Movie News: Adaptations

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J. Michael Straczynski Options Harlan Ellison’s Classic Sci-Fi Story ‘Repent, Harlequin!’

deadline.com – EXCLUSIVE: For the first time, iconic sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison has allowed a film to be developed based on Repent, Harequin! Said The Ticktock Man, the seminal story he published in Galaxy Magazine in 1965. Ellison has granted an option directly to J. Michael Straczynski, whose recent credits include Thor, World War Z, the TV series Babylon 5 and Sense8, the upcoming Netflix series he is doing with Lana and Andy Wachowski.

8 weeks 1 day ago via brucelee
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Hallstrom To Helm John D. Rockefeller Biopic

darkhorizons.com – Lasse Hallstrom is attached to direct a biopic about America's first billionaire, John D. Rockefeller, for Relativity. Craig Borten ("Dallas Buyers Club") is adapting the script from the book "Titan: The Life Of John D. Rockefeller" by Ron Chernow. Rockefeller ruthlessly built the Standard Oil empire, spending decades dodging investigations into his business tactics. 9 weeks 1 day ago via theothersenhman
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David Goyer to Direct 'The Breach' for Lionsgate (Exclusive)

feedproxy.google.com – Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing the adaptation of the sci-fi thriller book written by Patrick Lee. 10 weeks 2 days ago via jackiechan
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BBC Films Options Deborah McKinlay Novel 'That Part Was True'

feedproxy.google.com – The U.K. public broadcaster's standalone film unit aims to bring the drama about a U.K. divorcee and U.S. novelist to the big screen. 10 weeks 2 days ago via theothersenhman
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'Choose Your Own Adventure' Movie Nabs 'We're the Millers' Director (Exclusive)

hollywoodreporter.com – "Night at the Museum" writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon also join the book series adaptation, which John Davis and John Fox are producing for 20th Century Fox. 11 weeks 1 day ago via theothersenhman
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The Choose Your Own Adventure movie nabs screenwriters and a director

joblo.com – Last summer, we learned that 20th Century Fox was looking to make a big screen version of the classic book series CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE. It was unknown exactly how the interactive books would be converted to a movie but the goal was to make a franchise that would tie in with books, merchandising, films, and more. 11 weeks 1 day ago via brucelee
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Former Paramount Exec Stefanie Huie Options YA Novel ‘Belle Epoque’

variety.com – Former Paramount and Icon executive Stefanie Huie has optioned the rights to the YA tome “Belle Epoque” by Elizabeth Ross. Ross will adapt the screenplay with Huie producing the project. The story follows a young woman who has recently left her home in the countryside and finds herself struggling to survive in 1880s Paris. 11 weeks 5 days ago via brucelee
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MGM Acquires Bestselling Book 'Eighty-Dollar Champion' (Exclusive)

feedproxy.google.com – Elizabeth Letts' 2011 hit told the 1950 story of plow-horse-turned-show-champion Snowman.MGM has acquired the screen rights to The Eighty-Dollar Champion, which recounts the exploits of Snowman, a former plow horse who gained fame after winning the 1958 show horse triple crown. The 2011 book by Elizabeth Letts, a former competitive rider in show horse events, made The New York Times bestseller list. 12 weeks 1 day ago via jetli
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Sony Wins Bidding War for Spy Novel 'The Director'; Scott Rudin to Produce (Exclusive)

thewrap.com – Sony Pictures has won a bidding war for David Ignatius’ spy novel “The Director,” which will be produced by Scott Rudin, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Sony and Rudin are hoping to land Paul Greengrass to direct, but he is not officially involved at this time.

13 weeks 14 hours ago via theothersenhman
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Universal Hires Jay Basu to Adapt 'Talon' (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com – With buzz already building for the book’s release in October, Universal has tapped Jay Basu to adapt the Julie Kagawa fantasy novel “Talon.” Chris Morgan and Emile Gladstone will produce through Morgan’s shingle, Chris Morgan Productions. The tome is part of a series with the first book being released on Oct. 13 weeks 2 days ago via jetli
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Movie Rights to V.E. Schwab’s VICIOUS Acquired by Ridley Scott’s Production Company

collider.com – There's a Vicious little movie in the works, even if the novel adaptation is only in the earliest stages of development. Ridley Scott's production company Scott Free has teamed up with Story Mining & Supply Co. to acquire the feature rights to V.E. Schwab's superhero novel. I know, you might be a little burned out on super-powered properties at the moment, but Schwab's Vicious is a different beast than the mega-popular comicbook characters that have graced the screen so far 17 weeks 1 day ago via theothersenhman
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'Fakebook' Movie Gets Real at Ineffable Pictures (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com – Ineffable Pictures has logged on to “Fakebook: A True Story Based on Actual Lies,” picking up feature film rights to the recent non-fiction book by Dave Cicerelli. Published by Sourcebooks this year, “Fakebook” is Cicirelli’s account of his mid-20s decision to reinvent himself, posting a bogus note on Facebook announcing he is quitting his job,... 17 weeks 2 days ago via donnieyen
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'How to Pick Up Girls!' Heading to the Big Screen (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com – A movie version of Eric Weber’s seduction guide “How to Pick Up Girls!” is in development. The Exchange has picked up feature rights to the 1968 tome and will produce in association with Josh Sugarman for the Tenafly Film Co., which has opened a Los Angeles office. “How to Pick Up Girls!” has sold more... 17 weeks 5 days ago via brucelee
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Jesus Comes to Lionsgate Via 'Zealot' Deal

variety.com – Lionsgate has acquired the feature film rights to Reza Aslan’s book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” “Zealot” challenges long-held assumptions about Jesus by examining him through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived. Random House Publishing Group published the work in July. Lionsgate has not set up the... 18 weeks 10 hours ago via brucelee
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A Collision Of Football Concussion Projects: Parkes/MacDonald Options NFL Head Injury Expose 'League Of Denial' For Pic

deadline.com – EXCLUSIVE: Suddenly, there is a collision of feature projects based on the subject of debilitating concussions on professional football players. I’ve told you that Ridley Scott is pulling together a project he wants to direct on the hot button issue and that Blue Caprice star Isaiah Washington is planning to star in an indie project with writer/director Matthew A. 18 weeks 2 days ago via brucelee
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