HBO is set to release a limited series adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s novel, The Son, with Jake Gyllenhaal attached as its star and executive producer.
As Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge conclude their Broadway run of Sea Wall/A Life, Audible assumes the production to make it more accessible to a wider audience.
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Sea Wall/ A Life opened at the Hudson Theater on August 8 following a successful Off-Broadway run. The show featured two different monologues read by the two main characters. Sturridge plays Alex. Simon Stephen’s Sea Wall monologue portrays a photographer on holiday. Nick Payne’s A Life following Gynllenhaal’s George- a music producer expecting his first child.
With the price of Broadway shows increasing every year, Audible widens its mission to creating theater more accessible for everyone regardless of wealth or geographic location.
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Gyllenhaal and Sturridge will read their respective monologues as part of an Audible original production after they conclude their Broadway run. The play and stories are sure to made any listener cry, whether you experience it in person on the stage or on your commuter through your headphones.
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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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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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“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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