17 Upcoming Book Adaptations To Read and Watch

By Carrie McBride, Communications
November 9, 2022

While summer may be for blockbusters, the last few months of every year are typically defined by more serious prestige films angling for attention before the big awards season. This year these months are absolutely brimming with films (and some television series) adapted from books. Some are on the lighter side like the comedy The People We Hate at the Wedding adapted from Grant Ginder's 2017 novel; a few are based on classic children's books (including Matilda and My Father's Dragon); and many fit the bill for the more cerebral awards-darlings we expect leading up to the end of the year including the powerful drama Women Talking and the tense newsroom adaptation She Said. 

Explore all the adaptations coming your way soon and, of course, we hope you'll be inspired to read some of the books they're based on (click through the book title to borrow or put a hold on it with your library card).

a woman in a long dress and shawl stands on a hillside by the sea with wooden crosses

The Wonder (in theaters now, November 16 on Netflix)

Cast includes Florence Pugh, Tom Burke, Elaine Cassidy, Kíla Lord Cassidy, Niamh Algar, Toby Jones, and Ciarán Hinds.

Based on The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Hired to care for a small Irish village girl said to have miraculously survived on nothing but "manna from heaven" for months, a journalist and nurse veteran of Florence Nightingale's Crimean campaign quickly finds herself fighting to save the child's life

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (November 11 in theaters)

Cast includes Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Dominique Thorne, Florence Kasumba, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, and Angela Bassett.

Based on the Marvel Comics character the Black Panther

The Black Panther is not just a super hero; as King T’Challa, he is also the monarch of the hidden African nation of Wakanda. Combining the strength and stealth of his namesake with a creative scientific intelligence, the Black Panther is an icon of Afrofuturist fantasy.

animated boy leans warmly against a friendly dragon

My Father's Dragon (November 11 on Netflix)

Voice cast includes Jacob Tremblay, Gaten Matarazzo, Judy Greer, Leighton Meester, Adam Brody, Jackie Earle Haley, Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Cumming, and Dianne Wiest.

Based on My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island.

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Fleishman Is In Trouble (November 17, Hulu)

Cast includes Jesse Eisenberg, Clair Danes, Lizzy Caplan, Adam Brody, and Meara Mahoney-Gross.

Based on Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Divorcing his hostile wife when he concludes he could find genuine happiness elsewhere, Dr. Toby Fleishman is astonished when his ex abruptly disappears, leaving him unable to move on without acknowledging painful truths about his marriage.

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The People We Hate at the Wedding (November 18 on Prime Video)

Cast includes Allison Janney, Kristen Bell, Ben Platt, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Karan Soni, Dustin Milligan, and Tony Goldwyn.

Based on The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder

A fractured family from the Chicago suburbs reluctantly gathers in London to attend the eldest daughter's wedding to an upper-crust Englishman, an affair that exposes secrets, triggers riotous culture clashes, and tests the bonds of both families.

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She Said (November 18 in theaters)

Cast includes Zoe Kazan, Carey Mulligan, Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, and Jennifer Ehle.

Based on She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuses discuss the suspenseful untold story of their investigation, the way it changed their careers and whether or not the #MeToo movement changed things for the better.

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Bones and All (November 23 in theaters)

Cast includes Taylor Russell, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, André Holland, and Chloë Sevigny.

Based on Bones and All by Camille DeAngelis

A young outcast abandoned by her mother embarks on a journey to find her long-lost father in the hopes of learning the truth about her cannibalistic impulses, a shameful obsession that has forced her to relocate multiple times.

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White Noise (November 25 in theaters, December 30 on Netflix)

Cast includes Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, Raffey Cassidy, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Don Cheadle.

Based on White Noise by Don DeLillo

Jack Gladney, a professor of Nazi history at a Middle American liberal arts school, and his family try to handle normal family life as a black cloud of lethal gaseous fumes threatens their town.

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Lady Chatterley's Lover (December 2 on Netflix)

Cast includes Emma Corrin, Matthew Duckett, Jack O’Connell, and Joely Richardson.

