The BBC has released a trailer for new show Love, Nina, adapted by Nick Hornby from Nina Stibbe’s fictionalized book of letters to her sister from when she was a nanny in 1980s London. It stars Faye Marsay and Helena Bonham Carter, and if this trailer is anything to go by, it should be delightful. I don’t think there’s any word on a U.S. airing yet, but I’ll let you know!
I had somehow missed (or forgotten) the fact that the move based on Ruta Sepetys’s YA WWII novel Between Shades of Gray has been renamed to Ashes in the Snow but I think that’s . . . probably a good move. Anyway, casting news!
TV news is coming in very quickly this week, and early next week, after the carnage is all over, we’ll have a master post for you detailing which shows based on books were renewed or canceled – and which new adaptations are coming our way. In the meantime, though, ABC has posted very short videos for two shows based on novels that it has picked up to series, so let’s take a look!
Time After Time is based on the time travel novel by Karl Alexander, and it’s about Jack the Ripper and H.G. Wells and honestly I’ve read the Wikipedia page five times and can’t seem to retain anything else about it, so I’ll have to read the novel and get back to you. But hey, the show stars Josh Bowman and Freddie Stroma, so that’s a good start.
I know “Romeo and Juliet sequel” is an easy laugh, but Still Star-Crossed (based on the novel by Melinda Taub) deals with the aftermath of their deaths among the people left behind, which is actually a quite interesting idea.
Bryan Cranston is starring in a new series based on Philip K. Dick’s writings, entitled Electric Dreams. It looks like it’s going to be a bunch of standalone episodes, and Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, BSG) is also involved. Huh. I’m not particularly a Philip K. Dick fan but I’m curious to see how this format works out for them.
Dylan O’Brien is reportedly in talks to play main character Mitch Rapp in American Assassin, a potential franchise based on Vince Flynn’s novels.
The White Princesscasting news! Michelle Fairley will play Margaret Beaufort and Jodie Comer has been cast as Elizabeth of York. In The White Queen, those roles were played by Amanda Hale and a variety of young actresses including Freya Mavor, but it makes sense to recast as the characters will be older in the new show.
Paddington 2 seems to be a thing that’s happening for some reason.
Akiva Goldsman is producing an adaptation of David E. Hoffman’s nonfiction book The Billion Dollar Spy, and you know that I am always here for a Cold War spy story.
We still don’t have much in the way of long clips from the new season of Wayward Pines, which premieres on Fox on May 25th, but the network released several more short promos last night that definitely provide a taste of what’s to come, even if they’re a little light on specifics. This one is my favorite, because I love stuff set to incongruously peppy pop music:
In related news, I just got an email saying the first book in the series, Pines, is on hold for me at the library, so look for a post about that shortly before the show returns!
They’re trying to adapt Locke & KeyYET AGAIN. Honestly, I don’t know much about it – I’m not really a comics person – but there have been so many abandoned adaptation attempts that my reaction is pretty much “Oh, that again.”
Ooh, this sounds interesting: There’s an event series adaptation in the works of Jonathan Eig’s nonfiction book The Birth of the Pill, about Margaret Sanger, Katharine McCormick, Gregory Goodwin Pincus, and John Rock.
Missing Grantchester already? Here’s a fun behind-the-scenes look at season two, featuring stars Robson Green, James Norton, and Tessa Peake-Jones, EP Diederick Santer, writer Daisy Coulam, dog handler Sandra Pearson, and more. They talk the Dickens’s stunt double, the atmosphere on set, and, well: “It’s like three puppy dogs, not just one.” Aww.
Drama! Russell Crowe and James Franco said they were making a movie based on Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian but oops, they don’t actually have the rights. (Deadline’s phrasing in that story is hilarious as they chastise the “instantaneous online media climate.” Which is, you know, them.)
Idris Elba is reportedly joining Jessica Chastain in Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Molly Bloom’s memoir, Molly’s Game. I don’t care about poker but I DO like all of the people involved in this!
Jesse Peretz will direct an adaptation of Nick Hornby’s Juliet, Naked, which is a novel I LOVE, so fingers crossed.
Confession: I had totally forgotten they were making another of these movies. But the teaser trailer is here and it looks VERY DRAMATIC. (Further confession: I’m not sure I actually saw Angels & Demons. I should do that.) Inferno, based on the book by Dan Brown, stars Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones and will be in theaters on October 28th.
If you’d like a slightly different look at Inferno, here’s the international version: