11 Book-to-TV Adaptations We Can't Wait to See in 2022

Readers, rejoice. If you’re a book-lover who enjoys seeing your favorite titles turned into TV shows, 2022 is going to be a very good year. From an HBO Max series inspired by a true-crime book about notorious Texas murder to the new season of Outlander, there are plenty of book-to-TV adaptations coming to the small screen next year. 

Here are the book-to-TV adaptations that we’re looking forward to in 2022: 

‘Around the World in 80 Days’

Release date: Jan. 2 on PBS.

Start the year off with some adventure with PBS’s new adaptation of Jules Verne’s 1872 book Around the World in 80 Days. David Tennant stars as Phileas Fogg, who bets £20,000 that he can make a round-the-world trip in less than three months. He’s accompanied by two companions, his French valet Passepartout (Ibrahim Koma) and intrepid reporter Abigail “Fix” Fortescue (Leonie Benesch). The trio set off from London on their break-neck trip, encountering a number of obstacles along the way. 

‘All Creatures Great and Small’

Release date: Jan. 9 on PBS 

A second season of PBS’s feel-good period drama All Creatures Great and Small (based on the books by James Herriot) premieres on Jan. 9. James (Nicholas Ralph) returns to the picturesque Yorkshire village of Darrowby to continue his work as a country vet — and his burgeoning romance with Helen (Rachel Shenton). Most of the season 1 cast will return, but Patricia Hodge will be stepping into the role of Mrs. Pumphrey, owner of the pampered Pekingese Tricki Woo. She replaces the late Diana Rigg, who died in 2020.  

‘A Discovery of Witches’ Season 3 

Release date: 2022, HBO Max 

Elizabeth Olsen plays a church-going Texas woman turned ax murderer in this limited series inspired by the true-crime book Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs as well as a collection of articles from Texas Monthly. Love & Death also stars Jesse Plemons and Krysten Ritter. 

‘The Sandman’

Release date: 2022, Netflix 

Neil Gaiman’s cult-favorite graphic novel series The Sandman finally makes its way to the screen in this highly-anticipated Netflix adaptation, which is due out in 2022. Tom Sturridge plays Dream (aka Morpheus), one of seven siblings known as the Endless. These powerful beings — who also include Death, Desire, and Despair — rule over different aspects of human lives. In a teaser, we see occultist Roderick Burgess (Charles Dance) perform a ritual in an attempt to capture Death, only to summon Dream instead.    

‘Bosch: Legacy’

Release date: 2022, IMDbTV 

Bosch, Prime Video’s longest-running series, ended in 2021. But fans will be able to follow more stories involving Harry Bosch, the LAPD detective created by author Michael Connelly, in the upcoming spinoff series Bosch: Legacy. It focuses on the character after he leaves the police force and sets up shop as a PI. Season 1 will be based on the book The Wrong Side of Goodbye. 

Book-to-TV adaptations that we may see in 2022 

In addition to shows that have a confirmed 2022 release date, there are a number of other book-to-TV adaptations on the horizon, though we don’t know for sure that these will be out next year. They include: 

  • Conversations With Friends, Hulu’s adaptation of Irish author Sally Rooney’s (Normal People) first novel. 
  • Anatomy of a Scandal, a Netflix series from Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley about a scandal among members of the British elite. It’s based on a novel by Sarah Vaughan. 
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife is a new HBO adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s best-selling novel, previously made into a 2009 movie. Theo James and Rose Leslie star.  
  • Kindred, an FX adaptation of Octavia Butler’s sci-fi novel about a Black woman who is tranported back to the 19th century plantation where her ancestors were enslaved. 
  • The Essex Serpent, AppleTV+’s adaptation of Sarah Perry’s book about a woman who investigates reports of a mythical sea serpent in Victorian England. Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes star. 
  • Daisy Jones and the Six, based on the book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, is about the drama surrounding a Fleetwood Mac-esque band in the 1970s. It will stream on Prime Video. 

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