Discover which romance books are being made into movies and TV series in 2021. (Posted November 2020, last updated March 2021).
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Do you love to see your favorite romance books on the big or small screen?
I admit that I love romance book to movie adaptations and romance book to TV series so I absolutely LOVE to put together an annual list of romance books being made into movies and TV shows each year.
[Check out the list of Romance Books to Movies and TV in 2020!]
Of course, this year making this type of list is not so easy.
Some movies that were slated to start production in 2020 were obviously delayed and it remains to be seen where other book adaptations stand with their timelines.
That being said there are a few books to movies with actual release dates or anticipated releases for 2021 that we can look forward to!
Who’s Filming Romance Book to Movies or TV Series?
Passionflix is one production company that has re-opened and re-started filming in the later part of 2020.
Passionflix is a “premium streaming service offering original movies, series and shorts, adapted from bestselling romance novels, along with an impressive library of your all-time favorite romance classics.”
Since 2017, Passionflix has produced 11 movies, series and shorts with their latest release being Gabriel’s Inferno, adapted from the novel by Sylvain Reynard, which released in May 2020 with its third installment released in November 2020.
They also released 5 Holiday Quickies, short films less than 20 minutes, in December 2020 before beginning their 2021 lineup.
Netflix has some romance book to movies in its lineup for 2021 as well as some romance book to TV series.
But before you watch their 2021 lineup you can check out their last minute 2020 release.
The Bridgerton series, adapted by Shonda Rhimes based on the series by beloved author Julia Quinn, debuted on December 25, 2020.
If you missed this release at the end of 2020, you have to check it out in 2021! It’s the streaming service’s biggest series EVER.
Romance Books To Movies 2021
May 14, 2021 – In Theaters
This coming-of-age drama will release on May 14 in theaters.
This is a young adult romance that finds 18 year old Finley Sinclair struggling with her grief over the death of her older brother. Wanting to feel closer to him, she decides to enroll in an exchange program in Ireland- a place where he loved to travel.
On the plane she meets Beckett Rush, a Hollywood teen heartthrob who convinces her to be his assistant while he shows her around Ireland.
February 2021 – On Netflix
The highly anticipated, third and final book to movie adaptation in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series released in February on Netflix.
Lara Jean is having a fantastic senior year, with so much still to look forward to such as prom, class trip to NYC and beach week. But when some unexpected news arrives, she has to rethink her plans and it’s a question of whether she follows her head or her heart.
July 23, 2021 – On Netflix
Felicity Jones and Shailene Woodley lead the cast in this movie which is now scheduled to release on July 23, 2021.
Jojo Moyes brings a double romantic tale that spans 40 years. In 1960 Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, but can’t remember anything-not the tragic car accident that put her there, not her husband, nor receiving the letter, signed simply “B”, asking her to leave her husband.
In 2003, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same and becomes obsessed with uncovering how this story ended in the hopes that it can resurrect her faltering career. Ellie’s search will rewrite history and help her see the truth about her own modern romance.
May 2021 Limited Release
Abigail Cowen and Tom Lewis are in the starring roles of this romance book to movie that is in post-production and set to release in 2021.
As a child sold into prostitution, Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. She doesn’t expect Michael Hosea, a man who feels called by God to marry Angel and love her unconditionally.
As she slowly starts to trust and love Michael in return, so do her feelings of unworthiness and fear which propel her to leave her husband. As she turns back to the darkness, she must learn that her true healing can only come from the One who loves her most.
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Romance Books to Movies: Coming to Passionflix
Release Date: Anticipated in 2021 on Passionflix
Filming for this Passionflix movie began in October 2020 so I assume that it’s release will be in 2021 but the exact date has not been released.
Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan has dedicated her life to the Order. She’s sworn to hunt the creatures who took everything from her four years ago.
When she meets Ren Owens, she begins to fall for him unknowing that he holds his own secrets.
