From Book to Tube: 11 Book-to-Television Adaptations Coming to Your Screen in 2018

From Book to Tube: 11 Book-to-Television Adaptations Coming to Your Screen in 2018

Television Adaptations

There’s no doubt that 2017 was a hot year for book-to-television adaptations with the release of the The Handmaid’s Tale, 13 Reasons Why, and Big Little Lies, just to name a few. Here we’ve gathered 11 binge-worthy book-to-television adaptations coming to your screen in 2018. So dig your remote out from between the couch cushions and set your DVR to record because we know you won’t want to miss a second of these shows.

The Alienist

If the trailers are any indication the television series version of Caleb Carr’s gripping 1994 period novel, The Alienist, is sure to be the visually stunning and incredibly creepy crime drama we want it to be. We’re also hoping there is at least one scene at Delmonico’s. The series premieres on TNT on January 22nd.


Altered Carbon

Get ready to go back to the future on February 2nd when Altered Carbon is released on Netflix. Based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 dystopian sci-fi novel of the same nameAltered Carbon is a big story (Consciousness shifting! Murder!) with a big budget to match it. Not to mention that we’re happy to see Joel Kinnaman resurrected as Takeshi Kovacs after his roles in The Killing and House of Cards.


The Looming Tower

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower examines the rise of Al-Qaeda and the events leading up to 9/11. Featuring Jeff Daniels as a terror expert, The Looming Tower is sure to be evocative. Look for it on Hulu on February 28th.




Any show labeled as Glee meets Friday Night Lights has got our attention (we can’t quit you, Tim Riggins!). Based on Drama High by Michael Sokolove, the musical drama Rise follows the story of teacher Lou Mazzuchelli (based on real-life teacher Lou Volpe). A show about a musical theater teacher pulling a struggling town up by its bootstraps sounds starry-eyed, but that’s just what happens on Rise. Sing along on March 13th on NBC.


The Terror

Prepare to take an unforgettable journey aboard HMS Erebus and HMS Terror in AMC’s forthcoming Ridley Scott series The Terror. Based on Dan Simmons’ 2007 book of the same name, the 10-episode series follows the Royal Navy’s harrowing journey in search of the Northwest Passage. Instead of finding their way, the crew ends up trapped in a sea of ice. The series premieres on March 26th with a two-hour episode.


The Child in Time

Benedict Cumberbatch wades into the painful territory of losing a child when he stars in the PBS adaptation of Ian McEwan’s The Child in Time. We expect this film will be as moving as its novel counterpart. The Child in Time will air on April 1st.


Howards End

The Merchant and Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster’s Howards End has been a beloved film since it released in 1992. In late 2017, the BBC released a fresh remake which garnered much positive feedback. The four-episode miniseries written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan will air in April on Starz.



Based on Stephanie Danler’s 2016 bestselling novel of the same name, Sweetbitter premieres on Starz on May 6th. Add a dash of Girls, a smidgen of Sex and the City, and a dollop of Kitchen Confidential and you will likely get something that tastes very much like Sweetbitter. We are so hungry for it that our mouths are already watering.


Little Women

There is much to love about previous adaptations of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic, Little Women. Now, we are eager to see what MASTERPIECE on PBS has to offer with their new adaptation on May 13th. Here’s to spending some quality time with the March sisters!


Fahrenheit 451

We are ready to turn up the heat when Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 comes to HBO this year. Michael B. Jordan stars in this this adaptation about a dystopian future, where book burning is the norm, history is obsolete, and media is omnipresent. The film is set to release in spring 2018.


Sharp Objects

Hot on the heels of her successful film adaptation of her novel Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn is back, but this time with the adaptation of her 2006 psychological thriller Sharp Objects set to air on HBO in summer 2018. A stellar cast with Amy Adams in the dark role of Camille Preaker and Patricia Clarkson as her mother Adora should keep this adaptation sharp.


Myfanwy Collins
Myfanwy Collins is a Massachusetts-based mother, writer, and reader. She has an MA in English Literature and has published two novels and a collection of short stories. As a young writer, her mentor told her that in order to be the best writer, she needed to first be the best reader. She continues to pursue her best-reader merit badge.


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