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Everything We Know About the ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Adaptation

The Little Fires Everywhere adaptation is shaping up nicely! The novel is a 2017 release by Celeste Ng and takes place in fictional suburb Shaker Heights, a sleepy neighborhood where everyone plays by the rules and nothing really exciting happens—especially not to Elena Richardson, a more affluent resident. That is, nothing really exciting happens until artist and single mother called Mia Warren bursts into the community with her teenage daughter and rents a house from the Richardsons. She disregards the rules of the community entirely, and drama soon explodes between the two families as the Richardsons clash with the Warrens. It’s a drama full of secrets and fascinating thematic representations of motherhood, masterfully explored through different angles of life.

 

A suburb bathed in darkness, with one light on in a house

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According to Variety, the series has been picked up by Hulu as a limited miniseries. The adaptation will be directed by Lynn Shelton, who is also set to executive produce the show. The cast includes superstars Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, and Rosemarie DeWitt. Also in the cast are Jade Pettyjohn, Jordan Elsass, Gavin Lewis, Megan Stott, and Lexi Underwood. Shelton will direct the premiere and finale of the show, along with two additional episodes. According to the official synopsis, the series “follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.”

The series is highly anticipated and will be 8 episodes long, according to TVSeriesFinale. Reese Witherspoon will star as Elena while Mia Warren will be played by Kerry Washington. Jade Pettyjohn will play Lexie Richardson, Jordan Elsass will star as Trip Richardson, Gavin Lewis as Moody Richardson, Megan Stott as Izzy Richardson, and Lexi Underwood as Pearl Warren.

It remains unknown when the series will be debut, but it appears to be well underway! We can’t wait to see the series come to life; it sounds like a guaranteed binge-watch! Are you excited to see Little Fires Everywhere come to life? We certainly are! Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

 

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Atlas Entertainment to Adapt Joseph Finder’s ‘Judgement’

Exciting news for fans of Joseph Finder! According to Variety, Atlas Entertainment has acquired the rights to adapt Joseph Finder’s thriller Judgment into a television series. The novel centers on Juliana Brody, a powerful judge in the Superior Court of Massachusetts. After a one night stand, she realizes she’s being blackmailed and her one night stand has been saved on video. As her life spirals out of control, to save her career and maybe even her life she has to become as ruthless as her enemies to survive. Charles Roven, who produced The Dark Knight and Wonder Womanwill serve as executive producer of the series.

 

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Roven expressed eagerness to adapt the book, which was originally published in January 2019. Jacob Finder also expressed eagerness to work with the team to bring his ‘tough, nuanced character’ to television screens. It is unsure when the series will land at this point but the drama seems perfect in this age of peak TV.

Are you excited? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Paramount TV to Adapt Susan Orlean’s ‘The Library Book’

Exciting news for Susan Orlean fans! According to Variety, Paramount Television, in association with Anonymous Content and Brillstein Entertainment, will be adapting Susan Orlean’s novel The Library Book for television! The book itself is a must read for any book fan, telling the true story of a fire that nearly destroyed the Los Angeles Public Library in 1965. The book explores the mystery surrounding how the fire began, as well as the damage it caused, burning for seven hours, consuming 400,000 books and damaging 700,000 others. Susan Orlean’s book has remained on the best seller’s list for nonfiction for six months, proving its popularity to general audiences and potential for a great television adaptation.

 

The Library Book cover, featuring a red cover with a burning flame
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Orlean will be working alongside James Ponsoldt include films such as The Circle and The End of Tour. Orlean and James have expressed they are both excited to adapt the project, with Orlean in particular being quoted as ‘so excited’ to see her property come to life on the screen. Although no release date has been announced yet, we look forward to seeing the mystery come alive and will keep our ears attuned for any new information!

Are you excited to see The Library Book being adapted?

