9 Upcoming Films Based on Books

From a remake of a Stephen King adaptation to a live-action adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale of a boy who wouldn’t grow up, find a list of some upcoming films that are based on books below –

Books help us envision a fantasy land with mystical creatures, a dystopian world, a love story, tales set within different eras we may have not even witnessed. They connect us to different cultures, settings, places, and people. Bringing these words and imaginations to the big screens or the small ones in our homes and pockets is the television and film industry.

Over the years, we’ve seen many television series and film adaptations that have been wonderful, whether from comics, coming-of-age novels, or stories from bestselling authors. However, due to the increasing rise of streaming platforms, there is an influx of TV series and film adaptations from books. We’ve rounded up a list of upcoming titles to check out –

The Black Phone 

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Based on: The Black Phone by Joe Hill

Releases on: June 24 (Theatres)

What It Is About: This film is a Blumhouse Production (‘Get Out’‘The Invisible Man’), which follows Finney Shaw, who is a shy but clever 13-year-old boy. He is abducted by a sadistic and infamous child killer – The Grabber. The killer traps the boy in a soundproof basement. There, screaming is of little use. A disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring and Shaw discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims who are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.

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At the same time, Finney’s sister Gwen (played by Madeleine McGraw) starts having dreams about him. They include details that aren’t public knowledge, and Gwen begins cooperating with police in order to track down Finney and The Grabber. She does this to save her brother and end this serial killer’s run.

Cast: Ethan Hawke (‘Moon Knight’, ‘Boyhood’), Mason Thames (‘For All Mankind’), Madeleine McGraw (‘Toy Story 4’), James Ransome (‘Sinister’, ‘It Chapter Two’), Jeremy Davies (‘Lost’).

Salem’s Lot – Stephen King

Based on: Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Releases on: September 9 (Theaters)

What It Is About: Gary Dauberman has helmed the ‘Salem’s Lot’ remake and is the screenwriter for the Stephen King adaptation. Dauberman has been successful in the horror genre as he has written films within the ‘Conjuring’ universe as well as co-written ‘It’ and ‘It: Chapter Two’ based on Stephen King’s critically acclaimed 1986 novel.

‘Salem’s Lot’ first debuted as a two-night TV miniseries on CBS in 1979. It was based on the 1975 novel by King, with 2004 seeing a two-part American TV miniseries starring Rob Lowe. This miniseries attempted to recreate the original but didn’t achieve similar success.

Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the 2022 ‘Salem’s Lot’, just like the novel and the television miniseries, follows Ben Mears. He is a successful author who returns to his hometown of Jerusalem’s Lot to write a new book and plans to borrow inspiration from the old Marsten House. It is a local estate with a deeply haunted past, and unbeknownst to the author, the eerie fictional Maine town is swirling with dark secrets.

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Upon his return, Mears realizes that the Marsten House has been bought by Richard Straker. Straker is a reserved man with a clear purpose. He wants to open an antique shop with his business partner, Kurt Barlow. Richard Straker’s partner is consistently absent. Furthermore, Ben realizes that townspeople are disappearing and returning as creatures of the undead.

Cast: Lewis Pullman (‘Bad Times at the El Royale’) as Ben Mears, William Sadler (‘Power’, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, ‘The Green Mile’) vampire Kurt Barlow, Makenzie Leigh (‘James White’, ‘The Assistant’) as Ben’s love interest Susan Norton, Alfre Woodard (‘Clemency’, ‘Luke Cage’) as Dr. Cody, Bill Camp (‘The Night Of’, ‘Dark Waters’) as teacher Matthew Burke, Spencer Treat Clark (‘Gladiator’, ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’) as Mike Ryerson, with Pilou Asbæk (‘Borgen’) as the mysterious Richard Straker.

