is where Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck met? Then started dating and then broke up? You see, my knowledge here is very vast and all-encompassing.

Blonde

Book by: Joyce Carol Oates
Cast: Ana de Armas, Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody
Director: Andrew Dominik
Release Date: TBA

I think Ana de Armas definitely looks the part of Monroe, but we’ve heard very mixed opinions on this movie by now. Some say it’s wonderful (like Lady Gaga), others claim it got pushed so many times, because it’s just not good. I wonder if maybe, just maybe, the truth is somewhere in between.

Persuasion

Book by: Jane Austen
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Henry Golding, Cosmo Jarvis, Richard E. Grant, Suki Waterhouse, Edward Bluemel
Director: Carrie Cracknell
Release Date: TBA

Persuasion is my absolute favorite Austen novel. Captain Frederick Wentworth is my absolute favorite Austen male love interest. So, imagine my disappointment when I found out Henry Golding wouldn’t be playing him!? Guess Cosmo Jarvis, who I don’t know very well, will have to do. I’m still excited about the release in general, even if I’m waiting for a non-cringey modern day retelling.

The Stars at Noon

Book by: Denis Johnson
Cast: Margaret Qualley, Joe Alwyn, Danny Ramirez
Director: Claire Denis
Release Date: TBA

The male lead got changed SO many times for this. From Robert Pattinson to Taron Edgerton, they’ve now settled on Joe Alwyn. I hope it sticks? I wonder if it’s really always just scheduling issues, if they’re really bad at announcing talent before they’ve actually secured them, or if there’s a reason the male leads keep bailing …

Luckiest Girl Alive

Book by: Jessica Knoll
Cast: Jennifer Beals, Mila Kunis, Connie Britton, Finn Wittrock, Scoot McNairy
Director: Mike Barker
Release Date: TBA

I can see Mila Kunis as the woman who has nearly everything she ever wanted, but still harbors a dark secret. I’ve not read the book, so I don’t know how serious the tone is, but I could see her managing a good balance.

My Policeman

Book by: Bethan Roberts
Cast: Harry Styles, Emma Corrin, David Dawson, Rupert Everett, Gina McKee
Director: Michael Grandage
Release Date: TBA

From everyone who has worked with Harry Styles, we’ve heard that he is a really good actor. Seen as he will be in increasingly more feature films and is truly branching out, I hope that’s true. What I do know, however, is that Harry read the book and really enjoyed it. Should I do a Harry Styles reading experiment??
Aside from My Policeman, he has joined the MCU and will also star in Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling.

TV SHOWS

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Book by: J.R.R. Tolkien
Cast: Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Trystan Gravelle, Benjamin Walker, Peter Mullan, Augustus Prew, Maxim Baldry, Lenny Henry, Charles Edwards
Release Date: September 2, 2022
Streaming service/network: Amazon

Watch the teaser here.

I’ve watched the movies maybe once and never read the books, so I will go into this like a newborn with fresh eyes. I do sincerely hope that they won’t disappoint the massive fan community behind the material though!

The Sandman

Book by: Neil Gaiman
Cast: Tom Sturridge, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Charles Dance, Gwendoline Christie, Jenna Coleman, Patton Oswalt, David Thewlis, Joely Richardson, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar
Release Date: TBA
Streaming service/network: Netflix

Watch the trailer here.

I’ve never read the comics, but I did listen to the audiobook of The Sandman and it’s a wild, wild story. From the looks of it, they’ve made sure it will be a visual treat for Netflix’ audiences everywhere.

Conversations with Friends

Book by: Sally Rooney
Cast: Jemima Kirk, Joe Alwyn, Sasha Lane, Alison Oliver
Release Date: TBA
Streaming service/network: Hulu/BBC Three

Don’t worry, the show won’t be in black and white. That’s a BTS photo from Joe Alwyn.

Anyway, I think we can be fairly certain that this will be a limited series, much like the show that started the Sally Rooney TV era – Normal People. I still need to read the book, but I plan to do so before watching the show. I wonder if it will take audiences by storm like it’s predecessor did.

Daisy Jones & the Six

Book by: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Cast: Riley Keough, Sam Claflin, Suki Waterhouse, Sebastian Chacon, Will Harrison, Nabiyah Be, Josh Whitehouse, Camila Morrone
Release Date: TBA
Streaming service/network: Amazon

You can find my review of the book here.

I’m genuinely excited for this show! Also (probably) a limited series, Amazon has really made sure to option and adapt a lot of book material as of late. So far, I’ve at least never really been disappointed in their take on something and think they have the money behind it to make it look good. I’m most looking forward to the music in this one though, because it all hinges on whether they can pull that off or not.

Interview with the Vampire

Book by: Anne Rice
Cast: Sam Reid, Jacob Anderson, Bailey Bass, Christian Robinson
Release Date: TBA
Streaming service/network: AMC

I don’t really have thoughts on this to be honest.

