The Boys In The Boat Adaptation

The Boys In The Boat Adaptation (2023): Everything We Know So Far About The Exciting New Movie

The inspiring story of the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team and their journey to compete in the 1936 Olympics is well-known to readers excited for The Boys in the Boat adaptation. Now, this captivating tale of perseverance, teamwork, and triumph is set to be adapted for the silver screen, bringing its message of hope and resilience to a wider audience.
The Boys in the Boat has captured the hearts of readers around the world with its poignant storytelling, vivid descriptions, and unforgettable characters. Now, with the adaptation, audiences will have the chance to witness the crew team’s journey firsthand, experiencing the breadth and depth of their remarkable feats through stunning visual imagery and powerful performances.
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This page was updated: 2/2/24

About The Book:

Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.
The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together—a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.
Drawing on the boys’ own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant. // Amazon // Audiobook

Current Production Status:

In theaters as of December 25th, 2023 and heading to streaming March 2024.

The Boys In The Boat Adaptation Timeline:

Before the book was released in June 2013, The Weinstein Company bought the adaptation rights in 2011 with plans for Kenneth Branagh to direct the film. Those rights transferred to Lantern Entertainment in 2018 when The Weinstein Company had all of it’s assets sold. At the same time MGM was brought on a distribution partner.
In March 2020 it was announced that George Clooney had signed on to direct. Plans to begin production that year were delayed by the COVID pandemic.
Callum Turner was announced as the lead, Joe Rantz, in November 2021. More casting announcements were made in February 2022, including the addition of Joel Edgerton. Filming began the next month.
A 2023 Christmas Day release date was announced in June 2023. A few months later in October the first trailer was released.
The first public screening was held on December 7th in Seattle for the re-opening of the SIFF Cinema Downtown theater. The official world premiere occurred in Los Angeles a couple days later.
It will begin streaming on MGM+ on March 29th, 2024.

Where Can I Watch The Movie?

As of February 2024 the movie was still available to watch in limited theaters.
It is available to buy digitally as of January, but there has been no release date set for physical DVD/blu-ray purchase.
It will begin streaming on MGM+ on March 29th, 2024.


The show currently has a 56% tomatometer and 97% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. 7.3/10 on IMDb.

Who Owns The Rights:

Lantern Entertainment (Django Unchained) holds the adaptation rights with Amazon MGM signed on as a producing and distribution partner.

Who Is Attached:

George Clooney is directing the feature film. Joel Edgerton and Callum Turner are set in the lead roles with Sam Strike, Hadley Robinson, Jack Mulhern, and Luke Slattery all in supporting roles.

Filming Locations:

Despite being set in Seattle, Washington-the majority of filming took place in the United Kingdom including the Cleveland Lakes near Swindon.

Estimated Release:

The movie will be released December 25th, 2023.


Previous mentions on AiLL:

This book and adaptation were featured in the 2023 Books To Screen Adaptation Masterlist!

Other Adaptations From This Author:

This is currently the only book from Daniel James Brown to be adapted.
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The Boys In The Boat Adaptation

The Boys In The Boat Adaptation (2023): Everything We Know So Far About The Exciting New Movie

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