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Adaptations in Development – April 2020

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in April 2020: – Christy Hall has been tapped to adapt Stephen King’s novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon for Village Roadshow Pictures, Stampede Ventures, and Vertigo Entertainment. The novel was originally published by Scribner in 1999. – Jeff Nichols will write and direct The Yankee Comandante, adapted from David Grann’s New Yorker article. Adam Driver will star, and Imperative Entertainment and 30WEST will produce. – Claire North’s sci-fi novel The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is getting an adaptation from Amblin Partners, Blueprint Pictures, and Oddball Entertainment. Melissa Iqbal will script, and Wes Ball will direct. The novel was published in April 2014 by Orbit Books in the UK and Redhook Books in the US. – Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions has acquired Lawrence Wright’s novel The End of October. Scott to produce, possibly direct as well. The…

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Adaptations in Development – March 2020

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in March 2020: – Simon Stephenson will adapt his sci-fi novel Set My Heart to Five for Focus Features, Working Title Films, and Complete Fiction Pictures. Edgar Wright is attached to direct. The novel will be published by 4th Estate in the UK in summer 2020 and by Hanover Square Press in the US in September 2020. – MGM and Arcana acquired Andy Weir’s sci-fi novel The Hail Mary. Ryan Gosling will produce and star. Random House will publish the novel in spring 2021. – Bow and Arrow Entertainment and Our Lady Productions picked up T. Kira Madden’s memoir Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls. Frankie Shaw is attached to produce and direct. Bloomsbury published the book in 2019. – Peer Kaee and Per Kuskner’s Danish novel The Midas Syndrome was acquired by Ugly Duckling Films. The novel is inspired…

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Adaptations in Development – February 2020

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in February 2020: – Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 children’s novel The Wind in the Willows is getting another adaptation! Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes will script for Kindred Images and Bill Melendez Productions. Methuen first published the novel. – James Graham will adapt his play Ink for BRON Studios. The play is inspired by Rupert Murdoch. – Universal has optioned E. L. James’ 2019 novel The Mister, published by Vintage Books. – Charles Murray will script a Sammy Davis, Jr., biopic for Paramount Pictures and di Bonaventura Pictures. The film will be based on several sources, including Sammy Davis, Jr.’s 1965 autobiography Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr. (co-written with Jane and Burt Boyar). The book was originally published by Farrar Straus & Giroux. – ACE Entertainment has optioned Abigail Hing Wen’s YA novel Loveboat, Taipei. The novel was published…

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2019 Book Pipeline Fiction Contest

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– Grand Prize Winner – Memphis by Tara Stringfellow Former attorney, Northwestern University MFA graduate, and Pushcart Prize nominee Tara Stringfellow’s debut novel Memphis is a multi-generational novel based on the author’s rich Civil Rights history. Tracing the effects of violence on the family after the family patriarch, the first black homicide detective in Memphis, is lynched by the members of his own squad, the novel is a celebration of the bonds of family and the strength of matriarchy. Dial Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, acquired the book at auction by Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts at HG Literary, with UK rights to John Murray Press. The novel is scheduled for a Spring 2021 release. Third World Press published her first collection of poetry entitled More than Dancing in 2008. Nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Collective Unrest, Best Emerging Poets of Illinois, Best of the…

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Adaptations in Development – January 2020

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in January 2020: – The Los Angeles Media Fund acquired Seymour Reit’s book The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa, originally published in 1981 by Summit Books. William Wheeler will script the adaptation, and Jodie Foster is attached to direct. – John W. Campbell’s Frozen Hell is set up at Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures. The novel was published in April 2019 by Wildside Press although, originally, it was previously released as an abridged 1938 novella titled Who Goes There?, which was in turn adapted into the 1951’s The Thing from Another World, 1982’s The Thing, and 2011’s The Thing. – Lionsgate, Point Grey Pictures, and BOOM! Studios will produce James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan’s graphic novel Memetic. Mattson Tomlin will script the adaptation, and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are attached as producers. BOOM! Studios also published the three-part…

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Adaptations in Development – December 2019

