Abi Morgan’s Little House Movie Moves to Paramount

Hope for us fans of pioneer girls and also The Hour! Variety reports that Abi Morgan’s Little House on the Prairie adaptation, originally in development at Sony, is now in the works at Paramount Pictures. Now, this is apparently based on the show not the book, but . . . it will be interesting to see what that means in practice. I’d like to see what Morgan would do with the later books, actually – The Long Winter through These Happy Golden Years would make for an interesting miniseries about the founding of a community and Morgan would do a good job with all the interpersonal politics and cultural shifts – but, alas, that’s not what’s actually happening. Still! I am eager to see who they cast, if they get to that point. (How about Maggie Elizabeth Jones?)

The Magicians Premieres Tonight!

The MagiciansThe Magicians, Syfy’s new drama based on Lev Grossman’s novels, premieres tonight with two episodes, starting at 9/8c. Syfy aired a preview of the first one, and I really liked it – it has a lot of fairly major differences from the book, but I think it worked, and it left me wanting to see more immediately. The show explores not one but two hidden magical worlds – there are a lot of layers here – and complex systems of the magic workings themselves, the politics of magical academia, etc., and I found it all very compelling.

One of the complaints I’ve seen about the books is that main character Quentin isn’t likeable enough, and it will be interesting to see if viewers have the same problem with the show; I understand the issue but it didn’t particularly bother me. In the first episode, at least, I enjoyed the way Quentin and other characters seemed perhaps realistically unpleasant, but also interesting. “Harry Potter for adults” is the easy way to describe this show, but it’s pretty apt; the show ages the characters up to grad school, which helps make the tone very different from that of Harry Potter. What does it look like when our “heroes” who need to save the world are bored, disillusioned twenty-somethings? I look forward to finding out.

If you’d like a little taste, here’s a fun promo from Syfy. It doesn’t go into the plot too much, but I think it definitely captures the tone.

So about that Romeo & Juliet sequel…

As soon as news broke yesterday that ABC ordered a pilot for a Romeo & Juliet sequel, the Internet was covered in “But how could there be a sequel? THEY’RE BOTH DEAD” jokes. And sure, fine joke, but in case you’re actually curious about the answer: it’s about the surviving members of the Montague and Capulet families after Romeo and Juliet themselves die, and it actually sounds pretty interesting! (I’m here for anything involving palace intrigue, really.) I hear that the novel, Melinda Taub’s Still Star-Crossed, is actually quite good; I’ll try to get it from the library soon and let you know what I think. But I’m hopeful about this one. (Though I do think they should probably change the title to avoid association with the failed CW show.)