It’s only January, but 2017 is already looking great for stories in all forms. Lots of new titles are hitting the shelves and the cinemas, and many old favorites are getting the small-screen treatment—from unfortunate children to small-town scandals to gods at war. Here are 10 books-turned-shows we can’t wait to binge-watch (and binge-read!) this year.
1. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
January 13, 2017 (Netflix)
Relive the (mis)adventures of the Baudelaire children, with Tony Award-winner Neil Patrick Harris to star as their nemesis Count Olaf. Also starring Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, and Presley Smith, with Joan Cusack and Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket.
January 26, 2017 (The CW)
Unlike the lighthearted comics we’re familiar with, or even the reboot by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, this old favorite takes a turn for the darker as Archie and the gang are faced with a mystery that threatens what they know of their perfect little town. Starring K.J. Apa, Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, and Camila Mendes.
February 19, 2017 (HBO)
The lives of three mothers cross paths, finding ex-husbands and schoolyard scandals in the middle of it all. This limited series, based on Liane Moriarty’s bestseller, stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley.
4. The Handmaid’s Tale
April 26, 2017 (Hulu)
We step into Margaret Atwood’s dystopian world, where Offred, one of the Commander’s concubines played by Elisabeth Moss, has no way of going back to when she had a life of her own—her own family, her own job, even her right to read. Also starring Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes, and Alexis Bledel.
April 2017 (Starz)
We can’t wait to see Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane bring life to Shadow and Mr. Wednesday, as they prepare for the brewing war between the old gods and the new. This adaptation of a Neil Gaiman classic is bound to keep us on the edge of our seats. Also starring Emily Browning and Kristin Chenoweth.
With nothing but a set of cassette tapes mysteriously left for him, Clay tries to figure out the events—and the people—that led to Hannah’s tragic end. Watch Jay Asher’s heart-wrenching story unfold on screen, starring Dylan Minnette and Katherine Longford.
Another Gillian Flynn thriller is coming our way, this time with award-winning Amy Adams taking the lead. Sharp Objects, Flynn’s debut novel, is the story of a journalist who must face her dark past when she is tasked to cover the murder of a young girl in her hometown.
Pip Tyler, whose real name is Purity, hops from one place to another in search of the father she never knew. This adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s daring novel, starring Daniel Craig and produced by Scott Rudin, is said to be “a morally complex story of youthful idealism, extreme loyalty, and cold-blooded murder.”
9. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
Tom Clancy’s famous hero, CIA analyst Jack Ryan, takes on a dangerous field assignment that poses threats of global destruction. Starring John Krasinski and Abbie Cornish, and directed by Oscar-nominated Morten Tyldum.
10. Alias Grace
TBA (CBC and Netflix)
Another one of Margaret Atwood’s compelling novels, inspired by true events, is hitting the small screen this year. We are taken back to 1843, to the life of the infamous Grace Marks, played by Sarah Gadon, and the brutal murders that cloud her history. Also starring Anna Paquin and Zachary Levi, and directed by Mary Harron of American Psycho.
Which show are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!
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