Daily Read (5/25/16)

Great news: Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time adaptation is looking for non-white actors to play the lead roles.

Epix is working on a Get Shorty series, adapting Elmore Leonard’s novel (of which there is also a movie).

Fox 2000 has acquired Walt Becker’s YA fantasy novel Charlie Paris and the Young Ambassadors.

Kyle S. More will play John Hinckley Jr. in Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Reagan. (There’s some further casting at that link, too.)

Daily Read (5/23/16)

Showrunner Ronald D. Moore on How ‘Outlander’ Avoids Formulaic Sex Scenes

Huh. Author Chuck Palahniuk (with collaborators) is crowdfunding a movie based on his novel Lullaby. There are only a few authors with the online followings (of the correct demographics) to pull that off; I’m curious to see how it works out for him.

Showrunner Frank Spotnitz has left The Man in the High Castle.

James Urbaniak has been cast in Wonderstruck.

Daily Read (5/19/16)

Armando Iannucci (Veep) is making political satire The Death of Stalin (based on a French graphic novel) and the cast looks interesting so far.

Mother and daughter Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson will star together in Henry James adaptation The Aspern Papers.

The movie based on Dominique Paul’s The Possibility of Fireflies is set to star Courtney Love and Joey King. I’m not sure I realized Courtney Love was starring in movies now.

Glenn Gordon Caron (Moonlighting) is adapting Alan Glynn’s novel Paradime for ITV Studios America.

News for fans of Santa: There’s an adaptation of Matt Haig’s A Boy Called Christmas in the works.

Daily Read (5/17/16)

Exciting news for Charlaine Harris fans: NBC has picked up the series adaptation Midnight, Texas. (As I mentioned, we’ll have a roundup of the new adaptations coming to network TV later this week, once the dust settles.)

Jonathan Rhys Meyers will star in World War II drama The 12th Man, which I started writing about because Variety says it’s based on a book, but not . . . the title or author. Helpful. I’m going to guess it’s this one.

Nicholas Gonzalez has been cast in Pretty Little Liars.

Ridley Scott and Drew Goddard are adapting S. Craig Zahler’s novel Wraiths of the Broken Land.

Daily Read (5/16/16)

Here’s another very cute Kit Harington story that you should only click on if you’re caught up or spoiled on Game of Thrones.

Pablo Schreiber is your new Mad Sweeney in American Gods.

This joint Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan prequel Come Away sounds intriguing.

Joel Kinnaman will star in Altered Carbon, based on Richard Morgan’s book.

Matt Rager will write the movie adaptation of Daniel Ammann’s Marc Rich book The King of Oil.

Daily Read (5/13/16)

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!

Here’s an interesting interview with the production designer of The Man in the High Castle.

If you’re looking for the BBC’s The Musketeers in the U.S., head to Hulu.

Diana Hardcastle and Kristin Booth have signed on for The Kennedys: After Camelot, based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s After Camelot.

Dylan Walsh has joined Longmire season five.

Daily Read (5/12/16)

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 Princess casting 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.

Daily Read (5/11/16)

I hadn’t realized that Olivia Colman’s character in The Night Manager was a man in the novel – I’m a Le Carre fan but haven’t gotten to that one yet – but this piece about that change is interesting.

Mafia show Gomorrah (based on the book by Roberto Saviano) hasn’t made it to the U.S. yet – soon; it’s coming to Sundance TV – but it’s been renewed for seasons three and four in Italy, so we have that to anticipate.

They’re trying to adapt Locke & Key YET 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.

Shirley MacLaine and Matthew Broderick will star in the TV adaptation of George Hodgman’s family memoir Bettyville.

Daily Read (5/10/16)

Heh: Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Wallander’ is ‘almost too intense for everything’. Poor Wallander.

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.

Daily Read (5/9/16)

I had somehow missed that there’s a movie adaptation of Margaret Mahy’s great YA novel The Changeover in the works, and I’m very excited but also a little worried. So far the cast includes Timothy Spall, Melanie Lynskey, Charlie Heaton, Lucy Lawless, Erana James, Stefania LaVie Owen, and Jamie Curry. The main character in the novel is part Maori and I’m hoping they preserve that, though I don’t know if that’s Owen’s role. (I also don’t know James’s age or background, so maybe that’s her.) I was just trying to look this up and discovered that James and Owen are both from New Zealand – at least according to the Internet – so that’s a start.

Tim Matheson and Cynthia Nixon will star in National Geographic Channel’s newest Bill O’Reilly adaptation, Killing Reagan. I’m sort of surprised that I’ve only seen one “Nixon Playing Reagan” headline so far.

And Jack Huston and Emilia Clarke will star in Above Suspicion, based on the FBI thriller by Joe Sharkey.

Star Maisie Williams has some nice things to say about her role in YA adaptation The Forest of Hands and Teeth, which is one of the few zombie stories I’ve ever actually liked.