 

 

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Color photo of Frankenstein's monster looking upwards

5 Differences Between ‘Frankenstein’ and the Film Adaptations

Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley is hailed as the first real science-fiction novel. Following Dr. Victor Frankenstein, it chronicles Frankenstein’s journey to create life and his clash with his creation after he succeeds. Touching on themes of ambition, lost of innocence, revenge, humanity, responsibility and creattion,  Frankenstein is a dense but very worthwhile classic of its genre. However, it unfortunately has been largely displaced in the popular consciousness by its film adaptations. To celebrate its publication anniversary, here are five facts about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and its many differences to work that adapted its spooky tale.

 

Victor Frankenstein stands contemplating the sea in the cover to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
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1. The Framing Device

The original novel uses a framing device to tell its story. Captain Walton, a sailor in the arctic, picks up Victor Frankenstein on the ice and brings him aboard his ship. There, Frankenstein tells the tale of how he got here, turning the entire book into one long flashback. The Creature confronts Captain Walton at the end, vowing it will destroy itself via funeral pyre. However, Captain Walton is a character who is very rarely adapted, the framing device being almost entirely omitted from films based on or inspired by the book.

 

Fritz, played by Dwight Fyre, threatens the Monster, played by Boris Karloff with a burning torch
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2. There was no Igor

Dr. Frankenstein’s hunchbacked assistant, Igor, is purely a creation of popular culture. In the original novel, Frankenstein worked entirely alone, creating the monster in a hidden room at his college. He kept the experiment entirely secret and had no outside help at all. The character of an assistant first appeared in 1931’s Frankenstein film in the form of Fritz, before being codified, ironically enough, by Mel Brook’s spoof film Son of Frankenstein.

 

Frankenstein confronts his creation in a 1934 illustration from the novel
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3. The Monster Speaks

The Monster is a very different character from the mute, lumbering brute that was made famous in the Universal Horror films. Although he begins as a borderline feral creature after his ‘birth’, the Monster slowly learns language and reasoning over the course of the novel. He becomes extremely intelligent and articulate, often spending pages contemplating his unnatural existence. He even learns how to make clothes and uses weapons to defend himself as he survives in the wilderness. Compared to his film counterpart, he’s a wholly different beast.

 

Victor Frankenstein and Fritz standing over the Monster on the slab, preparing to give it life
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4. The Creation is Offscreen

Doubtlessly one of the most famous in cinema is the creation of Frankenstein’s monster. Everything about it is iconic, from the slab the monster rests upon to the flashing laboratory equipment to the bolt of lightning that brings him to life to Frankenstein proclaiming “Its alive, its alive!” But the sequence in question actually isn’t in the original novel! Yes, the creation of the Monster in the book is entirely offscreen and left to the reader’s imagination. Oddly, this makes it more compelling to the imagination…how did Frankenstein do it? We’ll never know but it certainly makes good food for thought.

 

Victor Frankenstein leans over the inert form of the monster in his lab
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5. Frankenstein Dies

In the novel, Victor Frankenstein pays for his hubris. After trekking the Monster to the Arctic, he collapses on the ice and is rescued by Captain Walton. But it is too late for him and after telling the Captain his story, he expires. Subsequent adaptations have spared Frankenstein his untimely demise, doubtlessly to keep a relatively happy ending.

What are your favorite moments from the book that didn’t make it to the screen?

 

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‘The Singapore Grip’ Casts Actors From ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘GoT’

According to Variety, David Morrissey and Charles Dance in ITV’s adaptation of J.G. Farrell’s The Singapore Grip. The book is a satirical novel about Japan’s occupation of Singapore during World War II, centering on a wealthy British family living there during the invasion. The book was first published in 1978 and has been listed as one of the ten classic Singapore-based works.

 

The cover to The Singapore Grip by J.G. Farrell
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Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton is in charge of adapting the book and has been quoted as saying the project is a real “a personal pleasure,” as he was great admirer and friend of J.G. Farrell.

Morrissey will play a ruthless rubber merchant alongside his business partner, the role which Charles Dance will play. Luke Treadway stars at the reluctant hero of the piece, Matthew Webb. Producer Mammoth Screen’s Damien Timmer described it as a ‘passion project’ for the studio.

We’re excited to see this novel brought to our screens for this exciting upcoming series!

 

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