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These Are The Latest Books Being Adapted For Film And TV

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at August 30, 2021

If you’re the type who likes to read the book before watching the movie or TV show, you’ll want to catch up on your reading. Ranging from science fiction classics to more recent bestsellers across fiction and nonfiction, these are a few of the most anticipated TV and movie deals currently in the works. Adaptations have proven popular, such as Netflix’s

adaptation of Julia Quinn’s romance series Bridgerton; the streaming service even has a category devoted to TV Show Based on Books, such as Virgin River and The Queen’s Gambit.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, AMC is in development for a TV adaptation Anne Rice’s trilogy Lives of the Mayfair Witches, with Esta Spalding and Michelle Ashford as writers and executive producers (Spalding will serve as show runner if the show gets a series order). AMC acquired the rights to Rice’s bestseller Interview With the Vampire in 2020, with an eight-episode first season expected in 2022.

Brit Bennett’s novel The Vanishing Half, about identical sisters who, after growing up in the same town, separate at age 16, with one passing for white, is in development with HBO, which won a seven-figure auction with 17 bidders. Bennett is slated to serve as executive producer of the limited series.

Michelle Zauner’s New York Times

bestselling memoir Crying in H Mart, based on an essay of the same name in The New Yorker, is being adapted by the author for film by Orion Pictures. Zauner, who’s also a musician who performs as Japanese Breakfast, told The Hollywood Reporter, “It is a surreal thrill to have the opportunity to memorialize my mother in film, and I consider it of the highest honor to pursue that task alongside creative luminaries such as Stacey Sher, Jason Kim and Orion Pictures.”

Another author adapting their own work is N.K. Jemisin, whose Broken Earth science fiction trilogy, comprised of The Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk Gate, and The Stone Sky, comprised a seven-figure deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Each of the books won the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Also in the science fiction genre, there are multiple adaptations in the works for the books of Octavia Butler. As reported by Comic Years, “Amazon

is developing a series based on Butler’s Xenogenesis Trilogy with Ava Duvernay at the helm,” as well as adapting Butler’s Patternmaster books, and FX has a series in the works based on Butler’s “time-traveling slave narrative” Kindred. Additionally, A24 is adapting Butler’s novel The Parable of the Sower for film, with Garrett Bradley directing.

Patricia Cornwell’s 25-novel Kay Scarpetta mystery series is being developed by Jamie Lee Curtis’s Comet Pictures and Blumhouse Televison for a one-hour drama series. According to Deadline, Curtis “has regularly moderated conversations with Cornwell, who is famously protective of her creation, and calls her a “bonafide literary trailblazer.”

In non-fiction deals, Deadline reports that George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures bought film rights to sports journalist Kent Babb’s Across the River: Life, Death, and Football in an American City, about how gun violence in New Orleans affects a high school’s football team and its players’ lives.

While the above deals are in the development stage, some adaptations coming this fall are Netflix’s Maid (October 1), inspired by Stephanie Land’s New York Times bestselling memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive and starring Margaret Qualley and Andie McDowell; Hulu’s limited series Dopesick (October 13), based on Beth Macy’s nonfiction book Dopesick: DealersDoctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America and starring Michael Keaton, Rosario Dawson, Michael Stuhlbarg, Kaitlyn Dever and Peter Sarsgaard; and historical drama The Last Duel, directed by Ridley Scott and written by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Nicole Holofcener. Based on the book The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France by Eric Jager, and starring Damon, Adam Driver, and Jodie Comer, it will hit theaters October 15.


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