Conversations with Friends
Make some noise, Sally Rooney fans! Following the global success of Hulu’s 2020 limited series adaptation of Rooney’s popular novel Normal People at the start of the epidemic, her debut novel, the equally amazing Conversations with Friends, will be adapted next by the same creative team (including Oscar-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson). It follows Frances and Bobbi, two Dublin-based students who become romantically involved with Nick and Melissa, an older married couple. Alison Oliver, Sasha Lane, Joe Alwyn, and Jemima Kirke will star in the 12-episode series, which will launch in the spring.
Daisy Jones & the Six
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s best-selling 2019 novel follows the birth and dissolution of the titular fictional rock band in the 1970s, which is reminiscent to Fleetwood Mac. The story is told in the format of an oral history, and it incorporates original song lyrics. Riley Keough (whose grandfather is Elvis Presley) plays Daisy Jones, an enigmatic solo artist who rises to rock-superstardom when she hooks up with The Six, a band whose pompous frontman, Billy Dunne, will be played by Sam Claflin, in an act of immaculate casting. The Amazon series began filming on September 27, but no official release date has been set.
Where the Crawdads Sing
Reese Witherspoon continues her habit of grabbing some of the most famous books from recent years and adapting them into Hollywood adaptations under her production company, Hello Sunshine, with this adaption, as well as Daisy Jones & the Six. Kya, an orphaned child growing up in the marshlands of North Carolina in the 1950s, is blamed for the death of a local prominent boy, Chase Andrews. Delia Owens’ debut novel is a coming-of-age story that revolves on Kya, an orphaned girl growing up in the marshlands of North Carolina in the 1950s. The picture will be released on July 22, 2022, and will star Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, and Harris Dickinson, who rose to prominence in the Netflix series Normal People.
For as long as we can remember, Jane Austen’s works have been adapted for the cinema, and they’ve gotten increasingly updated (see: Clueless and Emma). Netflix will revive this Regency-era classic with a “modern, funny touch” this year. Dakota Johnson will play Anne Elliot, a 27-year-old single woman who rekindles her relationship with Captain Frederick Wentworth, a dashing and now-wealthy naval officer whose marriage proposal she spurned down eight years previously.
Bethan Roberts’ 2012 novel centers on a heartbreaking love triangle between a police officer named Tom Burgess, his wife Marion, and a man named Patrick in 1950s Brighton, England. Set in a time when homosexuality was still illegal in Britain, Tom knows it would be “safer” for him to marry Marion than to be in a relationship with Patrick, so Marion and Patrick decide to begin sharing Tom, which ultimately proves to be destructive. On track to steal Hollywood’s heart, Harry Styles will lead as the titular policeman. Opposite him will star The Crown’s Emma Corrin and David Dawson, and the film is expected to land on Amazon later in 2022.
Marilyn Monroe has been the subject of much discussion, writing, and filming over the years, and now, almost ten years later, a biopic about the star will be produced. Blonde is a 700-page novel by Joyce Carol Oates, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, that provides a dramatized story of Marilyn Monroe’s private life. The film will star Ana de Armas as the Hollywood legend, with a score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. In the meantime, read the massive book or watch Michelle Williams’ undervalued performance in My Week with Marilyn, which has yet to receive an official release date from Netflix.
Kristin Hannah’s novel, set against the backdrop of World War II, depicts the narrative of two sisters growing up in France as they try to escape the German occupation. The plot is based on the French resistance women who assisted fallen Allied soldiers flee Nazi-occupied territory and shelter Jewish children. Mélanie Laurent, an actress-turned-director, will direct the adaptation, which is based on a Dana Stevens script. Dakota and Elle Fanning, who are real-life sisters, will play sisters for the first time on screen in this film. After a two-year wait, the film will eventually be released on December 23, 2022. We’re hoping for a third time lucky.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI is a nonfiction book by David Grann that analyzes a series of murders of the Osage people in Osage County, Oklahoma, in the early 1920s when lucrative oil was discovered on their property. The deaths prompted the newly founded FBI to launch a massive investigation. Martin Scorsese’s follow-up to The Irishman, as well as his first film with Apple TV+, will include Jesse Plemons, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, Brendan Fraser, and Robert De Niro, among others. The film’s production completed last fall, so we may expect it to be released in 2022.
