Some of Your Favorite SFF TV and Movie Adaptations in the Works.. A ‘small’ List

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Sometime earlier in the month we heard news about The Wheel of Time tv show. Well, I decided to do some digging and came up with a list of some Sci-Fi and Fantasy books that are currently in the works, either as Tv shows, or as movies.

The success of Game of Thrones has led many showrunners and studios to see the fact that Sci-Fi and Fantasy, when handled right, sells. They also have the added bonus of having ready made materials to work with.

Anyway, some of the adaptations are here. If you wish to read the exhaustive list(maybe I did not mention the book you were looking for), visit Tor for an in-depth list

 

RUMOURED

Watchmen by Alan Moore (writer) and Dave Gibbons (artist)

Watchmen TV adaptation rumoredOriginally published: 1986, DC Comics
Optioned for: Television (HBO)
What it’s about: In alternate-universe 1985—after the emergence of costumed heroes in the 1940s and ’60s turned the tide in historical events such as the Vietnam War—the murder of The Comedian brings these retired vigilantes out of hiding.
Status: “Preliminary discussions regarding Watchmen have occurred, but we have no additional information and no deals are in place,” HBO said after meeting with Zack Snyder, who adapted the graphic novel into a 2009 film.

 

IN THE WORKS

Aleister Arcane by Steve Niles (writer) and Breehn Burns (artist)

Aleister Arcane Steve Niles adaptation Eli RothOriginally published: 2004, IDW Publishing
Optioned for: Film (Amblin Entertainment)
What it’s about: Weatherman-turned-late-night TV horror show host Aleister Arcane (a.k.a. Green) gets a kick out of airing gory little skits, until the local sponsors in his hometown of Jackson, OK, shut him down. But when a tragic incident gets him taken off the air and forced into early retirement, the local kids realize that Aleister Arcane has laid a curse upon their town.
Status: Eli Roth is teaming up with Jim Carrey (who will star and produce) to adapt Niles’ series. Jon Croker (The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death) will write the screenplay with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Alias Grace Netflix miniseries Grace Marks Margaret Atwood adaptation Sarah PolleyOriginally published: 1996, McClelland & Stewart
Optioned for: Television (Netflix/CBC)
What it’s about: Atwood’s novel is a fictionalized account of the true-crime double murder for which domestic servant Grace Marks (along with a suspected accomplice) was convicted. The audience surrogate is the fictional character of Dr. Simon Jordan, a specialist in the burgeoning field of mental illness, who struggles to reconcile the sweet girl who has no memory of the incident, and the gruesome crime for which she is serving a life sentence.
Status: After having previously planned to adapt the novel into a feature film, Sarah Polley (Away From Her, Looking for Alaska) will write and produce the six-hour Netflix miniseries, with Mary Harron (American Psycho) directing. Sarah Gadon will star as Grace Marks, with Anna Paquin playing her deceased employer Nancy Montgomery.

The Black Company by Glen Cook

The Black Company TV adaptation Glen Cook Eliza DushkuOriginally published: 1984, Tor Books
Optioned for: Television (Boston Diva Productions/Phantom Four)
What it’s about: The Black Company begin their series as a tough, cynical unit who sell their skills to the highest bidder. However, when they learn that an ancient prophecy may be coming true, they have to reevaluate their choices, and most importantly, decide whether to forsake old loyalties. The Lady, who rules the Northern Empire, hires the Black Company for her own ends.
Status: Eliza Dushku and David Goyer’s production companies (respectively) are collaborating on the adaptation, with Dushku playing the pivotal role of The Lady.

Captain Marvel by various authors and artists

Captain Marvel movieOriginally published: 1968, Marvel Comics
Optioned for: Film (Marvel Studios)
What it’s about: Captain Marvel tracks Air Force pilot Carol Danvers’ (Brie Larson) transformation into the titular superhero after an accident fuses her human DNA with that of an alien and grants her superpowers.
Status: Directing duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson) will helm the film, based on a screenplay from Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy). Comes to theaters March 8, 2019.

 

Castle Rock, from various works by Stephen King

Originally published: various
Optioned for: Television (Hulu/Bad Robot)
What it’s about: Named for the fictional Maine town appearing (or mentioned) in many of King’s novels and short stories, Castle Rock is a horror anthology series that will both draw from King’s existing body of work while including new stories.
Status: J.J. Abrams will produceManhattan creator Sam Shaw will write with Dustin Thomason, who also served as a writer and executive producer on Manhattan. Hulu has released a teaser.

 

Cormoran Strike, from the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling adaptation Robert GalbraithOriginally published: 2013, Sphere Books
Optioned for: Television (BBC One/HBO)
What it’s about: In Galbraith’s (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling’s) mystery series, war veteran-turned-private detective Cormoran Strike (War and Peace‘s Tom Burke) copes with physical and psychological wounds while solving three complex cases that have stumped the police.
Status: Cormoran Strike will air in three separate event series: the three-hour The Cuckoo’s Calling, two-hour The Silkworm, and two-hour Career of Evil. (HBO and BBC One also worked together on the adaptation of Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy.) Filming began in fall 2016 in London.

