What Buyers want: Adaptations in Film & TV

adaptations in film and tv

What Buyers want: Adaptations in Film & TV

What Buyers want: Adaptations in Film & TV

In this edition, we showcase the current trends in the entertainment industry, focusing on feature films.

Mapping demand for Adapted Content in Film and HETV Production

In this edition, we’re focusing on what’s hot in film and TV: adaptations of popular books! We’ll look at recent deals to turn well-loved stories into screen gems. Networks are clearly leaning towards established authors who can deliver relatable stories in popular genres like Drama, Thriller, and Animation.

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Content Demand: Book Adaptations in Film and TV

Who constitutes the Buyers? These are production companies the commissioners have partnered with develop and produce the title. This compilation offers valuable insights into the content resonating with networks as they strategically align audience preferences with their content strategies.

Here’s a quick summary of our thematic analysis of recent adaptation deals announced by streaming networks and top studios

Psychological Suspense and Thriller: Productions like “Imperfect Women,” “Perfect Days,” and “The Good Daughter” align with the trend of adapting gripping psychological suspense novels into binge-worthy TV series. These titles offer intricate plot lines and complex characters, perfect for serialized storytelling across multiple episodes or seasons. Leveraging the success of similar adaptations like “Big Little Lies” and “Sharp Objects,” studios look to target premium streaming platforms to attract audiences seeking immersive, character-driven narratives.

Historical Fiction: “Separate Rooms” and “Low Life” present opportunities for epic period dramas or limited series exploring significant historical events. Studios could be looking to capitalize on the popularity of historical fiction adaptations like “The Crown” and “Bridgerton” by investing in lavish productions with high production values. Additionally, international co-productions could expand the audience base for these immersive historical narratives.

True Crime and Mystery : “The Sisterhood: The Secret History of Women at the CIA” and “The Lincoln Highway”offer compelling narratives rooted in real-life espionage and criminal investigations, tapping into the growing popularity of true crime content. Studios could be looking to opt for docuseries formats, blending interviews, archival footage, and dramatic reenactments to engage audiences across different platforms.

Romance and Relationship Drama: “Girl Abroad‘” and “The Five-Star Weekend” provide fodder for romantic dramas or ensemble comedies exploring the complexities of love and family dynamics. Studios may develop these titles into feel-good feature films or episodic series targeting specific demographic segments, such as young adult or adult romance enthusiasts.

Contemporary Social Commentary : “Rankin-Gee’s Dreamland” and “For the Love of Julie” offer opportunities for thought-provoking dramas or anthology series exploring contemporary societal issues. In this case, studios might look to adopt a multi-platform approach, developing companion podcasts, interactive online experiences, or immersive transmedia narratives to foster audience engagement beyond traditional screen formats.

Be sure to check the full list of recent adaptations commissioned by streaming networks and studios recently.

Adaptations in Film & TV
Production announcements for adapted content in Film&TV
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Demand – Recent Film Acquisitions

Let’s zoom in on the top 50 adaptations announced in the past 3 months. We’ve gathered adaptations from major networks like Netflix, Apple TV+, and Prime Video. These adaptations offer valuable insights into the content strategies of networks, which invest significant sums to create original titles. They give us clues about how networks aim to attract more subscribers. While acquiring content is crucial for retaining subscribers, creating original productions based on popular material (that is, adaptations) often reveals strategies to grow the subscriber base. We’ll analyze key networks to spot trends in book adaptations and highlight some noteworthy deals from the past 3 months.

Lucky Luke The complete collection

Graphic Novel Adaptation
Commissioned by France Televisions

imperfect women

Imperfect Women by Araminta Hall

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By: Apple TV+

la mythomane du bataclan

La Mythomane du Bataclan  by Alexandre Kauffmann

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By : Max

living with our dead

Living with our Dead by Delphine Horvilleur

Book Adaptation
Commissioned by: Max

perfect days

Perfect Days by Raphael Montes

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By : Globoplay

the good daughter

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By: Peacock

Oh.What .Fun

Oh. What. Fun by Chandler Baker

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By : Amazon MGM Studios

Transcendent Kingdom

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By: Sony Pictures Television

If you lived here youd be famous by now

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By : Netflix

Drowning The Rescue of Flight 11421

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By: Warner Bros.

