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.)
Excited for the May 1st premiere of the new season of Penny Dreadful? You can watch a TV-14 version of the episode right here, right now. Thoughts? (I know this show isn’t a direct adaptation of anything, but it uses enough literature as source material that I HAVE DECIDED IT COUNTS.)
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.”
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.
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.)
This isn’t exactly a surprise, but HBO just announced that Game of Thrones has officially been renewed for a seventh season. You can read the official network statement here. Season six of Game of Thrones premieres this Sunday, April 24th. Silicon Valley and Veep were also renewed.
I’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.
Miniseries 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.