White Bird: A Wonder Story

Based on: White Bird: A Wonder Story – R.J. Palacio

Releases on: October 2022 (Theaters)

What It Is About: Directed by Marc Forster (‘Finding Neverland’‘Christopher Robin’), this film is based on R.J. Palacio’s book, ‘White Bird’. Similar to ‘Wonder’, the 2022 film is an emotional story. It is about how even in the most harrowing circumstances, empathy for others can make every difference in the world. In ‘White Bird: A Wonder Story’, kindness even has the power to save lives. It sees Julian Albans, the bully who left Beecher Prep, being visited by his Grandmère from Paris.

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He is transformed by her remarkable story of compassion and courage wherein, as a girl in Nazi-occupied France, the young Grandmère goes into hiding with the help of a schoolmate. A young man risks everything to give her the chance to survive. Together, they find beauty and love in the secret world of their own creation.

Cast: Helen Mirren (‘The Queen’) as Grandmère, Gillian Anderson (‘The X-Files’, ‘Sex Education’, ‘The Crown’) as Vivienne, Bryce Ghelsar (‘A Dog’s Purpose’, ‘Wonder’) as Julian Albans, Orlando Schwerdt (‘True History of the Kelly Gang’) as Julien, Ariella Graser (‘Radioactive’) as young Sara.


Based on: Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates

Releases on: Netflix in 2022

What It Is About: This Marilyn Monroe movie has received a rarely given out adults-only rating. The Netflix film has been directed by Andrew Dominik, who also helmed ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’ and ‘Chopper’.

Cast: Ana de Armas (‘Knives Out’, ‘No Time to Die’) as Marilyn Monroe, Adrien Brody (‘The Pianist’, ‘Peaky Blinders’) as Arthur Miller, Sara Paxton (‘The Last House on the Left’) as Miss Flynn, Julianne Nicholson (‘Mare of Easttown’) as Gladys, Rebecca Wisocky (‘Dopesick’, ‘The Mentalist’) as Yvet.

Peter Pan & Wendy

Based on:  Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie

Releases on: Disney+ 2022

What It Is About: ‘Peter Pan & Wendy’ is a live-action adaptation of J. M. Barrie’s classic tale of a boy who wouldn’t grow up. He recruits three young siblings in London to join him on a magical adventure to the enchanted Neverland island in a Disney+ film directed by David Lowery, whose previous works include the Dev Patel starrer ‘The Green Knight’ and ‘Pete’s Dragon’.

Cast: Ever Gabo Anderson (‘Black Widow’) as Wendy Darling, Alexander Molony (‘The Reluctant Landlord’) as Peter Pan, Yara Shahidi (‘grown-ish’‘black-ish’) as Tinker Bell, Jude Law (‘Sherlock Holmes’‘The Holiday’) as Captain Hook, Jim Gaffigan (‘Luca’) as Smee, Alyssa Wapanatâhk as Tiger Lily.



Based on: Persuasion – Jane Austen

Releases on: Netflix in 2022

What It Is About: In her film directorial debut, Carrie Cracknell is helming Netflix’s ‘Persuasion’, which is based on the last book Jane Austen completed before her death. “Anne Elliot is considered to be kind, intelligent, and attractive, but not the “beauty” among her sisters,” states Decider. She falls in love with a lowly naval officer at the age of nineteen. However, her mentor Lady Russell persuades Anne to break off the engagement.

Russell assumes a better match will be easily made but eight years later, a 27-year-old Anne is still single. She is still pining after her Wentworth. When her long-lost love re-enters her life as a catch, he is none too excited to see the woman who broke his heart again.

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Netflix’s description of the film states: “Living with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy, Anne Elliot is an unconforming woman with modern sensibilities. When Frederick Wentworth—the dashing one she once sent away—crashes back into her life, Anne must choose between putting the past behind her or listening to her heart when it comes to second chances. Adapted from the Jane Austen novel. The film takes a modern, witty approach to a beloved story while still remaining true to Jane Austen’s classic novel,” as per Decider.

