Exciting news for fans of science fiction literature! China’s biggest science fiction novel, The Three-Body Problem, is being adapted for television according to The Verge! The science fiction epic novel has become a phenomenon in China and received international acclaim. Written by Liu Cixin, who has won the Galaxy Award nine times, the 2017 Locus Award, and the 2015 Huge Award. He has written numerous acclaimed science fiction books, including The Wandering Earth,Ball Lightning, and also two sequels to The Three-Body Problem. A film adaptation of The Wandering Earth, released in February 2019, became the second highest grossing film in China in only two weeks!
The Three-Body Problem was published in 2006 and begins in the backdrop of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. A dissident exile is sent to a remote research facility and makes first contact there with a hostile alien species known as Trisolarans. She learns the aliens are planning to take over Earth. The novel skips ahead to the modern day afterward, following a team of scientists preparing for the aliens arrival. The novels themes not only deal with the alien invasion but the nature of the universe itself.
The novel has been attempted to be adapted before, first as a short film by director Fanfan Zhang but was shelved due to quality issues. However, interest in Cixin’s work picked up again with the release of The Wandering Earth, especially after it was picked up and began streaming on Netflix. Chinese production company YooZoo Entertainment holds the rights to the series and is reportedly developing it for television. The series is planned to run as a 24 part series and is slated (unofficially) to begin shooting this September. While no further information is available at this time, it’s not hard to imagine that Netflix might stream the series as it did for The Wandering Earth.
We’ll keep you updated as further information comes out. But are you excited to see this Chinese science fiction epic adapted for the television screen? Let us know in the comments!
Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch is a story about loss. The main character, Theodore “Theo” Decker loses his mother when a bomb explodes while the pair are visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art; one of the reasons they were there was to see one of her favorite paintings, The Goldfinch. Theo is able to escape the rubble, with the pricelessDutch painting in hand. It becomes the single most important object in Tartt’s narrative. Her whirlwind coming-of-age tale navigates themes like fate, survival, confusion and what it means to let go.
In 2013 Tartt’s novel took the world by storm—spending over thirty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list even with a handful of mixed reviews at its back. Now (if you didn’t already know) the 2013 bestseller has been made into a film starring Ansel Elgort as its protagonist. Yesterday, USA Today displayed various first look images from the production and today they premiered its first trailer, featured below:
With a theatrical release date of September 13th, Elgort predicts that audiences will engage that film in much the same way as its source material—he had this to say to USA Today:
“It’s a very powerful and emotional coming-of-age story told from a personal point of view,” Elgort says. “It touches on the themes we all experience at one time or another – everything from loss, guilt, deception and betrayal to love, hope, friendship, and redemption.”
The film has been directed by John Crowley and also stars Nicole Kidman (Theo’s surrogate mother, Mrs. Barbour), Oakes Fegley (young Theo), Jeffery Wright (the antique collector Hobie), Luke Wilson (Theo’s deadbeat dad Larry) and Sarah Paulson (as his dad’s new girlfriend Xandra). In preparation for her role, Nicole Kidman had this to say of her initial reading experience:
“really an experience of letting go, giving in to the storytelling current as it unfolds like bends in a river. It was a rare and immersive pleasure and partly what made the Odyssey, both the book and the film, so extraordinary.”
The adaptation will take a nonlinear storytelling approach; it will focus on two time periods in Theo’s life:
“We move around a lot more impressionistically to suggest that the man that you meet at the start of the story is not in a very good place,” Director John Crowley says. “It’s a very interesting study in how an individual’s relationship to his own past and his sense of his past can shift.”
Warner Bros. Pictures and Amazon Studios have also released a first look at the poster for the film which you can see below.
A father-son King project is now in development for television! The Stephen King renaissance continues with the adaptation of Sleeping Beauties.
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The original novel, a collaboration between Stephen King and his son, Owen King, asks ‘What would happen if women disappeared from the world?’
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In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare.
One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanting to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world.
Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.
This suspense filled, horror, mystery, is now in development to being adapted into a pilot episode for its own television series. AMC is the TV network behind the newly anticipated pilot episode.
The writer for the script will be none other than Owen King himself, bringing his and his father’s work to life, and this is not his first time adapting his father’s work for television.
Thankfully, unlike CBS and their “All Access” content that’s watchable only if you pay monthly, AMC comes with your cable, so long as you have the channel that is. Hopefully Owen and the rest of the AMC crew won’t rest until Sleeping Beauties is finished for our haunting entertainment.
Gloria Steinem is a powerhouse; the kind of person possessed by an innate desire to change the world for the better. She’s a writer, activist, feminist organizer, editor…and a laundry list of other things. She has founded or helped found organizations such as the Women’s Action Alliance, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Women’s Media Center, Voters for Choice, Choice USA (now URGE) Ms. Foundation for Women, (which is basically the reason we have Take Your Daughter to Work Day), Equality Now, Donor Direct Action and Direct Impact Africa. She also co-founded New York Magazine and Ms. Magazine, for which she still remains an editor.
