Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in May 2021.
– Jackson Pictures and Stampede Ventures have picked up Ken Nolan’s psychological spy thriller spec The Debriefing. The script is based on the novel by Robert Littell, which was originally published in 1979 by Harper & Row.
– Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings’ novel The Unhoneymooners, published under their combined pen name Christina Lauren, will get an adaptation over at BCDF Pictures and Clair de Lune Entertainment. Joseph Muszynski will provide the script. Simon & Schuster published the novel in May 2019.
– ZQ Entertainment, Hudlin Entertainment, and Prime Universe Productions are moving forward with an adaptation of the graphic novel Black Cotton Star, which was written by Yves Sense and illustrated by Steve Cuzor. Deric Hughes and Benjamin Raab will write the screenplay. Pegasus Books first published in June 2020.
– Jennifer Erwin will write Paper Heart for Dark Pictures, who optioned the memoir Not Dead & Not for Sale by Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland and David Ritz. Scribner published in May 2011.
– Julia Seales will adapt her own novel A Most Agreeable Murder for 3 Arts Entertainment and TriStar Pictures. Random House is set to publish the novel in 2023.
– Columbia Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment, and MObius Productions are moving forward with their adaptation of the manga Made in Abyss by Akihito Tsukushi. Kevin McMullin will script. Takeshobo published the first issue in October 2012, and the series is still ongoing.
– Paramount Pictures, Khalabo Ink Society, and New Slate Ventures have tapped Kenya Barris to write the adaptation of The Man Who Lives Underground. Richard Wright originally wrote the novel in the early 1940s, and Library of America published it in April 2021.
– StudioCanal, Les Productions du Tresor, and Nine Stories are making Isabelle Autissier’s French-language novel Soudain, seuls into a film, now titled Suddenly. Thomas Bidegain will write and direct the film, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Vanessa Kirby will star. French publishing house Stock published in 2015.
– Amblin Partners, Neal Street Productions, and Hera Pictures have tapped Chiara Atik to adapt Maggie O’Farrell’s novel Hamnet. which Knopf published in July 2020.
– Gabe Polsky will script/direct the adaptation of Butcher’s Crossing for Phiphen Pictures, Altitude Film Entertainment, and Polsky Films. Author John Williams’ western novel was first published by Macmillan in 1960. Nicolas Cage will produce and star.
– Constanin Film is moving forward with another adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. Jack Huston will write and star, and Stephen Fung will direct. The Journal des Débats originally published the serialized novel in 18 parts from 1844 to 1846.
– Phiphen Pictures has acquired Renée Carlino’s novel Wish You Were Here. Julia Stiles is set to direct, and she will co-write the script with Carlino. Atria Books first published in August 2017.
– MGM and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment acquired Chandler Baker’s novel The Husbands. Baker will also write the script, and Kristen Wiig will produce and star. Flatiron Books will release the book in August.
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