Both stars (and friends) in the widely-successful Marvel movie Black Panther, Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira, are joining together to bring author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel to the small screen. Americanah will become a television miniseries. Ms. Lupita Nyong'o will play the female lead Ifemelu while Ms. Danai Gurira will write the screenplay.
Americanah is about a pair of star-crossed lovers torn apart when they immigrate to the West from Nigeria.
The director of Training Day, The Magnificent Seven, and many more films, Antoine Fuqua, is up for directing the film-version of Scarface. This would be the third film adaptation that is based on a novel by Armitage Trail. Mr. Fuqua is currently talking to Universal Pictures in the hope of taking on this project. Let's hope that works out for Mr. Fuqua to get the gig. I believe he will do a great job adapting this novel.
The first theater release of Scarface was in 1932 and was directed by Mr. Howard Hawks. The second adaptation (much popular than the first) was released in 1983. Mr. Brian De Palma directed that feature while Mr. Oliver Stone wrote the screenplay wiht Mr. Al Pacino taking the lead role.
The Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong'o will be starring in the film adaptation of the best-selling memoir "Born a Crime: stories from a South African Childhood." She will also produce the project. The role Ms. Nyong'o is playing will be Trevor Noah's mother Patricia. Trevor Noah will also produce the project with Ark Angel Productions. The memoir is based on Trevor Noah's, the current host of The Daily Show, life growing up in Africa.
Taking the number one spot again is Jumanji:Welcome to the Jungle. It made around $11 million, making the domestic total of $352.6 million. Internationally, it has made $12. 6 million with an international total of $503.1 million. The movie cost only $90 million to make. Jake Kasan directed the movie which stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, and Bobby Cannavale.
With the success of this sequel, the Jumanji author Mr. Chris Van Allsburg has made a deal with 20th Century Fox. The plan is to adapt Hans Christian Anderson Award-nominated novelist's other projects to the movie screen. According to Deadline(deadline.com/2018/02/jumanji-author-chris-van-allsburg-radar-pictures-fox-deal-1202275750/) Teitler quoted, "We look forward, in concert with Fox, to bringing together writers and directors to adapt and translate his (Chris Van Allsburg) work into the medium of film and think this will be an exciting magnet for the entire creative community." The Fox executive, Matt Reilly, managed the deal as he saw franchise opportunities for Mr. Chris Van Allsburg books.
So, congrats to Mr. Chris Van Allsburg, for this amazing news. A wise decision on the part of 20th Century Fox for making the deal with the author. This is definitely the right way to go and I know it will be a successful move. It was also 20th Century Fox that took a chance on a self-published novel titled The Martian. I really hope other movie studios take note of this.
Second place went to The Maze Runner: The Death Cure(also made by 20th Century Fox) made $10.2 million for a total of $39.8 million. Third place went to CBS Films and Lionsgate's Winchester. Fourth Place went to The Greatest Showman. Fifth place went to Hostiles while sixth place went to The Post(20th Century Fox).
Ruling the box office with 3,787 theater opening is Maze Runner: The Death Cure. The film was directed by Wes Ball, the same director that did the first Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. The latest installment made an opening of $23.5 million. It's the third and final movie of The Maze Runner series. As for worldwide, the film has made $62.6 million in fifty eight markets. So, the domestic and international total for Maze Runner: The Death Cure is $105.5 million. The film was just made for $62 million.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is now number two after ruling the box office for three weeks! so far it has made total (international and domestic) of $822 million. The movie has passed Spider-Man to become Sony's fifth film of all time. The film stars Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, and Bobby Cannavale. The film only cost $90 million to make. Unbelievable! and may I remind you that the source material from this movie is from a book. Without the book existing, none of this would've been possible. All the reason why books are the way to go to get the next great idea. If originality is lacking in Hollywood there's always flood of great ideas to be made into a movie from short stories (e.g. The Minority Report, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, etc.), novelettes ( The Birds, etc.), novellas (Million Dollar Baby, The Shawshank Redemption,etc. ), novels( Forrest Gump, Gone Girl, etc. ). I can't wait to hear more news about book-based movies. Take care and I hope to see you all hear again.
I'm happy to introduce you guys a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Mr. Gregg Olsen. He has, so far, written eighteen books and novels, a novella, and written a short story. He has been a guest on Dateline NBC, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Anderson Cooper 360, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, Deadly Women on Investigation Discovery, A &E's Biography, CBS 48 Hours and much more. Now, he is here, on novelpro.weebly.com, to present to you his most thrilling novel yet, The Last Thing She Ever Did. After reading this interview, I hope you also read the excerpt to this wonderful novel and see why you need to get a hold of the book now. Here's the excerpt of The Last Thing She Ever Did from goodreads: www.goodreads.com/book/show/35158801-the-last-thing-she-ever-did
1. How did you come up with the idea for The Last Thing She Ever Did?
I saw a news story about a young man who accidentally backed over his two-year-old in the family’s driveway.
2. Did you do any research on The Last Thing She Ever Did? If so, how long did you spend researching before starting the novel?
No real research on this one. Some require a lot of research. This one came to me in a flash. I set the book in Bend, Oregon, because my family has vacationed here many times in the summer. I love the idea of something sinister taking place in a beautiful location.