Patricia Highsmith’s work has long been a source of inspiration for filmmakers, with Purple Noon, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Carol all using her work as inspiration. Vic and Melinda Van Allen’s loveless marriage is the focus of Deep Water, which follows the couple as they begin to play mind games that turn fatal after their marriage falls apart. The sexy psychological thriller will star former real-life partners Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas. It was supposed to be released in theaters on January 14, 2022, but it will now be available on Hulu at an undetermined date.
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels, the first of which was adapted into a film starring Matt Damon and Jude Law in 1999, are now being adapted into a Showtime television series titled Ripley. It is set in the early 1960s and follows the title character as he is paid by a wealthy man to travel to Italy and persuade his son, Dickie Greenleaf, to return home. Andrew Scott will feature in the titular character, as well as Johnny Flynn and Dakota Fanning, in the eight-episode series. It is expected to be launched in the year 2022.
Jack Gladney and his fourth wife, Babette, and their four children are caught in the middle of an environmental calamity in their little Midwestern town in Don Delillo’s 1985 postmodern masterpiece. Writer-director Noah Baumbach will rejoin with regular collaborators Greta Gerwig (who is also his partner) and Adam Driver, who will star in the major roles, as part of a recent deal to make films for Netflix. Alessandro Nivola and his children, Sam and May Nivola, will also star alongside Jodie Turner-Smith, André 3000, Raffey Cassidy, Don Cheadle, and Alessandro Nivola. While no release date has been established, production began this summer, so we can expect it to hit the streaming service later in 2022.
Emma Donoghue’s novels are being adapted on the big screen once more, over six years after Room received critical acclaim and a number of Academy Award nominations (and one win). The Wonder is a psychological thriller set in the Irish midlands circa 1862 and follows Anna O’Donnell, an 11-year-old girl who stops eating but remains alive and well, and Lib Wright, an English nurse who is sent to the little impoverished community to observe. Sebastián Lelio, the filmmaker of Disobedience and A Fantastic Woman, will direct and co-write the script with Donoghue and Alice Birch. Florence Pugh will star as Lib.
Lisa Taddeo’s debut nonfiction book is an intimate portrait of female desire based on the true stories of three American women who were persecuted because of their sexual urges. There’s Lina, a suburban Indiana housewife who had an affair with her high school love to get away from her unfulfilling marriage. Sloane is a Northeast entrepreneur with an open marriage to her husband Richard, which is jeopardized when two strangers enter their life. Finally, there’s Maggie, a North Dakota girl who is dealing with the fallout from accusing her instructor of inappropriate behavior. Shailene Woodley will portray Gia, a writer who persuades each of these three women to relate their tales in the Showtime series, which will premiere in fall 2022. Lina will be played by Betty Gilpin, Sloane by DeWanda Wise, and Maggie by Gabrielle Creevy.
The Stars at Noon
Denis Johnson’s story, set in 1984 against the backdrop of the Nicaraguan Revolution, depicts an English oil businessman and an American journalist-turned-prostitute who fall in love. However, their predicament quickly becomes filled with lies and conspiracies, prompting them to attempt to depart the country, leaving them alone with each other. The nameless individuals will be played by Joe Alwyn and Margaret Qualley in the A24 thriller directed by French director Claire Denis. Production in Panama completed up in December, so we’re hoping for a 2022 release date.
Ava, a 22-year-old Irish expat teaching English grammar to children at a TEFL school in Hong Kong, is the protagonist in Naoise Dolan’s brilliant debut novel. Julian, a 28-year-old affluent English banker who also happens to be her roommate, and lawyer Edith quickly become engaged in a love triangle. Many people have compared Dolan’s writing to Sally Rooney’s, owing to the way both writers deal with subjects like intimacy, identity, and class dynamics, yet Exciting Times is a fantastic novel in its own right. Cooper Raiff, who directed Shithouse, will direct the Amazon Studios limited series, with Phoebe Dynevor producing and starring as Ava. The series does not yet have a premiere date, but we expect to see it on our televisions shortly.