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Bing Liu, Oscar Nominated Director, to Direct Adaptation of ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’

Bing Liu, a Chinese-American director and cinematographer, best known for directing the documentary ‘Minding the Gap,’ which was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 91st Academy Awards, is now attached to direct the adaptation of Ocean Vuong’s debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Cover of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
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The book is being adapted by A24, an independent entertainment company which has distributed and/or produced films and TV shows such as ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Moonlight,’ and ‘Euphoria.’ The news of the adaptation and Bing Liu being attached to the project were announced on the A24 podcast, in which Vuong mentioned that Liu is consulting with him for the script.

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On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous has gained a lot of critical acclaim since its release and was longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal in Fiction, the 2019 Aspen Words Literacy Prize, and the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel Award, shortlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and was the winner of the 2019 New England Book Award for Fiction.

 

 

The novel is a letter written by the narrator, Little Dog, to his mother who cannot read. In the letter he recounts his family history, going back to the Vietnam war, while also exploring race, class, and masculinity.

There is not a set release date yet, but we are looking forward to seeing this beautiful novel on the big screen soon.

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Can ‘The Earthsea Cycle’ Be Successfully Adapted This Time?

Written by late author Ursula K. Le Guin, The Earthsea Cycle is a fantasy series set in an archipelago of hundreds of islands and focuses on the coming-of-age story of a young wizard named Ged, who must use his powers to stop those who threaten to upset the islands’ way of life.

 

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Ursula K. Le Guin. Image Via Polygon

 

In 2004, the Sci Fi Channel created a three-hour loose adaptation for television of A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan, entitled Legend of Earthsea. Thanks to budget constraints, the addition of a romantic subplot, and whitewashing, the film anger not only fans of the series but also Le Guin herself.

It posed the question: Can you adapted The Earthsea Cycles successfully, or is the pressure of a studio system too great?

Yet you need the money to adapted The Earthsea Cycles. The original idea was that the book series was going to be made into films, with Le Guin giving her blessing to adapt the series after her death. Now, the plan has shifted and Earthsea will become a television series instead.

 

 

Jennifer Fox, the producer of the Jake Gyllenhall film Nightcrawler, is teaming up with studio A24 to bring the series to the small screen, in hopes of shopping it around to potential networks.

 

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Jennifer Fox. Image Via HBO

 

The series has often been compared to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Fox has even described Le Guin as second only to Tolkein:

 

 “Ursula Le Guin is a literary legend with a huge fan base and her work has been translated into practically every written language on the globe. She is second only to Tolkien in influence in this genre, and before she died last year, she agreed to put her most beloved work in my hands. This project is, therefore, a sacred trust and priority for me as well as an opportunity to create an iconic piece of American culture.”

 

Are you a fan of The Earthsea Cycle? Do you think this adaptation will work out for the best, or should they combine the first two books into one movie?

 

 

 

 

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Lakeith Stanfield to Star in ‘Notes From a Young Black Chef’ Film

Lakeith Stanfield will star in the film adaptation of chef Kwame Onwuachi’s memoir Notes From a Young Black Chef.

 

Notes From a Young Black Chef
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A culinary coming-of-age memoir, Notes From a Young Black Chef is the story of how one American-Nigerian chef launched his own catering company, how he made it in a world where his cooking wasn’t considered “Southern enough” and how how he had opened and closed one of the most talked about restaurants, the Shaw Bijou, in America by the time he was twenty-seven.

 

 

Following the book’s publication on April 9th, 2019, Onwuachi was named Rising Star Chef of the Year at the 2019 James Beard Awards. Soon after Knopf acquired the publishing rights to the memoir, the film rights were snapped up.

 

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Randy McKinnon will adapt the script from the memoir. Previously, he’s helped set up feature films has set up feature projects with Annapurna, Disney and Paramount. The script is being penned by Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein. This will be their first screenplay. Previously, Stein was a food critic and has written the cookbook Food & Beer and the children’s book Can I Eat That?

 

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A24, the company that has produced such films as Moonlight, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Lady Bird, Mid90s, Hereditary, and this season’s Midsommar, will finance the adaptation.

 

LaKeith Stanfield
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Now Variety is reporting that LaKeith Stanfield, whose been in such hits as Get Out and Atlanta, will star in the film. He will also serve as an executive producer on the film. Also executive producing is Colin Stark, a man whose had a long friendship with LaKeith, so much so during there interview together LaKeith asked the interviewer, “…can you officiate the wedding?”

 

 

No director is yet attached, but who would you pick?

 

 

 

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Dev Patel in Talks to Star in ‘Green Knight’ Adaptation

Dev Patel, star of such films as Slumdog Millionaire and Lion, is reportedly in talks to star in A24’s adaptation of the famous 14th century Arthurian story Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The tale tells of Sir Gawain, a Knight of the Round Table, accepting a challenge from the mysterious Green Knight. The Knight tells Gawain he will allow him to strike him with an axe if Gawain accepts a similar blow in turn. Gawain beheads the Green Knight but the Knight picks up his head and ominously promises to return in a year and a day to strike a similar blow as promised. Filled with romance, action, and classical chivalrous themes, the story sounds perfect for a big screen adaptation.

 

An image of the Green Knight preparing for battle, hailing from the Boy's King Arthur by Sidney Lanier
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It is unknown what role Dev Patel will play but considering his previous screen credits any role should be exciting to see the Oscar-nominated actor embody. Also attached to the project is David Lowery, helmer of A Ghost Story, as well as producers Tim Headington and Theresa Steele of Ley Line Entertainment.

We look forward to seeing this classical tale brought to life and will keep our eyes peeled for further news, especially about what role Dev Patel will be eventually set to play.

 

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