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Adaptations in Development – November 2021

By December 23, 2021No Comments

Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in November 2021.

– Over at Studio Ghibli, animation auteur Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement to write and direct an adaptation of the novel How Do You Live?. The novel, written by Genzaburō Yoshino, was originally published in Japan in 1937, and the first English translation was published by Algonquin Young Readers in November 2021.

– The 2021 film Clifford the Big Red Dog is getting a sequel from Paramount, The Kerner Entertainment Company, Walden Media, and New Republic Pictures. Norman Bridwell wrote the original children’s book series, the first of which was published by Scholastic in 1963.

– Franco 4 Entertainment has tapped Samuel Franco and Evan Kilgore to script the remake of Italian horror auteur Mario Bava’s Rabid Dogs. Alessandro Parenzo wrote the original screenplay, which was based on Michael J. Carroll’s short story “Man and Boy”.

– Lionsgate, BuzzFeed, and Rideback are producing the supernatural thriller Dear David. Mike Van Waes will provide the script from a screen story by Van Waes and Evan Turner. John McPhail will direct. The project will be based on the viral Twitter thread by Adam Ellis.

– Kodiak Pictures picked up the rights to Douglas E. Richards’ Nick Hall novels, which includes Mind’s Eye, The Knocking, and Night Shift. Paragon Press published the first in the series, Mind’s Eye in January 2014.

– New Republic Pictures, about:blank, and Electric Shepherd Productions are making a Vulcan’s Hammer film, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick. Francis Lawrence will produce and direct. Ace Books published Dick’s novel in 1960.

– Paperclip Ltd. (Yeardley Smith), Winterlight Pictures, and Voyage Media will produce Attachment. John Hyams will direct and provide the script. The film will be based on David Drayer’s self-published novella of the same name.

– Taika Waititi will direct The Incal, based on the graphic novel by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Mœbius, for Humanoids and Primer Entertainment. He’ll also write the script with Jemaine Clement and Peter Warren. The series was published from 1980 to 2014 by Les Humanoïdes Associés.

– Bassett/Vance Productions (Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance) and Anthony Hemingway Productions will remake The Preacher’s Wife. Hemingway will direct, and Vance will star. The 1996 film (directed by Penny Marshall, written by Nat Mauldin and Allan Scott) was based on the 1947 film The Bishop’s Wife (directed by Henry Koster, written by Leonardo Bercovici and Robert E. Sherwood), which in turn was based on the 1928 novel of the same name by Robert Nathan (published by The Bobbs-Merrill Company).

– Southpaw Entertainment will adapt the memoir To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia by Jedidiah Jenkins. Richard Barton Lewis and Steph Lady will provide the script. Convergent Books published in October 2018.

– Aaron Magnani Productions and Blackstone have tapped screenwriter Sarah Hopkins to adapt Laura Munson’s novel Willa’s Grove, which Blackstone published March 2020.

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