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HBO has optioned the 2015 Man Booker Prize winning novel A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, and is planning a TV series based on it. James will be adapting his novel for the small screen, working closely with screenwriter Eric Roth.


Aravind Adiga won the 2008 Man Booker Prize with The White Tiger, which has been adapted by Netflix. Directed by Ramin Bahrani and starring Priyanka Chopra, Rajkummar Rao and Adarsh Gourav, it will premiere in theatres in December 2020 and on Netflix from January 2021.


David Nicholls’s 2014 Man Booker Prize longlisted book Us was adapted by Nicholls himself for a four-part television series, released on BBC One in September 2020. Directed by Geoffrey Sax, it starred Tom Hollander and Saskia Reeves as Douglas and Connie Petersen.


Eleanor Catton won the 2013 Man Booker Prize with The Luminaries, which was adapted for BBC1 as a joint British and New Zealand mini-series. Directed by Claire McCarthy and starring Eve Hewson, Himesh Patel and Eva Green, it aired in June 2020.


Sally Rooney's 2018 Man Booker Prize longlisted book Normal People was adapted into a 12-part series for BBC and Hulu. The widely lauded drama starred Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal, and was released on 26 April 2020.


Peter Carey’s 2001 Booker Prize-winning novel The True History of the Kelly Gang took a while to make it to the silver screen, in a 2019 film directed by Justin Kurzel which starred George MacKay, Russell Crowe and Nicholas Hoult. His 1988 Booker Prize-winning novel Oscar and Lucinda had been adapted into a film in 1997, directed by Gillian Armstrong and starring Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett.


Patrick deWitt’s 2011 Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel The Sisters Brothers was adapted for the screen by Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain. Released in 2018, the film starred Academy Award-winner Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed.


Andrea Levy’s 2010 Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel The Long Song was adapted into a three-part series for BBC One, released in December 2018. The series was directed by Mahalia Belo, and starred Tamara Lawrance, Hayley Atwell, Sir Lenny Henry and Jack Lowden.


Sarah Water’s 2009 Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel The Little Stranger was adapted into a feature film in 2018, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Charlotte Rampling.


Ian McEwan’s 2007 Man Booker Prize shortlisted book On Chesil Beach was adapted for the screen by McEwan himself. Directed by Dominic Cooke, the 2017 film starred Billy Howle and Saorise Ronan. His 2001 Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel Atonement was also adapted into a film, starring Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Vanessa Redgrave, Benedict Cumberbatch, Romola Garai and Saorise Ronan. Directed by Joe Wright, it received seven nominations at the 80th Academy Awards in 2008 and won one, for Best Original Score.


Margaret Atwood’s 1996 Booker Prize shortlisted historical novel Alias Grace was adapted into a six episode series starring Sarah Gadon, released by Netflix on 3 November 2017. The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale, adapted from Atwood’s 1985 Booker-winning novel of the same name, had premiered earlier in the year on Hulu to widespread critical acclaim, starring Elizabeth Moss and spawning three further seasons. It won eight Emmys, as well as the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Drama. A sequel, based on Atwood’s 2019 Booker prize winning novel The Testaments, is currently being developed by Hulu and MGM.


2011 Man Booker Prize winner Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes was adapted into a film in 2017, directed by Ritesh Batra and starring Charlotte Rampling and Jim Broadbent. 


Emma Donoghue’s 2010 Man Booker Prize shortlisted book Room was adapted into a film, released in 2015. Also directed by Lenny Abramson, and starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, it received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, with Larson winning Best Actress for her role as Joy Newsome.



Colm Tóibín’s 2009 Man Booker Prize longlisted book Brooklyn was adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby. The 2015 film was directed by John Crowley, and starred Saorise Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.


Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker winners Wolf Hall (2009) and Bring Up the Bodies (2012) were adapted into a six-part TV series on BBC Two in 2015, starring Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell.



John Banville won the Man Booker Prize in 2005 for his novel The Sea, and adapted the screenplay for the 2013 film himself. The film was directed by Stephen Brown and starred Ciaran Hinds, Rufus Sewell and Natascha McElhone.


