2023 is the year of amazing book-to-screen adaptations. With a Hunger Games spinoff, Martin Scorcese bringing back the West crime dramas, and young adult romances like Red, White, & Royal Blue to soften things up, we can't wait for these stellar adaptations to hit the screens.
1. Red, White, & Royal Blue
Set to release in August on Prime Video, the film is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Casey McQuiston. Starring Netflix star Taylor Zakhar Perez as Alex Claremont-Diaz, the son of the first female American President, played by none other than Uma Thurman who after initial friction falls in love with the British Prince Henry played by Nicholas Galitzine, this is an adaptation, we can’t wait to watch.
2. Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe
While it made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2022, the widely awaited film is set to release on screen later this year. Reese Gonzales, who you might remember from the series Young Sheldon, appears as Dante Quintana, with Max Pelayo making his screen debut as Aristotle Mendoza. Being produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the hopes are set high with this coming-of-age story.
3. American Born Chinese
Having released earlier this year, this is a comedy series we cannot recommend enough. The adaptation traces the story of teenager Jin Wang played by Ben Wang, with Taiwanese immigrant parents, on a journey to figure himself out as a typical high schooler. The arrival of an exchange student Wei Chen, played by Jimmy Liu changes everything. With a sprinkle of Chinese folklore, the series is a fun take on the immigrant experience in the States.
4. The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes
If you grew up a fan of the Hunger Games Trilogy, you’re in for a treat. Releasing later this year, the prequel and spinoff from the trilogy, The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes is set 64 years prior to the first installment. The adaptation follows the story of the dictator Coriolanus Snow played by Tom Blyth before he became one.
5. Lessons In Chemistry
Set in the 1950s, the drama series explores the story of Elizabeth Zott played by Brie Larson after she is fired from her own lab, as she starts hosting a cooking show for housewives laced with lessons in science. Still being relevant socially, this feminist underdog story is one we can’t wait to watch.
6. Bridgerton S3
Based on Julia Quinn’s Romancing Mr Bridgerton, the third season of the much-loved period drama on Netflix is expected to release near the of 2023. Post Daphne and Anthony’s stories being the plots for the first and second seasons respectively, the third explores the romance between Colin Bridgerton played by Luke Newton and Penelope Featherington played by Nicola Coughlan. Having ended the second season where she did, it’ll be interesting to watch the magic Shonda Rhimes weaves with this couple in the third.
7. Killers OF The Flower Moon
Master is back at it, and how! Starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Robert De Niro, and Brendan Fraser, Killers Of The Flower Moon is an upcoming West crime drama by Martin Scorcese. Set in the 1920s, this is the only entry on this list where the adaptation is from a non-fiction book. Based on the real-life story of the Oklahoma murders, this is highly anticipated for a reason.