Daily Read (5/17/16)

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.

Nicholas Gonzalez has been cast in Pretty Little Liars.

Ridley Scott and Drew Goddard are adapting S. Craig Zahler’s novel Wraiths of the Broken Land.

Ben Whishaw as Paddington & More Movie News

Ben WhishawBen Whishaw is the new voice of Paddington. (Colin Firth had previously left the role.)

Christian Bale is in talks to play John D. MacDonald’s famous detective Travis McGee in The Deep Blue Goodbye.

Sony has acquired nonfiction book Tupperware Unsealed by Bob Kealing as a starring vehicle for Sandra Bullock.

Ridley Scott has optioned memoir The Devil in the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White.

Warner Bros. has acquired forthcoming YA novel I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

Movies in the Works: Marathon Bombing, Ancient Epics, & More

Lionsgate is developing Boston Marathon bombing movie Stronger, based on the book by survivor Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter.

Exodus isn’t out yet, but it looks like Ridley Scott is taking on David next.

I hope this Wicked Lovely movie buzz actually goes somewhere.

Oooh, Nathan Hale movie! Peter Facinelli has acquired M. William Phelps’s biography of “America’s First Spy.”

Warner Bros. is working on an epic Odysseus movie.

Robert Redford is adapting World War II book Climb to Conquer by Peter Shelton.

Video: Why Discovery Made Klondike

KlondikeIn this featurette, executive producers David W. Zucker, Dolores Gavin, and Ridley Scott, cast members Sam Shepard, Tim Roth, and Richard Madden, and director Simon Cellan Jones discuss Discovery’s reasons for picking Klondike for their first miniseries. It also includes some footage I hadn’t seen before, so enjoy!

Movie News: X-Men, Fifty Shades, Jack Reacher, Mae West, Narnia & More

  • Bryan Singer cryptically announced that X-Men: Apocalypse is coming in 2016.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey has cast Callum Keith Rennie as Anastasia’s stepfather.
  • Tom Cruise is doing a Jack Reacher sequel, based on Lee Child’s novel Never Go Back.
  • Bette Midler is starring as Mae West in an HBO movie based on West’s autobiography Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It.
  • David Magee will write The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.
  • And Gennifer Hutchison is writing the adaptation of Victoria Aveyard’s The Red Queen.
  • Ridley Scott has optioned young adult fantasy novel Fae by C.J. Abedi.

Movie Casting: X-Men, Exodus, Child 44, Maze Runner, Cancer Vixen

Let’s catch up on some movie casting that’s come to light recently.