More and more books are being optioned and developed, either for TV or the big screen these days, though they’re still giving the short end of the stick to some authors such as Sanderson. Most people credit Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones for this success, and they’re probably not wrong. Here’s my list of the top 5 upcoming movies and tv shows made from books (that I’ve loved and read) that I’m really excited for.
This one may be a bit of a hit or miss. I loved the Shannara books when I was a kid. They were the first books that kept me up at night, under the covers, with a flashlight, lying to my mom and saying I had gone to sleep, so that I could finish reading them. In some ways, they’re what inspired my love of the fantasy genre.
But they started coming out in the 70’s, and fantasy has matured a lot since then. If they’re done right, of course, the stories can still feel fresh—LoTR is much older, and was amazing—but I have doubts about MTV’s ability to do them right. Regardless, they’re treasured fantasy that remains close to my heart, and I’m definitely going to give the show a try before I decide whether it’s good or not—and I’m really hoping it is good.
4. Jonathan Strage and Mr. Norrell.
Okay, I know this one is already out, at least partially, but because it’s still ongoing, and I haven’t seen it yet, I’m still counting it on the list. I read this book last year, and I loved it for the stuffy sense of atmosphere, mixed with the brilliantly rich worldbuilding and characters. I have high hopes that the right adaptation would be able to bring that amazing world to the screen, and perhaps add just a touch of tension and movement to the story, making it into a great series. I’m definitely binge-watching this over a weekend later this summer when it’s all available at once. The trailer looks pretty cool, too.
3. Time Salvager.
I know, I know. It’s not fair to tease you with this one when the book isn’t even out yet. I’m not sorry. This was an amazing book, and it has the potential, with the right screenplay, to be an amazing movie. There are many ways it could go wrong, of course—especially directed by someone known for explosions over plot, but I am optimistic that we will get an amazing movie. I’ll have my review of the book up on release day, but I urge you to preorder it now. It may be my favorite time travel adventure novel I’ve ever read.
2. The Martian.
My top two entries have a bit of an unfair advantage, as their trailers have already been released—and they are amazing. If you’ve not read The Martian yet, the trailer is a pretty darn good introduction.
I’ve never read anything quite like it before. I was expecting another Apollo 13/Gravity rehash, with just a bunch of scary space moments that still can drive a good story—but I got so much more. The science, and the level of detail that Andy Weir put into the thought behind this book—this book reads more like Einstein pulling a Robinson Crusoe on Mars… Plus the Apollo 13/Gravity moments that everyone loves so much. It’s amazing, and they look like they’ve done a perfect job with casting the characters. I am super excited to see this one, and I’m glad they moved the release date up so I can watch it sooner.
1. Mockingjay Part 2.
The Hunger Games trilogy is a masterpiece. In particular, I feel that the second half of the third book, the basis of this movie, is utterly brilliant in its depiction of the final struggle against evil and the repercussions of war and trauma. It makes me cry, and messes me up like not much else can do—and I love it for that. The first trailer just came out for this one too, and here it is:
(Brienne!) I get chills every time I watch that. The music, the characters, everything. If they stick to the landing half as well as the book did, this is going to be a freaking brilliant movie. Extra bonus: It comes out on my birthday. I’ve gone to the last 2 movies for my birthday party, and I already have plans to do that for this one too.
What movies or TV series are you looking forward to that came from books?