Daily Read (4/26/16)

James Coyne will write Sherlock Holmes 3. I honestly cannot remember whether I ever saw Sherlock Holmes 2. Hmm. (Yes, I know that wasn’t the title.)

HitFix is doing a nifty Shakespeare 400 project with various actors performing various monologues.

The It remake is now scheduled for September 8, 2017. As with virtually all Stephen King adaptation news, this has me thinking “Should I read that? Can I handle it?”

Comic book fans: EW has some exclusive photos from the upcoming Preacher adaptation.

There’s a movie adaptation of Emmy Laybourne’s Monument 14 in development.

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.

James Franco to Star in J.J. Abrams/Stephen King Show 11/22/63

James FrancoThis is one of those headlines that made me simultaneously say “WHAT?” and “Well, of course.” James Franco has been cast in the lead role in J.J. Abrams’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel 11/22/63, about an English teacher who time travels to try to stop the Kennedy assassination. The show will be coming to Hulu; no date has been set yet. What do you think of this casting?

Haven to Return September 11th

HavenSyfy has announced that Haven, based (rather loosely) on Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid, will return for its fifth season beginning on September 11th. A TVLine exclusive has the first images of the new season, as well as this description of the premiere, “See No Evil:”

” . . . the gang learns that the victory is fleeting, as they are quickly thrust into uncharted waters. Duke is now a ticking time bomb, at death’s door and fighting to contain all the Troubles within him, while Nathan faces his greatest fear that Audrey — the woman he’s fought so desperately to save — may be gone forever. Making matters worse, Haven is hit by a strange new Trouble that’s silencing the townsfolk.”

Will you be watching? I’ll admit I haven’t liked the past few seasons as much as the first two, but I’m still looking forward to heading back to Haven.

Movie News: American Pastoral, Looking for Alaska, & More

Ewan McGregorEwan McGregor will star in American Pastoral.

Sarah Polley will adapt John Green’s Looking for Alaska for Paramount.

Ansel Elgort will star in biopic Van Cliburn, based on the biography by Howard Reich.

Lifetime is making a movie of Stephen King’s Big Driver, starring Maria Bello.

Zak Penn will be rewriting the script for the adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.

Melissa Benoist has been cast in The Longest Ride.

Warner Bros. has acquired Rick Yancey’s Monstrumologist.

Movie News: Fantastic Beasts, The Stand, A Monster Calls, & More

J.K. RowlingWarner Bros. has announced that J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, set in the world of Harry Potter, will hit theaters on November 18, 2016.

Josh Boone will direct The Stand, and his The Fault in Our Stars actor Nat Wolff has been cast in the King adaptation.

Liam Neeson has joined A Monster Calls.

The Great Gilly Hopkins has added Julia Stiles, Bill Cobbs, and Billy Magnussen.

A Walk in the Woods has cast Emma Thompson, Nick Offerman, and Kristen Schaal.

Live by Night has been pushed to October 7, 2016.

TV in Development: Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, John Scalzi, & More

FremantleMedia has acquired Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods and is working on turning it into a drama series.

Universal TV is adapting Stephen King’s short story “Ayana.”

FX is working on a limited series based on John Scalzi’s Redshirts.

Seth Rogen is adapting the comic Preacher for AMC.

Syfy is working on an adaptation of DC Comics’s DMZ.

Movie News: Tarzan, Black Mass, Insurgent, & More

Alexander SkarsgaardTarzan, starring Alexander Skarsgaard and Margot Robbie, will hit theaters on July 1st, 2016.

Johnny Depp will star as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, and Tom Hardy is in talks for the movie as well.

Robert Schwentke will direct Divergent sequel Insurgent.

Isabelle Fuhrman has been cast in Stephen King’s The Cell.

Avan Jogia has joined Ten Thousand Saints.

Paramount is in talks for the rights to forthcoming Benghazi book Thirteen Hours.

Luca Guadagnino will direct A Reliable Wife.

Derek Simon will adapt Heather Swain’s YA novel Hungry.

James Franco has optioned The Disaster Artist.

Summit has optioned John Corey Whaley’s upcoming YA novel Noggin.