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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.