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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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Adaptations in Development – September 2021

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in September 2021. – Legendary Pictures has acquired the film and TV rights for George Gately’s Heathcliff. The comic strip began publishing in 1973. – Striker Entertainment has optioned Jeffrey J. Mariotte’s historical novel Blood and Gold: The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta. Sundown Press will publish this month. – LaDarian Smith will script the adaptation of Simon B. Rhymin’ for 3000 Pictures and Homegrown and Pictures. The book, written by Dwayne Reed, was published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in March of this year. – Permut Presentations has acquired Joanna Hodgkin, Alex Lewis, and Marcus Lewis’s book Tell Me Who I Am: The Story Behind the Netflix Documentary. Hodder & Stoughton first published in July 2013. – Maggie Levin will adapt Elsie Chapman’s YA novel Caster for Paramount, Scholastic Entertainment, Weed road Pictures, and Josephson Entertainment. Scholastic published in…

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Adaptations in Development – August 2021

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in August 2021. – New Republic Pictures, Nine Stories Productions (Jake Gyllenhaal), and Skybound Entertainment have optioned Oblivion Song, a series of 36 comic books from creator Robert Kirkman and artist Lorenzo De Felici. Kirkman will also produce, and Gyllenhaal is attached to star. The comics were first published in 2018 by Image Comics. – New Regency and Lighthouse Management are moving forward with The Church of Living Dangerously, with screenwriter Charles Randolph adapting David Kushner’s Vanity Fair article of the same name. Christian Bale will produce and star. – Jimmy O. Yang, Jessica Gas, and Ken Cheng will adapt Alex Palmer’s 2018 GQ article “The Great Chinese Art Heist” for Warner Bros. and Jon M. Chu’s Electric Somewhere Company. Chu will also direct. – Lisa Taddeo will adapt her own novel Animal for MGM and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment….

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Adaptations in Development – July 2021

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in July 2021. – Paramount Pictures and New Leaf Literary have optioned Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children, a series of seven YA novels. Tor.com published the series, starting with the first entry Every Heart a Doorway in April 2016, and the final novel Where the Drowned Girls Go arriving in January 2022. – Universal Pictures, along with Blumhouse and Morgan Creek, acquired The Exorcist for a new film trilogy. David Gordon Green will direct the next film, Ellen Burstyn will reprise her role from the 1973 film, and Leslie Odom Jr. will also star. Harper & Row first published William Peter Blatty’s novel that launched the franchise in 1971. – Brian and Mark Gunn will script the adaptation of comic book writer James Patrick and artist Rem Brook’s The Kaiju Score for Sony, Escape Artists, and AfterShock Media. AfterShock Comics released the…

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