Category: Adaptations

Queen Latifah Joins ‘The Tiger Rising’ Adaptation

Grammy winning musician and Academy Award nominated actress Queen Latifah is joining the adaptation of a beloved children’s book.

The Tiger Rising is a 2001 novel about a twelve-year-old boy named Rob who discovers a tiger locked in a cage in the woods. When Rob releases the tiger from the cage, he must make a choice to keep the tiger or let it go free into the woods. The novel also deals with family issues, as Rob and his father must confront their strained relationship when the tiger arrives.

 

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The novel is written by Kate DiCamillo, the author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux.

 

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Deadline reported that Latifah will both star in and executive produce the film. Latifah will play Willie May, the housekeeper of a local inn who gives advice to Rob throughout the story.

Production on the film will begin this fall. Have you read The Tiger Rising?

 

 

 

‘Boy Swallows Universe’ Gets Television Adaptation Produced By Joel Edgerton

The debut novel of an Australian journalist is coming to the small screen with a big star attached to it.

Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe will be coming to the small screen after a very intense bidding war won by production companies Anonymous Content, Chapter One and HopScotch Features. Joel Edgerton (star of Loving and The Great Gatsby) is signed on as a producer, with Dalton looking to executive produce.

 

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The novel tells the story of Eli, a young boy whose parents are drug addicts and is raised by a prison escapee who acts as a surrogate parent. It is a coming-of-age story where Eli falls in love, narrowly avoids a drug kingpin and takes care of his silent older brother.

 

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Since the deal just went through, the project is still a long ways away from finding any sort of directors or writers, as well as whether or not Edgerton will star in the series.

Boy Swallows Universe is available now on Amazon.

 

 

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Amazing Adaptations Are Swinging onto Netflix This June!

Whether you like horror, drama, or comics, Netflix has something to offer all of us. Let’s check out all the Netflix adaptations of our favorite novels and comic books that are coming our way in June!

We’ve broken everything down by genre and release date, so skim for your favorites or get lost in Netflix’s June offerings.

 

Horror/Supernatural

 

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Carrie, originally written by Stephen King (coming June 1st)

The Phantom Of The Opera, originally written by Gaston Leroux (coming June 1st)

 

 

Drama

 

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Tales Of The City, written by Armistead Maupin (coming June 7th)

Leila, based off the novel by Prayaag Akbar (coming June 14th)

 

 

For Children

 

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Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, based on the Dr. Seuss book How The Grinch Stole Christmas (coming June 5th)

 

 

Japanese Anime

 

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Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, originally created by Cho-Heiwa Busters and Mitsu Izumi (coming June 1st)

A Silent Voice, originally created by Yoshitoki Ōima (coming June 5th)

Neon Genesis Evangelion, originally created by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (coming June 21st)

Forest Of Piano, originally created by Makoto Isshiki (coming June 24th)

 

 

American Comics

 

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Batman Begins, originally written by Davis S. Goyer (coming June 1st)

The Dark Knight, originally written by David Finch (coming June 1st)

Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse, written by Ralph Macchio; Art by F Flaviano, Eduard Petrovich, Andrea DI Vito (coming June 26th)

 

 

Fans of drama and comic book/manga nerds, you have a lot to look forward to in June if you have Netflix—or if you can coast off a friends’ login info. Since that might piss off your friend, why not all watch together?

Happy binge-watching!

 

 

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Anthony McCarten to Write Adaptation of ‘Three Identical Strangers’

Deadline reports that Oscar-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody, Darkest Hour, The Theory of Everything) will write an adaptation based on the acclaimed Three Identical Strangers documentary that debuted last year.

Three Identical Strangers tells the true story of Robert Shafran, David Kellman, and Eddy Galland, three complete strangers who discover that they are identical triplets that were separated at birth. The film documents how the three nineteen-year-olds’ reunion catapulted them to international fame, but also led to a chain of extraordinary, yet disturbing, events that followed.

 

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The documentary premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Special Jury Prize for Documentary Storytelling, the DGA Award for Documentary, and prizes from Critics Choice and National Board of Review. It was also nominated for a BAFTA, but didn’t quite nail a Best Documentary Academy Award nomination.

McCarten will adapt the documentary into a feature-length narrative film, after his next project, The Pope, which stars Anthony Hopkins, releases later this year.

 

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‘Winds of Winter’ Deadline Confirmed?

HBO’s Game of Thrones may have ended, but there are still two more books in the Song of Ice and Fire series. Author George R. R Martin wrote on his live journal, Not a Blog, after the finale aired that, “THE WINDS OF WINTER is very late, I know, I know, but it will be done. I won’t say when, I’ve tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself… but I will finish it, and then will come A DREAM OF SPRING”.

So we have no official release date, but the very next day George R R Martin wrote saw the video below…

 

 

….and wrote up a response that interestingly said, “…if I don’t have THE WINDS OF WINTER in hand when I arrive in New Zealand for Worldcon, you have here my formal written permission to imprison me in a small cabin on White Island, overlooking that lake of sulfuric acid, until I’m done.”

 

Now Worldcon is in the summer of 2020, so might we have an idea of when George is going to release the book?

 

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It’s an exciting thought considering that A Dance with Dragons left us with Jon Snow  stabbed, Denearys not yet even coming close to Westeros, Tyrion still trying to meet with Denearys, Arya with the Faceless Men, Sansa sold off to some guy named Harrold Harding, Ramsay Bolton  still running a muck, and Bran beginning to amass magical powers.

Personally, I wouldn’t get my hopes up, as George R R Martin is notoriously late with his projects and notoriously optimistic about when his books will be released.

 

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For context, Insider wrote how Storm of Swords, the series’ third book “was the first to be published slightly late. It was several months behind schedule when it was released in 2000. The first two books averaged 1,100 pages, but the third was immense at 1,521 pages.”

George then decided that the next book would require a five year jump, which worked for many characters but not all of them. As a result, he scaled back and ended up with too much story, which thus had A Feast for Crows focusing on half the cast and A Dance with Dragons focusing on the other half.

Winds of Winter is supposed to join up the cast and continue the plot forwards, but he’s been both optimistic and terrible with meeting deadlines. Notably, he told Entertainment Weekly in April 2015 he wanted to get Winds of Winter out by Spring of 2016 to coincide with the sixth season of Game of Thrones.

The book still isn’t out, so I wouldn’t take this news that the book might come out in 2020 as anything but a grain of salt. He’s probably just joking, since he wrote on his live journal that “…deadlines just stress me out.”

Why would he give himself another arbitrary deadline?

 

 

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