From the battlefield to sadistic demons from hell, here are the biggest book adaptations coming this fall.
Because Hollywood favors large franchises and properties with name recognition, it is especially tempting for them to adapt novels and book series that have already demonstrated their widespread popularity. It's a win-win for film studios and for fans of the books, who get more content in the universe they've come to love. For these reasons, book adaptations have become an especially hot item in recent years.
This year alone, we've had a number of big adaptations, including the films Where the Crawdads Sing, Persuasion, and Bullet Train. Television series seem especially suited for book adaptations because they both favor long-form narratives. This year we've gotten several high-profile ones, including The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, House of the Dragon, an adaptation of the extremely popular fantasy series The Wheel of Time, and an adaptation of the brilliant historical novel Pachinko. There are still many more in store, though. Below are all the new book adaptations coming this fall.
Blonde is a psychological drama biopic about the iconic film star Marilyn Monroe. Monroe's private life was filled with abuse, trauma, exploitation, and drug addiction, but her public persona required her to put on a fake smile and prance around as the quintessential dumb blonde stereotype of her time. The movie is an adaptation of the 2000 novel Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates, one of the most prominent American authors of the last half-century. Oates has won dozens of awards, several lifetime achievement awards, and on five separate occasions, she has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
The movie has been one of the most highly anticipated of the year because of its depiction of the beloved Monroe, for Ana de Armas' performance in the leading role, and for Oates' acclaimed source novel. However, after its premiere at Venice International Film Festival in early September, the critical reaction has been mixed. Many have argued that the movie contributes to the exploitation it was supposed to critique, with an abundance of nude scenes and portrayals of sexual abuse that resulted in the movie getting a rare NC-17 rating. Nevertheless, it is supposed to be visually stunning, and de Armas' performance is said to be phenomenal. Blonde is currently playing in a limited number of theaters and releases on Netflix on September 28.
Abby and Gretchen are two inseparable high school besties. But after exploring a creepy abandoned house one night, Gretchen starts acting strangely — and Abby thinks it might be demonic possession. My Best Friend's Exorcism is based on the popular novel of the same name by horror author Grady Hendrix. The film is written by Jenna Lamia (Good Girls), directed by Damon Thomas (Killing Eve, the 2020 Dracula TV series), and stars Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade) as Abby and Amiah Miller (War for the Planet of the Apes) as Gretchen. My Best Friend's Exorcism releases on Amazon Prime Video on September 30.
Interview with the Vampire is best known as a 1994 horror movie starring Tom Cruise. However, it is based on a 1976 novel that is part of an enormous book series. Written by Anne Rice, the wildly popular Vampire Chronicles is a 13-book series that has sold 80 million copies worldwide. Before Anne Rice's unfortunate passing late last year, AMC had purchased the adaptation rights to all of The Vampire Chronicles as well as the cross-over series Lives of the Mayfair Witches, which contains six additional books in the same universe.
AMC's Interview with the Vampire will be an 8-episode TV series, and it appears that it will adapt only the first book in The Vampire Chronicles. Presumably, successive seasons will adapt the later books in the series. The novel's story centers around the vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac, who agrees to tell the story of his entire life to a reporter. Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm from Game of Thrones) will play Louis, while Sam Reid (Prime Suspect 1973) will play Louis' vampire master and lover, the fan-favorite Lestat de Lioncourt.
According to ScreenRant, the new series will embrace the homosexual undertones of the novel, which the 1994 film adaptation was criticized for removing. Interview with the Vampire will premiere on AMC on October 2.
The Midnight Club is an upcoming horror mystery series by the Shakespeare of Streaming, Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House, Midnight Mass). Seven terminally ill teenagers in a hospice home meet every night at midnight to tell scary stories. One night, they all agree that the first to die will try to contact the others from beyond the grave. But once one of them does die, strange things start happening around the home.
The series' title comes from the 1994 novel of the same name by Christopher Pike, an author of mystery thrillers and horror novels for young adults. According to a Tweet from Flanagan, however, the show will draw from several of Pike's books, not just The Midnight Club. The series releases on Netflix on October 7.
Hellraiser is an upcoming reboot of the eponymous long-running film franchise. In this iteration, a woman struggling with addiction (played by Odessa A'zion, Grand Army) finds and opens an ancient puzzle box, unwittingly unleashing the supernatural Cenobites and their unquenchable thirst for suffering. The film is being marketed as a loose remake of the classic 1987 film, with a new protagonist and a female version of the iconic villain, Pinhead.
