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Adaptations in Development – July 2022

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in July 2022. Disney, 2DUX² (Marc Forster), and Netter Productions will adapt Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. David Magee will write the script and Forster will direct. The novel was published in 2008 by HarperCollins. Kingdom Story Company and Lionsgate have tapped screenwriter Jason Hall to pen the adaptation of Eric Blehm’s Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown. The nonfiction book was published in 2012 by the Doubleday Religious Publishing Group. Disney and Olive Bridge Entertainment will adapt Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea” under the title Penelope. Robert Sudduth will provide the script, and Ingrid Michaelson and Larry O’Keefe will write original songs. The fairy tale was first published in Andersen’s collection Tales, Told for Children in 1835. Kosmos Studios and Stone Village Pictures have tapped screenwriters Nina Gwyn…

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Adaptations in Development – June 2022

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in June 2022. New Regency and Syndicate Entertainment have picked up The Dog Stars. Mark L. Smith wrote the script, based on the novel by Peter Heller. Knopf published the source material in August 2012. Screen Gems, 2.0 Entertainment, and Jesus & Mary have tapped Chuck MacLean to write The Pope’s Exorcist. Russell Crowe will star. The film will be based on Father Gabriele Amorth’s memoirs An Exorcist Tells His Story and An Exorcist: More Stories, both published by Ignatius Press (in 1999 and 2002, respectively). Lionsgate, Temple Hill Productions, and Hudson Exports will adapt Kayvion Lewis’s upcoming novel Thieves’ Gambit for film. Steven Caple Jr. will produce and direct. Nancy Paulsen/Penguin will publish the YA novel in Fall 2023. Lionsgate will also team with Mandeville Films to adapt Emma Straub’s This Time Tomorrow, which Riverhead Books published last May. Blumhouse…

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Adaptations in Development – May 2022

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in May 2022. Sony Pictures International has picked up author Chetan Bhagat’s novel One Indian Girl, which was published by Indian publishing company Rupa & Co. in 2016. Bleeker Street Entertainment, Ten Acre Films, and Rockhill Studios are adapting Steven Dietz’s play Shooting Star for the screen under the new title What Happens Later. Dietz and Kirk Lynn will be providing the screenplay. Meg Ryan will direct, as well as star alongside David Duchovny. A Reddit post is getting the movie treatment! 3000 Pictures, Lit Entertainment Group, and Ground Control are producing I Think My Mother-In-Law Is Trying to Kill Me, based on Nick Moorefox’s 2019 short story that he posted on the website before it went viral. Jessica Knoll has been tapped to write the script. State Street Pictures and Scout Comics have optioned the graphic novel Assassin & Son…

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Adaptations in Development – April 2022

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in April 2022. Blake Lively will make her directorial debut with an adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds. Searchlight Pictures and Marc Platt Productions will produce alongside Edgar Wright, who will also provide the script. Ballantine Books published the graphic novel in 2014. Writers John College and Edward Bond will adapt Homer’s Odyssey for Red Wave Films and Picomedia. Uberto Pasolini will produce and direct, and Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes are attached to star. The Imaginarium and Wildgaze Films will adapt Elizabeth McCracken’s The Giant’s House. Nick Hornby will write the script, and Andy Serkis will direct. The Dial Press published the novel in 1996. Arcana Studios and MastersFX are working on an adaptation of the graphic novel American Wasteland from creator R.D. Hall and artists Andrew Mangum and Mark Kidwell. Arcane also published the book in 2011. Scott Free…

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Adaptations in Development – March 2022

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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…

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Adaptations in Development – February 2022

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in February 2022. – Steven Spielberg will produce and direct a new Bullitt movie! The 1968 film was based on Robert L. Fish’s 1963 novel Mute Witness, with a screenplay by Alan R. Trustman and Harry Kleiner. Josh Singer will script the adaptation. Doubleday published the original book. – BRON Studios and STORY Collective have tapped Keenan Scott II to adapt JJ Bola’s recent novel The Selfless Act of Breathing. Atria Books published last month. – Twentieth Century Studios has acquired the rights to Marion Meade’s Buster Keaton: Cut to the Chase. James Mangold will produce and direct. HarperCollins first published the book in October 1995. – Writer/director Aziz Ansari will turn Atul Gawande’s nonfiction Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End for Searchlight Pictures. Ansari will star alongside Bill Murray. Gawande’s book was published in October 2014 by…

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Adaptations in Development – January 2022

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in January 2022. – Sony Pictures and ‘Twas Entertainment have picked up Frederick Seton’s spec script No Flying in the House, based on the young reader book from author Betty Brock and illustrator Wallace Tripp. HarperCollins first published back in 1970. – House Productions, BBC Film, and Access Entertainment have tapped writer/director Daniel Kokotajlo to adapt Andrew Michael Hurley’s novel Starve Acre. John Murray first published the novel in October 2019. – Brock Media, Weydemann Bros., and Arcade Pictures will produce a movie based on Amy Liptrot’s memoir The Outrun. Liptrot will co-write the screenplay with Nora Fingscheidt, who will also direct. – Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, Augenschein-Filmproduktion, and Protagonist Pictures are making a movie inspired by Nicholas Hogg’s novel Tokyo. Jordan Scott wrote the script, titled Berlin Nobody, and will also direct. Eric Bana and Kiernan Shipka will star….

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Adaptations in Development – December 2021

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in December 2021. – Universal Pictures, Harvey Mason Media, and Get Lifted Film Company (John Legend) are making a new Phantom of the Opera film, based on a spec script by John Fusco. This version will be set in the nightlife scene of modern day New Orleans. The original novel was written by Gaston Leroux and published in 1909/1910 as a serial. – Oakhusrt Entertaiment has optioned Katherine Center’s novel Things You Save in a Fire, which was published in 2019 by St. Martin’s Press. – Exile Content and AP Productions is moving forward with The Coup about an attempted insurrection against Venezuelan Presdient Nicolas Maduro. It will be written by C.C. Kilpatrick and based on a series of articles by AP correspondent Joshua Goodman. – Sony has tapped Alejandro Brugués to write/direct the adaptation to Gabino Iglesias’s upcoming novel The…

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Adaptations in Development – November 2021

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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”….

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Adaptations in Development – October 2021

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in October 2021. – Dune: Part 2 has gotten the greenlight! The first film was directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Jon Spaihts, Villeneuve, and Eric Roth, based on the novel by Frank Herbert. Villeneuve and the main cast (including Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, and Zendaya) will return. The novel was originally published by Chilton Books in 1965 and launched a book series and multiple film/TV adaptations. – StudioCanal and The Picture Company have picked up the period drama Hellish Nell, a spec written by Chris Basler. It is based on the novel by Malcolm Gaskill, which in term is based on the true story of Helen Duncan, the last woman tried and convicted under Britain’s 1735 Witchcraft Act in 1944 in London. Fourth Estate originally published the book in 2001. – Gabriel Bergmoser has been tapped to…

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