Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in September 2022.
- Writer/director Sofia Coppola has found her next project: an adaptation of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley’s memoir Elvis and Me. Stage 6 Films, American Zoetrope, and The Apartment Pictures are on to produce, and A24 will distribute. The memoir was published in 1985 by Berkley Books.
- Sony has acquired the film rights for Tarzan from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ estate. The 1912 original Tarzan of the Apes was first serialized in the pulp magazine The All-Story before being released as a novel in 1914 and spawning a series.
- Picturestart has tapped writer J.C. Lee to adapt Xiran Jay Zhao’s YA novel Iron Widow. Penguin Teen published the novel in September 2021.
- Monarch Media, Point Grey Pictures (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg), and Lylas Pictures have acquired Sarah Leavitt’s graphic novel/memoir Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me. Leah Nelson will direct. The graphic novel was originally published by Freehand Books in 2010.
- Screenwriters David M. Rosenthal and Keith Kjarval will adapt The Smack for Unified Pictures, Play Hooky Productions, and Sugar Rush Pictures. Rosenthal will also direct, and an all-star cast has been assembled, including Alan Arkin, Kathy Bates, and Marisa Tomei. The novel, written by Richard Lange, was published by Mulholland Books in 2017.
- Stephen King’s most recent novel Fairy Tale will be getting an adaptation! Paul Greengrass will pull triple duty by producing, directing, and writing. The novel was published last month by Scribner.
- King Features and Chromosphere Studio have tapped writer and Script Pipeline alum Evan Daugherty to adapt the interactive children’s comic strip Slylock Fox for film. The original comic was created by Bob Weber Jr. and published by King Features Syndicate.
- Paramount, Lab Brew, and Ground Control have acquired the rights to Harrison Query and Matt Query’s upcoming novel Wilderness Reform, which will be published by Simon and Schuster. Harrison Query will also write the script.
- Sony’s 3000 Pictures has acquired Geraldine Brooks’ latest novel Horse, which was published by Penguin Random House last June.
- Neshama Entertainment and MarVista Entertainment will produce an adaptation of Asha Bromfield’s Hurricane Summer, which Wednesday Books published May 2021.
- Incedium is producing a film based on Jason Howden’s comic book series Monsters of Metal. Howden will direct the film and co-write the script with Llexi Leon. Opus Comics will publish the series this month.
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