CBS has given the green light to the production of a pilot based on Koethi Zan's spine-tingling debut, The Never List, which was published in July. Zan will be a consultant on the project—but her novel will be adapted by the author A.M. Homes.
Homes is no stranger to dark dramas, and her offbeat humor could be a welcome addition to Zan's grim story of two best friends held captive and tortured for years in a dreary basement room with a few other women. From our review:
"Ten years later, Sarah is trying to live with what happened, including the loss of her best friend and the fact that her former captor is up for parole in four months. He has been sending letters from jail to the three surviving girls, and Sarah believes that there is more to these letters than the mindless ramblings of a madman. She is determined to find evidence to keep her tormentor in jail and put her own mind to rest."
While there's no a shortage of crime dramas starring tortured protagonists on the small screen these days, I'm curious to see what Homes, who wrote one of my favorite books of 2012, might bring to this iteration of that somewhat tired TV trope. Will you look for this pilot next season? Who would you cast as Sarah?
Did you get swept up in The Silent Wife phenomenon this summer? A.S.A. Harrison's superbly suspenseful tale of the unraveling of a 20-year marriage had readers feverishly turning the pages 'til the very last one. If you were one of them, then you'll probably be excited to hear that a movie adaptation is in the works, with Nicole Kidman attached to star as Jodi, the Silent Wife. Frankly, I can't think of anyone more perfectly suited for the role. No word on who will play the philandering Todd. One thing's for sure: He shouldn't be skinny. Although a charismatic ladies' man, Todd is repeatedly described as a big guy. I'm thinking perhaps Mark Ruffalo. What do you think about Kidman as Jodi? Who do you think would be a good Todd?
That's what ABC executives seem to think, anyway—they've picked up Sisterland for their network's lineup.
The show will be written and produced by Fake Empire, a company headed by the creators of "The O.C." and "Gossip Girl," and they've pulled in TV veteran Rina Mimoun ("Everwood," "Privileged," "Mistresses") to adapt the book and co-produce.
ABC is billing the show as a "paranormal drama," so we can expect the psychic talents of sisters Vi and Kate to take center stage alongside their family dramas.
No air date has been announced, so you have plenty of time to read the book. For more, read our review of Sisterland.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Herman Koch's best-selling novel The Dinner is being adapted for a film, with none other than actress Cate Blanchett on board to make her directorial debut. Our reviewer deemed the book to be mesmerizing, disturbing, fast-paced and addictive—which certainly sound like the makings of a smashing movie.
No word on a release date. Will you be seeing the movie? Do you have any thoughts on whom you'd like to see in the cast?
With the film version of Shannon Hale's 2007 novel Austenland now in wide release, fans of Austen pastiches and homages may wonder what's next.
No worries; as we've noted before the steady stream of adaptations shows no sign of slowing down. Here's a look ahead at some of the more notable titles soon to hit shelves:
Longbourn by Jo Baker (Knopf, October). In her story of the Bennet servants, British novelist Baker has succeeded in creating a world that stands on its own, even as it builds on the "Austenverse" that fans have come to know and love. (read more)
Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope (Harper, November). The best-selling British author takes on the task of modernizing this Austen classic, which finds Elinor, Marianne and Margaret disinherited not for being female, but because their carefree mother didn't marry their father. The book is reported to be first in a series of "reimagined" Austen novels commissioned by HarperUK publishing director Louisa Joyner, although no other book/author matches have been announced.
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay (Thomas Nelson, November). This debut novel is told in epistolary format by a young woman who has recently aged out of foster care. Sam gets a scholarship to journalism school, provided she sends written updates to her benefactor, whom she knows only as "Mr. Knightley."
The Pursuit of Miss Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle (Morrow, December). Perhaps the most conventionally adapted of the novels, this continuation of Pride and Prejudice puts the most difficult Bennet sister, Mary, in the spotlight. Will she find love with quiet widower Henry Walsh? How are the married Bennet sisters faring with their husbands? Following in the footsteps of authors like Joan Aiken and P.D. James, Mingle answers these questions and more.
What's your favorite Austen homage? Have you seen Austenland yet?
Has director David Fincher found his Nick and Amy? The Hollywood Reporter says yes. British actress Rosamund Pike, most recently seen in Jack Reacher, will play Amy, while American actor and director Ben Affleck will take on the role of Nick.
