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The 11 most anticipated book to film adaptations so far in 2022

Book to film adaptations are back! We’ve gathered the most exciting ones that will be hitting screens in 2022.

After almost two years lost to the pandemic, the film industry is gearing up to release a slew of new content, including a bunch of classic book to film adaptations.

Many of the best films of the past decade have been adapted from books — even some you didn’t know had literary roots. To prepare you for the onslaught of great viewing content, we’ve collected a list of the most exciting 2022 book-to-screen adaptations.

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Robert DeNiro, Martin Scorcese and Leonardo DiCaprio (L-R, Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Death on the Nile – Agatha Christie

After the success of Kenneth Branagh’s 2017 adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, the Agatha Christie estate’s enthusiasm for further sequels has gifted viewers a 2022 book to film adaptation of Death on the Nile. 

With Kenneth Branagh reprising his role as Poirot, the film’s remaining cast includes Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name), Letitia Wright (Top Boy), and Emma Mackey (Sex Education).

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Gal Gadot, Emma Mackey, and Armie Hammer in ‘Death of the Nile’. (Photo: 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.)

Deep Water – Patricia Highsmith

Based on the psychological thriller novel by Patricia Highsmith, Deep Water follows a twisted couple that fall out of love and start playing deadly mind games against each other. With Ben Affleck (The Last Duel) and Ana de Armas (No Time to Die) in the lead roles, the adaptation is helmed by Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction), in his 20-year directorial comeback.

Killers of the Flower Moon – David Grann

Directed by Martin Scorcese, Killers of the Flower Moon is an adaptation of journalist David Gran’s non-fiction book of the same name, that investigates the murders of a group of wealthy Osage people that took place in Osage County, Oklahoma in the 1920s. With production wrapped up in 2021, the 2022 Western crime drama stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Lily Gladstone.

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A still from ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ (Photo: Apple)

Persuasion – Jane Austen

One of the most widely adapted authors, Jane Austen’s female-centric dramas have served as an inspiration to filmmakers for years. In 2022, the adaptation of Persuasion will star Dakota Johnson (The Lost Daughter), Suki Waterhouse, and Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians).

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Dakota Johnson in ‘Persuasion’ (Photo: Twitter/NetflixFilm)

Salem’s Lot – Stephen King

Following the success of the It franchise comes another Stephen King adaptation, Salem’s Lot. Based on the 1975 novel of the same name, it stars Lewis Pullman (Catch-22), Makenzie Leigh (Billie Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave), and William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption).

The Lying Life of Adults – Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante’s novels have been a hot ticket for film adaptations, with Maggie Gyllenhaal’s book to film adaptation of Ferrante’s The Lost Daughter releasing in late 2021. Now, her newest novel The Lying Life of Adults is being produced by Netflix for an adaptation by Italian filmmaker Edoardo de Angelis (Indivisible), scheduled for release in December 2022.

The sky is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson

The Sky is Everywhere follows a teenager Lennie who is trying to cope with her sister’s death when she forms an unexpected bond with Toby, her sister’s boyfriend, and Joe, a new boy at school. Apple TV has set the release in early February 2022, the adaptation stars the talents of Grace Kaufman, Jacques Colimon, Pico Alexander, Cherry Jones, and Jason Segal.

 The Nightingale- Kristin Hannah

Directed by French actress Mélanie Laurent, The Nightingale details the story of two sisters during the German occupation of France during WWII, and stars actresses Dakota and Elle Fanning.

The Wonder – Emma Donoghue

Starring Florence Pugh (Midsommar), the 2022 book to film adaptation takes inspiration from the critically-acclaimed source material: a psychological thriller set in the Irish Midlands in 1862.

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Florence Pugh in ‘The Wonder’ (Photo: Netflix)

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

Produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Productions, Where the Crawdads Sing is based on Delia Owens’ novel of the same name. Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People), Taylor John Smith (Sharp Objects), Harris Dickinson (Beach Rats), and David Strathairn (Nomadland), the film is set to be released in July 2022.

White Noise – Don DeLillo

The book to film adaptation of Don DeLillo’s White Noise marks director Noah Baumbach’s fifth collaboration with Adam Driver (Marriage Story) and his fourth with Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha). Detailing the aftermath of an apocalyptic event known as “the Airborne Toxic Event,” the film will also star Jodie Turner-Smith (Without Remorse) and Don Cheadle (Marvel Cinematic Universe).