Some adaptations can be controversial, with loyal fans hoping only for the best for their beloved books and video games. These adapted shows and movies can become an even more extraordinary franchise or just miss the mark completely. Either way, we are impatiently waiting for the following adaptations to be released this year! Each one has a unique storyline ranging from post-apocalyptic worlds to spy organizations, and they’re all sure to find success on the big screen. First up on our list is video game adaptations!
This post-apocalyptic video game developed by Bethesda follows the protagonist as they venture through America after nuclear war decimates the planet. It features an art-deco 50’s theme despite having robots, including music and style from that era. The series adaptation is set to release in April 2024 and will be created by those in charge of the hit HBO show Westworld, Lisa Joy, and Jonathan Nolan. The show will also be executive-produced by the original game director, Todd Howard, so we’re confident the new show will stay true to the game!
Since the 1990s, the Tomb Raider series has been one of the biggest game franchises ever. With 17 games under their belt, the developers plan to create another game and a live-action sequel. This year, there are plans to release an animated version of the game on Netflix through Crystal Dynamics, Square Enix, and Legendary Television. Nearly 30 years after its first release, the heroine of Tomb Raider, Lara Croft, is still thriving on the screen today.
Honorable Mention: The Last Of Us
Listen, we know The Last Of Us season 2 isn’t actually releasing this year. However, we had to include it because it’s just so good, and they’re starting production this year. Set in a post-apocalyptic zombie world, the Naughty Dog’s original story follows a young girl with immunity and the man tasked to protect her and take her across the country to doctors who can develop a vaccine. It’s a story that deals with the complexities of navigating through a dystopian America and the love we discover in found family. Be sure to check out season 1 in preparation for season 2 next year! Or better yet, play the original PlayStation games and find out why this series is so beloved!
3. Dune, Part 2
The highly anticipated sequel to the first Dune is set to release in March 2024, which is just around the corner! Directed by Denis Villeneuve and originally written by Frank Herbert, the science fiction book follows Paul Atreides as he fights for survival on the planet Arrakis after his father agrees to a stewardship role on the planet. The film is based on the second half of the first book, so if you haven’t read the book or seen the first movie, there is still time to catch up!
Directed by Matthew Vaughn and written by Elly Conway, Argylle is set to release this week in February. The film is going to be a part of the spy action comedy genre and actually only features one scene that happened in the book. The rest of the movie is just based on the characters, and the plot is generally shrouded in secrecy for now. Starring powerhouses such as Henry Cavill, Bryan Cranston, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Samuel L. Jackson, this one is sure to be a hit.
Written by Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow is about a Russian Count exiled to a Moscow hotel throughout the Russian Revolution to avoid execution. Ewan McGregor will star as the Russian Count Alexander Rostov and will be joined on screen by his real-life wife, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The series is still in production, so not many details are known yet, but it is set to release on Paramount+ this year.
With so many upcoming movie and series releases this year, we are so excited to check out these popular titles. From spy comedy to post-apocalyptic America, we’ve covered all the bases. Now that you have a list of adaptations to watch, you can play the original games or read the book versions!
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