3. How did you select the names of your characters in The Last Thing She Ever Did?
That’s a hard one. I actually look for names that are appropriate to the ages of the people I am writing about. Sometimes I’ll look on the internet to see what name was popular in a given year – the age of my characters.
4. What is your writing process like for The Last Thing She Ever Did?
My process is always the same. I write in weekend sprints. I map out a schedule of weekends that I’ll need to get the book done. I’ll track my word count and push myself to the max to get it done.
5. How many hours a day do you write?
On the weekends, ten hours a day. During the week, a little rewriting here and there in the evenings.
6. If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
Maybe work at a restaurant. Or in retail. I like people.
7. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
You can write fiction. Just do it.
8. How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time writer?
For most of my career, I’ve always had a full-time job. That’s why I do my novel writing on the weekends.
9. You mentioned from your website that you wrote a novella. Could you share with us what the name is and a little detail about it?
It is called The Bone Box and it’s part of my Waterman Stark series. It’s about a forensic pathologist trying to solve a crime for which her family member was convicted.
10. What is your favorite childhood book?
That’s a tough one. I loved Island of the Blue Dolphins, A Wrinkle in Time, and when I was a teenager anything by Stephen King.
11. If (or rather when) your novel becomes a film/TV adaptation, would you be willing to write the screenplay for it?
Not really. It isn’t that I haven’t thought about it. I’ll leave that up to the pros.
12. In co-writing your nonfiction books with Rebecca Morris, could you explain your experience working with another person versus working alone? What were the pro and con in working with a partner on a project?
Rebecca is fun to work with and our collaboration has been very successful. There’s a give and take that works for us. I know some others who have teamed up have had a hard time. It’s great to have two people working a case because there are so many details and the work can be lonely and time consuming. Rebecca and I are working on another project, but I’m also writing a new true crime by myself.
13. Silly-Game question: From The Last Thing She Ever Did, could you please leaf through the pages and point at a random place. What is the full sentence? And what is the page number of this random sentence?
Page 99: He’d have to ditch the body somewhere.
14. What has been your experience writing a YA novels like the Vengeance series?
Nothing was more fun than writing for the young adult audience. The best readers EVER! I was able tour Hong Kong, go to the Philippines and the UK (twice!) to talk about my books.
15. Last question, which of your novels would you like to see made into a film/TV adaptation?
My heart belongs to Starvation Heights (which is still in development after 20 years) and THE LAST THING SHE EVER DID…a movie if there ever was one!
I want to just give my thanks to Mr. Gregg Olsen for being so awesome to take his time to answer my question. I really hope that his novels gets to be made into a feature film. I know they would be a success especially thrillers like The Last Thing She Ever Did. For the time being I hope you guys get your hand on the novel. I know you won't regret reading this one. Thanks for visiting my blog and taking your time to read about this amazing author. Take care and have a great day. Also, happy read for those who are going to read The Last Thing She Ever Did.
Oscar Winner Ms. Octavia Spencer has landed her own series on Apple. The series is based on a novel titled Are You Sleeping and was written by Ms. Kathleen Barber. The series will be thriller drama and it would be written by Nichelle Spellman who was involved with The Good Wife and Justified. Spencer via Orit Entertainment, Tramle, Chernin Entertainment as well as Hello Sunshine (Reese Witherspoon production company) would be producing it.
Here is the info about Are You Sleeping from deadline.com:
Are You Sleeping provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage. Sarah Koenig, host, creator and producer of the true-crime podcast phenomenon Serial, whose breakout success helped fuel that obsession, is on board to consult on the series.
So congrats to Ms. Octavia Spencer and the author Kathleen Barber as she would see her written words comes to life. All the best for the series and everyone involved as well.
I'm presenting you all a book cover of each author that passed away in 2017. They have moved on to the after-life, but they left their blood and tears here, on earth, for us to remember them by. I hope you take this time to appreciate their hard work because writing isn't an easy task. May they rest in peace. Also thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas with the world. Farewell.
Ridley Scott ( Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, and The Martian) is directing Don Winslow's book The Cartel after All the Money in the World. The Screenwriter for All the Money in the World, David Scarpa, is also writing the film adaptation of the book. Sadly, the film wouldn't be as faithful to the novel. Here's the director's own word brought to you by Dark Horizons (www.darkhorizons.com/the-cartel-scribe-talks-scotts-adaptation/)
“Part of [the appeal of The Cartel] was Don Winslow’s book, which is this big sweeping Dickensian book that kind of can’t be adapted. Not only is it 600 pages long, but it’s 600 incredibly dense pages. Like very densely plotted and very full of politics and culture and like six different character storylines and all that stuff.
So it’s really about sort of managing to capture the essence of it, and yet also sort of re-conceive it almost as a companion piece to the book. The idea being we can’t possibly deliver you the same experience that’s in the book, but we can deliver you an experience that is kind of complimentary to it.
Ridley’s got sort of a big ambition for the movie. I think he sees it as a big sort of sprawling epic, and yet it’s also the battle to keep the thing economical as well, in a sort of Godfather kind of sense, and that’s incredibly interesting as well."
The film will also mention the relationship between the United States and Mexico in the current presidency, a.k.a Donald Trump's presidency which wasn't in the novel since it came out in 2015. The movie would likely to begin production next year.
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