8 books by people of color that are being adapted for TV or film

March 15, 2018

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A new wave of movies and TV shows are on the way based on books by authors of color and featuring some of the biggest stars in the world.

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Here are eight upcoming adaptations of work by artists of color to get excited about.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Black Panther stars Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira are executive producing a miniseries based on this 2013 novel about a Nigerian college student in the U.S.

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Nyong’o and David Oyelowo will reportedly star in the adaptation, and Gurira is writing the screenplay. No release date has been announced.

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington will executive produce (and star in) a series adaptation of Ng’s novel about race and family in the suburbs of Cleveland.

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Dawn by Octavia Butler

A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay will executive produce an adaption of Butler’s 1987 sci-fi novel, the first in her Lilith Brood series.

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Victoria Mahoney will write the series, which tells the story of Lilith, one of the few humans saved by aliens after a nuclear war ruins Earth.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A film adaptation of this 2017 young adult novel is on the way, starring Amandla Stenberg and Algee Smith.

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The story follows a teenager, Starr, who sees police kill her best friend, Khalil. Issa Rae, Regina Hall and Common will also appear in the upcoming movie.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Vietnamese-American actress Lana Condor will star in the film adaptation of this young adult novel about a girl who writes love letters to all her crushes.

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Monster by Walter Dean Myers

The film adaption of this 1999 novel, about a teenager on trial for murder, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018 and stars Kelvin Harrison Jr.

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Jon M. Chu directed the film version of this 2013 novel, which comes out in August. It has an all-Asian cast and stars Constance Wu and Henry Golding.

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Crazy Rich Asians is the story of a Chinese-American professor who travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s extremely wealthy family.

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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Esquivel’s 1989 novel was already adapted into a Spanish-language film, in 1992. Now it will be adapted again, as an English-language TV series.

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The book tells the story of Tita de la Garza, raised in Mexico near the U.S. border, who infuses the food she cooks with her own emotions.

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