Basically, this women walks into a room and organizes ways in which to make that room better. If she were a citizen of Westeros, Missandei would quit her job as resident title announcer for Daenerys of House Targaryen in favor of Gloria of House Steinem. Reading her resume is equal parts exhausting and motivating—she’s been adorned with everything from writing accolades to the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Sir Obama—the highest civilian honor. My only fear in writing this article is that I fail to give Gloria Steinem the recognition she deserves; therefore, I will simply say: she’s achieved more than I could possibly mention here.
In 2015, Steinem’s book My Life on the Roadbecame a New York Time Bestseller; it was praised by everyone, including Oprah. Below is a synopsis of the memoir from Steinem’s website:
When people ask me why I still have hope and energy after all these years, I always say: Because I travel. Taking to the road—by which I mean letting the road take you—changed who I thought I was. The road is messy in the way that real life is messy. It leads us out of denial and into reality, out of theory and into practice, out of caution and into action, out of statistics and into stories—in short, out of our heads and into our hearts.
Gloria Steinem had an itinerant childhood. When she was a young girl, her father would pack the family in the car every fall and drive across country searching for adventure and trying to make a living. The seeds were planted: Gloria realized that growing up didn’t have to mean settling down. And so began a lifetime of travel, of activism and leadership, of listening to people whose voices and ideas would inspire change and revolution.
My Life on the Road is the moving, funny, and profound story of Gloria’s growth and also the growth of a revolutionary movement for equality—and the story of how surprising encounters on the road shaped both. From her first experience of social activism among women in India to her work as a journalist in the 1960s; from the whirlwind of political campaigns to the founding of Ms. magazine; from the historic 1977 National Women’s Conference to her travels through Indian Country—a lifetime spent on the road allowed Gloria to listen and connect deeply with people, to understand that context is everything, and to become part of a movement that would change the world.
In prose that is revealing and rich, Gloria reminds us that living in an open, observant, and “on the road” state of mind can make a difference in how we learn, what we do, and how we understand each other.”
All of that being said, it should come as no surprise (hopefully) that the book has been adapted into a screenplay by Sarah Ruhl and stars Julianne Moore (another legend) as Gloria of House Steinem, Breaker of Chains. As a leader/pioneer/hero of modern feminism, Steinem is the refreshing type of hero we deserve to see on the silver screen. The film will be entitled The Glorias: A Life on the Road and is being directed by Julie Taymor of Frida fame. The story chronicles her life as a legend and will no doubt depict the impact she has had on so many lives.
In an interview with Page Six, Moore opened up about the project:
“Alicia Vikander plays one version of Gloria. Two girls, one nine, one twelve, play her younger. It explores her growing up days and her place in the women’s movement. Bette Midler has the role of Bella Abzug. Julie Taymor directs. The screenplay’s also by women.”
Filming of the biopic began in January of this year and a release date has yet to be announced.
Dating kind of sucks. In my experience, redheads don’t appreciate being referred to as those who’ve been “kissed by fire,” adults born out of wedlock don’t enjoy being called “bastards” in a northern accent, and dragon puns are often misunderstood. We may have thought there were enough GoT fans in the world—but clearly, there are not. People like me have been forced to simply say hello or text “what’s up” instead of paying homage to our favorite fantasy series courtesy of an obscure Westerosi reference—or any endearing pop culture references for that matter. The exhausting practice of swiping, chit chatting and subsequent ghosting present in our dating culture makes fantasy-world escapism all the more appealing. But! Finally! None other than OKCupid have found a way to bring dejected literary recluses together!
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Before now, dating apps have asked us all a wide variety of questions: What are some of your pet peeves? Favorite food? Marriage? Kids? According to their official blog, OkCupid is finally asking its users the only question that has mattered since 2010. In honor of GoT’s pending return for its final season, users who answer “yes” to the question “Do you watch Game of Thrones?” will be anointed with a badge visible in their profile. This is an obvious result of how often Game of Thrones has been mentioned in the profiles of their users—an average of two million times. Connections on the dating app are bound to skyrocket. The good people at OkCupid have confidently predicted a 20% increase in likes and a 15% increase in conversations for GoT fans.
To further promote this, the dating site polled people on GoT related topics, such as: what they thought the best GoT relationship was: Forty-three percent of people thought that Jon Snow and Ygritte had the best relationship while Forty-seven percent felt that Daenerys and Khal Drogo represented #goals. It goes without saying that these relationships portrayed on screen ended in tragic deaths and the two remaining love interests have now entered into an incestuous relationship with each other…so let’s just not equate GoT with our actual love lives. Let’s just allow our common appreciate for George R.R. Martin’s masterpiece be our cupid.
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Thanks to GoT badges, we can all take solace in the fact that people won’t have to resort to relationships built on dysfunction and a lack of common interests; war-torn affairs and questionable hookups are a thing of the past…
As you already know…
The eighth and final season of the hit show premieres April 14th, and George R.R. Martin’s remaining books will publish sometime before Armageddon.