Reese Witherspoon purchased the screenplay rights and it was originally assumed that she would take on the starring role, but it now seems that she'll remain a producer only.
In our interview with Flynn about the success of Gone Girl, she discussed the challenges involved in reworking such an internal novel into a screenplay.
“I’m trying to find a way to externalize that dialogue,” Flynn says. “I think of Trainspotting, Fight Club and Election—I can’t imagine those without voiceover.”
What do you think of this casting readers? Any ideas about who should play Go and Andie?
These days, all the best book adaptations seem to happen on TV. Whether it's HBO or PBS, there's just something about miniseries that give books the space they need for a successful transition from page to screen. So the news that Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell will become a BBC miniseries sounds exactly right. Where else could an 800-page, footnoted tome about Napoleonic-era wizards get the proper treatment?
The director of "Sherlock," Toby Haynes, is taking on the project, which will be adapted by Peter Harness into a a 7-part series. Casting news has yet to break, but we'll be sure to keep you posted.
What's your favorite book-turned-miniseries? I recently watched and really liked The Crimson Petal and the White.
Valentine's Day, Schmalentine's Day. For fans of the Castor Chronicles, today has little to with real love and much more to do with paranormal YA romance Beautiful Creatures. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Southern Gothic series were blockbuster novels in their own right, but today, Beautiful Creatures heads to the big screen.
Reviews of the film are already rolling in, with plenty of comparisons to Twilight (both good and bad). EW calls it "'Twilight' with the sexes reversed," and Variety calls it "a tween-friendly 'True Blood.'"
However, the film's faithfulness to the book may not be what fans hoped for. According to the Boston Globe, "Sometimes it doesn’t pay to read the book. Based on the whimpers of the young women coming out of a preview screening, 'Beautiful Creatures,' the movie, isn’t nearly faithful enough to 'Beautiful Creatures,' the novel."
Oh, well. Emma Thompson's in it. That must count for something.
Will you spend your Valentine's Day cozied up in a theater with this all-star cast?
Actress Angelina Jolie is the latest big name to be associated with the film version of Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 bestseller, Unbroken. She's in talks with Universal to direct the compelling life story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete-turned-POW and all-around survivor.
Like everyone else who's read Hillenbrand's powerful tale of Zamperini's stranger-than-fiction life, Jolie was moved by it, saying that she found him to be “a true hero and a man of immense humanity, faith and courage. I am deeply honored to have the chance to tell his inspiring story.” Jolie's first film, In the Land of Blood and Honey, an independent project, was also about the legacy of war. The film version of Unbroken would be her directorial debut with a major studio.
The movie adaption of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit hits theaters December 14, and critics and fans are already raving about it. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of Peter Jackson's planned trilogy chronicling Bilbo Baggins' unexpected journey through Middle-earth to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
A prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey retains the films' larger-than-life atmosphere as, once again, the fate of Middle-earth rests in the hands of a hobbit. For J.R.R. Tolkien's loyal readers, it is another chance to see one of his epic adventures up on the big screen. While you wait for the big day, check out the movie tie-ins being published for children and adult readers alike.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide contains exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and principal cast and filmmakers, and is filled with behind-the-scenes photos from the making of the movie.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion is richly illustrated with more than 100 color photos from the film and features two brand new fold-out maps that give readers a sneak peek of the film before its release.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movie Storybook recreates Tolkien's story with vivid pictures from the upcoming movie. This book is a great sneak peek at the upcoming film for younger audiences and will be a way for them to relive the action long after you leave the theater.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey—The World of Hobbits, with pictures from the film, serves as a sort of field guide to hobbits. Children will learn all they want to know about hobbits, from their appearance and appetite to their friends and foes.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Activity Book features facts, pictures and activities from the film. This activity book will keep children entertained and learning about one of their favorite subjects: the Hobbit!
Also, check out a new edition of The Hobbit with a movie tie-in cover (Mariner Books) along with a boxed set of all three of The Lord of the Rings books plus The Hobbit (Del Rey).
To further illustrate why we are so excited for The Hobbit in theaters, check out the movie trailer:
Will you watch The Hobbit in theaters? For Tolkien readers, are you excited about the adaption?