 

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Darker Shade of MagicOriginally published: 2015, Tor Books
Optioned for: Film (G-BASE)
What it’s about: Traveler-magician Kell’s official job is to deliver correspondence between the parallel Londons, but his unofficial job is smuggling visitors to see the flourishing magic of Red London, or the eerie control of White London (though no one is allowed in Black London). When a thief from boring Grey London robs, saves, and then joins Kell, he discovers the perilous magic at the root of everything.
Status: While the original plans for the adaptation was a limited series along the lines of Game of Thrones, the project changed direction in 2017: Schwab will be a producer on the movie version of the first book, with the other two volumes serving as material for a potential franchise.

Dune by Frank Herbert

Dune TV film adaptation Legendary EntertainmentOriginally published: 1965, Chilton Books
Optioned for: Film and Television (Legendary Entertainment)
What it’s about: Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, whose family accepts stewardship of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the coveted “spice” in the universe. After a betrayal, Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control over Arrakis.
Status: Legendary Entertainment has reached an agreement with the Frank Herbert estate in which it has acquired the film and television rights to Dune. The agreement calls for the development and production of possible film and TV projects for a global audience. Brian Herbert has confirmed that Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve will helm the project.

 

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Drank the Moon adaptation Kelly BarnhillOriginally published: 2016, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Optioned for: Film (Fox Animation)
What it’s about: Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to an unseen witch. But when delivering a baby to waiting families on her yearly journey, witch Xan accidentally feeds moonlight to the infant, filling her with magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own, with the help of a wise swamp monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon.
Status: Kubo and the Two Strings co-writer Marc Haimes is adapting Barnhill’s book as a live-action/animation-hybrid film.

 

Hello, Moto, from “Hello, Moto” by Nnedi Okorafor

Hello, Moto film adaptation Fiery Film Nnedi OkoraforOriginally published: 2011, Tor.com
Optioned for: Film (Fiery Film)
What it’s about: Scientist and witch Rain hopes that her inventions, wigs that allow their wearers to wield influence and power, will help battle corruption. Instead, she watches her friends Philo and Coco themselves become corrupted, turning them against Rain as she attempts to make up for what she’s done.
Status: Nigerian film/TV company/studio Fiery Film optioned the rights in early 2017.

 

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials TV adaptationOriginally Published: 1995, Scholastic UK/1996, Alfred A. Knopf
Optioned for:
Television (BBC One)
What it’s about:
Lyra, an orphan, and her trusty dæmon Pan travel through parallel universes in order to learn the truth about her parents, prophecies about Lyra’s place in the fight against celestial beings, and the meaning behind the mysterious Dust.
Status: The BBC is partnering with New Line Cinema (who produced the movie version of The Golden Compass in 2007) to adapt all three books for television, with author Philip Pullman drawing comparisons to Game of Thrones and The Wire. Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) will write the teleplay, under the watch of producers Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner (Doctor Who).

 

How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman

How to Talk to Girls at Parties adaptationOriginally published: 2006, HarperCollins/Headline Review
Optioned for: Film (A24)
What it’s about: Enn (Alex Sharp, from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Broadway) and his friends go to a party trying to talk to girls, only to discover that the girls, especially Zan (Elle Fanning), are not what he expected.
Status: Filming began in November 2015, with the movie expected to be released sometime in 2016.

 

 

Interview with the Vampire by Ann Rice

Interview With the Vampire movie adaptation Josh BooneOriginally published: 1976, Knopf
Optioned for: Film (Universal Pictures)
What it’s about: Louis de Pointe du Lac tells his life story to a reporter—but as life stories go, it’s a doozy, spanning over two centuries of being a vampire alongside his maker Lestat and their bloodthirsty charge Claudia.
Status: For a long time the rumors were that Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) was working on a movie adaptation that combined the plots of The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned. Then Boone clarified in 2016 that he was remaking Interview, by sharing a page from the script on Instagram. He has also hinted that Jared Leto could play Lestat, though that has not been confirmed.

 

The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind, Patrick RothfussOriginally published: 2007, DAW Books
Optioned for:
Film, Television, & Video Games (Lionsgate)
What it’s about:
 In Rothfuss’ fantasy trilogy—the first two books of which have been published—adventurer and musician Kvothe tells his life story, with the majority of the series made up by the flashbacks.
Status: Lionsgate plans to adapt the books into movies and a TV series andtie-in video games… and perhaps eventually for the stage? At any rate, it’s in good hands: Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda will serve as creative producer overseeing this burgeoning franchise, and John Rogers will serve as showrunner of the TV series.

 

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle adaptation Sebastian StanOriginally published: 1962, Viking Press
Optioned for: Film (Further Films/Great Point Media)
What it’s about: One of Jackson’s best-known stories, We Have Always Lived in the Castle centers on a perverse, possibly murderous family whose isolation from the outside world is upended by a distant cousin (Sebastian Stan) looking to uncover dark secrets.
Status: Michael Douglas is producing the thriller adaptation, from a screenplay written by Stacie Passon (Concussion) and Mark Kruger (Damien, Teen Wolf).

