33 New Books-to-TV Adaptations 2019

The Passage (January 14th) FOX

Based on the best-selling dystopian novel by Justin Cronin, and developed by Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights, Boston Public). The Passage focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race. It stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, and Vincent Piazza.


Roswell, New Mexico (January 15th) The CW

The CW reboot of the WB series Roswell back, with The Originals writer Carina Adly MacKenzie writing and executive producing. Originally based off the YA series by Melinda Metz. Jeanine Mason will be portraying Liz Ortecho for the rebooted Roswell. The Roswell reboot will play up the immigration undertones that were mostly left unexplored in the TV show.


Deadly Class (January 16th) Syfy

The punk-fueled 1980-set series based on Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s comic series. With EP Remender, and cast Marvel alum Benedict Wong, lead Benjamin Wadsworth, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before star Lana Condor, María Gabriela de Faría, Luke Tennie and Liam James. Anthony and Joe Russo executive produced series.


Doom Patrol (February 15th) DC Universe

The new series, a re-imagining of the comic book team, features a band of misfit heroes who walk lonely paths and have origin stories drenched in tragedy. The outsider souls find an uneasy alliance together under the leadership of a mysterious mastermind, Dr. Niles Caulder, portrayed by veteran actor Timothy Dalton. The show also stars Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, and Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg.


Umbrella Academy (February 15th) Netflix

In 2007, when writer Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Bá created the series for Dark Horse. Now in their 30s, the dysfunctional family will be reunited on Netflix with a cast that includes Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Tom Hopper and Cameron Britton, This is the first time Steve Blackman will sit in the showrunner’s chair.


Shrill (March 15th) Hulu

Hulu’s adaptation of author Lindy West’s best-seller certainly seems more promising. Aidy Bryant stars as Annie, a character who happens to not be a size zero. And while that is certainly a sticking point, it’s not the only thing of note about her. SA


Les Misérables (April 14th) PBS / BBC

The upcoming six-part event adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel, a co-production from Lookout Point and BBC Studios. The drama stars Dominic West as Jean Valjean, David Oyelowo as Javert, Lily Collins as Fantine and Adeel Akhtar and Olivia Colman as Monsieur and Madame Thénardier.


Catch-22 (Spring TBA) Hulu

Hulu’s high-profile limited series based on Joseph Heller’s novel from George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. Written by Luke Davies and David Michôd based on the seminal Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a US Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. 

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The Boys (TBA) Amazon

The series hails from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and was originally optioned by Cinemax, prior to landing at Amazon. The duo also stepped behind the camera to helm the pilot. The series, which is based on the Dynamite Entertainment comic that ran from 2008 to 2012 by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The adaptation stars Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue, Erin Moriarty, Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Chace Crawford, Nathan Mitchell, Laz Alonso, Jack Quaid, and Karen Fukuhara. 


First Wives Club (TBA) BET

The series adaptation of the film and book of the same name was ordered to series at Paramount Network back in April, but shifted to BET after Paramount’s stumbling to air their own channel last year.  It follows a group of New York women who band together after their marriages fall apart, and who find strength in their sisterhood and a little revenge. Paramount Network had ordered 10 half-hour episodes. It will star Ryan Michelle Bathe, Michelle Buteau, and Jill Scott in the lead roles.

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Are You Sleeping (TBA) Apple

Are You Sleeping, the upcoming Apple thriller drama series starring Octavia Spencer and Lizzy Caplan. There is no official word on the when the Apple Streaming service will be up, rumors are circling that it will be this year 🤞Especially what’s been invested in the series of shows that are in the works. Are You Sleeping, from Chernin Entertainment/Endeavor Content and Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, is created and written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber.


The Rook (TBA) Starz

Based on the novel by Daniel O’Malley, The Rook is adapted and co-produced by playwrights and screenwriters Sam Holcroft and Al Muriel. Emma Greenwell (Love and Friendship, The Path) is set as the lead in Starz’s supernatural spy thriller series The Rook. Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck, Red Sparrow), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse, The Newsroom) and Adrian Lester (Riviera, Hustle).


Raising Dion (TBA) Netflix

Jason Ritter, Jazmyn Simon (Ballers), Michael B. Jordan star in Netflix’s straight-to-series hourlong sci-fi family drama Raising Dion. The series is based on commercial and music video director Dennis Liu’s short film/graphic novel about an African-American single mother who discovers her young son has multiple, constantly changing abilities.


Mrs. Fletcher (TBA) HBO

Starring Kathryn Hahn in the title role, “Mrs. Fletcher” is based on Tom Perrotta’s 2017 New York Times’ bestseller of the same name. Nicole Holofcener, who directed the pilot, is also on board as an executive producer.


Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City (TBA) Netflix

Armistead Maupin’s groundbreaking stories of life in San Francisco—first adapted for TV by the U.K.’s Channel 4 and in two subsequent installments by Showtime—return to the small screen once more, this time courtesy of Netflix. Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis reprise their indelible roles as once-naive Midwesterner Mary Ann Singleton and wise, eccentric landlady Anna Madrigal, this time as Mary Ann returns to Barbary Lane after two decades in suburban Connecticut. Ellen Page, Murray Bartlett, Zosia Mamet, Victor Garber, and Molly Ringwald are also set to appear.


