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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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Adaptations in Development – June 2021

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in June 2021. – Jackson Pictures and Stampede Ventures have picked up Ken Nolan’s psychological spy thriller spec The Debriefing. The script is based on the novel by Robert Littell, which was originally published in 1979 by Harper & Row. – Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings’ novel The Unhoneymooners, published under their combined pen name Christina Lauren, will get an adaptation over at BCDF Pictures and Clair de Lune Entertainment. Joseph Muszynski will provide the script. Simon & Schuster published the novel in May 2019. – ZQ Entertainment, Hudlin Entertainment, and Prime Universe Productions are moving forward with an adaptation of the graphic novel Black Cotton Star, which was written by Yves Sense and illustrated by Steve Cuzor. Deric Hughes and Benjamin Raab will write the screenplay. Pegasus Books first published in June 2020. – Jennifer Erwin will write Paper Heart…

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Adaptations in Development – May 2021

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in May 2021. – Sony, Speck Gordon (Will Speck and Josh Gordon’s production company), and Hutch Parker Entertainment have acquired Bernard Waber’s 1965 children’s book Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile. William Davies will provide the script, and Speck and Gordon will direct the live-action/animation hybrid film. The book, a sequel to Waber’s The House on East 88th Street, was published by Houghton Mifflin. – Alison Rose Greenberg will adapt her upcoming novel Bad Luck Bridesmaid for Working Title Films. St. Martin’s Griffin will publish next January. – Walden Media and Permut Presentations have tapped Benjamin August to adapt Mercedes Graf’s nonfiction novel A Woman of Honor: Dr. Mary E. Walker and the Civil War. They also acquired the rights to Llyod J. Schwartz’s stage play Independence: The True Story of Dr. Mary Walker. Thomas Publications published Graf’s book in 2001. – Malcolm-Jamal Warner…

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Adaptations in Development – April 2021

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in April 2021. – EveryWhere Studios, JuVee Productions (Viola Davis’s company), and Rockhill Studios have tapped Julie Lynch to script the adaptation of the memoir Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, written by Rachel Llyod. Harper originally published in 2011. – Emily V. Gordon will write the adaptation for The Doubtful Guest for Amblin Partners and Double Dream. Kumail Nanjiani is set to executive produce and star. The short illustrated book was written by Edward Gorey and first published by Doubleday in 1957. – Picture Perfect Federation, Black Label Media, and Marsh Productions & Entertainment have optioned Sarah Lotz’s upcoming novel Impossible. Penguin Group Berkley Books will publish in 2022. – Pilot Wave and Atlas Entertainment have picked up Catriona Silvey’s novel Meet Me in Another Life. Gal Gadot will star and produce. William…

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Adaptations in Development – March 2021

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in March 2021. – Passage Films is moving forward with an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Hocus Pocus, which Putnam Publishing Group first released in 1990. – LAIKA Entertainment has acquired John Brownlow’s debut novel Seventeen, and it will be the production company’s first live-action feature. Hodder & Stoughton will publish. – Adrian Tomine will adapt his graphic novel Shortcomings for Roadside Attractions and Imminent Collision. Randall Park will produce and direct. The novel was published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2007. – Jerico Films and Vendome Pictures have tapped Oren Moverman to write/direct the adaptation of Joseph Kessel’s nonfiction book The Man with the Miraculous Hands: The Fantastic Story of Felix Kersten, Himmler’s Private Doctor. The novel was published by Burford Books in 2004. – BRON Studios and 21 Laps Entertainment are entering the vaccine game with an adaptation of…

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Adaptations in Development – February 2021

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in February 2021. – Harold and the Purple Crayon is getting a live-action adaptation. David Guion and Michael Handelman will script for Sony Pictures and Davis Entertainment. Crockett Johnson’s children’s book was first published by Harper & Brothers in 1955. – Scott Cooper will write and direct an adaptation of Louis Bayard’s novel The Pale Blue Eye for Cross Creek Pictures and Le Grisbi Productions. Christian Bale will produce and star. HarperCollins originally published the book in 2006. – Ta-Nehisi Coates will script the next Superman movie for Warner Bros., DC Films, and Bad Robot. The character was created by Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster for National Allied Publications (now DC Comics) in 1938. – Warner Bros., Electric Somewhere Company (Jon M. Chu), and Condé Nast Entertainment will adapt Alex W. Palmer’s GQ article “The Great Chinese Art Heist.” Chu…

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Adaptations in Development – January 2021

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Here are some of the most notable adaptations announced in January 2021: – Eric Idle is adapting Spamalot for Paramount! Idle wrote the original book and lyrics for Broadway musical, with music by Idle and John DuPrez. Casey Nicholaw, who choreographed the original show, will direct. – Green Door Pictures (Idris Elba’s production company) has acquired the rights to Salena Godden’s darkly comedic novel Mrs. Death Misses Death, which was published last month by Canongate. – Darren Aronofsky and Luke Dawson will adapt Koji Suzuki’s short story Adrift for Blumhouse Productions, Paradox (Jared Leto), and Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures. Leto will also star, and Aronofsky will also direct. The original story was published in Suzuki’s collection Dark Water, published in Japan in 1996 and by Vertical in the United States in 2006. – In other Aronofsky news: Samuel D. Hunter will adapt his 2012 play The Whale for A24 and Protozoa…

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