Daily Read (5/11/16)

I hadn’t realized that Olivia Colman’s character in The Night Manager was a man in the novel – I’m a Le Carre fan but haven’t gotten to that one yet – but this piece about that change is interesting.

Mafia show Gomorrah (based on the book by Roberto Saviano) hasn’t made it to the U.S. yet – soon; it’s coming to Sundance TV – but it’s been renewed for seasons three and four in Italy, so we have that to anticipate.

They’re trying to adapt Locke & Key YET AGAIN. Honestly, I don’t know much about it – I’m not really a comics person – but there have been so many abandoned adaptation attempts that my reaction is pretty much “Oh, that again.”

Ooh, this sounds interesting: There’s an event series adaptation in the works of Jonathan Eig’s nonfiction book The Birth of the Pill, about Margaret Sanger, Katharine McCormick, Gregory Goodwin Pincus, and John Rock.

Shirley MacLaine and Matthew Broderick will star in the TV adaptation of George Hodgman’s family memoir Bettyville.

Trailer: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter MittyThe first trailer is out for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, based on James Thurber’s classic short story of the same name, which is directed by and stars Ben Stiller and will be in theaters at Christmas. Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, and Sean Penn also star. This looks very shiny, but at the same time, it struck me that this trailer would come across as completely inexplicable to anyone who hadn’t read the story, which is an interesting choice. I was expecting a heavy-handed voiceover, and I’m glad that’s not happening (at least in the trailer), but I’m curious to see how successful they are with this approach.