8 (More) Netflix Original Series Based on Books

As Netflix continues to grow, the company has been able to add more original programming to their streaming service. Do you know which of your favorite shows started out as books before being adapted into television series for Netflix?

Click here to read the first list of Netflix book adaptations JMRL posted.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – Presents a guide to cleaning and organizing a living space, discussing best methods for decluttering and the impact that an organized home can have on mood and physical and mental health.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – When four seekers arrive at a notorious old mansion, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena, but Hill House is gathering its powers and will soon choose one of them to make its own.

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood – Takes readers into the life and mind of Grace Marks, one of the most notorious women of the 1840s, who is serving a life sentence for murders she claims she cannot remember.

Mindhunter by John Douglas & Mark Olshaker – The head of the FBI’s investigative unit that deals with serial killers demonstrates his celebrated talent for getting inside their minds, creating their profiles, and predicting their next moves.

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan – In a 25th-century world in which death is nearly obsolete, former UN envoy Takeshi Kovacs, re-sleeved into a new body after a brutal death, finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly far-reaching conspiracy.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat – A master class in cooking distills decades of professional experience into four elements: salt, fat, acid, and heat, which when properly applied in the kitchen will produce delicious meals.

Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra – Receiving an anonymous tip that could lead to the capture of a powerful criminal overlord, Bombay police officer Sartaj Singh is nearing his goal when he realizes that his imminent confrontation with the crime lord is part of a more sinister agenda.

Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach – Leila, a sheltered young misfit, discovers an online chat forum where she feels accepted and falls under the spell of the website’s charismatic founder, who entices her into assuming the stolen identity of a glamorous but desperate woman.

9 Books Adapted for TV in 2019

Check out these novels before their television adaptations begin airing this year:

The Passage by Justin Cronin – The latest test subject in a covert government experiment, abandoned six-year-old Amy is rescued by an FBI agent who hides them in the Oregon hills, from which Amy emerges a century later to save the human race from a terrifying virus.
Network: Fox
Premiere date: January 14, 2019
Starring: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Caroline Chikezie

The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot’s detective skills are tested by a mysterious correspondent who predicts and then executes alphabetical murders.
Network: Amazon & BBC
Premiere date: February 1, 2019
Starring: John Malkovich, Rupert Grint, Andrew Buchan

The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way – As six superheroes unite to attend their adopted father’s funeral, they must deal with their individual problems and team up to save the world from different foes.
Network: Netflix
Premiere date: February 15, 2019
Starring: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Robert Sheehan

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett – The world is going to end next Saturday, just before dinner, but it turns out there are a few problems: the Antichrist has been misplaced, the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles, and the representatives from heaven and hell decide that they like the human race.
Network: Amazon & BBC
Premiere date: TBD 2019
Starring: David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Anna Maxwell Martin

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – Depicts the struggles of a U.S. airman attempting to survive the lunacy and depravity of a World War II base.
Network: Hulu (miniseries)
Premiere date: TBD 2019
Starring: Christopher Abbott, Hugh Laurie, George Clooney

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley – A high-ranking member of a secret organization that battles supernatural forces wakes up in a London park with no memory, no idea who she is, and with a letter that provides instructions to help her uncover a far-reaching conspiracy.
Network: Starz
Premiere date: TBD 2019
Starring: Emma Greenwell, Joely Richardson, Olivia Munn

The Witcher (series) by Andrzej Sapkowski – Geralt is a witcher, yet he is no ordinary killer-for-hire. His sole purpose is to destroy the monsters that plague the world, but not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good.
Network: Netflix
Premiere date: TBD 2019
Starring: Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – When Charles Talent Manx, an unstoppable monster who transforms children into his own terrifying likeness, kidnaps her son, Victoria McQueen, the only person to ever escape his unmitigated evil, must engage in a life-and-death battle of wills to get her son back.
Network: AMC
Premiere date: TBD 2019
Starring: Ashleigh Cummings, Zachary Quinto, Olafur Darri Olafsson

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco – In 1327, Brother William of Baskerville is sent to investigate charges of heresy against Franciscan monks at a wealthy Italian abbey but finds his mission overshadowed by seven bizarre murders.
Network: SundanceTV
Premiere date: TBD 2019
Starring: John Turturro, Damian Hardung, Rupert Everett

Books Being Adapted for TV in 2018

Check out these novels before their television adaptations begin airing this year:

The Alienist by Caleb Carr – In 1896 New York, psychologist (or in period terminology, an alienist) Laszlo Kreizler joins forces with journalist John Schuyler Moore to track a vicious serial killer.
Network: TNT
Premiere date: January 22, 2018
Starring: Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan – In a twenty-fifth century world in which death is nearly obsolete, former UN envoy Takeshi Kovacs, re-sleeved into a new body after a brutal death, finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly far-reaching conspiracy.
Network: Netflix
Premiere date: February 2, 2018
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright – Explores both the American and Arab sides of the September 11th terrorist attacks in an account of the people, ideas, events, and intelligence failures that led to the attacks.
Network: Hulu
Premiere date: February 28, 2018
Starring: Sullivan Jones, Kelly P. Williams, Katie Flahive

Murder Games by James Patterson – Searching for a serial killer who leaves playing cards at the scenes of his crimes, police officer Elizabeth Needham teams up with brilliant professor Dylan Reinhart, whose book has been connected to the murders.
Adapted title: Instinct
Network: CBS
Premiere date: March 11, 2018
Starring: Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings

Drama High by Michael Sokolove – Describes the astounding success of the theater program at Harry S Truman High School in Levittown, Pennsylvania, under the direction of gifted teacher Lou Volpe.
Adapted title: Rise
Network: NBC
Premiere date: March 13, 2018
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