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Separate Rooms

Separate Rooms by Pier Vittorio Tondelli

Book Adaptation

‘Separate Rooms’ is an extraordinary and happy novel of love and death, of nostalgia and maturity, of impotence and greatness, in which we recognize the crisis of our time and its mysterious reasons.

The Midnight Feast

The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By : Universal International Studios

Big Bad

Big Bad by Chandler Baker

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By: Lionsgate

The Art of Scandal

The Art of Scandal  by Regina Black

Book Adaptation (Part of a Overall Deal)
Commissioned By: Universal Television

Scar Tissue

Scar Tissue by Anthony Keidis

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By : Universal Pictures

Adams Arv

Adam arv by Sofie Lassen-Kahlke

Book Adaptation
Ursula Madsen, a successful lawyer, is reluctantly thrust back into her past when Adam, a former flame, suffers a mysterious fall at her ancestral manor, unveiling a tangled web of family secrets and potential foul play. As Ursula delves deeper into the enigma, she finds herself entangled in a complex maze of hidden agendas and uncertain inheritances, questioning not only Adam’s fate but also her own past choices.

Anna

Anna O by Matthew Blake

Book Adaptation (Part of a Overall Deal)
Commissioned By: Universal Television

Family Reservations

Family Reservations by Liza Palmer

Book Adaptation (Part of a First-Look Deal)
Commissioned By : NBC

Done and Dusted

Done and Dusted by Lyla Sage

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By: Universal Television

Caught Stealing

Caught Stealing by Ce Ricci

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Moral Injuries

Moral Injuries by Christie Watson

Book Adaptation 
Commissioned By : Universal International Studios

Long Island Compromise

Long Island Compromise by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By: Apple TV+

Down Cemetery Road

Down Cemetery Road by Mick Herron

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By: Apple TV+

Low Life

Low Life by Lucy Sante

Graphic Novel Adaptation
Commissioned By : Disney+

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Last Ronin

Graphic Novel Adaptation (Part of First-Look Deal)
Commissioned By: Paramount Pictures

The Five Star Weekend

The Five-Star Weekend by Elin Hilderbrand

Book Adaptation (Part of Overall Deal)
Commissioned By: Universal Content Productions

Straight Outta Scotland A true story of fakery Money and Betrayal in the music industry

Book Adaptation 
California Schemin’ is the remarkable real life story of how two rappers from Dundee pretended to be two rappers from California and duped the record industry out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Girl Abroad

Girl Abroad by Elle Kennedy

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By: A24

For the Love of Julie

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By : ITV

The Hole

The Hole by Nye-Young Pyun

Book Adaptation 
In this tense, gripping novel by a rising star of Korean literature, Ogi has woken from a coma after causing a devastating car accident that took his wife’s life and left him paralyzed and badly disfigured

All That Glitters

All That Glitters by Danielle Steel

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By: HBO

Ankle Snatcher

Ankle Snatcher by Grady Hendrix

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By : Sony Pictures Entertainment

The Winner

The Winner by Teddy Wayne

Book Adaptation 
Commissioned By: Columbia Pictures

The Lincoln Highway

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By: Warner Bros.

Grown Ups

Grown Ups by Marian Keyes

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By : Netflix

A que estas esperando

¿A qué estás esperando? by Megan Maxwell

Book Adaptation 
Commissioned By: Atresmedia Televisión

The Davenports

The Davenports by Krystal Marquis

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By: Prime Video

The Life List

The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman

Book Adaptation (Part of First-Look Deal)
Commissioned By: Netflix

El Gran Salto

El gran salto by Alberto Ciáurriz

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By: Atresmedia

Drunk on Love

Drunk on Love by Jasmine Guillory

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By : Peacock

The Black Cat

The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

Book Adaptation (Part of Overall Deal)
Commissioned By: Prime Video

Little Siberia

Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By: Netflix

Dreamland

Dreamland by Rosa Rankin-Gee

Book Adaptation
Commissioned By : BBC

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