4 New Adaptations To Watch in January

Dec 30, 2023
Dimitris Passas

NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: Kirkus Reviews (by David Rapp).

A new year is upon us, and with it, a new flock of book-to-screen adaptations. Watch for our in-depth columns on Boy Swallows Universe, a Netflix miniseries based on the coming-of-age novel by Trent Dalton (premiering on Jan. 11), and Origin, a theatrical film inspired by Isabel Wilkerson’s nonfiction book Caste, written and directed by Ava DuVernay (in wide release on Jan. 19). Here are four more book-based productions coming in January:

Jan. 1: Fool Me Once (limited series premiere, Netflix)

This British limited series, based on the Kirkus-starred 2016 thriller by Harlan Coben, is the latest in a long string of international Netflix adaptations of the author’s work. In 2018, the streamer signed a deal with Coben to develop 14 of his novels as English-language and foreign-language films and series. Since 2020, this arrangement has yielded British limited series based on Stay Close and the Kirkus-starred The Stranger; a Spanish show of The Innocent, which also received a Kirkus star; a French adaptation of Gone for Good; and Polish productions of The Woods and Hold Tight. This new show features Obsession’s Richard Armitage as Joe Burkett, who’s apparently been shot and killed in a park. Not long after the burial, his widow, Maya (Coronation Street alum Michelle Keegan), sees footage of him on a nanny cam that indicates he’s still alive. Her many unanswered questions lead her to launch her own investigation. The trailer promises plenty of intrigue, and sharp-eyed viewers will be pleased to see Absolutely Fabulous’ Joanna Lumley as Maya’s mother-in-law.

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