10 Fantasy And Sci-Fi Books That Are Getting TV And Movie Adaptations

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Many of the most successful films and television programs of the last decade, such as Game of Thrones, The Witcher, and The Handmaid's Tale, have been based on popular fantasy and science fiction novels. Looking forward to upcoming adaptations may be a lot of fun for genre lovers.

Whether fans choose to study the original material beforehand or walk into these programs and movies with no preconceptions, there's plenty to look forward to in these diverse storylines. There are a host of popular fantasy and sci-fi books heading for fans' screens, ranging from genre classics to more recent releases.

The Wheel Of Time - Robert Jordan

The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (completed after Jordan's death by Brandon Sanderson) is a 14-volume high-fantasy epic that, in brief, takes place in a world with a cyclical nature, telling the high-stakes story of the Dragon, a champion for the light who is fated to fight against the Dark One in every reincarnation.

The TV adaptation, with its enormous ensemble representing the massive number of characters in the novel series, is slated to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on November 19, 2021, and will consist of eight episodes. In addition, the series has already been renewed for a second season, which is now in production.

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Dune - Frank Herbert

Dune by Frank Herbert is a seminal work of science fiction set in the far future where planets are ruled by aristocratic houses. The plot revolves around Paul Atreides, a young man whose family assumes control of the planet Arrakis. The desert planet is mostly a wasteland, but it is rich in melange, called spice, a highly addictive narcotic that may offer the user various powers and is a highly valued resource.

Dune lovers are both enthusiastic and cautious about the 2021 film version, the first of two planned installments, which will be released on Oct. 22. Previous adaptations, such as David Lynch's 1984 film and the 2000 TV miniseries, received mostly negative reviews. However, this cast, headlined by Timothée Chalamet, has Dune fans feeling cautiously optimistic.

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The Lord Of The Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien

Given the great popularity of The Lord of the Rings films, which are based on J. R. R. Tolkien's novel of the same name and follow hobbit Frodo Baggins and his friends on their quest to destroy the One Ring, it is unexpected that another work based on the same source material is in the works. This series, on the other hand, will take set during the Second Age of Middle-earth, far before the events in the films.

While certain information regarding the Amazon Prime Video Lord of the Rings series have been released, the series remains mostly unknown. The first season is expected to debut on September 2, 2022, with the entire series reported to be a five-season narrative.

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The Chronicles Of Narnia - C. S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia trilogy by C.S. Lewis chronicles the narrative of the Pevensie siblings, who journey to the mythical realm of Narnia. The seven books have already served as the foundation for adaptations, but the rights have now been fully purchased by Netflix, with a television series in the works.

Given the controversy surrounding C. S. Lewis' treatment of his female characters, it will be fascinating to watch how Netflix tackles their adaptation, perhaps striking a balance between preserving the essence of the stories while rethinking some of its more antiquated parts.

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Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel that was originally published in 2014. Its story is told through the eyes of a travelling troupe of actors who are the survivors of a swine-flu epidemic that killed off the majority of the population.

A miniseries adaption slated to debut on HBO Max has wrapped production. Considering the COVID-19 epidemic, the story is sure to have taken on additional meaning, adding weight to an already emotionally compelling tale.

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Interview With The Vampire - Anne Rice

Interview with the Vampire is Anne Rice's debut gothic horror novel, and the first in a series known as The Vampire Chronicles. The first installment of the series follows a vampire as he tells a reporter about his life.

A cinematic adaption starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt is still considered one of the finest vampire films of the 1990s, setting the bar high for AMC's current TV adaptation. It is scheduled to launch in 2022, with actors Sam Reid and Jacob Anderson playing the lead parts.

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Children Of Blood And Bone - Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone, a YA book and the first of a projected trilogy, is a fantasy narrative set in the kingdom of Orsha, describing the ruling class's cruel treatment of magic practitioners, a group to which heroine Zélie belongs. Zélie tries to restore magic to her entire civilization.

Before the novel was even released, Fox 2000 Pictures (later passed to Lucasfilm) purchased the picture rights to the plot. Although little information about the adaptation have been published, Adeyemi's compelling narrative, which draws influence from West African folklore, is guaranteed to be captivating on screen.

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The Sandman - Neil Gaiman

The Sandman, a DC Comics comic book written by Neil Gaiman, follows the narrative of Dream, an ancient entity and one of seven known as the Endless, who personifies dreams and stories. The series depicts his interactions with the contemporary world after being imprisoned for many years.

The adaptation, a Netflix series, is now in post-production, with Tom Sturridge playing the title character. There are concerns over whether any additional live-action DCEU characters will feature in The Sandman, however Gwendoline Christie will portray Lucifer (the inspiration for the 2016 program Lucifer).

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The Power - Naomi Alderman

The Power is a science-fiction novel written by British author Naomi Alderman about the repercussions of women obtaining the ability to send jolts of electricity from their hands, which leads to their becoming the dominant gender.

The Power will premiere as a 10-episode TV series on Amazon Prime Video. Because the novel is structured as a tale inside a story, the series' establishment will be critical for establishing the narrative's tone, which analyzes the rewards and risks of power in an intriguing way.

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Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir

Project Hail Mary follows astronaut Ryland Grace, who awakens from a coma aboard a spaceship with no other live people and no recollection of who he is, where he is, or why he is there. The story is divided into two sections, one following Ryland as he recalls his past before his mission, and the other concentrating on his current situation.

Given the success of Andy Weir's debut novel The Martian, it seems only logical that Project Hail Mary, starring Ryan Gosling as Ryland, will follow suit. This film appears to be set up for success based on a novel full of Weir's typical humor and emotional resonance.

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