 

COMING SOON

American Gods (Television, Starz)

American Gods poster Starz premiere date April 30

Adapted from: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Originally published:
 2001, William Morrow
What it’s about:
 Showrunners Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Heroes) are excited to make Gaiman’s novel, about the battles between old gods and new, into a sort of anthology series. (Not to be confused with his reboot of the old-school anthology series Amazing Stories.) That means that in addition to following protagonist Shadow, they’ll also be touching upon other characters, like Bilquis and (we hope) The Technical Boy.
Status: Fuller and his team are hard at work—sharing Twitter gems like this—and making sure they honor the book’s diversity. Most of the cast has been set, with Ricky Whittle as Shadow, Ian McShane as Mr. WednesdayEmily Browning as Laura Moon, Jonathan Tucker as “Low Key” Lyesmith, and Crispin Glover as Mr. World. Check out this adorable photo from their first table read… then feast your eyes on the first trailerAmerican Gods will premiere April 30.

Annihilation (Film, Paramount Pictures)

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Adapted from: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Originally published:
 2014, Farrar, Straus & Giroux
What it’s about: The first installment of VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy follows a biologist (Natalie Portman), a psychologist (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a surveyer, and an anthropologist (Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez, whose roles have not yet been clarified) as they venture into the untamed Area X. They are the twelfth expedition, after their forebears’ explorations ended in violence, madness, and death. The biologist, our narrator, is especially concerned with discovering the secrets of Area X, as they relate to her missing husband (Oscar Isaac). Ex Machina‘s Alex Garland is writing and directing; he talks about the process here.
Status: Comes to theaters sometime in 2017.

 

Ant-Man and the Wasp (Film, Marvel Studios)

Ant-Man and the Wasp logo

Adapted from: various Marvel Comics by various authors and artists
Originally published: TBD
What it’s about: No official synopsis yet, but presumably the film will focus on Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly).
Status: Comes to theaters July 6, 2018.

 

Aquaman (Film, DC Entertainment)

Aquaman movie

Adapted from: various DC Comics by various authors and artists
Originally published: 1941, DC Comics
What it’s about: No official synopsis yet.
Status: Comes to theaters December 21, 2018.

 

Avengers: Infinity War

Thanos infinity gauntlet

Adapted from: various Marvel Comics by various authors and artists
Originally published: 1963, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: “Four years after the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Avengers, torn apart after the events of Captain America: Civil War, join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to battle Thanos, who is trying to amass the Infinity Stones for a gauntlet that will give him dominion over space, time, and all reality.“
Status: Comes to theaters May 4, 2018.

 

Beautiful Dreamer (Film, The Colony Media)

Beautiful Dreamer Ken Liu Memories of My Mother short film adaptation

Adapted from: “Memories of My Mother” by Ken Liu
Originally published: 2012, Daily Science Fiction
What it’s about: A young woman faced with a terminal illness and two years to live uses space travel and time dilation to visit her daughter every seven years over her lifetime.
Status: After having its West Coast premiere at a film festival in June 2016, this short film should be released online eventually. In the meantime, here’s a calendar of which festivals you can find the film at.

 

Black Panther (Film, Marvel Studios)

Black Panther Marvel

Adapted from: various Marvel Comics by various authors and artists
Originally published: 1966, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: After the events of Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa “returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.”
Status: Comes to theaters February 16, 2018.

 

The Circle (Film, Playtone/EuropaCorp)

The Circle trailer Emma Watson Patton Oswalt John Boyega Tom Hanks

Adapted from: The Circle by Dave Eggers
Originally published:
 2013, McSweeney’s
What it’s about: Mae Holland (Emma Watson) thinks she’s landed a dream job at The Circle, a powerful social media company. But when the company’s founder (Tom Hanks) pressures her to become an on-camera presence instead of just being behind-the-scenes, she finds herself bombarded by followers and their expectations, which threaten her identity.
Status: In theaters April 28; watch the latest trailer!

 

Cloak and Dagger (Television, Freeform/Marvel Television)

Marvel Cloak and Dagger trailer Tandy Tyrone

Adapted from: Cloak and Dagger by various authors and artists
Originally published:
 1983, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: Marvel is expanding its television universe with a show aimed at teenagers on Freeform (formerly known as ABC Family). Tandy “Dagger” Bowen and Tyrone “Cloak” Johnson are an unusual duo, in that their superpowers are incredibly complementary: She can create daggers of light, while he can engulf others in total darkness. No word yet on which of Cloak and Dagger’s many Marvel Comics plotlines the show will actually be based.
Status: Writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights, An Untamed State) will direct the pilot, and the leads have been cast: former Disney Channel star Olivia Holt will play Tandy, while The Night Of’s Aubrey Joseph will portray Tyrone. The series is expected to premiere in early 2018. Watch the first trailer!

