7 Must-See Book Adaptations Hitting Screens by 2023's End

7 Must-See Book Adaptations Hitting Screens by 2023's End
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Not all book adaptations are great, but these will not disappoint.

Whether or not you’re a reader, you’ll probably recognize a lot of the titles on this list! From beloved childrens’ books to true crime nonfiction, the next couple of months are going to be a bonanza of page-to-screen adaptations.

Here are seven of the titles that we’re most excited to watch.

Lessons in Chemistry: It’s the 1960s, and chemist Elizabeth Zott has had a long history of dealing with sexism in the science world. When fate makes her the star of a cooking show, she uses the spotlight to bring chemistry to women across America. The Apple TV+ adaptation features Brie Larson as Elizabeth and BJ Novak as the voice of her dog.

Killers of the Flower Moon: This might be the splashiest of the book-to-film adaptations coming your way, thanks to Martin Scorsese behind the camera and a star-studded cast in front of it. When oil is discovered on Osage tribal lands and a series of murders begin, the FBI is called in to investigate. Based on a true-crime case from the 1920s, Killers of the Flower Moon can be seen both in theaters and on Apple TV+.

Wonka: Everybody needs an origin story these days – comic book characters, Disney villains, and now flamboyant chocolatiers. Timothée Chalamet stars as Roald Dahl’s most beloved character, and Hugh Grant continues his late-career bloom by appearing as a tiny orange oompa-loompa. Wonka will be released in theaters on Dec. 15th, as a sweet Christmas treat.

The Color Purple: From beloved novel – to beloved movie – to beloved Broadway musical – and now back to the big screen. Fingers crossed that this new version of Celie’s story is just as iconic as its predecessors. With the story of a young Black woman surviving and eventually thriving through horrific hardship at the turn of the century, The Color Purple is sure to make you cry before making you cheer.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Rick Riordan’s YA novels were adapted into films in 2010 and 2013, but the movies were generally considered a major letdown. Here’s hoping that the 8-part Disney+ series will do a better job of capturing the spirit of Poseidon’s son and his demi-god friends.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes: This prequel to The Hunger Games tells the story of a young Coriolanus Snow, the man who will eventually become the despotic ruler of dystopian Panem. Peter Dinklage and Viola Davis are just two of the big names in the movie, which comes to theaters in mid-November.

All the Light We Cannot See: This beautiful, beloved, and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel follows a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy during the occupation of France in WWII. Netflix was wise to adapt this complicated story into a 4-part limited series, which will begin to stream on November 2.