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4 New Book Adaptations To Watch in November 2023


November is just around the corner, and aside from the much-anticipated All the Light We Cannot See and The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, there’s a whole bunch of fantastic book-to-screen adaptations heading our way.

Picture this: cozying up with a cup of tea or popcorn (whichever strikes your fancy) and immersing yourself in the captivating tales of family secrets, indomitable spirit, raw human struggles, or the timeless charm of Dickens’ world.

Here are four highly anticipated book adaptations that will make November 2023 more exciting:

  1. Black Cake (series premiere, Hulu)

Release date: November 1st, 2023

Based on Charmaine Wilkerson’s gripping novel, this series delves into the lives of two estranged siblings, Benny and Byron Bennett. Following the death of their mother, Eleanor, the siblings discover a tape revealing her hidden past. The show explores Eleanor’s secrets and the complex family dynamics in alternating “Then” and “Now” sections. With its sweeping narrative, “Black Cake” promises to captivate viewers, shedding light on themes of identity and family bonds.

  1. Nyad (film premiere, Netflix)

Release date: November 3rd, 2023

This film tells the inspiring true story of Diana Nyad, a woman who attempted a daring 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida at the age of 60. The film, directed by the talented duo Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, chronicles Nyad’s relentless pursuit of her dream. With Annette Bening portraying Nyad and Jodie Foster as her supportive friend and coach, Bonnie Stoll, the movie offers a powerful portrayal of resilience and determination.

  1. Rumble Through the Dark (theatrical film premiere)

Release date: November 3rd, 2023

Based on Michael Farris Smith’s novel The Fighter, this movie follows the struggles of Jack Boucher, a former boxer dealing with addiction and debts. The film, shot on location in Mississippi, promises a raw and emotionally charged narrative, showcasing the talents of Aaron Eckhart, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Bella Thorne.

  1. The Artful Dodger (series premiere, Hulu)

Release date: November 29th, 2023

Set 15 years after Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist, this series follows the adult life of Jack Dawkins, also known as “the Artful Dodger.”, who has reinvented himself as a surgeon. However, his past catches up with him when his former mentor, Fagin, resurfaces.

The show explores themes of redemption, crime, and identity, featuring Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Dawkins, David Thewlis as Fagin, and Maia Mitchell as Lady Belle Fox.