 

Dark Phoenix (Film, 20th Century Fox)

Jean Grey scream Dark Phoenix

Adapted from: Uncanny X-Men (“The Dark Phoenix Saga”) by Chris Claremont (writer) and John Byrne (writer/artist)
Originally published: 1980, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: No official synopsis yet, but it will presumably pick up after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse.
Status: Comes to theaters November 2, 2018.

 

The Dark Tower (Film & Television, Sony Pictures Entertainment)

The Dark Tower movie film TV adaptation idris Elba Roland Deschain The Gunslinger Jake Tom Taylor

Adapted from: The Dark Tower by Stephen King
Originally published: 2003, Plume Books
What it’s about:
 Stephen King has described the series as his magnum opus: Combining themes from sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and Western, it follows a gunslinger (Idris Elba), the Man in Black he’s following (Matthew McConaughey), and his quest to find a tower that is both physical and metaphorical.
Status: Sony Pictures Entertainment is partnering with Media Rights Capital to produce a number of movies as well as a complementary TV series. Screenwriter Nikolaj Arcel (the Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), who taught himself English in order to read King’s books, wrote the script. The Dark Tower, the first movie, opens in theaters in summer 2017, after the release date was pushed back from February. (Check out more stills here.) And later in 2017 or in 2018, once the movie is coming to cable or streaming services, the TV show will premiere: Based on Wizard and Glass, it’s a 10-to-13-episode prequel series following a young Roland.

 

Deadpool 2 (Film, 20th Century Fox)

Deadpool 2

Adapted from: various Marvel Comics by various authors and artists; created by Rob Liefeld (artist) and Fabian Nicieza (writer)
Originally published: 1991, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: We don’t have an official synopsis yet, but we do know that it will include Cable (Josh Brolin).
Status: Comes to theaters June 1, 2018.

 

The Defenders (Television, Netflix)

The Defenders teaser trailer Marvel Netflix

Adapted from: various Marvel Comics characters
Originally published: N/A
What it’s about: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up in New York City against a threat (which will somehow involve Sigourney Weaver).
Status: Premieres August 18; watch the latest teaser.

 

Drink, Slay, Love (Television, Lifetime)

Drink Slay Love Lifetime Bella Thorne

Adapted from: Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
Originally published: 2011, Margaret K. McElderry Books
What it’s about: After a unicorn stabs her through the heart, eternally-sixteen-year-old vampire Pearl discovers that she’s able to walk around in sunlight without getting burned to a crisp. When the Vampire King of New England chooses Pearl’s family to host his annual feast, she must enroll in high school to procure some fresh meat for the meal. But as she finds friends and love interests in high school, something begins to eat away at her—not bloodlust, but a conscience.
Status: Bella Thorne will co-executive produce Lifetime’s TV movie adaptation of the novel, starring Cierra Ramirez. Premieres in 2017.

 

Good Omens (Television, BBC/Amazon Prime)

Good Omens TV adaptation

Adapted from: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
Originally published:
1990, Gollancz/Workman
What it’s about:
 Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett co-wrote this comedy about the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley trying to avoid the End Times, brought about by Satan’s son.
Status: Long rumored, now confirmed: At a recent memorial for Pratchett, Gaiman revealed that the late author wrote him a letter before his death imploring Gaiman to adapt their book on his own. (Gaiman: “At that point, I think I said, ‘You bastard, yes.’”) The six-part miniseries will premiere sometime in 2018.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Film, Marvel Studios)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 poster

Adapted from: Guardians of the Galaxy comics by various authors and artists
Originally published: 1969, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: “The team struggles to keep its newfound family together as it tires to unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage in the outer reaches of the galaxy.”
Status: Comes to theaters May 5.

 

Inhumans (Television, Marvel Studios/ABC)

Inhumans TV show

Adapted from: various Marvel Comics by various authors and artists
Originally published: 1965, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: “After a military coup, the Inhuman Royal Family escape to Hawaii where they must save themselves and the world.”
Status: Debuts September 1 in IMAX theaters, then then rest of the episodes air on ABC beginning September 26.

 

IT (Film, Warner Bros/New Line Cinema)

IT

Adapted from: IT by Stephen King
Originally published:
1986, Viking
What it’s about:
 A malevolent being disguises itself as phobias, but mostly as a disturbing clown, in order to hunt a group of children. As adults, they return to their hometown to confront the fear they know only as “IT.”
Status:
 Comes to theaters September 8; watch the first trailer.

 

Justice League (Film, DC Entertainment)

The Justice League

Adapted from: various DC Comics by various authors and artists
Originally published: 1960, DC Comics
What it’s about: Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) assemble a team of superheroes including The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and Aquaman (Jason Momoa).
Status: Comes to theaters November 17.