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Over at Script Pipeline, we have been tracking notable script sales for the past ten years to give screenwriters a sense of the current trends in the film industry. This year, we’ll start tracking all novels and other literary works in development as well, from acquisitions of soon-to-be-published manuscripts to adaptations of novels originally published decades ago. Although these aren’t all of the novels that found homes in Hollywood, here are some of the most notable ones from last month: – Lionsgate will adapt Tomie dePaola’s children’s book series Strega Nona for film. Originally published in 1975, Simon & Schuster recently reprinted the series in 2017. Weston Woods Studios previously adapted the material as an animated short in 1977. – Journalist Madeline Leung Coleman’s article “How Chinese Food Fueled the Rise of California Punk” will be adapted by Topic Studios, the production arm of Topic.com, where the article was originally…

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2019 Book Pipeline Nonfiction Contest

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– Grand Prize Winner – WNEW: An American Radio Tragedy by Dan McCue Dan McCue is the Content Editor of The Well News. McCue has over two decades of experience in covering government, politics, business, the environment and law. He began his career in media as an editorial staff assistant at the New Yorker magazine. Since then his work has been published in a number of publications including the Stuart News, Renewable Energy Magazine, the Charleston Regional Business Journal, Newsday, the Riverdale Press, Hartford Courant, World Trade Magazine, and Courthouse News Service, among others. He also hosted his own public affair’s cable television program, “Insight Nassau,” was a regular panelist on News 12 Long Island’s “Reporter’s Roundable” program and made frequent guest appearances on WGBB radio on Long Island, speaking on government, politics and business.   – Finalists – Delivered by Midwives by Jenny M. Luke Although a British-trained nurse-midwife, Jenny M….

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Submit Fiction: Final Deadline TODAY

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Deadline: Sunday, December 1st Winner Receives: $5,000| long-term industry circulation | project development The Book Pipeline Fiction Competition is open to unpublished and published books, graphic novels or comics, short stories, and plays for film/TV adaptation consideration. There are no genre restrictions, and judging criteria is weighed evenly between concept originality, marketability in the current landscape, and overall writing talent. Now in its 6th season, Book Pipeline seeks new properties to connect with producers for development at all levels--from big-budget studio films and series, to smaller indies. Every entrant receives general feedback on their submission, specifically on its adaptation potential. Comments are emailed after final judging is completed. Winner and finalists receive one-on-one assistance from Book Pipeline execs prior to industry exposure, in addition to the following: $5,000 to winner, $500 to runner-up Long-term circulation and promotion to producers and other execs Project development with Book Pipeline to prepare a film or TV series pitch Additional material review and...
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Book Pipeline Co-Hosts Session at the 2019 Writer’s Digest Conference in NYC

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Pipeline Media Group Senior Executive Matt Joseph Misetich co-hosted the session Screenwriting 101: Demystifying Hollywood with Script Mag Editor Jeanne Veillette Bowerman at the 2019 Writer's Digest Conference in New York City. A long-time sponsor of the WDC, Book Pipeline was pleased to help lead the discussion on the basics of becoming a screenwriter and lend some insider advice in breaking into the film and TV industry. New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein was on-hand to document the conference--in epic form, as usual. Learn more about the Writer's Digest conference, held annually in Midtown Manhattan, and the Novel Writing Conference in Pasadena, CA. SUBMIT FICTIONSUBMIT NONFICTION
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Book Pipeline Winner: Whistleblower Exposes Corrupt Administration

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Veteran’s Day - 2018 Book Pipeline Winner PAULA L. PEDENE, APR, Fellow PRSA holds the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) highest honors including the PR Pro of the Year Award, the Western District Platinum Service Award and three Silver Anvil Awards for Institutional Programs, Reputation Management, and Community Outreach. Paula Pedene was one of the first Whistleblowers at the Phoenix VA. In 2010, she collaborated with Dr. Sam Foote in exposing funds mismanagement and a hostile work environment. Their allegations were sustained by the Office of the Inspector General. When new leaders arrived, they were suspicious of her and she became mired in conflict. They removed her from her role as a VA Public Affairs Officer, a role where she had performed admirably for 23 years and banished her to the basement library where she checked books in and out, put the daily papers on racks to read, and logged patients onto hospital computers....
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