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.

TV in Development: King David, Sisterland, Angel Time, Constantine & More

Let’s check in on some of the books newly optioned for TV.

  • Fox is adapting Kirsten Miller’s How to Lead a Life of Crime, about a school for criminals.
  • HBO has a comedy based on Richard Kramer’s These Things Happen, about gay and straight couples who share a 15-year-old son.
  • Gaumont Intl. Television is working on a King David Biblical drama.
  • ABC is working on a limited series based on Elizabeth Dowling Taylor’s A Slave in the White House, about James Madison’s slave Paul Jennings.
  • NBC has procedural Six Months, Three Days based on the novella by Charlie Jane Anders.
  • Fake Empire’s paranormal drama based on Curtis Sittenfeld’s Sisterland has landed at ABC.
  • NBC is working on an adaptation of DC Comics’ Constantine.
  • And CBS is developing Angel Time, based on Anne Rice’s Seraphim novels.