 

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Film, Warner Bros.)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Guy Ritchie

Adapted from: every King Arthur tale ever
Originally published: N/A
What it’s about: In Guy Ritchie’s reimagining of Arthurian legend, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) doesn’t learn about his royal lineage until he pulls Excalibur from the stone. Fighting alongside the Resistance and the enigmatic Guinevere, he must defeat the tyrant Vortigern to avenge his parents and reclaim his birthright.
Status: Comes to theaters May 12; watch the “dynamic” first trailer.

 

Marjorie Prime (Film, Passage Pictures)

Marjorie Prime movie Jon Hamm hologram

Adapted from: Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison
Originally published: 2015, Playwrights Horizons
What it’s about: In the age of artificial intelligence, aging Marjorie (Lois Smith), slowly losing her memories, spends her time talking about her life with her handsome companion, Walter (Jon Hamm)—a hologram of her late husband.
Status: Premieres at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival; will likely come to theaters shortly after.

 

Midnight, Texas (Television, NBC)

Midnight Texas TV show NBC Charlaine Harris pilot picked up series

Adapted from: Midnight, Texas by Charlaine Harris
Originally published:
2014, Ace
What it’s about:
 In Charlaine Harris’ series, phone psychic Manfred Bernardo relocates to Midnight, Texas, and then winds up overstaying his welcome—probably because of all the murders. It’s certainly an intriguing town, from the way executive producer David Janollari (Six Feet Under) describes it: “It’s where humans and the supernatural co-exist, and where everyone has a secret. It’s equal parts humorous, sexy, and downright scary.”
Status: Premieres July 25. Watch the latest trailer!

 

The Mist (Television, Spike TV)

The Mist television adaptation

Adapted from: The Mist by Stephen King
Originally published:
 1980, Signet
What it’s about: TWC-Dimension TV, which produced the 2007 movie adaptation of The Mist, will take another stab at King’s eerie novella about a Maine town shrouded in a mist filled with supernatural monsters, and what the townspeople do to survive.
Status: Adam Bernstein, who directed the pilots for Scrubs, 30 Rock, and Fargo, will helm the series. Premieres June 22; watch the first trailer.

 

Mr. Mercedes (Television, Audience Network)

Mr. Mercedes TV adaptation

Adapted from: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Originally published: 2014, Scribner
What it’s about: When a killer dubbed “Mr. Mercedes” (Harry Treadaway), due to the grisly nature of his automobile crime, taunts retired detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) with a series of lurid letters and emails, Hodges must stir himself from his depression to stop Mr. Mercedes from killing again.
Status: David E. Kelley (The Practice) will serve as showrunner. The series is set to premiere in fall 2017.

 

New Mutants (Film, 20th Century Fox)

New Mutants comic

Adapted from: New Mutants by Chris Claremont (writer) and Bob McLeod (artist)
Originally published: 1982, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: We don’t know much, but judging from the title, it’s likely about a team of young mutants fighting to protect themselves in a world that hates them.
Status: Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) will direct. Comes to theaters April 13, 2018.

 

New Warriors (Television, Freeform/Marvel Television)

Squirrel Girl

Adapted from: New Warriors by various authors and artists
Originally published: 1989, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: “New Warriors centers around six young people struggling to make a difference and learn how to harness their powers … Not quite super, not yet heroes, Marvel’s New Warriors is about that time in your life when you first enter adulthood and feel like you can do everything and nothing at once—except in this world, bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.”
Status: Kevin Biegel (Cougar Town, Unlistedis closing a deal) to be showrunner and lead writer. The series is expected to premiere sometime in 2018.

 

The Punisher (Television, Netflix)

The Punisher TV series Marvel Netflix Jon Bernthal Daredevil The Defenders

Adapted from: the Marvel Comics character created by Gerry Conway (writer) and John Romita, Sr. (artist)
Originally published: 1974, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: Brutal vigilante Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) will bring his own brand of “justice” to Hell’s Kitchen in this spinoff after his supporting role on Daredevil.
Status: Hannibal‘s Steve Lightfoot will serve as executive producer of the series, which is expected to premiere sometime in 2017.

 

Redliners (Television, NBC)

Charlaine Harris Redliners TV series adaptation

Adapted from: short fiction by Charlaine Harris
Originally published:
 various
What it’s about: The series, about former spies in suburbia, is described as “a high-octane project that mixes humor, romance and espionage centering on a pair of former operatives who get reactivated and drawn into a larger conspiracy while attempting to maintain their undercover lives.”
Status: Emerald City executive producer Shaun Cassidy and comics creator Kelly Sue DeConnick (also involved with Emerald City) are setting up NBC’s second Harris project, after Midnight, Texas. It’s expected to premiere sometime in fall 2017.

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Film, Marvel Studios/Sony Pictures)

Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer

Adapted from: Amazing Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Originally published: 1963, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: “Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine—distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.”
Status: Comes to theaters July 7. Watch the latest trailer!

 

Untitled Animated Spider-Man Project (Film, Sony Pictures)

Miles Morales

Adapted from: Ultimate Fallout by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli
Originally published: 2011, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: We don’t yet know plot details, but Liev Schreiber teased that the animated film would be a “throwback” for “hardcore Spidey fans.”
Status: Set to be released December 21, 2018.

