Must-Watch 2019 Book-to-TV Adaptations

Must-Watch 2019 Book-to-TV Adaptations

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Here at Bookish, we love stories. And when we’re not reading them in books, sometimes we like watching them on tv. We’re especially big fans of book-to-tv adaptations, which bring some of our favorite novels to life. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the exciting book-to-tv adaptations coming to screens in 2019.


A Discovery of Witches

Based on: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Starring: Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode

Why We’re Excited: If you’ve been dying for a new paranormal show to binge-watch, we recommend you check out A Discovery of Witches. It has already been renewed for a second and third season, and we can’t wait to see the full trilogy come to life. You can stream it now on Sundance Now/Shutter.


The ABC Murders

Based on: The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie

Starring: John Malkovich, Rupert Grint, Andrew Buchan, Tara Fitzgerald, and Shirley Henderson

Why We’re Excited: In The ABC Murders, Hercule Poirot begins receiving letters about murders that haven’t occurred yet. This three-part mystery series aired last year in the U.K, and now you can stream it on Amazon. Can’t get enough Agatha Christie? Death Comes as the End is also being adapted to tv this year and will be airing on BBC at Christmas.


Roswell, New Mexico

Based on: Roswell High by Melinda Metz

Starring: Jeanine Mason and Nathan Dean Parsons

Why We’re Excited: Fans might remember the first adaptation of Melinda Metz’s Roswell High series from the early 2000s. This reboot now airing on The CW ages the high school characters up to their late twenties and touches upon more modern issues. Roswell, New Mexico tells the story of Liz, who, after being shot, begins to wonder if the urban legends about her touristy towns have any truth to them.


Deadly Class

Based on: Deadly Class by Rick Remender, illustrated by Wesley Craig

Starring: Benedict Wong, Benjamin Wadsworth, and Lana Condor

Why We’re Excited: A boarding school that trains its students to become assassins? Um, count us in! Deadly Class follows a homeless teenager who is recruited to an elite academy for assassins called King’s Dominion. Deadly Class looks like it will bring the action and then some. You can watch it now on Syfy.


I Am the Night

Based on: One Day She’ll Darken by Fauna Hodel

Starring: Chris Pine and India Eisley

Why We’re Excited: This six-episode limited series on TNT is directed by Patty Jenkins, who also directed the blockbuster hit Wonder Woman. I Am the Night follows a young girl, Fauna Hodel, as she searches for information about her birth mother and uncovers secrets that lead to the infamous “Black Dahlia” murder.

The Umbrella Academy

Based on: The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá

Starring: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Robert Sheehan, and Mary J. Blige

Why We’re Excited: Another exciting comic book adaptation will be coming to screens on February 15th from Netflix. The show’s premise is that in 1989, 43 women give birth on the same day. Puzzlingly, they had not been pregnant when the day began. Six of those infants are adopted by a wealthy a man who creates the Umbrella Academy to prepare the supernatural children to save the world. In a second timeline set in the present, the now-thirty-something adoptees come together after years apart. The occasion? Their adopted father’s death. Now they must work together to solve their father’s murder and save the world—no biggie!


Good Omens

Based on: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Starring: David Tennant, Michael Sheen, and Jon Hamm

Why We’re Excited: We’ll watch anything based on the work of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. This six-episode miniseries kicks off in spring 2019 on Amazon. Let the fight between heaven and hell begin.



Based on: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Starring: Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, and George Clooney

Why We’re Excited: The classic satirical World War II novel, Catch-22, is being adapted again. Hankering for a first look at the Hulu series set to premiere sometime this spring? You can see images from the show here.



Based on: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Starring: Ashleigh Cummings, Zachary Quinto, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Virginia Kull, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach

Why We’re Excited: NOS4A2 follows Vic McQueen who learns she has the ability to track a demon who eats the souls of children and then sends them to a dimension where it’s Christmas everyday and unhappiness is against the law. We are definitely creeped out! Want to see Zachary Quinto transformed into the soul-eating demon Charlie Manx? Check out the first images from the show here.




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Based on: V-Wars edited by Jonathan Maberry

Starring: Ian Somerhalder, Kyle Breitkopf, Adrian Holmes, Jacky Lai, and Peter Outerbridge

Why We’re Excited: Vampires are making a comeback in 2019! Dr. Luther Swann discovers a mysterious disease transforming people into vampires. Then he must face off against his best friend who just so happens to be a powerful vampire leader. Set to premiere in 2019, you can get a first glimpse at Somerhalder’s character here.



Based on: Watchmen by Alan Moore

Starring: Jeremy Irons, Regina King, and Don Johnson

Why We’re Excited: This groundbreaking graphic novel by Alan Moore is being adapted again and is scheduled for HBO’s 2019 lineup. The award-winning cast includes Jeremy Irons, Regina King, and Don Johnson. We’re excited to see a new take on this story of outlaw superheroes.


The Underground Railroad

Based on: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Starring: TBA

Why We’re Excited: Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning novel The Underground Railroad is set for adaptation by Amazon. The series will be directed by Barry Jenkins, who is best known for directing the Oscar-winning film Moonlight. The Underground Railroad follows Cora, a young slave on a plantation in Georgia, who meets Cesar. He tells her about the Underground Railroad and the two decide to make their escape. While there is no announced casting, there’s a chance that we might see this one at the end of 2019.

Don’t miss out on these book-to-movie adaptations that are returning in 2019 with brand new episodes:

Based on The Magicians series by Lev Grossman, The Magicians season 4 premiered January 23 on Syfy.

Based on The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, Shadowhunters season 3B and finale event premieres February 25 on Freeform.

Based on the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones season 8 premieres April 14 on HBO.

Based on The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 will premiere on Hulu.


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