Over the weekend, I sent out a tweet about how a lot YA books are being made into films/series lately and quite a few people were surprised by it, so here are 12 book adaptations that you may or may not already know about.
1. Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
There isn’t a release date yet, but it’ll be 12 episode limited series on Amazon Prime and it’s being produced by Reese Witherspoon! I’m incredibly excited for this and most of the cast has already been announced. Riley Keough is set to play Daisy Jones — aka Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, so that makes it even cooler she’s playing a rockstar — and Sam Claflin has been cast as Billy alongside Camila Morrone, Suki Waterhouse and Nabiyah Be.
2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Another one of Reid’s works will be coming to our screens soon too — The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo! Quite possibly one of my favourite books ever. It’s still in the early stages, so less is known, but it’ll air on Freeform if it’s green lit for series with Ilene Chaiken and Jennifer Beals producing alongside the author herself.
3. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
Tiny Pretty Things is set to air this year for a 10 episode run on Netflix. Described as “Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars,” Kylie Jefferson will play Neveah, Casimere Jollette is Bette and Daniela Norman is June. There seems to be no sign of Gigi — perhaps the character is meant to be Neveah? Either way, it looks like filming has wrapped and I can’t wait to watch it.
(Tiny Pretty Things cast via Anna Maiche’s Instagram)
4. Shadow & Bone/Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
There already been a lot of hype surrounding this announcement, but Shadow & Bone will be a TV series on Netflix, (hopefully) releasing in 2020. It combines elements of Six of Crows with Shadow & Bone, some of the cast includes Jessie Mei Lei, Freddy Carter and Ben Barnes. The thought of Ben Barnes playing the Darkling gives me chills already!
(Shadow & Bone cast via Netflix)
5. The Selection by Kiera Cass
Netflix seems to be snatching up some of our favourite YA novels lately because The Selection will be a film on their streaming platform in the future. It’ll be directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, but no word on who’ll be playing America yet. This isn’t the first time The Selection has been transferred to screen with two failed pilots having previously been in development — third time’s the charm, right?
6. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
According to The Cinema Spot, a The Infernal Devices TV series is being developed by Constantin Film for BBC Three. It won’t be connected with the axed Shadowhunters TV show. However, there has been no confirmation by Cassandra Clare or BBC yet, so maybe take this news with a pinch of salt.
7. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
Starring Lili Reinhart and Austin Abrams, ‘Chemical Hearts‘ based on the book ‘Our Chemical Hearts‘ is set to release this August and will be distributed by Amazon Studios. This book has been on my TBR for the longest time, so the upcoming release is definitely giving me the push to finally read it!
8. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Starring Hadley Robinson, Lauren Tsai, Josephine Langford and Patrick Schwarzenegger, Moxie wrapped principal photography in 2019, but there doesn’t seem to be a release date yet. It’s directed by Amy Poehler and you can expect to find Moxie on Netflix in the near future.
9. All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott
From the authors behind Five Feet Apart — which was also made into a film with Cole Sprouse — is All This Time, which was picked up by Lionsgate earlier this year. There’s yet to be any concrete news on when we can expect this or casting as of yet.
10. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Along for the Ride was one of three Dessen novels optioned by Netflix and is set to be first one to receive a screen adaptation. Alyssa Rodrigues is set to executive produce the film, but there’s no release date set, nor has a cast been announced.
11. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Hush, Hush seems like it’s been in production forever! A lot of people questioned if it’s still happening, but Kellie Cyrus was attached to direct back in 2018 and Liana Liberato and Wolfgang Novogratz were announced to play Nora and Patch. Earlier this month, this tweet teasing the script was made, so it seems to still be in the works at least.
12. Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan
After a failed franchise back in 2010, a lot of fans lost hope on Percy Jackson ever coming back to their screens, but Rick Riordan announced a TV series for Disney + is happening! Riordan said he’s going to be involved this time around and little is known at the moment, but I can’t wait to see if the books will be done justice this time around.
That concludes my list, tell me what adaptation you’re most looking forward to in the comments. For me, I’m really hoping The Infernal Devices news is true.
read it and weep,