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5 New Book Adaptations To Watch in April 2024

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Book-to-screen adaptations are always thrilling for literature enthusiasts and movie buffs alike. As April 2024 approaches, anticipation builds for a diverse array of adaptations that promise to bring beloved stories to life on screen.

From historical dramas to gripping thrillers, here are five adaptations you won’t want to miss:

1. Ripley (Netflix)

Book adaptation: The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Release Date: March 04, 2024

“Ripley” is a riveting psychological thriller set to premiere on Netflix on April 4, 2024. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s acclaimed novel “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” the series follows the enigmatic Tom Ripley, portrayed by Andrew Scott, as he navigates the complexities of 1960s New York.

Tasked with persuading a wealthy man’s son to return from Italy, Ripley’s journey takes a dark turn as he becomes entangled in a world of deceit, fraud, and murder. With Johnny Flynn embodying the role of the charismatic Dickie Greenleaf and Dakota Fanning bringing depth to the character of Marge Sherwood, “Ripley” promises to be a captivating exploration of Highsmith’s timeless narrative.

Under the direction of Steven Zaillian, you can expect a gripping portrayal of suspense and intrigue that will keep you on the edge of your seats.

2. Scoop (Netflix)

Book adaptation: Scoops by Sam McAlister
Release Date: April 05, 2024

“Scoop” is an upcoming British biographical drama film made for Netflix starring Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell, Billie Piper, and Keeley Hawes.

Directed by Philip Martin, it is a dramatic retelling of the process of securing the 2019 BBC television interview of Prince Andrew by presenter and journalist Emily Maitlis and the production team at BBC Two news and current affairs programme Newsnight.

The movie dives into the behind-the-scenes story of the women who negotiated with the Buckingham Palace establishment to secure the “scoop of the decade.” The interview focused on Prince Andrew’s relationship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and allegations of Andrew’s sexual assault of a minor, which Andrew denies.

The cast includes Gillian Anderson as Emily Maitlis, Rufus Sewell as Prince Andrew, Billie Piper as Sam McAlister, and Keeley Hawes as Amanda Thirsk.

3. Mary & George (Starz)

Book Adaptation: The King’s Assassin by Benjamin Woolley
Release Date: April 05, 2024

Set to premiere on April 5, “Mary & George” brings to life the captivating tale of King James I of England and his intimate relationship with George Villiers, the Duke of Buckingham.

Based on Benjamin Woolley’s non-fiction book “The King’s Assassin,” this seven-episode miniseries dives deep into the corridors of power and the complexities of 17th-century court life. Julianne Moore portrays Mary Villiers, the Countess of Buckingham, while Nicholas Galitzine and Tony Curran depict George and King James respectively.

Directed by Oliver Hermanus, Alex Winckler, and Florian Cossen, “Mary & George” promises a mesmerizing blend of historical drama, political intrigue, and personal dynamics, making it a must-watch for fans of period pieces and captivating storytelling.

4. Franklin (Apple TV+)

Book adaptation: A Great Improvisation by Stacy Schiff
Release Date: April 12, 2024

Next on our list is “Franklin,” an upcoming biographical drama miniseries set to premiere on Apple TV+ on April 12, 2024. Based on Stacy Schiff’s acclaimed book “A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America,” this eight-episode series delves into the fascinating life of United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin.

Directed by Tim Van Patten and written by Kirk Ellis and Howard Korder, “Franklin” chronicles the pivotal eight years Franklin spent in France as a commissioner, working tirelessly to secure aid for the American Revolution. Michael Douglas takes on the title role, promising a compelling portrayal of one of history’s most influential figures.

Joining him are talented actors including Noah Jupe, Marc Duret, and Ludivine Sagnier. With its focus on diplomacy, intrigue, and the birth of democracy, “Franklin” offers viewers an immersive journey into a crucial period of American history.

5. Under the Bridge (Hulu)

Book Adaptation: Under the Bridge by Rebecca Godfrey
Release date: April 17, 2024

Finally, “Under the Bridge” is an upcoming American drama miniseries set to premiere on Hulu on April 17, 2024. Based on Rebecca Godfrey’s acclaimed book of the same name, this eight-episode series delves into the chilling murder of 14-year-old Reena Virk in 1997 by a group of teenagers in British Columbia. Created by Quinn Shephard, known for the critically acclaimed Hulu film “Not Okay,” the series promises a stark and brooding portrayal of the investigation into this tragic event.

Starring Riley Keough as Rebecca Godfrey and recent Oscar nominee Lily Gladstone as fictional police officer Cam Bentland, “Under the Bridge” offers a compelling narrative that explores the dark corners of human nature.

Joining them are talented actors including Izzy G, Chloe Guidry, and Archie Panjabi. Filmed against the backdrop of Vancouver, BC, this minseries provides a haunting portrayal of a community grappling with the aftermath of a senseless crime.

Happy reading!❤️