25 books that need to be adapted for TV right now

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We are living in the Golden Age of television thanks to premium networks like HBO, Showtime, Starz, AMC and more.

Add in the fact that Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime are in the business of making television shows now and there are more places than ever for critically acclaimed shows to air.

With that said, we are also in an era where books are being adapted in ways that were never considered before – as long-format television series without the need to neuter and censor them for television. With the advent premium networks, shows like Game of Thrones, American Gods, and Preacher can hit television in the way the authors originally intended. This also opens the door for many other television adaptations of our favorite books.

There are stacks of books that fans of all genres would love to see adapted into a successful television show. While some of the books listed below are rumored to be in development, none have received an official greenlight to receive a television adaptation. With that said, here is a look at 25 books that need to be adapted for TV  shows on premium networks right now – both novels and comic books.

1. Sandman

American Gods has shocked Neil Gaiman fans everywhere with an adaptation for TV that is both fiercely loyal while also changing things up when needed to help stretch it out as a television series on Starz. For many years, Sandman was considered unmakeable but that was also said about Watchmen and that has been a movie and is coming to television as well. While Sandman might seem a little strange for television, the new shows on networks like HBO and Starz prove that it might be time to bring the tale to life.

Sandman tells the story of Morpheus, otherwise known as Dream of the Endless. These are brothers and sisters and are basically immortal, with Dream in charge of the dream world of man. His siblings include his older brother Destiny and younger sister Death, and the youngest family members Desire, Despair, and Delirium. There is also a brother – Destruction – that quit his position and left.

The series also connects with Lucifer, which is already a series on network television. Sandman has a number of stories, starting with Dream being captured and held for many years before escaping and trying to rebuild his kingdom while others around him – including his own family – try to undermine and destroy him. There are a lot of ideas for a Sandman series but it needs to be on either HBO or Starz (home of Gaiman’s American Gods) to really be turned into the masterpiece that Gaiman created.