Y: THE LAST MAN, DAISY JONES & THE SIX and Ten More Books to Catch Up on Before They're Adapted for TV - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

Y: THE LAST MAN, DAISY JONES & THE SIX and Ten More Books to Catch Up on Before They’re Adapted for TV

December 28, 2020 by  

tv adaptation book

Y — CR: Macall Polay/FX

With hundreds of shows on TV at any given time, an increasing number of networks and streaming platforms are relying on known entities for their potential next big hit. The result? A whole lot of book adaptations in the very near future.

Looking to get a jump-start on your next pop culture obsession? Here are a dozen books that will soon be television shows…

DAISY JONES AND THE SIX – Amazon Prime Video

Based on the novel by the same name by Taylor Jenkins Reid, the planned 13-episode limited series follows the rise and fall of the fictional rock group. The series is set to star Riley Keough, Sam Claflin, Camila Morrone, Suki Waterhouse, Nabiyah Be, Will Harrison, Josh Whitehouse, and Sebastian Chacon. (As an extra bonus, there is an incredible Audible audiobook version which has a star-studded cast including Jennifer Beals, Pablo Schreiber, Benjamin Bratt, and Judy Greer.)


“DOPESICK, an ambitious, harrowing, and compelling look into the epicenter of America’s struggle with Opioid addiction, takes viewers from a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA, and to the opulence of ‘one percenter’ Big Pharma Manhattan. The unsparing yet deeply human portraits of the various affected families and their intersecting stories hold up a mirror to where America is right now, while shining a hopeful light on the heroes battling the worst drug epidemic in American history.” The series, based on Beth Macy‘s book, stars Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter, Rosario Dawson, John Hoogenakker, Philippa Soo, Jake McDorman, Ray McKinnon, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Cleopatra Coleman. Danny Strong is adapting the book for television.


The series, based on Sarah Perry’s 2016 book, “follows newly widowed Cora (Keira Knightley) who, having being released from an abusive marriage, relocates from Victorian London to the small village of Aldwinter in Essex, intrigued by a local superstition that a mythical creature known as the Essex Serpent has returned to the area.” (Anna Symon is developing the book for television.)


The series, based on the iconic book series by Isaac Asimov, “chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire.” The series, from David S. Goyer, stars Jared Harris as Hari Seldon; Lee Pace as Brother Day; Lou Llobell as Gaal; Leah Harvey as Salvor; Laura Birn as Demerzel; Terrence Mann as Brother Dusk; and Cassian Bilton as play Brother Dawn.


The show “chronicles the coming-of-age adventures of the irrepressible Harriet M. Welsch. Set in 1960’s New York when the original book was published, the new series will be voiced by a star-studded cast including Golden Globe and SAG Award-nominee Beanie Feldstein, who will star as ‘Harriet’ a fiercely independent, adventurous, curious eleven-year-old girl. More than anything, Harriet wants to be a writer, and in order to be a good writer you need to know everything, and in order to know everything, you have to be a spy! Emmy Award-winner Jane Lynch will voice the role of ‘Ole Golly,’ Harriet’s larger-than-life no nonsense nanny. Additional voice talent includes Lacey Chabert as ‘Marion Hawthorne,’ the ringleader of a group of smug, popular girls at Harriet’s school.” Louise Fitzhugh wrote the children’s novel of the same name, and the series is being adapted by Will McRobb.


The Stephen King short story, from the collection “Night Shift,” “follows Captain Charles Boone (Adrien Brody), who relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town of Preacher’s Corners, Maine after his wife dies at sea. However, Charles will soon have to confront the secrets of his family’s sordid history, and fight to end the darkness that has plagued the Boones for generations.”


Based on the novel of the same name by Karen M. McManus, ONE OF US IS LYING is “what happens when five high schoolers walk into detention and only four make it out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.” The eight-episode first season stars Marianly Tejada, Cooper van Grootel, Annalisa Cochrane, Chibuikem Uche, Barrett Carnahan, Jessica McLeod, and Melissa Collazo. Darío Madrona will showrun, with the pilot penned by Erica Saleh and directed by Jennifer Morrison.

THE PERIPHERAL – Amazon Prime Video

From executive producers Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan (with Greg Plageman and Scott B. Smith co-showrunning), the adaptation of William Gibson’s sci-fi trilogy is set to star Chloë Grace Moretz and Gary Carr.

RUST – Showtime

Based on Philipp Meyer’s novel “American Rust,” the series “is a compelling family drama that will explore the tattered American dream through the eyes of complicated and compromised chief of police Del Harris (Jeff Daniels) in a Rust Belt town in southwest Pennsylvania. When the woman he truly loves sees her son accused of murder, Harris is forced to decide what he’s willing to do to protect him.” The show, from Dan Futterman, also stars Maura Tierney, Bill Camp, David Alvarez, Alex Neustaedter, and Julia Mayorga 


The series, based on Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels, “finds us in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive.”

The series was adapted by Eric Heisserer, with Bardugo serving as an executive producer. SHADOW AND BONE stars Jessie Mei Li (Alina Starkov), Archie Renaux (Malyen Oretsev), Freddy Carter (Kaz Brekker), Amita Suman (Inej), Kit Young (Jesper Fahey), Ben Barnes (General Kirigan), Sujaya Dasgupta (Zoya Nazyalensky), Danielle Galligan (Nina Zenik), Daisy Head (Genya Safin), Simon Sears (Ivan), Calahan Skogman (Matthias Helvar), Zoë Wanamaker (Baghra), Kevin Eldon (The Apparat), Julian Kostov (Fedyor), Luke Pasqualino (David), Jasmine Blackborow (Marie), and Gabrielle Brooks (Nadia).

WHEEL OF TIME – Amazon Prime Video

The series, based on the book series by Robert Jordan, is “set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists and only certain women are allowed to access it, the story follows Moiraine, a member of the incredibly powerful all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, as she arrives in the small town of Two Rivers. There, she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women, one of whom is prophesied to be the Dragon Reborn, who will either save or destroy humanity.” The cast includes Sophie Okonedo, Kae Alexander, Kate Fleetwood, Peter Franzen, and Clare Perkins.

Y: THE LAST MAN – FX on Hulu

The long-gestating series, based on the DC Comics series by the same name from Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, “traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event decimates all but one cisgender male, Yorick Brown, and his pet monkey. The series follows the survivors in this new world as they struggle with their efforts to restore what was lost and the opportunity to build something better.” The series stars Diane Lane, Ben Schnetzer, Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch, Juliana Canfield, Elliot Fletcher, with Marin Ireland and Amber Tamblyn. (Eliza Clark is running the series.)

Which series are you most looking forward to?

Follow @GiveMeMyRemote and @marisaroffman on Twitter for the latest TV news. Connect with other TV fans on GIVE ME MY REMOTE’s official Facebook page.

And be the first to see our exclusive videos by subscribing to our YouTube channel.

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases made through links/ads placed on the site.

Comments Off on Y: THE LAST MAN, DAISY JONES & THE SIX and Ten More Books to Catch Up on Before They’re Adapted for TV


Comments are closed.