 

Thor: Ragnarok (Film, Marvel Studios)

Thor: Ragnarok

Adapted from: various Marvel Comics by various authors and artists
Originally published: 1962, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: “Asgard is threatened but Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his hammer and to escape and save his home world he must fight his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!”
Status: Comes to theaters November 3. Watch the first trailer!

 

The Three-Body Problem: I (Film, Youzu Pictures)

The Three-Body Problem movie

Adapted from: The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (translated by Ken Liu)
Originally published: 2006, Chongqing Press
What it’s about: During China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military program sends signals into space to initiate first contact with aliens. Years later, a physicist uses the virtual reality video game Three-Body to discover a secret organization and uncover what the aliens might actually want from Earth.
Status: The Three-Body Trilogy is being adapted into six movies, directed by Panpan Zhang, the first of which should be released sometime in 2017. In the meantime, check out the stunning stage adaptation of the novel.

 

The Tick (Television, Amazon Studios/Sony Television)

Adapted from: New England Comics Newsletter by Ben Edlund
Originally published: 1986, New England Comics Press
What it’s about: Deadline sums it up: “The Tick centers on an underdog accountant with zero powers who comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero.”
Status: Ben Edlund, who created The Tick and oversaw the first two TV iterations, serves as writer and executive producer. Season 1 premieres August 25. In the meantime, read our review of the pilot!

 

Venom (Film, Sony Pictures)

Venom movie

Adapted from: various Marvel Comics by various authors and artists
Originally published: 1984, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: No official synopsis yet.
Status: Comes to theaters October 5, 2018.

 

Wonder Woman (Film, DC Entertainment)

Wonder Woman new trailer World War I

Adapted from: Wonder Woman comics by various authors and artists
Originally published: 1941, DC Comics
What it’s about: “Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.”
Status: Comes to theaters June 2.

 

A Wrinkle in Time (Film, Walt Disney Company)

A Wrinkle in Time behind the scenes photos Ava DuVernay

Adapted from: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Originally published:
 1963, Farrar, Straus & Giroux
What it’s about: Director Ava DuVernay (Selma) and screenwriter Jennifer Lee (Frozen) will make up for the lackluster 2003 TV movie with their new take on the classic story of Meg Murry and her brother Charles Wallace traveling through space and time via tesseract to save their missing father.
Status: Storm Reid has been cast as Meg Murry, and will be accompanied on her interstellar journey by Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey). The film comes to theaters March 9, 2018.

 

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Television, Marvel Studios/ABC)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Adapted from: various Marvel Comics by various authors and artists
Originally published: 1965, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. must deal with unusual cases and threats from Hydra and Inhumans.
Status: Season 4 premiered September 20; the series has not yet been renewed for season 5.

 

Daredevil (Television, Netflix)

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Adapted from: the Marvel Comics character created by Stan Lee (writer) and Bill Everett (artist)
Originally published: 1964, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: After an accident takes away his sight but gives him heightened senses, lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) must protect Hell’s Kitchen from criminals while dealing with other vigilantes like The Punisher (Jon Bernthal), as well as his ex-girlfriend Elektra Natchios (Élodie Yung).
Status: Season 3 will premiere sometime in 2018, but Daredevil will appear in Marvel and Netflix’s The Defenders before then in August 2017.

 

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (Television, BBC America)

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Adapted from: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
Originally published: 1987, Pocket Books (US) and William Heinemann Ltd. (UK)
What it’s about: Max Landis’ adaptation of Adams’ novel (which he once described as a “thumping good detective-ghost-horror-who dunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic”) follows the adventures of eccentric “holistic detective” Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett), who believes everything to be interconnected, his sidekick Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood), and at least one corgi.
Status: Season 2 will premiere in 2017.

Emerald City (Television, NBC)

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Adapted from: The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Originally published: 1900, George M. Hill Company
What it’s about: As writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet) described this new take on the Land of Oz books at HeroesCon, “It is a stunningly beautiful take on that world where Dorothy has a machine gun and Toto is a German Shepherd.” Vincent D’Onofrio will play the Wizard; Florence Kasumba is the Wicked Witch of the East, above.
Status: Read our pilot review! No word yet on if the series will be renewed for season 2.

The Exorcist (Television, Fox)

The Exorcist TV show Fox

Adapted from: The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Originally published: 1971, Harper & Row
What it’s about: Father Tomas Ortega (Sense8‘s Alfonso Herrera) investigates the apparent possession of teenager Katherine Rance, whose family are members of his congregation. On the other side of the world, Father Marcus Brennan (House of Cards‘ Ben Daniels) is a modern-day Templar Knight battling the forces of evil.
Status: No word yet on a season 2 renewal.

