These days it seems that there is nothing Hollywood loves more than making books into movies or TV shows or musicals. Sometimes adaptations are great and give us a show like “You” that surpasses the intrigue of the original novel, but most of the time it seems that we end up with big-budget flops like Down a Dark Hall (did you even know that one existed?).
For good or ill, I’ve compiled a small list of books you may not realize are being made into movies.
I’ve already discussed my feelings on this twisty novel here. I did not like the book. In fact, it’s the lowest rated book on this blog.
That does not mean that I won’t be binge-watching it on Netflix when it’s streaming. Why? Because it will be directed by Charlie Kaufman, the guy who wrote Endless Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich. He doesn’t have a lot of director credits, but my whole issue with the book in the first place was I thought it needed a better character writer. With Kaufman at the helm, I think there’s hope.
Of course Reese Witherspoon is making this into a movie! You can’t go on Bookstagram without seeing 1,000 pictures of this book next to a cup of coffee. (We photographed it at the beach and reviewed it here.) I’d be nervous for this one, but I think Reese has serious respect for the source material.
It’s about time this gothic classic got a serious film version. There’s already been a failed musical.
If you’re not familiar with the story, the protagonist, who is not named Rebecca nor is she given a name at all, marries a wealthy widower and moves into his gothic mansion. She soon finds out that the home is haunted by the memory of his former wife, Rebecca.
This one is a little different in that it is still very early in the process, but the TV rights have been optioned for this newish murder mystery.
I’m ashamed to say that I have not yet read this one. It is waiting in limbo on my kindle. However, I’ve heard that it reads like an Agatha Christie novel, and that’s enough to get me interested!
This one might be a little sketchy because the only place I can find evidence of it is on Jasper Dewitt’s Twitter. He claims that the movie is being made by none other than Ryan Reynolds, and honestly, I’d watch that.
To read my full review on this novel, click here. I just hope they take better care of Jocelyn in the film version.
Let me know what you think of this film list. Are you excited about any of these?