Adaptations in Development

Adaptations in Development – May 2020

By June 16, 2020September 8th, 2020No Comments

Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in May 2020:

– Steven A. Finly will adapt Almythea for Rio Vista Universal and PorchLight Entertainment. Bruce Logan will direct, with Priscilla Presley executive producing. The novels were written and created by A.J. Cootes and the first in the series, Almythea: Rise of Wingtar was published by BCG Publishing in 2019.

– Blumhouse Productions and Epic Magazine have tapped Issa López to script and direct Our Lady of Tears, based on an article written by Daniel Hernandez and published by Epic Magazine and Vox.

– Rachel Hirons will adapt Sarah Knight’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck for New Line Cinema and Five Quarters Entertainment. The satirical self-help book was published by Little, Brown in December 2015.

– Geoff Rodkey will adapt his middle-grade novel We’re Not from Here for Columbia Pictures and Olive Bridge Entertainment. Mike Mitchell will direct, and the film will be a live-action/animation hybrid. Crown Books published the novel in March 2020.

– Pat Casey and Josh Miller will return to script Paramount Pictures, Original Film, and Blur Studio’s sequel to the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, and Jeff Fowler will return to direct. The sequel, like the original movie, is based on the SEGA video games.

– Steven Levenson will script the adaptation/remake Fiddler on the Roof for MGM and The Dan Jinks Company. Thomas Kail will produce/direct. The original 1968 musical’s book was written by Joseph Stein, with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick.

– Universal and Mandeville Films have picked up Naomi Novik’s YA novel A Deadly Education, first in the Scholomance trilogy. Random House will publish the first in the series in September 2020.

– Max Winkler will adapt Ben Moon’s memoir Denali for Spyglass and Bon Fide Productions. Charlie Hunnam will produce and star, Winkler will direct. Penguin published the book in January 2020.

– New Regency won out in an auction for Rutger Bregman’s Humankind, published by Little, Brown earlier this month.

– Sony Pictures have tapped Marc Guggenheim to script the Jackpot movie, based on the Marvel comic character created by Dan Scott and Phil Jimenez.

– Sony Pictures, Michael Bay’s Bay Films, and 3 Arts Entertainment have acquired Mark Greaney’s novel Armored. The book will be released on Audible later this year, with a physical publication at a later date.

– Thomas Pierce will adapt his New Yorker short story “Chairman Spaceman” for Searchlight Pictures and Genre Films. The story was originally published in January 2017.

– Josh Cooley will script and direct Malamander for Sony. The children’s book, written by Thomas Taylor and illustrated by Tom Booth, was published in September 2019 by Walker Books US.

– Tony McNamara will adapt Richard Brautigan’s 1974 novel The Hawkline Monster for New Regency, Element Pictures, and Vertigo Entertainment, and Yorgos Lanthimos will direct. The novel was originally published by Simon & Schuster.

– Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor are writing Legally Blonde 3 for Marc Platt Productions and Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine. Witherspoon is back to star. The film series was originally based on Amanda Brown’s novel Legally Blonde, published in June 2001 by AuthorHouse.

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