14 Book-to-Movie Adaptations We Can't Wait to See in 2022
Whether you’re someone who simply waits for the movie or a reader excited to see their favorite stories play out on the big screen, 2022 promises a stellar slate of films based on popular books. Some favorites, such as Min Jin Lee's Pachinko or Sally Rooney’s Conversation with Friends, opted for televised streaming series adaptations, but there's plenty enviable fare still heading to your local cinema (or preferred streaming platform)—including reimaginings of classics by Jane Austen and Agatha Christie and a new thriller from Scorcese.
Not every entry on the list has a definite release date in 2022 yet but check back here as the year rolls along for updates on these highly anticipated films.
Death on the Nile (Now Playing)
Premiering in February, Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery Death on the Nile brought audiences campy fun with a packed cast including Gal Gadot, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Rose Leslie, Letitia Wright, and returning Murder on the Orient Express star Tom Bateman. (Armie Hammer is also a major player; the movie was made prior to his scandal.) The film follows the passengers of a luxury cruise ship under the investigation of Branagh’s Detective Poirot for the murder of a wealthy heiress. Catch this one in theaters right now.
Deep Water (March 18)
An upcoming psychological thriller starring Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, Deep Water is based on a Patricia Highsmith novel from 1957 about an open marriage with deadly consequences. Euphoria creator Sam Levinson will pen the updated script and bring his HBO star Jacob Elordi along for the ride filled with twisted mind games and murder. Distributed by Hulu, Deep Water will be released shortly for streaming on March 18.
Bullet Train (July 15)
Based on Japanese author K?tar? Isaka's novel of the same name, Bullet Train is an action thriller about five assassins who realize that their targets are all on the same high-speed train. The ensemble cast, helmed by Hobbs & Shaw director and John Wick executive producer David Leitch, will feature Brad Pitt, Joey King, Andrew Koji, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, Masi Oka, Michael Shannon, Logan Lerman, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Sandra Bullock. After a few short delays, Bullet Train will arrive in theaters on July 15.
Where the Crawdads Sing (July 22)
Written by Delia Owens, the popular novel about intertwining storylines connected by a North Carolina marsh topped The New York Times Best Sellers list for a remarkable total of 32 non-consecutive weeks throughout 2019 and 2020. Olivia Newman, winner of SXSW’s Audience Award for her 2018 boxing film, First Match, will direct the decade-spanning story of troubling relationships and accusations of murder. Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sharp Object’s Taylor John Smith are also set to star in the upcoming adaptation, which will hit theaters on July 22.
The Gray Man (July)
Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo will head The Gray Man, a CIA action mystery film starring Ryan Gosling as a black ops mercenary and Chris Evans as the CIA agent trying to bring him down. Ana de Armas will also have a featuring role in the Mark Greaney adaptation, which was reported to be Netflix’s most expensive film yet. The (estimated) $200 million project has yet to receive a release date, but the spy thriller is expected to be available for streaming come July.
Salem’s Lot (September 9)
Stephen King’s 1975 horror novel about a writer who returns to his hometown only to find that it’s being preyed upon by an evil vampire will receive its first film adaptation this year, backed by The Conjuring creator James Wan and It screenwriter Gary Dauberman. “It's so fun to play around with vampires and make something truly scary,” Dauberman told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2019 when the project was first announced. “I haven't seen that in a long, long time.” The Lewis Pullman and Alfre Woodard starring film is set to hit theaters on September 9 and will be available to stream on HBO Max in late October, right in time for spooky season.
Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret (September 16)
The 1970 Judy Blume adaptation, which was in a studio bidding war for over a year, will finally make it to the big screen for families and children of all ages this fall. Centering on a young girl who struggles with puberty and her religious identity (her mother is Christian, her father is Jewish), Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret has been a favorite for young pre-teen readers ever since its release over 50 years ago. Starring 13-year-old Abby Ryder Fortson, the Rachel McAdams and Benny Safdie-assisted family comedy will hit theaters on September 16.
She Said (November 18)
Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan will star in She Said, the highly anticipated biopic about the two New York Times journalists–Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey–who exposed Harvey Weinstein's history of sexual misconduct against women in Hollywood. Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Andre Braugher will also appear as NYT’s executive editor Dean Baquet. Directed by Maria Schrader, who helmed the Netflix miniseries Unorthodox, She Said will be released in theaters on November 18.
Killers of the Flower Moon (November)
Martin Scorsese’s follow-up to 2019’s The Irishman (which we loved) finds him reuniting with frequent collaborators Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio for a story right up the violent gangster fan’s alley: FBI thriller Killers on the Flowers Moon. Focusing on the murders of Osage Nation Native Americans in the 1920’s after oil was discovered on their ancestral land, the film will bee based on David Grann's retelling of alleged true events. The film will also feature Jesse Plemons, as well as country singers Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson. Though no official date has been announced, the film is expected to be released sometime in November.
White Noise (TBA)
Another film about a dangerous train, this Noah Baumbach directed story—based on the beloved 1985 Don DeLillo novel—will star Adam Driver and Greta Gurwig as a married couple devastated by "The Airborne Toxic Event," a train accident that spews chemical waste all over their hometown. Yuck! (Adam Driver last appeared in Baumbach’s Marriage Story, while Lady Bird director Greta Gurwig has been married to the filmmaker since 2011.) The Netflix film, which will also grace us with a role for rapper André 3000, has yet to receive an official 2022 release date.
Ana de Armas is set to have a big year, moving from Deep Water and The Gray Man to Blonde, the hotly anticipated Marilyn Monroe biopic. Adapted from the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, Blonde offers a highly fictionalized version of the ‘50s sex symbol and Hollywood star. The film is also set to feature other fun celebrity impressions such as Bobby Cannavale as baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, Adrien Brody as playwright Arthur Miller, and Caspar Phillipson reprising his brief Jackie role as former President John F. Kennedy. Andrew Dominik of 2012’s Killing Them Softly will direct for Netflix, though the streaming service has yet to announce when the film will premiere in 2022.
My Policeman (TBA)
Heartthrob Harry Styles is out to ruin relationships with the upcoming sensual romance film My Policeman which tells the story of a bisexual cop caught between two lovers on the coast of Brighton, England in the ‘50s. Emma Corrin, who played Princess Diana on The Crown, will play one of Styles’s love interests, while UK theater actor Dave Dawson will portray an art curator who entices him into having a passionate affair. Filming just wrapped last summer, so a 2022 release is likely around the corner.
Fans searching for (even) more period piece romances will have to look no further than Jane Austen’s Persuasion, which is being adapted for Netflix as British theater actress Carrie Cracknell’s directorial debut. The promising romance between Fifty Shades’ Dakota Johnson and Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding should be enough to entice viewers to the pre-Victorian tale of a woman seeking a second chance at love, though Netflix has yet to set a release date.
The Wonder (TBA)
Starring Florence Pugh of Black Widow and Little Women fame, The Wonder is based on Emma Donoghue’s novel of the same name, about an 1862 Irish community of women who believe that they’ve gained magical powers through extreme fasting. Pugh plays a nurse who visits the girls and investigates their claims, unraveling a psychological mystery. Set to premiere on Netflix later this year, the streaming service has not yet announced when the 2022 film will premiere.
From: Esquire US