With World Book Day (April 23) coming up later this month, calling for book-lovers around the globe to celebrate the holiday with the latest and greatest literary masterpieces. Today, book aficionados can read their favorite tales and see them come to life in TV adaptations – allowing them to explore new worlds in many ways. We know it may be hard to decide how to spend your precious time this holiday (and beyond), so Amazon Prime Video is here to help make the decision easier with a roundup of Amazon Prime Video Original series, adapted from award-winning novels.
Amazon consumers can purchase books here and Amazon Prime Video members in South Africa can enjoy these Original series available now on PrimeVideo.com and the Amazon Prime Video app.
The Looming Tower
Based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning book by Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA during that time may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11. The series follows members of the I-49 Squad in New York and Alec Station in Washington, D.C., the counter-terrorism divisions of the FBI and CIA, respectively, as they travel the world fighting for ownership of information while seemingly working toward the same goal – trying to prevent an imminent attack on U.S. soil.
The Looming Tower stars Jeff Daniels (John O’Neill), Tahar Rahim (Ali Soufan), Wrenn Schmidt (Diane Marsh), Bill Camp (Robert Chesney), Louis Cancelmi (Vince Stuart), Virginia Kull (Kathy Shaughnessy), Ella Rae Peck (Heather), Sullivan Jones (Floyd Bennet) with Michael Stuhlbarg (Richard Clarke) and Peter Sarsgaard (Martin Schmidt). The series is executive produced by Daniel Futterman (showrunner), Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright, Craig Zisk, and Adam Rapp. The Looming Tower is a Legendary Television production for Amazon Prime Video outside of the U.S.
New episodes of The Looming Tower premiere weekly on Amazon Prime Video. Fans can start binge watching Season 1 in time to catch the finale in May.
Check out the trailer for The Looming Tower here.
The Man in the High Castle (Seasons 1 and 2)
Based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternate history novel, one-hour drama series The Man In The High Castle explores what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II. Some 15 years after that loss, the United States and much of the world has now been split between Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany, the dominating global powers. As tension mounts between the two hegemonic states, a resistance starts to grow as the United States citizens rise against the oppressive regimes. While Germany controls much of the East Coast and Japan controls the West Coast, the Rocky Mountains have become a “neutral zone” — and ground zero for a rebellion, led by a mysterious figure known only as “the Man in the High Castle.”
The Man in the High Castle stars Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, DJ Qualls, Joel De La Fuente, Brennan Brown, Bella Heathcote, and Callum Keith Rennie with Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Rufus Sewell. The series was developed by Frank Spotnitz with Daniel Percival, Erik Oleson, Isa Dick Hackett, Richard Heus, Spotnitz, Ridley Scott, and David W. Zucker, and serving as executive producers.
Season 3 is set to premiere later this year, see the trailer here.
Starting from the beginning? Check out the trailer for The Man in the High Castle (S1) here.
Based on the award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman, American Gods stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday and Emily Browning as Shadow’s wife, Laura Moon. When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew, a storm that will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent death of his wife, and hired as Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard, Shadow finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to understand—a hidden world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods. Mr. Wednesday seeks to build a coalition of Old Gods to defend their existence in this new America, and reclaim some of the influence that they’ve lost. American Gods is available with both subtitles and dubbing in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese available at launch.
Check out the trailer for American Gods here.
Coming in 2019…Good Omens
The six, one-hour equal parts comedy and horror series is written by Neil Gaiman (American Gods) and based on the well-loved and internationally bestselling novel ‘Good Omens’ by Terry Pratchett (Hogfather) and Gaiman. Michael Sheen, OBE (Masters of Sex, Passengers) will star as the somewhat fussy angel and rare book dealer Aziraphale, and David Tennant (Broadchurch, Doctor Who) will play his opposite number, the fast living demon Crowley, both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and of each other. So it’s really terrible news for both of them that, if Heaven and Hell have their way, the world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis has risen, tempers are flaring. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are ready to ride. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Expect that someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist…
Good Omens will be brought to the screen by the highly acclaimed director Douglas Mackinnon, whose credits include Doctor Who, Outlander and the standalone Victorian episode of Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, winner of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie last year.
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