Mr. Chris Van Allsburg, the author of Jumanj, is getting his story adapted yet again. This time it is The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Disney/Fox is taking on the project and has already chosen a screenwriter, Mr. Rafe Judkins. Mr. Ted Field will produce the project along with Mr. Dan Cohen and Shawn Levy.
Wikipedia's premise of The Mysterious of Harris Burdick:
An encounter between a children's book editor named Peter Wenders and an author and illustrator named Harris Burdick, who says he has 14 stories that he has written; he has brought one picture from each story with a caption. He leaves with a promise to deliver the complete manuscripts if the editor chooses to buy the books. The next day, Burdick did not show up. Burdick never returned to Wenders office. Over the years, Wenders tried to find out who Harris Burdick was, but he never found out. Burdick was never seen again, and the samples are all that remain of his supposed books. Readers are challenged to imagine their own stories based on the images for the books. In 1984, Chris Van Allsburg visited Wenders' office, and Wenders showed him Burdick's drawings. Van Allsburg decided that if he were to publish the drawings, they might find out who Harris Burdick was.
Both Wenders and Van Allsburg were sure that someone would come forward with information about Burdick. Then, in 1993, a dealer in antique books told them that he had purchased an entire library that had previously belonged to a recently deceased woman, including an antique mirror with portraits of characters from Through the Looking-Glass. The mirror fell from the wall and cracked open. Neatly concealed between the wooden frame and the mirror was an image similar to Burdick's other works; its caption identified it as being from the Burdick story "Missing in Venice".
As stated on the Burdick website, Peter Wenders died in 2000 at the age of 91
Source material: Deadline.com
Millie Bobby Brown will take the lead role, Enola, in the film adaptation to Enola Holmes. The movie is based on Enola Holmes Mysteries book series which were written by Ms. Nancy Springer. The first book, The Case of the Missing Marquess, was published in 2006.
Mr. Harry Bradbeer is directing the project while Mr. Jack Thorne will write the screenplay. Legendary is producing the feature along with PCMA productions shingle. Ali Mendes and Alex Garcia will manage the project.
As for the casts, Ms. Helena Bonham Carter will play Enola's mother, while Mr. Henry Cavill will play Sherlock Holmes.
Source material: www.hollywoodreporter.com
Disney + has decided to adapt Ms. Kate DiCamillo’s novel Flora and Ulysses. The project will be directed by Ms. Lena Khan while Mr. Brad Copeland will write the screenplay. The novel won the Newbery Medal for children’s literature and has been published in numerous languages.
Ms. Alyson Hannigan will play Flora’s mother Phyliss while Mr. Ben Schwartz will play Flora’s dad. Producing the project is Gil Netter along with Allison Erlikhman and Sam Dickerman.
Source material: deadline.com
Ms. Lulu Wang, director and writer of The Farewell, will be seeking her sights on adapting Children of the New World. The short story collection was written by Mr. Alexander Weinstein. Producing the feature will be Ms. Dani Melia and Peter Saraf under Big Beach. Mr. Brent Stiefel will be the executive producer.
Mr. Justin Lothrop, also a producer of this new project, states:
“Lulu and I have been friends for years now and we’re very excited to be collaborating with her on such an incredible project. When we started on this journey with her, I don’t think we could have imagined a better partner than Big Beach, and we couldn’t be more pleased about working with them on this.”
Novelpro will keep you posted when more news on the adaptation of Children of the New World comes by.
source material: Deadline.com
The author of The Chain, Mr. Adrian Mckinty, will be getting a seven-figure pay for the movie rights of his acclaimed novel. The movie will be produced by Mr. Shane Salerno (The Story Factory). Mr. Alex Jackson, Paramount executive, will watch over the project. A director or/and screenwriter has yet to be announced.
The story of how the book itself got published was quite remarkable. Mr. Adrian Mckinty has been writing for over two decades, but didn't make enough to support his wife and two children. In order to do so, he did odd jobs which included being a uber driver. Before long, he got evicted. With great disappointment, he wrote a letter to his favorite author, Mr. Don Winslow. In the letter he expressed to Don Winslow that he regretfully wouldn't be able to be a writer. Don Winslow, in response, told Adrian not to give up. He then told him about Mr. Salerno, who is a marketing expert that helped Don Winslow himself become a bestselling author with TV and movie deals. He has also worked with Don Winslow in the adaptation of his works. At first Adrian didn't agree to be helped as he didn't respond back. Don Winslow, however, didn't give up as he discovered Adrian's situatuion and convinced him once again to give writing another chance. That chance Adrian took in writing another novel would be The Chain. Now, the book is popular in Frankfurt and has been sold in thirty-five countries. Authors from Dennis Lehand and Stephen King have given rave reviews. Here's a quote by Adrian Mckinty after being fortunate for the success of The Chain:
"My story is a story of never giving up. It's a story about writers helping fellow writers. I hope it inspires other writers who may be thinking about quitting, to never give up. I never imagined any of this could happen, but I hoped it would. I had hope. I am so grateful and I hope my story inspires others."
UPDATE: I did a wonderful blog interview with the author,Mr. Adrian Mckinty, and will post it here on this blog sometime in the future. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you visit this blog again.
Source Material: deadline.com
Ms. Freida Pinto ( Slumdog Millionaire, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle) has join the cast in the film adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy that includes Owen Asztalos, Amy Adams, Gabriel Basso, Haley Bennett, and Glenn Close.
Vanessa Taylor is writing the screenplay while Mr. Ron Howard, Ms. Karen Lunder, and Mr. Brian Grazer are producing the project under their company Imagine Entertainment. Executive producer for Hillbilly Elegy movie are Ms. Julie Oh and Vance. Mr. Ron Howard is directing the feature film.
Hillbilly Elegy is a memoir written by Mr. J.D. Vance. It's mainly about his Kentucky family and the social issues at his hometown.
Source Material: variety.com
Mr. Gullimeo de Toro is directing the film adaptation of Nightmare Alley. Ms. Kim Morgan and Del Toro himself will write the screenplay. Shooting will start this coming fall as Mr. Bradley Cooper is in talks to play the lead role.
Nightmare Alley is a 1946 novel written by Mr. William Lindsay Gresham. The author got the idea of Nightmare Alley while talking to a former carnival worker. This was his first novel while working as an editor for a pulp magazine. It took him two years to outline the plot along with writing chapter one to six. It will take him only four month to complete the entire book.
Source Material: variety.com
Mr. Aldis Hodge ( What Men Want, Hidden Figures) has added as a cast member of The Invisible Man. He is now among such members as Storm Reid( Trinkets, A Wrinkle in Time), Elisabeth Moss (Us, The Old Man & The Gun). Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions is producing the project. Co-production of The Invisible man are Goalpost Pictures Australia and Nervous Tick. Production begans in july 2019 for a release date of March 13, 2020. Mr. Whannell is writing the screenplay and directing the project. He is also the executive producer.
The Invisible Man movie is based on a science fiction novel written by Mr. H.G.Wells. The novel was published in 1897 and it's about a scientist who discovered a way to become invisible. However, he has trouble reversing the process. The novel is written in third-person point of view unlike his previous works e.g. The Island of Doctor Moreau and The Time Machine (both has been adapted) which were written in the first-person narrative.
Source Material: deadline.com
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