Another short story is now heading to the big screen. The classic short story, The Lottery by Shirely Jackson, is made by Paramount Pictures. Kennedy/Marshall are the producing team that would lead this project. The screenwriter of The Hitcher, Mr. Jake Wade Wall, will be doing the screenplay. Laurence Hyman, the author's son, will be the executive producer on the project.
At the time of the short story's publication in the The New Yorker, it was quite controversial as it dealt with themes of mob mentality. The story shifts from hope to disbelief in a span of a few pages. The last scene of the story was a shocker back then (and still is now) as the fate of a mother looked very dim. I wouldn't even reveal the plot of the story for those who don't know it. Just read The Lottery without knowing a thing about it (it won't take you long to finish it, after all it's a short story) and you will be pleasantly surprised.
In general, It's great to hear more short stories are being adapted into films. I can't wait to hear more news and I hope the studio does an excellent job of making a great film from a great thriller. And speaking of great thriller, you can read an excerpt of my short story The Box In the Space Room by clicking the title itself. Take care and happy reading.
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.
The Phantom Tollbooth is written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Pfeiffer has been optioned. TriStar pictures has chosen Matt Shakman, who has worked on Games of Thrones and Fargo, to direct the children's book. Matt Shakman has also worked on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as a executive producer and directed The Good Wife as well. Michael Vukadinovich and Phil Johnston are working on the screenplay.
So I hope you are looking forward to this movie adaptation. For now watch the YouTube clip on the 1989 adaptation of The Phantom Tollbooth. Take care and I hope you come here soon:)
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