10 popular book series that streaming services own the TV and movie rights to

The rate attached to production costs justifies a studio getting tired of taking risks with series and movie streaming ideas. Proof of concept comes with popular book series and massive fanbases.


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The most favorable queuing options on streaming platforms are content adapted from the literature. Streaming services have strategically bought the rights from mainstream publications in hopes of capitalizing on the intellectual property with a crowd-pleasing adaptation.

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Ringworld (Premium Video)

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Two-hundred-year-old Louis Wu goes on a sabbatical after becoming extremely bored with all the humans. His sabbatical is interrupted by a team of misfits, and they embark on a journey to the Ringworld, a rotating wheel construct created by aliens. In 2017, Amazon and co-producer MGM announce partnership to produce a Ringworld series for Prime Video.

Since 2001, three proposals have been made to adapt Ringworld which never has materials. Hype woke up the dormant project when Akiva Goldman announced he would be writing for the series and game of thrones director Alan Taylor is scheduled to direct the pilot episode of Prime Video.

Strange Planet (Apple TV+)

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Nathan W. Pylegraphic novel strange planet takes place on the home planet of asexual blue creatures that resemble humans, but tend to complicate the simple things too much. The online comic quickly gained huge following on social media, prompting Apple to act quickly and acquire the rights to the comic.

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The comic book creator has teamed up with the Dan Harmonthe spirit behind rick and morty and Community, to produce the ten episodes greenlit by Apple TV+. The cult sequels attached to Harmond and the webcomic lead to the order of the series.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hulu)

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Following the demolition of Earth by an alien race to make way for an intergalactic highway, Earth’s last living man joins an alien tour guide and hitchhikes across the galaxy. Disney has retained the rights to the novels since its film adaptation in 2005 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

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Disney owns a 66% stake in Hulu. So when the upcoming series needed a home, Disney was the driving factor in tying the property to Hulu. An upcoming series is currently in development and produced by Carlton Cuse and Jason Fuchs who have succeeded in bringing literature to the screen with Tom Clancy’sJack Ryan and by Stephen KingIt: Chapter 2.

Millarworld Comics (Netflix)

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Millarworld is a comic book imprint created by a popular comic book author Marc Miller. Notable characters from his comic book universe have been featured in movies Sought, Kick ass and Kingsman. A 2017 acquisition of Millarworld by Netflix put the character gallery at the production company’s fingertips.

Netflix is ​​trying to find its footing with the IP after posting the lackluster Jupiter’s Legacy and cancel the series after one season. The streaming giant currently has six movies and a treadmill series based on Millarworld intellectual property. Some upcoming projects include a series based on The magic order and a film centered on Prodigy.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Disney+)

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid The book series follows middle schooler Greg Heffley as he recounts his shortcomings in his diary log. Live action Diary of a Wimpy Kid the films were produced by 20th Century Fox and the rights were licensed following Fox’s acquisition by Mouse in 2019.

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Jeff Kinney, the books’ author, said he plans to adapt all of his titles as animated features for Disney+. 2021 anime Diary of a Wimpy Kid reboot series and sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick’s Rules is slated for release on Disney+ later this year.

The Roald Dahl History Company (Netflix)

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The Roald Dahl Story Company is home to iconic intellectual properties from the late pen of the late Roald Dahl. After the company was purchased by Netflix, the monetization rights to Willy Wonka, Matildathe BFG and others have fallen into the streaming service’s lap.

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In 2021, Netflix spent around $686 million to acquire the Roald Dahl Story Company. Subscription streaming service seeks return on investment with 2022 release of Mathilde the musical. Netflix also has several animated projects based on Charlie and the chocolate factory characters coming into the pipeline with one of including a new take on the Oompa-Loompas who will be featured in their own series.

Chronicles of Narnia (Netflix)

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The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of books where children enter a fantastical world of magic by means of an enchanted wardrobe to help protect mythical beasts and talking animals in the land of Narnia. Netflix secured the rights to new movies and TV adaptations for the Narnia books in 2018.

The acquisition of Netflix marks the first time the rights to the Narnia books have been retained by a single company. The bureaucracy surrounding ownership favors tiptoeing over eggshells, so other studios halted production on their Narnia projects after the Netflix deal. For example, Joe Johnston was to make an adaptation for Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, but it was blocked after the rights were exchanged. Netflix has yet to announce any plans for a series or movie.

The Wizarding World (HBO Max)

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The wizarding world franchise is based on characters derived from JK Rowlingit is Harry Potter novels. The confusing TV distribution rights are split between Warner Bros and NBCUniversal.

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serve as Warner Bros.’ highest-grossing franchise., it is understandable that the studio plans to present the property as a flagship option on its HBO Max streaming service. The studio’s television distribution rights are set to expire in 2025, but nonetheless, Warner Bros. announced last year that they were in the early stages of developing a TV series based on Rowling’s Wizarding World which would be featured on HBO Max.

Middle-earth (Prime Video)

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JRR TolkienThe fantasy novels center on a community of hobbits, elves, dwarves, and men tasked with destroying a ring with the power to corrupt and control the entire world. the Lord of the Rings is one of the best-selling children’s books of all time and the the Lord of the Rings The film adaptations are one of the highest grossing franchises of all time. Amazon spared no expense in beating HBO and Netflix for the cash cow TV rights.

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Amazon bought the Lord of the Rings TV rights for $250 million. Receipt of the sale grants Prime Video the exclusive rights to The Fellowship of the Ring, The two towers, The king’s returnthe annexes and The Hobbit. power rings series is based on the content of four of JRR Toliken’s six books and premiering on Prime Video in fall 2022.

DC Comics (HBO Max)

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DC Comics is home to legendary comic book characters and the gallery names Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and more as members. The insightful Warner Bros. Entertainment bought out DC Comics in 1969.

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Since the 1969 acquisition, all DC Comics adaptations have been produced by Warner Bros. Following the launch of WB’s HBO Max streaming service, the studio plans to use the service as a launchpad for television series for their popular comic book characters. The peacemaker, The Green Lantern and The Penguin are HBO Max series intended to tie feature films The Suicide Squad and The Batman.

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