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Small Great Things – Spotlight

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The Book Pipeline Spotlight articles cover novels, non-fiction, and other published works that we feel deserve adaptation for film and television. Know of a story that's flying under the radar you'd like to see adapted? Email us.  Author - Jodi Picoult Type - Book Genre - Racial Drama, Legal, Social Justice Publisher - Ballantine Books Publication Date - 2016 In terms of a fast-track project in today’s entertainment industry, Small Great Things has everything going for it: a strong, diverse cast, a fascinating story, Viola Davis and Julia Roberts attached to star, and all of the heat surrounding a #1 bestseller spot. So why---some may wonder---have we still not seen it hit production? There are a couple of theories circulating. Perhaps it’s too hard to adapt? Nope, the story is about as clean as it gets for a three-act structure. Perhaps it’s too controversial? Not likely. After all “politically charged” is hardly a...
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The Mapmaker’s Wife – Spotlight

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Author – Robert Whitaker Type – Book Genre – Nonfiction Publisher – Basic Books Publication Date – 2004 The galley for The Mapmaker’s Wife came across my desk in my early days as a development assistant at a small production company and had all the makings of a book I’d dread having to read: historical non-fiction, 350+ pages, a jacket that didn’t really excite me. . . . However, once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. Set in 18th Century colonial Peru, the story follows Isabel Gramesón, a young woman from an elite Peruvian family. Barely a teen, she married Jean Godin, a Frenchman visiting the territory on a scientific expedition conducting research at the equator to prove Galileo’s theory that the earth was round. When Jean traveled across South America to get permission from colonial authorities to bring his wife back to France with him, he wound up…

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Six of Crows – Spotlight

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The Book Pipeline Spotlight articles cover novels, non-fiction, and other published works that we feel deserve adaptation for film and television. Know of a story that's flying under the radar you'd like to see adapted? Email us.  Author - Leigh Bardugo Type - Book Genre - Fantasy / Heist Publisher - Henry Holt and Company Published - 2015 Ironically, when it comes to originality, you’d be hard-pressed to find it in the fantasy genre. Virtually every permutation of a world-ending war, quest for a a lost princess, usurpation of a throne, or a Chosen One saving the world has been done to death. Enter Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Instead of following those heavily trodden fantasy tales, it does something a little different--- A heist. Kaz Brekker, an infamous thief, is promised a very large sum of money to rescue scientist Bo Yul-Bayur from the dreaded Ice Court. Bo Yul-Bayur has discovered jurda parem,...
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