Romance Books to TV Series
Series 2 Release Date: January 8, 2021 on Sky One and AMC+
The second season of A Discovery of Witches debuted on January 8, 2021 which is available for viewing on AMC+ and Sky One.
A third and final season which began in late 2020 has wrapped and is expected to release at the end of 2021 or early 2022.
At Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. She’s a descendent of an old and distinguished line of witches, yet Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery.
Her discovery however, sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library looking to Diana as the only creature who can break a spell.
Romance Books to TV Series: Coming Soon
Series Release Date: June 25, 2021 on Netflix
Sex/Life is the TV show being developed based on Easton’s book, 44 Chapters About 4 Men. It will debut on Netflix on June 25, 2021 for a total of 8 episodes.
Faced with an uninspiring sex life, BB resorts to writing in journal about her testosterone-fueled, passionate ex-boyfriends. She just didn’t expect her straight-laced, accountant for a husband to read her journal – and up his game.
Romance Books to TV Series: In the Works
Season 2 In Production: Possible Release Date December 2021 on Netflix
Netflix announced in February 2021 that a Season 2 of Bridgerton is coming and filming has already begun.
This season will focus on the love interest of Anthony Bridgerton, the eldest brother and will be adapted from Julia Quinn’s book, The Viscount Who Loved Me.
Jonathan Bailey will reprise his role as Anthony Bridgerton and Simone Ashley has been cast for the role of Kate.
Anthony Bridgerton may have the reputation as a well-known rake among society, but he’s finally determined to marry and has already picked out his wife. Too bad his intended’s older sister does not look favorably on the match.
Season 6 Release Date: Possibly Fall 2021 on Starz
Filming of season 6 of Outlander has begun but there is no information from Starz on its release date. Its earliest release could be sometime in late fall 2021, but we may also not see it until 2022.
The year is 1772, the eve of the American Revolution. Jamie Fraser has been called upon by the governor to safeguard the colony but he knows from his time traveling wife that war and independence is coming.
The Frasers must navigate this precursor to war while also mindful of their reported deaths dated in a newspaper clipping from 1776.
Season 3 Release Date: Anticipated in 2021 on Netflix
Season 2 of Virgin River aired on November 27, 2020 with the show also receiving a renewal for a third season. Production has already begun indicating the release date of season 3 could be sometime in 2021.
Virgin River continues the story of midwife/nurse practitioner Melinda Monroe who moves to a remote mountain town to escape the heartache of losing her husband.
Romance Books to Movies & TV: Future Releases
Why stop at 2021 when it comes to looking at what romance books will be made into movies and TV series?
Check out what is on the horizon and what you can expect in 2022 and beyond!
You can get a head start on reading these books before you see them come to life on the big and small screen.
Season 7 Coming to Starz
Starz announced that a season 7 of Outlander will happen with the top stars returning.
With season 6 possibly releasing at the end of 2021, the earliest we can hope for season 7, which will be based on the seventh book in the series An Echo in the Bone, is 2022.
Jamie and Claire Fraser are certain of who will win the American rebellion, they just don’t the price they will have to pay.
Second Season Confirmed by Netflix
The Sweet Magnolias book series was made into a TV series, Sweet Magnolias, by Netflix with the first season premiering May 19, 2020.
In July 2020 the series was renewed for a second season but there is no news regarding filming or a release date.
Maddie Townsend’s life is overturned when her husband leaves her for a younger woman, leaving her three children heartbroken in the process.
When her son’s anger issues begin to affect his love of baseball Maddie steps in to help, meeting his coach Cal Maddox. She soon learns Cal has feelings for her but a relationship could ruin their reputations and careers.
In production for HBO: Expected Release 2022
HBO is currently adapting The Time Traveler’s Wife into a TV series. Rose Leslie and Theo James have been cast in the lead roles as Clare and Henry with the series currently in pre-production.
The series is anticipated to premiere on HBO and HBO Max some time in 2022.
Clare meets her future husband when she is six and Henry is thirty-six and yet the two marry when she is twenty-three and Henry is thirty-one. Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder which causes his genetic clock to reset and misplace him in time.
