Summer is the time for relaxing, basking in the sun, and reading! And while there are an overwhelming amount of books out there to choose from, there are some more pressing than others. In the days where adaptations have become the norm, it’s no surprise that an increasingly large number of upcoming TV shows originated as books. So if you’re looking for a few books to pick up this summer, try the following five books that have upcoming TV shows.
Soon to be Shonda Rhimes’ next hit on ABC, Still Star-Crossed is an adaptation of the book of the same name. The book by Melinda Taub follows what happens after the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Other forces within the world seek to fuel the feud between the Capulets and Montagues. Fans of Shakespeare will enjoy the romance, intrigue, and comedy of Still Star-Crossed. Take a peek at what you can expect on the upcoming TV show below.
ABC jumps around time with a new TV show based on the novel of the same name. There’s a film adaptation out there too! Time After Time follows science fiction writer H.G. Wells as he searches for Jack The Ripper. The ABC show will star Josh Bowman (Revenge) and Freddie Stroma (unReal, Harry Potter film franchise). Check out the sneak peek below.
You’ve likely heard of The Exorcist before, probably in relation to the 1973 film. But the film is actually based on a book of the same name, which is now being adapted to TV for FOX. The book follows the story of 11-year-old Regan, who is seemingly possessed by a demon. The people around her are determined to save her from the ancient demon that possesses her. The TV show will focus on two men working with a family who is dealing with an evil possession.
This series, based on a novel by science fiction and fantasy writer Neil Gaiman, will be coming soon to Starz. The book is as trippy as you’d expect from Gaiman. Shadow, freshly released from prison, journeys across the country with a mysterious man meeting many interesting characters along the way as the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur. Executive Produced by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Hannibal), the upcoming TV show will star Ricky Whittle (The 100) as Shadow, with stars like Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, Hannibal) and Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow) making appearances as well. It’s sure to be visually stunning and a little strange.
In a trilogy beginning with Midnight Crossroad, Charlaine Harris (writer of Southern Vampire series) paints the world of Midnight, Texas, which is now being adapted into a TV show for NBC. The books follow the inhabitants of the small, sleepy town, who have secrets of the supernatural nature to hide. But when a girl goes missing, they all begin to fear their pasts will be exposed. If you’re looking for a little mystery and a lot of fun, this series is for you.
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