Exciting news! According to an Entertainment Weekly exclusive, DreamWorks has picked up the rights to Rainbow Rowell’s wonderful young adult novel Eleanor and Park. This was definitely one of the best books I read last year, and I’m sure a bunch of you loved it too. And the great news: Rowell herself is writing the screenplay!
“Every girl who has read it says, ‘That was me in high school, or that was me in 7th grade,’” Holly Bario, DreamWorks president of production, tells EW. “It reminded all of us of our own sort of awkwardness, or family dysfunction.”
The studio was drawn to the teenage love story for the same reason as its legions of fans. “It’s not the typical story where the ugly duckling is in love with the hot guy,” Bario says. “They’re both trying to find their way. They’re both outcasts.”
Excited?? Casting ideas?
(Disclosure: I know Rainbow, and will try to remember to mention that whenever I write about this.)
According to a Deadline exclusive, Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) is set to direct a DreamWorks adaptation of Richard C. Morais’s novel The Hundred Foot Journey. It’s about
“the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France. The French restaurant is run by the famous eccentric chef Madame Mallory, who reluctantly forms a mentoring bond with a young Indian boy whose family owns the rival eatery.”
Rumor has it that Helen Mirren will star, but this does not seem to be official yet. Has anyone read this book? Would you recommend it?
Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . . Today in news that made me fall out of my chair in delight: according to a Deadline exclusive,Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) will direct a remake of Rebecca at DreamWorks. It’s being referred to as a remake of the Hitchcock film, but that was of course based on the great Gothic novel by Daphne Du Maurier; it will be interesting to see how much it has in common with the novel vs. the previous film. Rebecca is about a naive young woman who marries a rich widower and discovers that the memory of his dead wife holds a mysterious power over him and those around him.
No word on a cast yet – ideas? The news of this remake is definitely encouraging me to pick this for our next Classics Club, though maybe we should do Jane Eyre first and then Rebecca . . .
According to a Hollywood Reporter exclusive, Christopher Kyle (Alexander, The Weight of Water) will write the DreamWorks adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s young adult novel Shadow and Bone. The movie is being produced by David Heyman (Harry Potter) and Jeffrey Clifford (Up in the Air, No Strings Attached).
“Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near-impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one unlikely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life– a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha… and the secrets of her heart.”
Any Shadow and Bone fans out there? Are you excited about the movie?