Mohsin Hamid’s 2007 Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist was adapted into a feature film in 2012, directed by Mira Nair and starring Riz Ahmed and Kate Hudson.


Salman Rushdie won the 1981 Booker Prize with Midnight’s Children, adapting it into a screenplay himself over thirty years later for the 2012 Canadian-British production directed by Deepa Mehta. The ensemble cast included Satya Bhabha, Shriya Saran, Siddharth Narayan, Ronit Roy and Anupam Kher.


Yann Martel’s 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning Life of Pi was adapted for the screen by David Magee and directed by Academy Award-winner Ang Lee. Released in 2012, and starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Rafe Spall, it received eleven nominations at the 8th Academy Awards, and won four.


David Mitchell’s 2004 Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel Cloud Atlas was adapted and directed by the Wachowskis and Tom Twyker. Released in 2012, its ensemble cast included Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Jim Broadbent.


Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel Never Let Me Go was adapted for the screen by acclaimed sci-fi writer Alex Garland. Released in 2010, the film was directed by Mark Romanek and starred Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield and Charlotte Rampling. His 1989 Booker Prize winner, The Remains of the Day, was adapted by Booker-winning novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala into the iconic 1993 Merchant-Ivory production. Starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, it received eight nominations at the 66th Academy Awards, and in 1999 was ranked by the BFI as the 64th-greatest British film of the 20th century.



William Boyd’s 2002 Man Booker Prize longlisted novel Any Human Heart was adapted into a four-part mini-series for BBC One, released in 2010. The series starred Jim Broadbent, Matthew Macfayden, Sam Claflin and Hayley Atwell, and won a BAFTA for Best Drama Serial in 2011. 


J.M. Coetzee’s 1999 Booker Prize-winning novel Disgrace was adapted for the screen in 2008 by Anna Maria Monticelli and Steve Jacobs, starring John Malkovitch as David Lurie.


Monica Ali’s 2003 Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel Brick Lane was adapted for the screen by Laura Jones and Abi Morgan, and directed by Sarah Gavron. Released in 2007, the film starred Tannishtha Chatterjee, Christopher Simpson and Satish Kaushik.


Zoë Heller’s 2003 Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel Notes on a Scandal was adapted into a film released in 2006, starring Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay.



Alan Hollinghurst's 2004 Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Line of Beauty was adapted as a three-part BBC drama, released in 2006, and starring 2012 Man Booker Prize judge, Dan Stevens.


Sarah Waters’ 2002 Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel Fingersmith received an unusual adaption to screen, inspiring Park Chan-wook’s 2006 erotic thriller The Handmaiden, with the setting changed from Victorian Britain to Korea under Japanese rule. The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and won a BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language.


A.S. Byatt’s 1990 Booker Prize-winning novel Possession was adapted as a feature-film in 2002, directed by Neil LaBute and starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart.


Graham Swift’s 1996 Booker prize-winning novel Last Orders was adapted for the screen in 2001 by Fred Schepisi, starring Michael Caine, Helen Mirren, Ray Winstone and Bob Hoskins.

Michael Ondaatje’s 1992 Booker Prize winner The English Patient, which also won the Golden Man Booker in 2008, was adapted into a hugely successful film in 1996. Directed by Anthony Minghella, and starring Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott-Thomas and Juliette Binoche, it received an impressive twelve nominations at the 69th Academy Awards, winning nine, as well as five BAFTA’s.


Thomas Keneally’s 1982 Booker Prize-winning Schindler’s Ark was adapted into the 1993 film Schindler’s List, directed by Stephen Spielberg. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley, it won seven Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay for Steven Zaillian.


Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s 1975 Booker Prize-winner Heat and Dust was adapted into a Merchant-Ivory production in 1983, starring Greta Scacchi, Shashi Kapoor and Julie Christie. It was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 1983 Cannes Film festival, and received eight nominations at the 1984 BAFTA’s, winning Best Adapted Screenplay for Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.