Even though 2018 has advanced enough that I can safely sign any documents without the fear of writing 2017 first and then asking for a new document to try again, there are still 9 full months left of it and many great book-to-screen adaptations that I’m eagerly awaiting. Some of these are getting constantly delayed, as is the custom these days, so this shouldn’t be observed as a final list, but more as a “we’re looking forward to it” list. And when I say look forward for some of these shows, I actually mean something along the lines of give it to me already because I’ll die and shrivel in the pain of eternal waiting. Let us begin:
This psychological horror novel is coming to Netflix in 2018, with confirmed actors such as Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones, The Age of Adaline), Carla Gugino (Gerald’s Game, Sin City, Wayward Pines), and Henry Thomas (E.T., Legends of the Fall, 11:14). There is no specific release date yet, but it’s known that it will be a 10-episode limited series.
Another treat for the mystery/horror fans, this five-part BBC adaptation will star Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mary Shelley), Jessie Buckley (War and Peace, Taboo), and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, Gosford Park, The Imitation Game). No official date yet.
This cult novel is rumored to come out in late 2018 as a co-production between the BBC and Netflix. The Fantastic Mr. Fox animator, Pete Dodd will bring this new adaptation to life, along with actors as James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Sir Ben Kingsley, John Boyega and many others.
A five-part series adaptation from BBC starring Dafne Keen (Logan) as Lyra has reportedly started shooting, and it will bring us a fresh adaptation of Pullman’s well-known trilogy, consisting of Northern Lights (The Golden Compass in America), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, after a failed movie adaptation that started in 2007 with The Golden Compass, and was cancelled due to mixed reception even though it had a stellar cast.
This eagerly awaited adaptation of the hilarious novel about modern-day apocalypse was unfortunately moved to 2019, but as it will be set in 2018 I’ll count it here. With writers such as Pratchett and Gaiman, and actors David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Michael McKean, Nick Offerman, Mark Gatiss, and many more, all under Gaiman’s watchful eye – I don’t see anything going wrong here.
A Stephen King mythology show? Count me in! As many King’s fans know, a lot of his work is set in the US state of Main but of a fictional kind, in cities Castle Rock, Derry and Jerusalem’s Lot. Castle Rock will bring together characters and themes from It, Needful Things, Salem’s Lot, The Green Mile, Misery, The Shining, Different Seasons and more. Starring Melanie Lynskey, André Holland, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgård and others. Premiere is set to mid-2018 on Hulu.
Sharp Objects will debut on HBO in the summer, starring the amazing Amy Adams. This eight-episode series will cover Flynn’s debut mystery novel, which will hopefully haunt us as much as Gone Girl did.
In late 2018, Britain’s Sky One channel will air the first of eight episodes covering the first novel in Harkness’s All Souls trilogy. This is great news for all fans of this romantic fantasy, but also for all of us who didn’t enjoy the novels because there is always a chance of an adaptation surpassing the original work.
I know this already started two weeks ago, but I haven’t yet had the chance to watch this amazing adaptation of Dan Simmons’ novel. Its rating is very high so far, and that doesn’t surprise me considering Tobias Menzies, Jared Harris and Ciarán Hinds are starring in this chilling Arctic thriller, currently airing on AMC.
I just couldn’t compile this list without mentioning the fourth season of this amazing historical adventure, which will probably air late this year. Based on Drums of Autumn, this season will transport the setting to the American Colonies where we continue to follow the adventures of Jamie and Claire.
I’m sure I skipped some titles, but these are the ones that interest me the most. Which titles are you excited about? Have you read any of these books, or do you plan to, before watching the series?