A script was completed by Dayan Ballweg in about 2003 and a planned film adaptation was announced at that time. By early 2007, Kevin Costner and Meg Ryan were attached to the project. It was slated for release in 2010, but has been pushed back with no known release date as of March 2012.
Playwright Matthew Spangler adapted Tortilla Curtain for the stage. It received its world premiere production at the San Diego Repertory Theatre in March/April 2012.