Seven book to screen adaptations of 2023

Megan Krummrey, Staff Writer, Editor

As we see the end of the 2022 entertainment year, marked by the performing awards season, production companies begin to release their titles that will be eligible for nominations in the coming year. When looking at the lineup for 2023, we see a large amount of books that are set to become movies or TV series. Here are seven of the book to screen adaptations you can look forward to this year. 


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“Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey”

Set to release Feb. 15, this movie takes a gory twist to the beloved children’s tale many grew up reading. Written by A. A. Milne in 1926, “Winnie the Pooh” takes place in the imaginary world of a young boy named Christopher Robin, in which his stuffed animals come to life. However, “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” tells the story of Winnie the Pooh (Craig David Dowsett) and his companion Piglet (Chris Cordell) who turn bloodthirsty after Christopher Robin (Nikolai Leon) leaves for college. This movie is not yet rated, but due to its contents it is advised for audiences above 17, and is currently only available in theaters.



“Daisy Jones and the Six”

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While not technically a movie, this miniseries is more than deserving of its time in the spotlight. With a release date of March 3, the miniseries takes a documentary approach to the world of 1970s music production. Loosely based on the story of Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, the novel of the same name written by Taylor Jenkins Reed follows a band as they rise to fame, as well as their ultimate breakup. This television series is recommended for those 18 and up, and will be available on Amazon Prime Video. 





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“The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”

Most people are familiar with the Hunger Games series, but fewer people are aware of the new prequel “Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.” This movie will be released on Nov. 17, and follows the antagonist President Snow (Tom Blyth) through his early years, before his presidency. Due to desperate circumstances, he is selected to mentor Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), the District 12 female tribute for the 10th Hunger Games. The book “Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” was released fairly recently by Susanne Collins, and follows the same plot. The movie is rated for ages 12 and up, and will be available only in theaters.




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The third in a series of movies inspired by the classic Roald Dahl novel, “Wonka” is set to be released in theaters Dec. 15. Written in 1964, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” tells the story of an eccentric candymaker who invites a select group of children to tour his mysterious factory. The two main characters we follow throughout the novel are Willy Wonka, the candymaker, and Charlie Bucket, one of the children. “Wonka” looks into the backstory of Willy Wonka (Timothée Chalamet), and the adventures he goes on prior to opening his candy emporium. This movie is not yet rated, but classified as family.





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“The Color Purple: The Musical”

Next in a long line of film adaptations of the 1982 novel, “The Color Purple” is anticipated to be available to the public on Dec. 20. The novel of the same name, written by Alice Walker, looks at the struggles of African American women during the early 20th century. This movie contains a star studded cast with names such as Halle Bailey, Taraji P. Henson, and H.E.R., as well as both Stephen Sondheim and Oprah Winfrey as producers. As of now, this movie-musical has not yet been rated, but the 1986 version following the same storyline is rated PG-13. This movie will be available in theaters.



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“All the Light We Cannot See”

Another limited series, “All the Light We Cannot See” does not yet have a release date, but is anticipated to be released by Netflix sometime in 2023. Following the plot of the novel written by Anthony Doerr, the movie will feature two teenagers (Aria Mia Loberti and Louis Hoffman)  in WWII Europe, both living completely different lives with the same goal: stay clear of the Nazis. This miniseries will consist of four, hour-long episodes, and is predicted to be rated TV-14. 





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“Red, White, and Royal Blue”

Also without a release date, “Red, White and Blue” is another expected movie to be released by Amazon Prime. The book of the same title, written by Casey McQuiston, follows Alex (Taylor Zakhar Perez) and Henry (Nicholas Galitzine), two children of diplomats who struggle with everything from foreign policy to their own emerging sexualities, all while under the watchful gaze of the public eye. This movie is not yet rated, but due to the nature of its contents will likely be PG-13.