Exciting book to screen adaptation news for 2023

It’s no secret that adaptations of popular books is a hit or miss category. You can either be like the “Hunger Games” movies or the “Percy Jackson” movies.

With many books such as “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” and “A Court of Thorns and Roses” being announced as getting a live action adaptation, I want to look at adaptation news of some of my favorites. 

The “Percy Jackson” show, set to premiere this year on Disney+, is a show I’ve been anticipating for a while. Ever since the disastrous movies that were nothing like the books, “Percy Jackson” fans have been craving a true adaptation.  

Author Rick Riordan has given hints to fans through his newsletters. Back in November, casting for Hades and Hephaestus were announced. Hades will be played by actor, writer and producer Jay Duplass, while Hephaestus will be played by “Supernatural” actor Timothy Omundson

With filming of the show set to be finished sometime this January and a sneak peek teaser released late last year, many fans are curious as to when the show will finally debut on the streaming service. 

“We have a long way to go still with the post-production editing,” Riordan said, with respect to the strenuous post-production process. 

Sticking with the track of popular fantasy books headed to screen, there’s some good news — the second season of Leigh Bardugo’s “Shadow and Bone” series has an official release date for March 16 of this year. The popular Netflix show will be eight episodes long.

With a sneak peak of the second season released back in October, the book seems to combine the plots of Bardugo’s spin-off “Six of Crows” and the second book in the original trilogy, “Siege and Storm.” 

Fans got an exclusive look at five of the Crows — Kaz Brekker, Nina Zenik, Inej Ghafa, Jesper Fahey and Wylan Van Eck — gearing up for their adventure. It appears that this season will follow the Crows attempting to break Mattias Helvar out of Hellgate, picking up where the finale left off.

“Siege and Storm” – the second installment of the “Shadow and Bone” trilogy — follows Alina and Mal on the run after escaping from the Little Palace in the first season. In order to take down the Fold, they’ll need allies.

Casting was already released for the newest additions to the cast — Wylan, Tolya, Tamar and our favorite privateer, Nikolai. I, for one, am very excited to see this entire cast in action.

Executive producer Eric Heisserer has expressed his excitement over the season.

“The most wonderful thing about Season 2 is that we get to advance the story of these characters that we’d left in precarious positions at the end of Season 1. There’s a lot of potential for them this season,” Heisserer said in an interview with Tudum. “They have to face the consequences for their actions, and they get to meet new people along the way.”