Release Date Unknown
Starz is adding another romance book based TV series to its line up with Martin’s Intercepted. Casting has started but there is no word yet on production or an anticipated release date.
Marlee Harper vowed to never date an athlete again when her NFL-star boyfriend is found cheating. Only Gavin Pope, the new quarterback and man from her past, is ready to show Marlee that he’s nothing like her ex.
She may be willing to give Gavin a chance but it’s the teams wives she’ll have to contend with when they only want to take her down.
Release Date Unknown
Hulu will be bringing a TV series adaptation of the bestselling books by Maas, starting with A Court of Thorn and Roses, though no production or release dates are known at this time.
Maas is currently writing the series with Ron Moore, who famously adapted the Outlander book series for TV.
When Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. To keep her family save, she travels to a magical land with her captor who is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries.
With time on his estate, Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion, but now it’s up to her to stop a curse that threatens both Tamlin and his world.
Release Date Unknown
The Hating Game movie began production at the end of 2020 and is currently in post-production with no current release date set.
Lucy Hale and Austin Stowell (who replaced Robbie Amell) play the leads in this film.
Lucy and Joshua share an office and seem to live or die by the need to outdo each other.
But when a promotion comes up that only one of them will get, it takes their office antics to new heights.
Release Date Unknown
The remaining two books in the Crazy Rich Asians triology are slated to become movies following the hit movie of the first book, Crazy Rich Asians.
Production was to begin in 2020 but cast availability and other issues have delayed filming both China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems which are supposed to be filmed be back to back.
China Rich Girlfriend continues the story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia’s most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather.
Romance Books Optioned for Movies or TV Series
Rebekah Weatherspoon’s Cowboys of California Trilogy has been optioned for TV by writer/producer, Valerie C. Woods and her MCV Productions.
Plans are already in motion for adapting the first book, A Cowboy to Remember.
At an office party, Evie Buchanan takes a fall which lands her in the hospital with no memory of who she is. Her close friends who run the luxury dude ranch in California where Evie grew up are called in to help her retrieve her memories, including former rodeo champion Zach Pleasant.
Carr has partnered with executive producers Roma Roth and Christopher E. Perry of Reel World Management to option her best-selling Sullivan’s Crossing series.
Neurosurgeon Maggie Sullivan decides she needs to slow down before she burns out completely so she heads to Sullivan’s Crossing for a simpler way of life.
But Maggie’s world is rocked and she must take responsibility for the Crossing with the help of a quiet and serious-looking hiker, Cal Jones.
Through a partnership between The Ripped Bodice bookstore and Sony Pictures Television Beverly Jenkins’ historical romance novel, Forbidden has been optioned for TV.
There is no word yet on the casting or production for this one but it’s one to keep your eye on for the future!
Rhine Fontaine’s success depends on his ability to pass for White but if he wants a relationship with Eddy, he may just have to give up everything.
Netflix aquired the rights to adapt The Cactus into a movie with Reese Witherspoon. No word on production or timeframe for this one as of yet.
Susan Green likes order, but when the forty-something discovers she’s pregnant, her perfectly ordered life spins out of control.
When Rob, her brother’s well-meaning friend offers his help, she might have a chance at finding real love and learning to love herself, if only she can figure out how to let go.
It was announced in 2018 that Jenna Dewan’s company, Everheart Productions, is producing this romance book to movie.
The best part is that the authors, Christina Lauren, are set to write the script.
No word on casting, production or anticipated release date as of yet.
Holland Bakker has developed a crush on the guitarist who busks for cash in the subway station near her apartment in New York City. When Calvin Mcloughlin rescues her from a drunken attacker one night, Holland is determined to pay him back by arranging an audition with her uncle for the hottest Broadway show.
The only problem is Calvin is in this country illegally so the only way he can perform in her uncle’s show and gain the fame he deserves is if he gets married…to Holland.
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