It was later adapted for the screen by director Anthony Minghella in the 2003 film Cold Mountain, starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Renée Zellweger. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Jude Law, and won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Renée Zellweger.
The novel has been adapted into an opera, Cold Mountain (opera), which will be presented during the 2015 summer festival season by The Santa Fe Opera, in co-commissions and co-productions with Opera Philadelphia and the Minnesota Opera. The work has been composed by 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner in music, Jennifer Higdon, from a libretto written by Gene Scheer. It will be Higdon's first opera.