From books to the big screen: Adaptations coming out in January and February

Avid readers will have plenty of new TV shows and movies to say “the book was better” about this year.

Dozens of screen, both big and small, adaptations will debut on all platforms, from network TV to streaming apps and of course blockbuster movies are scheduled for release.

We’ve rounded up the titles that are coming out in the first two months of the year and tried to include the network and release date where we could and linked to the book inside our catalog.

We’ll revisit and update every couple months so that you know what to keep an eye out for and what to read before it comes out on TV and in the theater.

Which one are you most looking forward to? Which one do you think will lose the most by going from book to screen?

electric-dreamsPhilip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams – Debuted Jan. 12 on Amazon. It’s based on Dick’s science fiction short stories.

The Leisure Seeker – Already in theaters and based on Michael Zadoorian’s novel, the movie follows a couple who escape their retirement home and embark on a road trip in an RV.

12 Strong – Out now. Based on the book “12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers” by Doug Stanton,  it tells the true story of an elite Special Forces team that secretly entered Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks and fought the Taliban while vastly outnumbered.

 

 

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Forever My Girl – In theaters now. The Heidi McLaughlin novel-turned-movie is about a musician who returns to his hometown after a decade and is met with his old girlfriend and daughter.

The Alienist – Premiered this week. The historical thriller by Caleb Carr follows a crime reporter who teams up with a psychologist to track a serial killer.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure – In theaters Jan. 26. This is the third movie in the series made up of the book series from author James Dashner.

Altered Carbon – Hitting Netflix Feb. 2, the show follows Richard K. Morgan’s cyberpunk novel where people’s consciousnesses can be downloaded into new bodies.

fifty_shades_freed_book_coverFifty Shades Freed– The final installment in the Fifty Shades series, from author E.L. James hits theaters Feb. 8.

Peter Rabbit – The classic Beatrix Potter book gets an updated film adaptation that hits theaters Feb. 9.

Annihilation – Coming to theaters Feb. 23, the sci-fi novel from Jeff VanderMeer follows four women on an expedition into a mysterious area that has claimed the lives of all of the previous explorers.

The War with Grandpa – Based on the book by Robert Kimmel Smith, a boy declares war on his grandfather after he is told he must share his bedroom with him. The movie hits theaters Feb. 23.

Every Day – David Levithan’s book about “A,” who wakes up in a new body in a new life every day, debuts in theaters Feb. 23.

The Looming Tower – The Hulu series comes out on Feb. 28 and is based on the book by Lawrence Wright, which won a Pulitzer Prize, focuses on the rising threat of al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

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