The Rocketeer (TBA) Disney Junior

Rocketeer project had been rumored for the past two years but confirmed in February when Disney announced that the 1930s comics are being reimagined for the 2-5 year-old audience for Disney Jr.


Lovecraft Country (TBA) HBO

Based on the 2016 novel from Matt Ruff, the series follows Atticus Freeman as he joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. It hails from writer and executive producer Misha Green.


Looking For Alaska (TBA) Hulu

Hulu’s limited series Looking for Alaska stars Kristine Froseth as the title character and Charlie Plummer as the boy who falls in love with her. The eight-episode series, based on John Green’s YA novel of the same title, comes from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire and Paramount TV.


NOS4A2 (TBA) AMC

AMC’s supernatural fantasy horror drama NOS4A2, based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Joe Hill. Set in blue-collar New England, NOS4A2 follows the coming of age of Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings) who discovers she has the power to find lost things.


Elizabeth is Missing (TBA) BBC

Emma Healey’s bestselling 2015 novel Elizabeth is Missing (Viking) is being adapted by “Swallows and Amazons” screenwriter Andrea Gibb into a 90-minute film. The story centers around the central character Maud who investigates the disappearance of her best friend Elizabeth.  


The Name of the Rose (TBA) Sundance

Based on the novel by Umberto Eco. John Turturro (The Night Off), Michael Emerson (Lost) and Rupert Everett (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) star in the series that is set in Italy in 1327. The drama follows Franciscan monk William of Baskerville (Turturro) and his novice Adso von Melk (Damian Hardung) as they arrive at a secluded monastery in the Alps.

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The Spanish Princess (TBA) Starz

Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones) stars in Starz’s The Spanish Princess, the third installment following The White Princess and The White Queen, based on Philippa Gregory’s bestselling books, it specifically draws from ‘The Constant Princess” and ‘The King’s Curse.’ 


Good Omens (TBA) Amazon

The second apocalyptic Neil Gaiman series to be adapted with angels and demons trying to stop Earth from ripping itself apart. In the process, they’ll have to overcome Beelzebub itself, played by Anna Maxwell Martin. David Tennant plays Crowley, the Earth’s first demon. Alongside him, an angel who’s been a buddy for the entirety of human existence is Aziraphale (Michael Sheen). The series ensemble includes Miranda Richardson, Nick Offerman, Michael McKean, and Jack Whitehall, also featuring Jon Hamm as Gabriel.


Harley Quinn (TBA) DC Universe

Kaley Cuoco stars as the voice of Gotham’s criminal queenpin Harley Quinn in the new animated series for the DC Universe.


His Dark Materials (TBA) BBC/HBO

A partnership of BBC, Bad Wolf, HBO, and New Line Cinema co-producing the adaptation of the Philip Pullman novels, which has been ordered for two eight-episode seasons from the BBC. It stars Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.


Ratched (TBA) Netflix

A new drama series from Ryan Murphy, with Sarah Paulson, set to star as a younger version of the diabolical Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, and the film’s producer Michael Douglas set to executive produce alongside Murphy. Ratched is an origins story, beginning in 1947, which will follow Ratched’s (Paulson) journey and evolution from nurse to full-fledged monster.


War Of The Worlds (TBA) BBC One

Based on the classic novel by H.G. Wells, the series is set to be the first ever British made-for-TV adaptation of the story, produced for BBC One by ITV-backed Mammoth Screen. The three-hour series stars Rafe Spall (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingfom”), Eleanor Tomlinson (“Poldark”) and Robert Carlyle (“T2: Trainspotting”). It was adapted for a three one-hour episode format by Peter Harness and is directed by Craig Viveiros.

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Snowpiercer (TBA) TNT

Snowpiercer, which co-stars Mickey Sumner, Susan Park, Benjamin Haigh, Sasha Frolova, Katie McGuinness, Alison Wright, Annalise Basso, Sam Otto , Roberto Urbina, Sheila Vand and Lena Hall, is a co-production of Tomorrow Studios and Turner’s Studio T, along with CJ Entertainment. Based on the acclaimed 2013 movie of the same name by Bong Joon-ho – itself an adaptation of a French graphic novel called “Le Transperceneige”.


Swamp Thing (TBA) DC Universe

Swamp Thing is billed as an edgy, horror-infused adaptation of the DC Comics character who was introduced in the 1970s and reached a creative zenith in the 1980s comics written by Alan Moore. No specific release date has been announced but the show is expected to join the offerings on the recently launched DC Universe subscription streaming service sometime in 2019.


The Underground Railroad (TBA) AMC

Barry Jenkins has committed to direct all eleven episodes of his upcoming Amazon adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s book “The Underground Railroad.” No cast has been announced.


Watchmen (TBA) HBO

Based on the famous graphic novel by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons. The series is adapted by Damon Lindelof. Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own. Cast includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Jean Smart, and James Wolk.


This Is Going To Hurt (TBA) BBC2

Adam Kay, former junior doctor and best-selling author of literary phenomenon This Is Going to Hurt is adapting his personal account of life on the wards in a major new eight-part comedy-drama produced by Sister Pictures and commissioned by Piers Wenger.


The Witcher (TBA) Netflix

Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Marvel’s Daredevil, The Umbrella Academy) serves as writer, executive producer and showrunner of the series

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