13 Books Being Made Into TV Shows in 2017
Several notable novel-inspired series are set to hit the small-screen in the coming months. From the latest TV project from J.K. Rowling to Starz’s highly anticipated American Gods, audiences have a lot of book-to-TV adaptations to look forward to over the next year or so. Below, check out 13 books being made into TV shows in 2017.
1.The Handmaid’s Tale, premiered April 26
Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, Hulu’s upcoming The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Elisabeth Moss will star as the handmaid in the commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last attempt to repopulate the world. Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Max Minghella, and Ann Dowd co-star in the series.
2. American Gods, premiered April 30
After years in development, Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed book is finally getting its own TV show. Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane will play the iconic characters of Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday, while Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, and Jonathan Tucker will round out the cast. Created by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green, the Starz adaptation premiered in April 2017.
3. Anne, premiered May 12
Netflix and Canada’s CBC are teaming up to produce Anne, a series based on the classic 1908 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The show will star young Irish Canadian actress Amybeth McNulty as the precocious and imaginative Anne Shirley. Geraldine James and R.H. Thomson are also set to co-star. The eight-episode drama is streaming globally on Netflix.
4. I’m Dying Up Here, premiered June 4
Showtime’s comedy/drama, created by Jim Carrey and based on the non-fiction book by William Knoedelseder, takes place in LA’s infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s — a time when many famous comic’s careers were first launched.
Melissa Leo will star as Goldie, a brassy comedy club owner who mentors up-and-coming comedians with tough love. Ari Graynor, Clark Duke, RJ Cyler, and Stephen Guarino are among the names to round out the cast.
5. Mindhunter, October 2017
This Netflix drama, set in 1979 and based on the book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, will star Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany as two FBI agents, who interview imprisoned serial killers to try to solve ongoing cases. Anna Torv and Cotter Smith will co-star in the series, which will be executive produced by Charlize Theron and Gone Girl director David Fincher. The drama is slated to debut sometime in October.
6. The Alienist
Based on Caleb Carr’s book of the same name, this straight-to-series TNT drama stars Brian Geraghty as top cop Teddy Roosevelt, who calls upon Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), a criminal psychologist — aka alienist — and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) to conduct an investigation into a series of gruesome murders. Dakota Fanning, Robert Wisdom, Q’orianka Kilcher, Matt Lintz, Matthew Shear and Douglas Smith will co-star.
A premiere date is still TBD, although the first season will consist of 10 episodes.
7. The Cormoran Strike series
HBO and the BBC will team up for this small-screen adaptation of J.K Rowling’s set of crime novels (written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith). Tom Burke will play the titular war vet turned private detective who operates out of a small office on London’s Denmark Street. Meanwhile, Holliday Grainger will fill the role of Strike’s assistant Robin Ellacott.
Rowling will executive produce the project, which will feature one movie-length episode for each book: a three-hour installment for The Cuckoo’s Calling, followed by two-hour installments for both The Silkworm and Career of Evil. The seven-hour adaptation is expected to air sometime in 2017.
8. Sharp Objects
Based on Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name, this upcoming HBO drama will star Amy Adams as a reporter who confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder. Wild director Jean-Marc Vallée, will direct all eight episodes of the show. A premiere date has not yet been revealed, but it’s likely to arrive to television in 2017.
9. The Terror
Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, Ciaran Hinds, Paul Ready, and Adam Nagaitis are set to star in this AMC anthology drama, based on the 2007 bestselling novel by Dan Simmons. Set in 1847, the show will follow a Royal Naval expedition crew who is attacked by a mysterious predator while searching for the Northwest Passage. The 10-episode series will premiere in 2017, although a release date is still TBD.
10. Alias Grace
Anna Paquin is set to star opposite Sarah Gadon and Zachary Levi in Alias Grace, a six-hour miniseries that will be broadcast on both Netflix and Canada’s CBC. The show is based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name and is inspired by the historical true story of convicted murderer Grace Marks. Though a release date is still yet to be determined, filming has reportedly already started, meaning it could be ready to premiere late in 2017.
James Bond headliner Daniel Craig will star in Showtime’s upcoming limited drama, based on Jonathan Franzen’s book of the same name. According to Deadline, Purity is described as a morally complex story of youthful idealism, extreme loyalty, and cold-blooded murder. It follows the story of a young American woman named Purity or Pip, who crosses paths with a charismatic German named Andreas Wolf.
Craig will play Wolf in the 20-episode drama, which will be entirely directed by Todd Field. Production is expected to be completed next year, with the episodes airing in two separate installments over the course of two years. A specific premiere date is still TBD.
12. The Nix
Meryl Streep will star and produce in the upcoming series based on the bestselling first novel by Nathan Hill. The generational tale follows a hippie-era mother who gets national press exposure for calling out a conservative governor on the presidential campaign trail. Her estranged son then decides to get himself out of debt by writing a scathing profile of his estranged mother. J.J. Abrams will co-produce and will also likely direct some of the series’ episodes, which do not have a release date scheduled yet.
13. Today Will Be Different
Julia Roberts will star in a limited series based on Maria Semple’s latest book. Semple herself, who previously worked on Arrested Development, will pen the upcoming TV adaptation. The story follows Eleanor Flood, who has ambitions to wake up and have the best day of her life, but is forced to abandon those plans when she finds a strange, new future unfolding. Roberts will produce the series through her Red Om Films banner, with Semple, Megan Ellison, and Sue Naegle serving as executive producers. It’s still unclear when the project will start production.
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