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Lionsgate got the rights to make the film adaptation to Judy Blume's popular novel titled Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret. Kelly Fremon Craig will direct the project while James L. Brooks will produce it. They both previously worked together on The Edge of Seventeen.
Here is the goodreads' synopsis for the novel:
Margaret Simon, almost twelve, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. She’s just moved from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friends—Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie. When they form a secret club to talk about private subjects like boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong.
But none of them can believe Margaret doesn’t have religion, and that she isn’t going to the Y or the Jewish Community Center. What they don’t know is Margaret has her own very special relationship with God. She can talk to God about everything—family, friends, even Moose Freed, her secret crush.
Margaret is funny and real, and her thoughts and feelings are oh-so-relatable—you’ll feel like she’s talking right to you, sharing her secrets with a friend.
Source material: deadline.com
Here is a bone-chilling synopsis (from amazon) of Paul Burston's novel The Closer I Get:
Tom is a successful author, but he's struggling to finish his novel. His main distraction is an online admirer, Evie, who simply won't leave him alone. Evie is smart, well-read, and unstable; social-media friendships are not only her escape, but everything she has. When she's hit with a restraining order, her world is turned upside down, and Tom is free to live his life again, to concentrate on writing. But things aren't really adding up. For Tom is distracted but also addicted to his online relationships, and when they take a darker, more menacing turn, he feels powerless to change things. Maybe he needs Evie more than he's letting on.
A compulsive thriller, The Closer I Get is also a searing commentary on the fragility and insincerity of online relationships, and the danger that can lurk just one "like" away.
1.What is the genesis of The Closer I Get?
Some years I had a stalker. The harassment started online, where the person hid behind various screen names and avatars, and later spilled over into real life. It was deeply unsettling. Eventually they were identified, arrested and convicted. But it took me a long time to get over the impact of the crime.
2.What research did you do when writing The Closer I Get?
Not much. I’d lived a lot of it. I did speak to lawyers about court process and to other victims of stalking about how it impacted on them. Most of the stories were very similar to mine. 40% of people convicted of harassment or stalking breach their retraining order. My stalker didn’t. The book imagines what might have happened if they had.
3.Did you have writer’s block on The Closer I Get? If so, how did you get over it?
No, the book came quite easily - the Evie chapters in particular. Tom took a bit longer. I didn’t want him to become my alter ego in the book. He and I have very little in common. I actually found it easier to empathise with Evie than with Tom, at least at the beginning.
4.What was the most surprising thing you learned after writing The Closer I Get?
I learned to forgive the person who caused me so much distress and anger. That surprised me and also freed me, so it was a win-win.
5.Did anyone or anything inspired The Closer I Get?
See previous answers! There’s also a bit of Stephen King’s Misery in there, a bit of Morrissey, a bit of Fatal Attraction and a bit of Blondie. I’m a pop culture junkie. This often filters into what I write.
6.Where is your favorite place to write?
Hastings, where I have a small flat I go to when I need a break from London. I write best there.
7.What is your writing process in general?
I start early, before breakfast, work for a few hours, take a break and maybe go for a walk or run or to the gym. Then I go back to it for a few hours later. On a good day. On a bad day I’ll leave it until the next morning.
8.How do you balance between being a journalist and being a best-selling author?
It’s all a question of planning. And I’m good with deadlines - I’m used to them, having been a journalist for 30 years. Sometimes it’s hard to juggle the two, but not often.
9. What’s the best advice you have ever received about writing?
To aim to write every day, however little. I don’t always manage it, but if I write most days I find it easier to keep going. If I leave it too long, it takes a while to get back into it. It’s like an actor forgetting their lines and slipping out of character. Only the author is playing all the characters.
10.What was your favorite book when you were a kid? Do you have a favorite book now?
I had several - Winnie The Pooh, The Magic Faraway Tree, Carrie. My favourite books change all the time, depending on my mood and what I’m looking for in a book. Right now I’d say Tales of the City, The Talented Mr Ripley and Lisa Jewell’s latest, The Family Upstairs.
11.Who is your favorite superhero?
Batman. Ever since I was small.
12.What show would you like to make a cameo?
Better Things. It’s my current favourite TV show.
13. Have you ever considered writing a screenplay?
I’ve worked on a few but never really dedicated myself to it. My other writing takes priority.
14.What is your favorite condiment?
15.Silly-Game question: From The Closer I Get 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?
Rose thou art sick! Evie, thou art sicker! Page 153
I truly appreciate Mr. Burston for taking his time to do this interview. The Closer I Get is now available at amazon, just click to link to get your copy today. You should definitely put it on your to-read pile as well. Thank you for stopping by here to read another interview. Thank you for your time and have a fantastic day.
