The horror novella, written by Mr. Henry James, would be made into a television series by Freeform. The 1898 tale would get a modern twist. The series will be about a Hispanic-American nanny named Elena, who cared for the children of single father at a summer house. Things aren’t what they seemed as Elena started seeing ghosts and her grip on reality.
The novella first appeared in Collier’s Weekly magazine and has continued to be in print ever since. The story has been known to be one of the scariest novels of all time and has numerious adaptation that includes radio drama, stage, film, and television. In fact I reported earlier about a film adaptation being made into feature film: http://novelpro.weebly.com/latest-news/a-novella-is-being-made-into-a-feature-film
Berman and Osprey’s Head of Development and Production Chris King are executive-producing the television adaptation. Ms. Alexandra McNally will pen the pilot script.
Source material: deadline.com
Gabrielle Union along with Amyale and Rebel Maverick has the film right to 500 Words or less, a YA debut novel written by Ms. Juleah Del Rosario. Gabrielle Union is producing the project with Holly Fleischer developing it.
The novel is written in verses and it's about Nic Chen, a Chinese-American high school senior who attempts to salvage her reputation among her Ivy League-obsessed classmates by writing their college admission essays and in the process learns big truths about herself.
Gabrielle Union's quote from Deadline: “I am such a fan of young adult stories in general but this novel really got me. It is beautifully written entirely in verse and the exploration of identity and what that means to you and those around you is something that my production company is focused on exploring with all the stories we choose to tell. This one really hit home and I’m excited to be part of bringing it to life as accurately as we possibly can,”
Mr. Giancarlo Esposite (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) will play a supporting role in Stargirl. He is playing a character by the name of Archie, who is a Paleontologist and a friend to Stargirl.
In more casting news, Karan Brar (Diary of a wimpy kid) will play Kevin, Leo's best friend. Maximilian Hernandez(The Avengers) will play Mr. Rabineau, a teacher at Stargirl's school. Also, Darby Stanchfield (Mad Men) will play Leo's mom. The lead character that's playing stargirl herself is Grace VanderWaal while Graham Verchere(The Good Doctor) plays Leo. The director of Stargirl is Julia Hart (Fast Color) while Kristin Hahn is writing the screenplay.
Stargirl is being released on Disney's streaming platform (which isn't available yet).
The best-selling YA novel, written by Angie Thomas, about police brutality was first a short story. During her senior year in Belhaven University, she wrote the short story in response to the death of Oscar Grant. Soon, she decided to expand the short story to a novel after the news report of multiple death of African-Americans by the police. The film adaptation stars Starr Carter and is played by Amandla Stenberg known for the first installment of The Hunger Games.
Wikipedia's Plot of The Hate You Give:
Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.
The screenplay is written by Audrey Wells (A Dog's Purpose, The Game Plan, and Shall We Dance?) and Tina Mabry(Queen Sugar). George Tillman Jr.(Soul Food, Barbershop, and The Longest Ride) directed the feature film.
Last but surely not least, here is the movie poster of The Hate You Give:
Based on a book written by the late Lois Duncan, author of I Know What You Did Last Summer and directed by Rodrigo Cortes, director of Buried, Down A Dark Hall’s trailer is here. The YA novel started when the parents of a teenage girl sent her to a private boarding school. She soon met her headmistress and the other few students at the compound. However, it wasn’t long until she started experiencing supernatural events inside the building, particularly at a corridor, or rather, a dark hall.
The YA gothic tale was optioned in 2013 by Stephenie Meyer (author of Twilight Saga) who is producing of the film along with Godfrey (Producer of The Fault of Our Stars and upcoming film The Hate U Give), Marty Bowen, Adrian Guerra, Meghan Hibbett, and Nuria Valls.
Leading the cast of the film-adaptation to Down a Dark Hall is AnnaSophia Godfrey (Because of Winn-Dixie, Soul Surfer) as Katherine “Kit” Gordy. It also stars Uma Thurman (Pulp fiction, Kill Bill) as Madame Duret, the headmistress of Blackwood Boarding School. Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan, The Hunger Games) stars as Izzy, Kirsty Mitchell (The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Leisure Seeker) as Ginny Dabrowski, Victoria Moroles (TV’s Liv and Maddie, Teen Wolf) as Venronica, and Taylor Russell (Netflix’s Lost in Space reboot, Upcoming film Escape Room) complete the casts of students at the private boarding school. The film has a PG-13 rating and will be released direct-to-VOD on August 17, 2018.
Yara Shahidi, known for Blackish and Grownish and winning the NAACP Image Award for outstanding supporting actress, is now starring in the film adaptation of The Sun is Also a Star. The YA novel was a finalist in 2016 National Book Awards. It was written by Mrs. Nicola Yoon, who also wrote Everything, Everything(which has already been made into a film). Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip) is writing the screenplay of The Sun is Also a Star. The studio that brought Everything, Everything on the big screen is working on this adaptation: Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros., and MGM.
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