 

The Expanse (Television, Syfy)

The Expanse season 2

Adapted from: The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey (Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck)
Originally published:
2011, Orbit Books
What it’s about:
 Hundreds of years in the future, humans have colonized the solar system, but tensions have war simmering among Earth, Mars, and the Asteroid Belt. The disappearance of Julie Mao (Florence Faivre) brings together a hardened detective (Thomas Jane) and a rogue ship’s captain (Steven Strait), pointing them toward a massive conspiracy. Read our reviews of season 1.
Status: Catch up with our season 2 reviewsThe Expanse will return for season 3 in 2018!

 

The Handmaid’s Tale (Television, Hulu)

The Handmaid's Tale Hulu first look photos Elisabeth Moss Offred

Adapted from: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Originally published:
 1985, McClelland and Stewart
What it’s about: Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a handmaid, or concubine, belonging to a wealthy couple in the totalitarian Republic of Gilead. She narrates the story of how Gilead came to be, as well as her small and large acts of sedition within the established hierarchy, and her search for her missing family.
Status: Premiered April 26.

 

Iron Fist (Television, Netflix)

Iron Fist trailer, Marvel's The Defenders

Adapted from: the Marvel Comics character created by Roy Thomas (writer) and Gil Kane (artist)
Originally published: 1974, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: Danny Rand (Finn Jones) returns to New York City after 15 years to reclaim his place in his family’s company. But when a threat endangers the city, he must choose between his family’s legacy and his duties as Iron Fist.
Status: Read our coverage of the first season. It seems as if there will be a season 2, though it has not yet been confirmed.

 

Jessica Jones (Television, Netflix)

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Adapted from: Jessica Jones: Alias by Brian Michael Bendis (writer) and Michael Gaydos (artist)
Originally published: 2001, Marvel Comics/MAX
What it’s about: Superhero-turned-private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) juggles her messy love life and whiskey habit with helping other wayward souls. After facing off with Kilgrave (David Tennant), she concentrates on keeping Alias Investigations open.
Status: Season 2 will premiere sometime in 2018, and Jessica Jones will appear in Marvel and Netflix’s The Defenders (August 2017). We don’t know much about the plot so far aside from the fact that it will be a “personal” story, also “dark and heavy.”

 

The Leftovers (Television, HBO)

The Leftovers HBO Tom Perrotta adaptation

Adapted from: The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
Originally published: 2011, St. Martin’s Press
What it’s about: Three years after an event called the “Sudden Departure,” in which 2% of the world’s population simultaneously disappear in a Rapture-like way, mainstream religions give way to cults. The Garvey family must cope with a post Departure-world, their own guilt, and other interpersonal issues.
Status: The third and final season premiered on HBO on April 16.

 

Legion (Television, FX Productions/Marvel Television)

Legion FX Marvel X-Men trailer SDCC

Adapted from: New Mutants #25 by Chris Claremont (writer) and Bill Sienkiewicz (artist)
Originally published:
 1985, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: David Haller (Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens) is a troubled young man who experiences visions and hears voices in his head… only to realize that his supposed mental illness is actually a mutation, and he may even be the son of a member of the X-Men. Aubrey Plaza, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, and Bill Irwin also star.
Status: Read our review of season 1. The series has been renewed for a second season.

 

Lucifer (Television, Fox)

Lucifer SFF adaptations Fox

Adapted from: The Sandman by Neil Gaiman (writer) and Sam Kieth (artist), and Lucifer by Mike Carey (writer) and Scott Hampton, Chris Weston, and James Hodgins (artists)
Originally published:
1989, Vertigo
What it’s about:
 Bored of Hell, Lucifer (Merlin‘s Tom Ellis) abandons his throne for Los Angeles, where he opens a nightclub called Lux. But it’s not all fun and games of making people express their darkest desires; when a starlet gets murdered, he decides to team up with the LAPD, even as he’s dodging angels demanding he return to the underworld. Read our pilot review.
Status: Lucifer returns for its spring premiere May 1. The series has also been renewed for a third season.

 

Luke Cage (Television, Netflix)

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Adapted from: the Marvel Comics character created by Archie Goodwin (writer), John Romita, Sr. (artist), and George Tuska (artist)
Originally published: 1972, Marvel Comics
What it’s about: After a sabotaged experiment makes him unbreakable, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) battles for the heart of Harlem while trying to get over the death of his wife Reva as well as his fling with Jessica Jones.
Status: No word yet on when season 2 premieres, but Luke Cage will return in Marvel and Netflix’s The Defenders (August 2017). In the meantime, read our commentary on season 1.

 

The Magicians (Television, Syfy)

The Magicians trailer Syfy

Adapted from: The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Originally published: 2009, Viking
What it’s about:
 In this adaptation of Lev Grossman’s bestselling series, Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) discovers that the magical world he read about as a child is real when he is accepted to the prestigious (and very secret) Brakebills University. Alongside old and new friends, Quentin learns that magic is just one part of a curriculum that goes live work play study screw drink cram… drink.
Status: Catch up on our season 2 coverage. The series has been renewed for a third season!