The franchise is based on the 1986 novella The Hellbound Heart by horror author Clive Barker. While the choice to make Pinhead a woman has been drawing much attention, it seems like it will, in fact, be more accurate to the book. Hellraiser will be unleashed on unwitting Hulu viewers on October 7.
In The School for Good and Evil, everyday girl Agatha believes herself to be a real princess. One day, she and her friend are kidnapped and taken to a magical fairy-tale school. But for some reason, the headmaster has put Agatha in the School for Evil, not the School for Good. The film is based on the best-selling 2013 fantasy novel of the same name by Soman Chainani, which went on to spawn five sequels. It is directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, the Ghostbusters reboot) and releases on Netflix on October 19.
The Good Nurse is an upcoming crime drama film by award-winning Danish director Tobias Lindholm (The Hunt, Another Round) and written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917, Last Night in Soho, Penny Dreadful). It follows a nurse (Jessica Chastain) investigating a series of mysterious patient deaths at her hospital shortly after Charlie (Eddie Redmayne) starts working there. The film is based on the nonfiction book The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder written by Charles Graeber and published earlier this year. It releases on Netflix on October 19.
All Quiet on the Western Front is a classic German novel by Erich Maria Remarque. Published in 1929, it was inspired by Remarque's experience as a soldier in the German army during World War I and depicts the extraordinary hardships that soldiers suffered in the war and the disillusionment they experienced after returning home. It was the first novel written by a veteran about their experiences during the war, and was quickly banned by the Nazis once they rose to power.
In 1930, it was adapted into a film by Lewis Milestone, which won the Academy Awards for Best Director and Outstanding Production (what we today call Best Picture), and was ranked by the American Film Institute as the 7th best American epic film ever made.
This year there's a new adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front, and it's the first one ever made in Germany, where the novel had been published. Edward Berger (Jack, The Terror) directs, with a screenplay written by Berger, Lesley Paterson (Cosmic Radio), and Ian Stokell (The Negotiation). The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month to very strong reviews. Critics have said that it's a powerful and timely statement about the dangers of nationalism, and have noted the emotional resonance the story has when told by German filmmakers. All Quiet on the Western Front will be Germany's submission to the Oscars for Best International Feature Film; it releases on Netflix on October 28.
She Said is a biographical drama about the two reporters who uncovered the horrific abuses perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein. It is based on the 2019 nonfiction book of the same name written by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey about their reporting, and is expected to have a presence at the Academy Awards next year. The film is directed by Maria Schrader (Unorthodox) and stars Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman, Drive) as Twohey and Zoe Kazan (Meek’s Cutoff, The F Word) as Kantor. She Said releases on November 18.
Bones & All is a bit of a mouthful: a coming-of-age romantic horror road film, about two young cannibalistic lovers, played by Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell. It is based on the 2015 novel of the same name by Camille DeAngelis, and is directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, the Suspiria reboot) and written by David Kajganich (The Terror, the Suspiria reboot). The film premiered at Venice International Film Festival this month, where it won the Silver Lion award for Best Direction, and where Russell won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for an emerging acting talent. Bones & All releases on November 23.
White Noise is an apocalyptic black comedy directed and written by Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, Marriage Story). It follows a professor of Hitler studies (played by Adam Driver, Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Marriage Story) as well as his wife (Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha, Mistress America) and children as they try to survive a catastrophic toxic waste spill spreading over their town.
The film is based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Don DeLillo, which won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and was ranked by Time magazine as one of the best English language novels of the past century. White Noise is set to spill into theaters on November 25 and on Netflix on December 30
The Three-Body Problem is an upcoming science fiction series about the different human responses when aliens make contact with Earth. It is based on the 2008 Chinese novel of the same name by Liu Cixin, one of the most popular science fiction authors in China. The Three-Body Problem was the first Asian novel ever to win a Hugo Award for Best Novel, a major award given to science fiction and fantasy works. The series is expected to release sometime in late 2022 on Netflix.
William is a Features writer for MovieWeb and an online English & writing tutor. He has a master’s degree in media & film studies, with an emphasis in East Asia.
Major Book Adaptations Coming in Fall 2022 – MovieWeb
From the battlefield to sadistic demons from hell, here are the biggest book adaptations coming this fall.