David Oyelowo (A Wrinkle in Time, Don't Let Go, Chaos Walking) is playing the lead in the film adaptation of James Patterson's novel The President is Missing. Former President Bill Clinton co-wrote the novel as well. Showtime will air the series. Mr. Anthony Peckham wrote the screenplay. Mr. David Oyelowo, Leopoldo Gout, Bill Robinson, James Patterson, Bill Clinton, and Anthony Peckham will executive produce it. Ms. Heather McQuarrie and Mr. Christopher McQuarrie are co-executive for the project.
“David brings such enormous depth, sensitivity, and power to every role he plays,” said Gary Levine, President of Entertainment at Showtime Networks Inc. “Having him as our lead ensures that our series will have the exhilarating suspense of a political thriller along with the juicy complexity of a character drama.”
The novel sold over two million copies in North America. Here is the goodreads synopsis of The President of Missing:
President Bill Clinton and bestselling novelist James Patterson have written a spellbinding thriller, The President is Missing.
As the novel opens, a threat looms. Enemies are planning an attack of unprecedented scale on America. Uncertainty and fear grip Washington. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the cabinet. The President himself becomes a suspect, and then goes missing...
Set in real time, over the course of three days, The President Is Missing is one of the most dramatic thrillers in decades. And it could all really happen. The President Is Missing is Bill Clinton and James Patterson's totally authentic and spellbinding thriller.
Source Material: deadline.com
Mr. David Oyelowo will join the cast that consist of Mr. Kyle Chandler and Ms. Felicity Jones. Mr. George Clooney will star, direct and produce the Netflix project. Mr. Mark L. Smith will adapt the screenplay. The film production will begin in October.
Oyelowo's upcoming films are Come Away, a fantasy movie with Angelina Jolie and a Peter Rabbit sequel.
David Oyelowo also produces and stars in a science-fiction film titled Don't Let Go that comes out on Aug. 30, 2019 which is nine days from now to be exact. I'll also post a blog interview with the director and screenwriter of Don't Let Go, Mr. Jacob Aaron Estes, on that day as well. I hope you check that interview out on Aug. 30th and definitely watch the film as well.
Source Material: hollywoodreporter.com
The producer of IT, Mr. Roy Lee and Mr. Jon Berg of Vertigo Films, will produce the film adaptation of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Ms. Chris Romero, former wife of Late George A. Romero, is also producing the feature as well. The executive producer of this project is Mr. Andrew Childs. A screenwriter is yet to be announced.
Here is Goodreads' synopsis of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon:
Nine-year-old Trisha McFarland strays from the path while she and her recently divorced mother and brother take a hike along a branch of the Appalachian Trail. Lost for days, wandering farther and farther astray, Trisha has only her portable radio for comfort. A huge fan of Tom Gordon, a Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, she listens to baseball games and fantasizes that her hero will save her. Nature isn't her only adversary, though - something dangerous may be tracking Trisha through the dark woods.
Here is Stephen King's thoughts about this news:
“I’m thrilled that my book is being brought to the screen, and that George’s company is involved. Chris (Romero) has worked long and hard to make this project happen,” said King in a statement.
Source Material: hollywoodreporter.com
Ms. Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asian, The Farewell) gets the lead in the film adaptation of Mr. A. Lee Martinez's novel The Last Adventure of Constance Vertisty.
Legendary Entertainment won the rights to adapt to the novel. Mr. John Raffo will write the script for the movie. Mr. Jay Ashenfelter and Jon Shestack along with Jon Silk will oversee the film. Awkwafina will be a producer as well.
Here is Goodread's synopsis of The Last Adventure of Constance Vertisty:
Constance Verity has been saving the world since she was seven, and she’s sick of it. She sets off on one last adventure to assassinate her fairy godmother and become the one thing she’s never been: ordinary.
Ever since she was granted a wish at birth by her fairy godmother, Constance Verity has become one of the world’s great adventurers. It all began at her seventh birthday party when she defeated a snake. She has become a master of exotic martial arts, a keen detective, and possesses a collection of strange artifacts gathered from her adventures. But Constance has spent the past twenty-eight years saving the world, and she’s tired of it. All she wants is to work in an office and date a nice, normal guy. And she is finally figured out a way to do it: she’s going to kill her fairy godmother and reset her life. The only problem, though, is that saving the world is Constance’s destiny. She’s great at it, and there are forces at work to make sure she stays in the job.
Then again, it’s also her destiny to have a glorious death.
Source Material: TheWrap.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
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
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