Based on Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence

With her soft brown hair, lithe figure, and big, wondering eyes, Constance Chatterley is possessed of a certain vitality. Yet she is deeply unhappy; married to an invalid, she is almost as inwardly paralyzed as her husband Clifford is paralyzed below the waist. It is not until she finds refuge in the arms of Mellors the game-keeper, a solitary man of a class apart, that she feels regenerated. Together they move from an outer world of chaos towards an inner world of fulfillment.

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Women Talking (December 2 in theaters)

Cast includes Rooney Mara, Clair Foy, Jessie Buckley, Frances McDormand, Judith Ivey, and Ben Whishaw.

Based on Women Talking by Miriam Toews

After learning the men in the community have been drugging and attacking more than a hundred women, eight Mennonite women meet in secret to decide whether they should escape to a place outside the colony or stay in the only world they've ever known. Based on real events.

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Something from Tiffany's (December 9 on Prime Video)

Cast includes Zoey Deutch, Kendrick Smith Sampson, Ray Nicholson, Shay Mitchell, Leah Jeffries, and Jojo T. Gibbs.

Based on Something from Tiffany's by Melissa Hill

Widower Ethan Greene and his daughter, Daisy, share a fierce love for Christmastime in New York. So what better way to invite Ethan's girlfriend, Vanessa, into their family than with a trip to the city... and an engagement ring from Tiffanys? But Ethan and Daisy aren't the only ones picking up a treat at the famous jeweler. Scrambling for ideas on Christmas Eve, Gary Knowles swoops into Tifffany's for a quick gift with big-name appeal for his brilliant girlfriend, Rachel. When their worlds collide for one small moment, everything changes, and only time will tell if true love will prevail.

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Spoiler Alert (December 9 in theaters)

Cast includes Jim Parsons, Ben Aldridge, Sally Field, and Bill Irwin.

Based on Spoiler Alert : The Hero Dies: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words by Michael Ausiello

In this heartbreaking and darkly hilarious memoir, Michael tells the story of his harrowing and challenging last year with his husband Kit, who died of cancer, while revisiting the thirteen years that preceded it, and how the undeniably powerful bond between him and Kit carried them through all manner of difficulty'always with laughter front and center in their relationship.

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Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical (December 9 in theaters, December 25 on Netflix)

Cast includes Alisha Weir, Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch, Sindhu Vee, Stephen Graham, and Andrea Riseborough.

Based on Matilda by Roald Dahl (the audiobook read by Kate Winslet is excellent)

Matilda, a brilliant, sensitive little girl, uses her talents and ingenuity to seek revenge on her crooked father, lazy mother, and the terrifying Miss Trunchbull, her wicked headmistress, and save her beloved teacher, Miss Honey

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The Whale (December 9 in theaters)

Cast includes Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Samantha Morton, and Ty Simpkins.

Based on the play The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter

The Whale tells the story of a six hundred-pound shut-in's last chance at redemption and of discovering beauty in the most unexpected places when he reaches out to his long-estranged—and severely unhappy—daughter.

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Kindred (December 13 on Hulu)

Cast includes Mallori Johnson, Micah Stock, Ryan Kwanten, Gayle Rankin, Austin Smith, Sophina Brown, and Sheria Irving.  

Based on Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Dana, a black woman, finds herself repeatedly transported to the antebellum South, where she must make sure that Rufus, the plantation owner's son, survives to father Dana's ancestor. 

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The Pale Blue Eye (December 23 in theaters, January 6 on Netflix)

Cast includes Christian Bale, Harry Melling, Gillian Anderson, Timothy Spall, and Harry Lawtey.

Based on The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard

When a murder occurs on the grounds of West Point, retired NYPD detective Gus Landor is enlisted to solve the case, recruiting the assistance of an eccentric young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe to help him find the culprit.

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A Man Called Otto (January 13 in theaters)

Cast includes Tom Hanks, Mariana Treviño, Rachel Keller, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo.

Based on Fredrik Backman’s novel A Man Called Ove

A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.

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Book summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.