Welcome to the SheReads Bookish Entertainment column! Each week, enjoy a new article by Garrett Billings— Bookstagrammer, blogger, book-to-screen junkie—on all things Reading + Hollywood. Stars’ book club picks and trailer reveals, book-to-screen news and book pop culture, and of course, Gare’s specialty, choosing his ideal Hollywood casts for book adaptations—Bookish Entertainment has you covered.
As a book-worm, not only are our list of books we want to read getting bigger, but every season is streaming season with the book to screen adaptations flying out. Personally, I imagine what an adaptation would be like for every book that I read. If you’ve read a book recently and are wondering if there’s going to be an adaptation, check out the latest and hottest book-to-screen news and see if your favorite book will be coming to your living room soon!
The Spanish Love Deception Coming to Film
Bookstagram and BookTok sensation, The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas is coming to the big screen! The New York Times bestseller and first in a series will be adapted for film with Peter Hutchings of The Hating Game writing the screenplay. The romantic comedy is about Catalina Martín who needs a date to her sister’s wedding in Spain ASAP, especially after lying to her family about an American boyfriend. Catalina is surprised when her tall, handsome and condescending colleague Aaron Blackford offers to help out. Not only is the book being adapted to film, but don’t miss the second book in the series, The American Roommate Experiment releasing this September!
Mike Flanagan Adapts Christopher Pike’s Midnight Club
Netflix has recently released the teaser trailer to the Mike Flanagan adaptation of The Midnight Club by Christopher Pike. Flanagan is no stranger to book-to-screen adaptations: he has recently brought Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game and Doctor Sleep to screen, and also created The Haunting of Hill House series based on the Shirley Jackson novel. The 10-episode show will follow a group of teens living in the Rotterdam Home—a hospice for terminally ill young adults—who meet up and share their favorite scary stories at midnight. The group makes a pact that whoever dies first has to try to communicate with the rest of the group after death. The Midnight Club will be heading to Netflix this fall.
It Happened One Summer Happening on Screen
Tessa Bailey’s It Happened One Summer is officially heading to the big screen! BCDF Pictures and Frolic Media are producing a feature film adaptation of the romantic comedy. Not only is the book a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestseller, but also a major trend on TikTok. Hollywood IT Girl Piper has just been cut off from her wealthy family and finds herself in a small beach town where she does not get a warm welcome from fisherman Brendan, who thinks she doesn’t belong there. Can Piper win Brendan over and also make this small town feel like home?
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin Streaming July 29th
The HBO Max Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin is coming to the streaming service July 29th with the first three episodes being available. The show is set to take place within the same continuity of the original series based on the Sara Shepard books, but will be a completely new cast and storyline.
Florence Pugh Joins Zoe Kazan in East of Eden
Netflix is adapting John Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden with Zoe Kazan as writer/executive producer, and Florence Pugh set to star and co-produce. Not only was the novel adapted already in 1955, but it was directed by Zoe Kazan’s grandfather, Elia Kazan, and was James Dean’s first major film role. Steinbeck’s novel follows the Trask family and the Hamilton family, whose previous generations repeat the fall of Adam and Eve and the story of Cain and Abel.