Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in March 2022.
- MGM and Weed Road Pictures (Akiva Goldsman) will adapt Dan Brown’s Wild Symphony into an animated feature with Brown also providing the script. Rodale Kids published the children’s book in September 2020.
- Neon, Seaview, and Intellectual Property Group have tapped Sarah DeLappe to script an adaptation of Dorothy Baker’s novel Cassandra at the Wedding. The novel was originally published in 1962, with a NYRB Classics reprint released in 2012.
- Warner Bros., Studio 8, and Black Mask Studios have tapped Gerard McMurray to write and direct an adaptation of the graphic novel Black, written by Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 and illustrated by Chary Randolph. Black Mask published the series in 2016.
- Sabir Pirzada will script a Nova project for Marvel Studios as either a feature or TV series. The character was created in 1976 by Marc Wolfman and John Romita Sr.
- Crazy Rich Asians is finally getting its sequel! Warner Bros. and Color Force have tapped Amy Wang to provide the script from Kevin Kwan’s novel China Rich Girlfriend. Jon M. Chu will return to direct, and Henry Golding and Constance Wu will return to star. Knopf Doubleday published the novel in June 2015.
- Hello Sunshine (Reese Witherspoon) and James Patterson Entertainment will produce an adaption of Patterson and Dolly Parton’s novel Run, Rose, Run. Parton will star in the film, as well as produce alongside Witherspoon and Patterson. Little, Brown published the novel this month.
- Screenwriter Joy Wilkinson will adapt Stalag-X for New Republic Pictures and about:blank. The film will be based on the graphic novel by Kevin J. Anderson and Steven L. Sears. Francis Lawrence will produce and direct. the graphic novel was published in May 2018 by Vault Comics.
- Meridian Pictures has tapped Cheryl Guerriero to adapt Margaret Sanders’ book The Colonel’s Secret: Eleven Herbs and a Spicy Daughter, originally published in 1996 by the Ibis Foundation.
- Alessandro Camon will write/direct an adaptation of his 2017 play for The Motus Studios, Oakhurst Entertainment, and TPH Productions (Taraji P. Henson). Henson will also star.
- Seoul Street has optioned Suzanne Park’s YA novel Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous, published by Sourcebooks Fire in June of last year.
- Capstone Group and Amet Entertainment have optioned author James Swallow’s Marc Dune series of spy novels, which includes Nomad, Exile, Ghost, Shadow, Rough Air, and Outlaw. Zaffre Books published the first in the series, Nomad, in June 2016.
- Screenwriter James Seale will adapt his graphic novel Safehaven for Screen Media Ventures, Strong Studios, and 451 Media Group (Michael Bay).
- 3000 Pictures and Blueprint Pictures have optioned Lucy Foley’s mystery novel The Paris Apartment, published by William Morrow last month.
- Akiva Goldsman will return to script the sequel to 2007’s I Am Legend for Warner Bros., Westbrook Studios, Outlier Society (Michael B. Jordan), and his own Weed Road Pictures. Will Smith and Michael B. Jordan will produce and star. The original film was based on Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel of the same title, originally published by Gold Medal Books, and on the 1971 film The Omega Man, written by John William Corrington and Joyce H. Corrington and directed by Boris Sagal.
- Angelina Jolie will write and direct the adaptation of Alessandro Baricco’s novel Without Blood, published in June 2004 by Knopf. Fremantle and De Maio Entertainment will produce.
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