Cast: Dakota Johnson (‘Fifty Shades of Grey’‘The Lost Daughter’) as Anne, Henry Golding (‘Crazy Rich Asians’‘Last Christmas’) as Mr. Elliot, Cosmo Jarvis (‘Calm With Horses’‘Lady Macbeth’) as Captain Frederick Wentworth.

White Noise

Based on: White Noise by Don DeLillo

Releases on: Netflix in 2022

What It Is About: Passage Pictures is one of the production companies behind the film ‘White Noise’, which is based on Don DeLillo’s famous postmodern novel. It has released a synopsis: “At once hilarious and horrifying, White Noise dramatizes a contemporary American family’s attempt to deal with the mundane conflicts of day-to-day life while grappling with the larger philosophical issues of love, death, and the possibility of happiness in an uncertain world,” according to Movie Web.

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It is a subtly satirical story about a professor of “Hitler studies” at a liberal arts college in Middle America and his fourth wife, wherein the couple must face their crippling fear of death. This happens when an “airborne toxic event” from a chemical spill creates potentially lethal clouds leading the cynically ruminative academic to gather up his four precocious children and sarcastic wife. Then, they head through endless traffic to some kind of barely-possible safety in this black comedy. The film is directed by Noah Baumbach (‘Marriage Story’).

Cast: Adam Driver (‘Marriage Story’‘The Last Duel’) as Jack Gladney, Greta Gerwig (‘Little Women’‘Lady Bird’) as Babette Gladney, Raffey Cassidy as Debbie, Don Cheadle (‘Hotel Rwanda’‘Iron Man’) as Murray, Jodie Turner-Smith (‘After Yang’‘Queen & Slim’), Alessandro Nivola (‘The Many Saints of Newark’‘Jurassic Park III’).


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Based on: Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi

Releases on: Netflix in December 2022

What It Is About: Guillermo del Toro (‘The Shape of Water’‘Nightmare Alley’) is helming Netflix’s musical adaptation of ‘Pinocchio’. It is set in Italy during the 1930s, a time when fascism is on the rise. Benito Mussolini is consolidating control of the country in the film.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” del Toro said in a statement when the film was greenlit in 2018, as per Variety. “In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.”

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Cast: Gregory Mann as Pinocchio, Finn Wolfhard (‘Stranger Things’, ‘It’), Ewan McGregor (‘Halston’, ‘Fargo’), Tilda Swinton (‘Doctor Strange’, ‘Suspiria’) as The Fairy with Turquoise Hair, Cate Blanchett (‘Nightmare Alley’, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’) as Sprezzatura the Monkey, David Bradley (‘Game of Thrones’) as Geppetto, Christoph Waltz (‘Django Unchained’, ‘Alita: Battle Angel’) as the Fox, John Turturro (‘Severance’, ‘The Batman’) as Maitre Cherry.

In addition to this, ‘Pinocchio’ will see two upcoming films based on the book. A live-action film will be released on Netflix and another one titled ’Pinocchio: A True Story’ will premiere on Lionsgate Play.

The Wonder

Based on: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Releases on: Netflix in 2022

What It Is About: A psychological thriller inspired by the 19th-century phenomenon of the “fasting girls,” ‘The Wonder’ is set in the Irish Midlands in 1862, according to Variety. It follows 11-year-old Anna O’Donnell and an English nurse Lib Wright. O’Donnell stops eating but remains miraculously alive and well. Wright is brought to her tiny village to observe, wherein tourists and pilgrims amass to witness the girl who is said to have survived without food for months.

Cast: Florence Pugh (‘Black Widow’, ‘Little Women’, ‘Midsommar’) as Lib Wright, Ciarán Hinds (‘Belfast’, ‘Game of Thrones’), Toby Jones (‘Detectorists’, ‘Marvellous’), Tom Burke (‘Strike’, ‘The Musketeers’), Niamh Algar (‘Raised by Wolves’), Elaine Cassidy (‘Fingersmith’), Dermot Crowley (‘Falling for a Dancer’), Brían F. O’Byrne (‘Little Boy Blue’).


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