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As we step into the new year, a wave of anticipation surrounds the arrival of captivating book-to-screen adaptations.
In the spotlight, I am super excited about the debut of Boy Swallows Universe, a Netflix miniseries narrating the coming-of-age saga written by Trent Dalton, set to premiere on January 11. Equally enticing is Origin, a theatrical spectacle crafted by the visionary Ava DuVernay, inspired by Isabel Wilkerson’s insightful nonfiction book Caste, ready for a wide release on January 19.
Here are five more highly anticipated book adaptations that will make your January 2024 more exciting:
1. Fool Me Once (Limited Series Premiere, Netflix)
Book adaptation: Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
Release date: January 1, 2024
This British limited series, based on Harlan Coben’s gripping 2016 thriller, introduces viewers to Joe Burkett, played by Richard Armitage.
After Joe’s apparent death, his widow, Maya (Michelle Keegan), stumbles upon shocking footage suggesting he might still be alive. Maya embarks on a personal investigation, unraveling a web of mysteries and deception. With a promising trailer and a stellar cast, Fool Me Once is set to deliver suspense and intrigue.
2. The Bricklayer (Theatrical and Digital Premiere)
Book Adaptation: The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd
Release Date: January 4, 2024
Aaron Eckhart takes on the role of Steve Vail, a former CIA operative turned bricklayer, in this adaptation of Noah Boyd’s 2010 thriller.
Directed by Renny Harlin, the film promises intense fight scenes as Vail is drawn back into action for a new mission. While there are some changes from the original novel, The Bricklayer is poised to offer gripping suspense and action-packed sequences.
3. Mean Girls (Theatrical Film Premiere)
Book adaptation: The 2018 Broadway musical, which draws inspiration from the 2002 nonfiction bestseller Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman.
Release Date: January 12, 2024
Tina Fey brings us a new adaptation of Mean Girls, this time based on the hit 2018 Broadway musical.
Starring Angourie Rice as Cady and Renée Rapp as Regina, the film promises onscreen conflict and drama reminiscent of the beloved original. Keep an eye out for this energetic and entertaining production that continues the legacy of high school rivalry.
4. Expats (Limited Series Premiere)
Book adaptation: The Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee
Release Date: January 19, 2024
Set against the complex tapestry of Hong Kong residents, Expats depicts a multifaceted group of women after a single encounter sets off a chain of life-altering events that leaves everyone navigating the intricate balance between blame and accountability.
5. Leave the World Behind (Netflix Movie)
Book adaptation: Which Brings Me to You by Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott
Release Date: January 19, 2024
Lucy Hale and Nat Wolff star in this rom-com inspired by the Kirkus-starred 2006 novel. The film follows two 30-somethings who meet at a wedding, sparking a unique friendship filled with tales of their chaotic dating lives.
With a Before Sunrise vibe and charismatic leads, this offbeat romance promises to be a delightful exploration of love and connection.
Which adaptation are you most excited about?