The studio behind hits such as Riverdale, The CW, is developing a female-led comedy based on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray! Who would have thought?
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According toDeadline, writer and actress Marisa Coughlan has gender-swapped the story! Dorian will be a woman who has spent the last fifty years living a selfish, youthful lifestyle, breaking hearts and fulfilling all her desires without any consequences. Having made a deal with the devil to stay forever young, she now wishes to live a regular life and grow old and grey, but she must first atone for her sinful past.
The show is currently in pre-development with producer Len Goldstein and Warner Bros. TV behind the project. The 1890s classic centers around the beauty of Dorian Gray’s self portrait, knowing that one day his beauty with cease, he expresses that he would rather sell his soul to stay young and beautiful. After proclaiming his deepest desire for the painting to capture his age, his wish is fulfilled and he begins to live a degenerate lifestyle, all the while the painting captures all his sinful acts.
The book was most recently adapted to a film in 2009 starring Ben Barnes and Colin Firth.
Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino let slip a few nuggets of information regarding the upcoming sequel to the hit book adaptation in his New Yorker profile.
Guadagnino wants Dakota Johnson for the role of Armie Hammer’s character Oliver’s wife. Johnson and Guadagnino have worked together recently on films A Bigger Splash and Suspiria.
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2017 Oscar-winner Call Me By Your Namewas based on the novel of the same name by Andre Aciman, who has never penned a sequel, and so the upcoming film has no source material, and new characters are still being conceived.
Guadagnino said that Oliver’s wife “has to be a New England kind of hoochie woman,” adding that the couple will “have, maybe, five children.”
The story is set to continue five years after the events of the original, with Oliver supposedly about five years into his marriage to the women to whom he tells Elio, played by Timothee Chalamet, he is engaged towards the end of Aciman’s novel. Chalamet has said he is “1000%’ on board, and has has compared the time-lapse between the two films to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood.
Agatha Christie’s mysteries have always kept people on their toes. Dating back to the 1920s, her famed detective Hercule Poirot has made quite a name for himself in the twenty-five novels and most recent portrayal in 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, he still has more to solve! Deadlinereports Armie Hammer will be joining Gal Gadot for the remake of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile!
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Murder on the Orient Express grossed over 350 million worldwide for Fox studios and Director Kenneth Branagh and screenwriter Michael Green have returned. Production will begin mid- 2019 and the film is set to be released by December 20. 2019. It is still not clear what roles Armie Hammer and Gal Gadot will play, but Armie will be the male lead.
Agatha Christie published Death on the Nile three years after Murder on the Orient Express in the late 1930’s. Death on the Nile is about detective Hercule Poirot trip to Egypt for vacation that takes a deadly turn when he uncovers a murder stemming from a tricky love triangle. The book was adapted to film in 1978 and starred Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury just to name a few the film grossed about 14 million and won the award for Best Costume design in the 1979 Academy Awards.
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Can’t wait to see who else will be starring in the new film! From the looks of Agatha Christie’s previous book to film adaptations, their will be some A -listers making their way in!
Netflix keeps creating great adaptations of comics and books, for example, the upcoming The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The Witcher series. Now, they are turning their attention to make TheChronicles of Narnia into a TV series!
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Entertainment One is working with Netflix to make the novels into a series and films. Deadline reports that Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix says:
C.S. Lewis’ beloved Chronicles of Narnia stories have resonated with generations of readers around the world. Families have fallen in love with characters like Aslan and the entire world of Narnia, and we’re thrilled to be their home for years to come.
This is also the first time that rights to all seven novels of the Narnia Universe have been bought.
The span of high grossing films such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Prince Caspian (2008) and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010), have made over $1.5 billion worldwide. The Narnia books themselves have sold 100 million copies and have been translated into forty-seven languages!
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Netflix plans to essentially create a Narnia Universe, similar to Star Trek and DC Comics. The idea stemmed from the chief executive of Entertainment One and producer, Mark Gordon who has produced films and television shows such as Speed, Saving Private Ryan, Grey Anatomy and so many others!
My biggest question now is who do you think should play the roles of Peter, Susan, Lucy, and Edmond? An offer has already been made to Millie Bobby Brown to play Jill Pole from the forth book!
The upcoming Sony Pictures film, Venom, will be hitting theaters this week, and with New York Comic-Con coming up, it is going to be an eventful weekend! Tom Hardy stars as Eddie Brock/Venom in the film, which is being directed by Ruben Fleischer.
The Southern Illinoisanreports that Tom Hardy’s interview with Collider expressed his true feelings about his role: “It just didn’t strike me… it’s the least comic book of the superhero world, if that makes sense?” Hardy also mentioned he never even read any of the Venom comics! But what attracted him to the role was the complexity of the main character.
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Hardy said, “For me, what grasped me was the Jekyll-and-Hyde dynamic between interior conflict and how Venom kind of symbolizes the inside voice of self-will run riot, which has been given to an alien from outer space with a higher purpose in many aspects and then connected with a human being.” He explains that he used a different angle to get into the frame of mind of his character. Venom’s inner struggle with his alter ego is something many people can relate to in different ways.
Besides reading a bunch of the comics to understand his character, Hardy confessed: “I’m not going to lie, I just thought he was a black Spider-Man. I didn’t really read comic books, so my information was limited.” Hardy also admits turning to his ten year old son for some help with the role!