Daily Read (4/27/16)

A note – I’ll be traveling for the rest of the week, so Daily Read will probably be off until Monday. I’ll try to pop in if there’s any wildly exciting news.

Daisy Ridley will star in the adaptation of Alyson Richman’s WWII novel The Lost Wife.

Lifetime has ordered a supernatural drama pilot based on Aimee Friedman’s YA novel Sea Change, and also has an adaptation of I.W. Gregorio’s None of the Above (directed by Stephen Chbosky!) in development.

I don’t know anything about The Ice Beneath Her specifically, but adaptations of Swedish novels always get my attention.

Miramax has optioned Matthew Quick’s forthcoming novel The Reason You’re Alive. (Quick is the author of Silver Linings Playbook, which I somehow still haven’t seen/read, though I’ve read at least one of his other novels.)

Daily Read (4/26/16)

James Coyne will write Sherlock Holmes 3. I honestly cannot remember whether I ever saw Sherlock Holmes 2. Hmm. (Yes, I know that wasn’t the title.)

HitFix is doing a nifty Shakespeare 400 project with various actors performing various monologues.

The It remake is now scheduled for September 8, 2017. As with virtually all Stephen King adaptation news, this has me thinking “Should I read that? Can I handle it?”

Comic book fans: EW has some exclusive photos from the upcoming Preacher adaptation.

There’s a movie adaptation of Emmy Laybourne’s Monument 14 in development.

Daily Read (4/25/16)

Hugh Laurie gets at exactly what I love about the Tinker, Tailor miniseries and Le Carre in general: “Their version of an action scene was people drinking tea and staring at each other. And yet it was completely thrilling and gripping to watch these devious, ambitious, hungry people trying to outwit each other and yet never reveal their strategy.”

AMC’s ‘Turn’ Puts Perspective on 2016 Divisions (I wonder if Hamilton mania will help Turn‘s ratings this season?)

This is cute: Game of Thrones cast make up lyrics to show’s theme song

So is this; EW seems to be all over the “cute Game of Thrones stuff” beat: Maisie Williams crashed viewing party for premiere

The Magicians Is a Master Class in Book Adaptation

Daily Read (4/22/16)

Outlander puppy!!!

It’s now official that Robert Downey Jr. will be in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which I think is news that sounds familiar both because I’d heard the rumors and because I just kind of assume he’s in all the Marvel movies.

Thrones Are No Game: A Brief History of Chairs and Power

Millicent Simmonds will star in the movie based on Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck.

Interesting: ‘The Jungle Book’ Becomes Highest-Grossing Hollywood Release Ever In India

Daily Read (4/21/16)

Good news for fans of historical shows: Herbert Asbury’s book The Barbary Coast about the 1849 Gold Rush is being made into a TV show with… Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell, and Mel Gibson? That’s, uh, quite a group. (Oliver Hudson and Wyatt Russell are also involved. It’s quite the family affair.)

If you’re dying for Game of Thrones updates, here are some cryptic (of course) comments from Emilia Clarke. And here’s a clip as well as Alfie Allen and Iwan Rheon kissing on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

And this is fun: Every Way Kit Harington Has Tried to Get Around Talking About Jon Snow’s Death

Any Pretty Little Liars fans out there? Here are some season seven set photos.

Technically from the book, not the movie, but: Food in books: (not) blue soup from Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Trailer Thoughts: The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the TrainI’ll admit that I wasn’t particularly impressed with this novel – it felt too gimmicky and predictable to me – but I’m very curious as to how it comes across as a movie, and this trailer suggests that it might have a heavy dose of suspense, which would be very helpful. And a movie by definition will be less in the main character’s head than the book was, so that might make it easier to keep the audience guessing about what’s really going on. I knew going in that they’d moved the action to America, but that still seems to weird to me – the book is so very very British. It IS interesting (and probably good) that they let Emily Blunt keep her accent.

Thoughts? Anyone excited for this one?

Daily Read (4/20/16)

Star Hugh Laurie did a Q&A with Variety about The Night Manager.

Here’s an update on the Bones lawsuits, if any fans have been following that.

Children’s book The Royal Rabbits of London is in the works as a movie, and while I haven’t seen this book, it sounds ADORABLE.

Kevin Bacon will star in Jill Soloway’s adaptation of Chris Kraus novel I Love Dick for Amazon.

Jessica Stroup and Tom Pelphrey have joined upcoming Netflix series Marvel’s Iron Fist.

TV Recommendation: The Night Manager

The Night ManagerMiniseries The Night Manager, based on the novel of the same name like John Le Carre, finally premiered in the U.S. on AMC last night. If you missed it, you can find it on demand or in one of several reruns this week, and if you like spy stories I strongly suggest you check it out. It’s got a great cast, led by Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, and Tom Hollander, and its British run got rave reviews. The first episode was quite enjoyable and I’m looking forward to more.

I’m a Le Carre fan in general, though I haven’t read this novel yet, and while almost all modern adaptations are a bit flashier and more action-y than the original novels, I liked that this kept some Le Carre flavor. Le Carre does bureaucracy brilliantly, and the drama around the copy machine, for example, was strikingly reminiscent of the tense scenes of file retrieval in Tinker Tailor. On the other hand, while I understand why the writers of the show moved it forward in time to incorporate the Arab Spring, I sort of wish they’d left it in the post-Cold War early nineties, because that’s also a very specific and interesting moment in history to explore.

Here’s a taste for you:

Did you watch the premiere? What did you think?