Page to Screen: Upcoming Film and TV Adaptations
Hollywood shows no sign of slowing down on their book-to-film adaptations. And this month, there are a host of exciting announcements that are sure to make any and all readers squeal and flail in excitement. Whether you enjoy zombies with an Austen twist, creepy YA or classic vampires, there's plenty here for you to whet your movie appetite. Take a look!
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Lives Again
Just when fans thought the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was dead, a recent announcement has breathed new life into the potential film. With Cross Creek Pictures taking over US distribution, principal photography is set to begin in September. Lily James and Sam Riley are now set to star. Read more over at Deadline.
A Wrinkle in Time Heads to Disney
Disney has announced Frozen co-writer and co-director Jennifer Lee will write the studio’s big screen adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic, A Wrinkle in Time. Lee apparently impressed Disney her “strong female-driven narrative” and the way she “creatively approaches the science fiction and world-building elements of the book.” Read more about Lee’s involvement here. The interesting thing about this is that it's not the first time Disney has adapted the book. In 2003, they released a made-for-TV movie of the book starring Katie Stuart and Gregory Smith. Watch the trailer for that version below:
Jason Mott Adds Another Adaptation to His Belt
Jason Mott’s The Returned serves as the basis for ABC’s Resurrection, which premiered earlier this year, and now Lionsgate has acquired film rights for Mott’s sophomore release, The Wonder of All Things, which hits shelves September 30. In the novel, a young girl becomes an overnight sensation after a video goes viral showing her extraordinary ability to heal others.
Lionsgate to Go Down a Dark Hall
Lionsgate continues their book-to-film reign with Lois Duncan’s Down a Dark Hall, which is set to be produced by Fickle Fish Films, the production company helmed by Twilight’s Stephenie Meyer. Michael Goldbach has written the screenplay and Chris Sparling will also provide writing support. Rodrigo Cortés is set to direct.
Warner Bros. Finds New Franchise
Now that the Harry Potter films are done and The Hobbit series is wrapping up, Warner Bros. is on the lookout for a new series to develop into a possible blockbuster franchise. They’ve recently acquired rights to Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series, which has twenty-two books. Perfect for a franchise, no?
Katie Holmes Snatches All We Had
Katie Holmes has optioned All We Had, the debut novel from full-time artist Annie Weatherwax. Holmes apparently hopes to develop the book for the screen as a project she can star in. The mother-daughter story will surely appeal to a wide range of viewers and we can’t wait to learn more about the adaptation.
The Fault In Our Stars Heads to Bollywood
Mumbai-based Fox Star Studios has revealed plans to adapt John Green’s mega-hit The Fault In Our Stars in Hindi for a Bollywood adaptation. The U.S. adaptation, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, proved to be a box office success, so it’s no wonder foreign markets are looking to add their spin to the heartbreaking story.
Big Little Lies Heads to the Big Screen
Bestselling author Liane Moriarty might find Hollywood success with a film adaptation of Big Little Lies, which has been optioned by Nicole Kidman and her Blossom Films production company, along with Reese Witherspoon and her company, Pacific Standard. Both actresses are set to produce.
Anne Rice’s Vampires Live Again
Universal and Imagine Entertainment have acquired the rights to all of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles books, along with the rights to adapt any future installments. While many fans loved the 1994 adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, fans are surely ready to see the series revitalized and introduced to a new audience.
Let us know which book-to-movie adaptation you’re most excited for in the comments! And check back next month for even more exciting movie news and trailers!