Daily Read (4/18/16)

Ooh! Joel David Moore – of Bones – is directing a “semi-dystopian” adaptation of Timon of Athens! That story calls it a “modern day Gatsby,” which makes me realize I might not have any idea what Timon of Athens is about. Huh.

Spike TV has ordered a series based on Stephen King’s The Mist. Anyone read that? Should I?

I know we all laugh at the “Romeo & Juliet sequel” concept, but I hear that the book Still Star-Crossed is actually quite good, so the show will be worth a look. Anyway, they’ve cast Clara Rugaard to play Juliet… in flashbacks, I assume?

HBO is making a Fahrenheit 451 movie.

Olive Kitteridge to Premiere November 2nd

HBO has announced that their miniseries Olive Kitteridge, based on the novel of the same name by Elizabeth Strout, will premiere on Sunday, November 2nd at 9pm, with the first two parts Sunday and the last two the very next day, Monday, November 3rd. It stars Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, John Gallagher Jr., and more.

The Casual Vacancy & More TV Casting

Michael GambonThe BBC/HBO miniseries adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy has cast Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie, Abigail Lawrie, Rufus Jones, Keeley Forsyth, Simon McBurney, Richard Glover, Marie Critchley, and Michelle Austin.

The Recovery Road pilot has cast Sebastian De Souza, Alexis Carra, and Doug Savant.

Sophie Okonedo has joined The Hollow Crown as Margaret of Anjou.

Toby Sebastian has been cast in the miniseries of The Red Tent.

Darren Aronofsky Adapting Margaret Atwood & More TV in Development

A whole bunch of books have recently been optioned or put into development as TV shows. Here’s a roundup:

HBO has a Darren Aronofsky adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy.

Graham Yost is adapting Alex Kershaw’s novel Avenue of Spies at WGN America.

Bryan Cranston’s company has The Dangerous Book for Boys.

AMC has Philipp Meyer’s The Son.

Wind Dancer has its president Dete Meserve’s novel Good Sam.