 

The Man in the High Castle (Television, Amazon Studios)

The Man in the High Castle season 2 trailer NYCC 2016

Adapted from: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Originally published:
1962, Putnam
What it’s about:
 The Man in the High Castle presents an alternate history where America loses World War II and is split between Nazi Germany and Japan. Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos) receives a mysterious film reel from her sister, who is then murdered; the film reel contains glimpses of an alternate reality in which the United States won the war. Juliana sets out to find the person who created the reel—The Man in the High Castle. Read our review.
Status: Amazon has greenlit a third season.

 

Oasis (Television, Amazon Studios)

Oasis Amazon Studios The Book of Strange New Things

Adapted from: The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber
Originally published: 2014, Hogarth
What it’s about: Priest Peter (Game of Thrones‘ Richard Madden) leaves his wife Bea and Earth to answer a higher call: traveling to a distant planet to preach to the native population with his Bible (the eponymous book of strange new things). But when her letters describe an Earth in increasing turmoil, Peter must decide which faith to follow. Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies) is writing the pilot and will serve as an executive producer, alongside director Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland).
Status: No word yet on if the pilot has been picked up to series. Read our review.

 

Outlander (Television, Starz)

Outlander season 3 trailer

Adapted from: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Originally published: 1991, Delacorte Books
What it’s about: On a second honeymoon in Scotland in 1945, former WWII nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) is transported back in time to Scotland in 1743, where she falls in love with Highland warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan).
Status: Season 3 premieres in September; watch the first teaser!

 

Preacher (Television, AMC)

SFF adaptations movies TV Preacher AMC

Adapted from: Preacher by Garth Ennis (writer) and Steve Dillon (artist)
Originally published:
1995, Vertigo
What it’s about:
 After getting accidentally possessed by a heavenly (and hellish) creature called Genesis, Reverend Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) goes on a quest to find God. Joining him along the way are his ex-girlfriend Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga) and wise-cracking Irish vampire Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun).
Status: Preacher recently premiered to overall praise, despite it being more inspired by the source material than a direct adaptation. It’s been renewed for a second season; read our deconstruction of season 1.

 

Riverdale (Television, The CW)

Riverdale The CW adaptation

Adapted from: Archie Comics by Mark Waid (writer) and Fiona Staples, Annie Chu, and Veronica Flash (artists)
Originally published: 2015, Archie Comics
What it’s about: Based on some of the more daring Archie Comics issues of recent memory, Riverdale (executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and others) looks to be a mashup of Pretty Little Liars and Twin Peaks: The usual high-school angst and love triangles are all still here, but set against an ominous backdrop that begins with the mysterious death of Riverdale’s golden boy. Watch the first trailer!
Status: Premiered January 26. The series has been renewed for a second season.

 

Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter (Television, Amazon Prime)

Ronja the Robber's Daughter Studio Ghibli Astrid Lindgren

Adapted from: Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren
Originally published: 1981, Rabén & Sjögren
What it’s about: Ronia, daughter of the chief of a band of robbers, becomes friends with the son of the rival band of robbers while struggling with the eventual responsbility of leading her clan.
Status: Hayao Miyazaki’s son Gorō Miyazaki, working with Studio Ghibli, adapted the beloved children’s book in 2014. The animated series landed in the US and UK back in January. Watch the trailer, and find all 26 episodes streaming on Amazon Prime.

 

A Series of Unfortunate Events (Television, Netflix)

Netflix Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events teaser Patrick Warburton Neil Patrick Harris

Adapted from: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Originally published:
 1999, Scholastic
What it’s about: Orphans Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to live with their odious guardian Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris), who seeks to murder them and steal their inheritance. Over the course of Snicket’s tongue-in-cheek series, the Baudelaires weather adventures more perilous than the last and discover the truth behind their parents’ death in a fire. The 2004 movie, with Jim Carrey as Count Olaf, was underwhelming.
Status: Netflix has renewed the series for even more unfortunate second and third seasons. No release date yet.

 

The Shannara Chronicles (Television, MTV)

The Shannara Chronicles MTV behind the scenes photos

Adapted from: Terry Brooks’ Shannara series
Originally published: 1977, Ballatine/Del Rey
What it’s about:
 The Ellcrys, the magical tree keeping demons locked away from the Four Lands, is dying. Elvin princess and one of the Chosen Amberle (Poppy Drayton) sets out with half-Elf Wil (Austin Butler) and thief Eretria (Ivana Baquero) to unlock the ancient magic that will save the Ellcrys. Read our review.
Status: MTV has renewed the series for season 2, and you can learn more about the plot and new characters, but no word yet on premiere date.

 

Wynonna Earp (Television, Syfy)

Wynonna Earp Syfy adaptation

Adapted from: Wynonna Earp by Beau Smith
Originally published: 1996, Image Comics (currently published by IDW Publishing)
What it’s about: The great-granddaughter of Wyatt Earp, saddled with the family curse and a six-shooter, fights the demonic Revenants—ghosts of the criminals Wyatt once put down—in her hometown of Purgatory.
Status: Wynonna Earp season 2 premieres June 9; watch the first trailer.

 

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