Daily Read (5/6/16)

Amazon is working on show Strange New Things, based on Michael Faber’s novel The Book of Strange New Things. Netflix has a show called Stranger Things premiering later this year, and I can predict with confidence that I will second guess myself and double check which is which every single time I read about one of them.

I’m not saying this in a bad way, at all, but I can’t believe there’s a big actual movie based on a Mary Downing Hahn book. That just . . . doesn’t feel like a thing that happens in the world we live in. I hope you do well, Wait Till Helen Comes!

There’s movement on the Crazy Rich Asians movie – Jon M. Chu is in talks to direct – and I’ve heard enough good stuff that I just added myself to the hold list at the library. Regardless, I’m excited at the prospect of a big movie that – we assume! We hope! – cannot be whitewashed.

It’s Friday. Let’s watch people make dragons.

Daily Read (5/5/16)

I hear some of you like Benedict Cumberbatch? Here he is talking about playing Richard III in the new season of The Hollow Crown. (I just glanced at the cast list for that episode and it’s GREAT, of course.)

Apparently Josh Boone has confirmed he’s written a script for the Interview with the Vampire reboot. Maybe I will finally get around to reading that book.

Huh: A modern Midsummer Night’s Dream with Rachel Leigh Cook, Hamish Linklater, Avan Jogia, Lily Rabe, and others?

Speaking of Shakespeare: Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts may star in Ophelia, based on the Lisa Klein novel based, of course, on Hamlet.

FX has optioned Don DeLillo’s forthcoming novel Zero K.

Daily Read (5/4/16)

I loved Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood and I’m intrigued that the movie (produced by Stephenie Meyer) will star Cameron Monaghan and Maddie Hasson, both of whom I have liked quite a lot in other things.

This has a Game of Thrones spoiler (from the most recent episode, not something yet to come) so I will say no more but it is really cute, if you’re caught up.

Paramount TV has optioned Rebecca Traister’s All the Single Ladies, a book I am quite excited to read. But I’m always curious when nonfiction books like this are optioned, especially if they’re not biographies or narrative histories. Is it going to be… fictionalized, somehow?

National Geographic Channel’s first scripted series will be called Genius and be an anthology series based on various geniuses, which is pretty intriguing. First up: Einstein, based on the Isaacson book. Who would we cast as Einstein???

Televisa – they seem to be doing a lot all of a sudden – is adapting Scott Shepherd’s sci-fi novel The Seventh Day. Haven‘s Lloyd Segan is an EP, and… honestly, after the way that show totally fell apart, I’m not sure it’s a point in favor of this, but. ACTUALLY. Wait. Segan left Haven back in 2012, so I will only hold him responsible for the parts of the show I liked. So I’m back on board here.

Daily Read (5/3/16)

Someone is making The Catcher Was a Spy into a movie! Starring Paul Rudd! I haven’t actually read that book yet, but I read about Moe Berg in a different baseball-related book and his story was FASCINATING.

Oprah Winfrey will star in the movie based on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Amazon is doing a new Jack Ryan series starring . . . John Krasinksi? I’m not sure I’ve actually seen a Jack Ryan movie but that casting feels . . . different. I am intrigued.

I am also intrigued by The Lears, a comedic (?!) King Lear adaptation starring Bruce Dern and Anthony Michael Hall.

The movie based on Philip Roth’s American Pastoral, which is also Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, is now set to come out on October 21st.

Daily Read (5/2/16)

Hulu is making a The Handmaid’s Tale series starring Elisabeth Moss!

Netflix and the BBC are doing a Watership Down miniseries with the voices of John Boyega and James McAvoy and Olivia Colman and and and!

USA Network’s Queen of the South (based on Arturo Perez-Reverte’s novel) will premiere on June 21st.

Ooh, Max Greenfield and Sarah Snook have been cast in The Glass Castle.

Ugh. Do we really need a movie based on Andrew Wakefield’s book about vaccines and autism? (No. No we do not.)

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