As readers, we love nothing more than watching our favorite books make their way to the screen. This fall, we have the opportunity to do just that, with plenty of adaptations hitting the small screen, including Amazon Prime and Netflix. Check out our list of book to TV adaptations coming in fall 2017, complete with publishers’ descriptions below.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.
Release date: Out now in the UK on BBC
Things to know: The Cormoran Strike series is written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, and the BBC series starring Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger has already been renewed for a second season. HBO has optioned the show for US viewers; no word on a premiere date yet.
Gerald’s Game by Stephen King
Once again, Jessie Burlingame has been talked into submitting to her husband Gerald’s kinky sex games — something that she’s frankly had enough of, and they never held much charm for her to begin with. So much for a “romantic getaway” at their secluded summer home. After Jessie is handcuffed to the bedposts — and Gerald crosses a line with his wife — the day ends with deadly consequences. Now Jessie is utterly trapped in an isolated lakeside house that has become her prison — and comes face-to-face with her deepest, darkest fears and memories. Her only company is that of the various voices filling her mind… as well as the shadows of nightfall that may conceal an imagined or very real threat right there with her…
Release date: Out now, Netflix
Electric Dreams by Philip K. Dick
Though perhaps most famous as a novelist, Philip K. Dick wrote more than 100 short stories over the course of his career, each as mind-bending and genre-defining as his longer works. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams collects 10 of the best. In “Autofac,” Dick shows us one of the earliest examples (and warnings) in science fiction of self-replicating machines. “Exhibit Piece” and “The Commuter” feature Dick exploring one of his favorite themes: the shifting nature of reality and whether it is even possible to perceive the world as it truly exists. And “The Hanging Stranger” provides a thrilling, dark political allegory as relevant today as it was when Dick wrote it at the height of the Cold War.
Release date: Out now, Amazon Prime
Things to know: Produced by Bryan Cranston and Outlander‘s Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis, this British adaptation has finally made its way to the screen after much deliberation. Viewers are praising Timothy Spall’s performance, calling it “moving” and “a masterpiece.”
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf’s inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis’s wife. His daughter lives hours away, her son even farther, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in empty houses, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. But maybe that could change? As Addie and Louis come to know each other better — their pleasures and their difficulties — a beautiful story of second chances unfolds, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer’s enduring contribution to American literature.
Release date: Out now, Netflix
Things to know: Our Souls at Night marks the much-anticipated reunion of Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. Fonda did in-depth research for her role, going as far as to travel to the small town of Yuma, CO, with Haruf’s wife to better understand the ins and outs of life in small-town.
Mindhunter by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases — and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.
During his 25 year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time: the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle’s Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life.
Release date: October 13, Netflix
Things to know: The chilling show is produced by House of Cards director and executive producer David Fincher, as well as award-winning actress Charlize Theron. After years of development, the series has already been picked up for a second season.
1922 by Stephen King
A violence awakens inside a man when his wife proposes selling off the family homestead, setting in motion a grisly train of murder and madness.
Release date: October 20, Netflix
Things to know: Directed by Zak Hilditch, the grim and gory film has been praised as one of the best Stephen King adaptations of the year.
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
It’s 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders.
An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories?
Release date: November 3, Netflix
Things to know: The six-episode series is written and produced by Oscar-nominated director Sarah Polley. Polley says of the main character: “Grace Marks, as captured by Margaret Atwood, is the most complex, riveting character I have ever read.”
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond
If a hungry little mouse shows up on your doorstep, you might want to give him a cookie. And if you give him a cookie, he’ll ask for a glass of milk. He’ll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn’t have a milk mustache, and then he’ll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim….
This book is a great first introduction to Mouse, the star of the If You Give… series and a perennial favorite among children. With its spare, rhythmic text and circular tale, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is perfect for beginning readers and story time!
Release date: November 7, Amazon Prime
Things to know: Author Numeroff is slated to executive produce the new adaptation of her bestselling series, along with illustrator Bond and writer Ken Scarborough, who previously worked on Arthur, Sesame Street, Curious George.
The Long Road Home by Martha Raddatz
The First Cavalry Division came under surprise attack in Sadr City on Sunday April 4, 2004. Over 7,000 miles away, their families awaited the news for 48 hellish hours — expecting the worst. In this powerful, unflinching account, Martha Raddatz takes readers from the streets of Baghdad to the home front and tells the story of that horrific day through the eyes of the courageous American men and women who lived it.
Release date: November 7, National Geographic Channel
Things to know: Starring Michael Kelly, Jeremy Sisto, and Kate Bosworth, the miniseries will provide an in-depth look at the Iraq War event known as “Black Sunday.” The adaptation was filmed in Fort Hood, TX, which is the base for the First Cavalry Division.
Which of these adaptations do you plan to watch? Tell us in the comments!