Anatomy of a Scandal

Book by: Sarah Vaughan
Cast: Ben Radcliffe, Josette Simon, Jonathan Coy, Violet Verigo, Rupert Friend, Naomi Scott, Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery
Release Date: TBA
Streaming service/network: Netflix

It seems like a property that will fit Netflix, especially if it can be wrapped up in one season and they won’t have to renew it a bunch of times.


I mostly focused on new releases for TV shows in this post, but there will be a Season 2 of Bridgerton and the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon. By the time this post goes online the third and final season of A Discovery of Witches will already have premiered. Production has also continued for the next season of A Wheel of Time and Shadow and Bone! Here’s to hoping we get to catch up on all of those shows again in 2022.


What are some adaptations you are excited for? Let’s talk!

41 thoughts on “Book to Screen Adaptations 2022

    • There’s definitely more SFF coming! Here are some projects currently in development with streaming services: Children of Blood and Bone, Kindred (by Octavia Butler), The Broken Earth Triolgy (N.K. Jemisin), The Atlas Six (Olivie Blake), Ninth House, Red Queen, …
      It just takes some time!

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    • I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the both of us that we’ll love Persuasion. I don’t think my standards are too high … I’m aiming for the Keira Knightley version of P&P in terms of aesthetics is all.

      Noted about Harry Styles hahaha Glad it would have an audience!

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  1. I’m also excited for that Amazon Daisy Jones and The Six show! I have to be honest about Interview with a Vampire, though. They should just leave it at the movie that was already made. How can you beat Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Kristen Dunst?

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  2. I still haven’t read a Taylor Jenkins Reid book yet, but I will be watching the Daisy Jones and the Six adaptation! I also can’t wait to watch Sandman and Heartstopper.

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    • I started small with Taylor Jenkins Reid and read her novella “Evidence of the Affair”, then I got the chance to read the arc for “Malibu Rising”, after which I checked out Daisy Six & The Six. It’s like I’m reading her bibliography in reverse haha
      I KNEW I FORGOT SOMETHING! Thank you for mentioning Heartstopper! I’m looking forward to that one as well.

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  3. I can’t wait for Crawdads. Haven’t read Daisy Jones yet but will do before watching, same with Conversations with friends.
    I’m really looking forward to the adaptation of ‘this is going to hurt’ by Adam Kay on the BBC

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  4. Anything Simu Liu and Florence Pugh does will have my attention.
    I hated The Luckiest Girl Alive. It was really poorly written, I think Mila Kunis could make it better though. One of my biggest complaints was that I couldn’t distinguish the younger version vs the older version. They were both catty and annoying. No growth or difference whatsoever. I feel like the film can improve on that.

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    • Same for Simu and Florence!!
      That does not sound like a good book at all! I don’t like it when there’s no growth, even though the character has aged and would realistically mature at least to some degree. Sometimes adaptations know which parts to pick and change though, so … fingers crossed?

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  5. ahh.. it is so interesting to see the adaptations coming out!! thank you for this post 🥰🥰 I am really curious about One True Loves (Simu Liu, yayyy) and The School For Good and Evil, but I want to read both the books first, but I’m excited!!
    I’m sooo excited to see the Daisy Jones adaptation because I think it was made for the screen if they use the book as a script, haha!! But yes I am very curious to see how they do the music and I sincerely hope it is good and matches the vibe of the book!!
    I would be so nervous if I was part of the Lord of The Rings adaptation, that can go either way!! ahah!
    An adaptation I am excited for is This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay, I was sooo surprised to see this book getting an adaptation but the trailer made me really curious and I am looking forward to watching it!

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    • You’re very welcome! I definitely didn’t include all the adaptations there are (but someone else also mentioned This Is Going to Hurt in the comments and that it’s releasing soon), but I tried to bring a good variety 🙂

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  6. Thank you for compiling this very detailed list of book to screen adaptations! 💕 I haven’t read The Sandman, but I’ll definitely watch the adaptation, it looks really cool and interesting! I’ll also read Daisy Jones & the Six this year, so I can watch the upcoming show, it’s perfect timing 😄 I’m also very hyped for Heartstopper, I think it’s supposed to come out this year as well 🙏🏻

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  7. I’m so not ready for The Sky Is Everywhere. I cried so much while reading this beautiful book, I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle the movie haha. Still, I’m excited that there’s an adaptation! And I can’t WAIT for Daisy Jones, I hope they won’t mess it up! Ohh and of course, One True Loves as well. I really liked this book.
    Thank you for compiling this list, Kat!! ❤

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  8. Ooh this is an exciting list! I’m especially keen for Deep Water – it’s such a creepy and underrated crime novel. Any Agatha Christie or Jane Austen adaptation will immediately have me interested as well. Thank you for sharing Kat! 📚❤️ X x x

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  9. So many of these are making me crazy excited- can’t wait for where the crawdads sing too!! And Sandman! And daisy jones and the six!! I’m even looking forward to school for good and evil (yeah it is MG, but I won’t mind if they’ve aged it up, it’ll still work). I really don’t care about the new peter pan- I’m really not enjoying the new spate of disney remakes.

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