Mr. Mike Flanagan (Gerald's Game, Dr. Sleep) continues his Netflix anthology series. The first being The Haunting of Hill House loosely based on author Ms. Shirley Jackson novel The Haunting of Hill House. The next chapter will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor which will probably be loosely based on Mr. Henry James novella titled The Turn of the Screw. In his own words, Mike Flanagan says:
‘Haunting of Bly Manor’ Will Be ‘Much Scarier’ Than ‘Hill House.’
The Haunting of Hill House was quite the hit and scared a lot of people to make them become fans of his. Obviously we cannot wait to see what Mr. Mike Flanagan has in store for us.
In an interview he told BirthMoviesDeath.com:
“We’re looking at all the ghost stories of Henry James as the jumping-off point for the season, so it very much is a whole new deal. It’s a cool way to expand on some of the things I loved about Season 1, but within the framework of a new story, without having to be restrained by the decisions we made last time. For Henry James fans, it’s going to be pretty wild, and for people who aren’t familiar with his work, it’s going to be unbelievably scary. I already think it’s much scarier than season one, so I’m very excited about it.”
Here is Goodread's synopsis of The Turn of the Screw:
A very young woman's first job: governess for two weirdly beautiful, strangely distant, oddly silent children, Miles and Flora, at a forlorn estate...An estate haunted by a beckoning evil.
Half-seen figures who glare from dark towers and dusty windows- silent, foul phantoms who, day by day, night by night, come closer, ever closer. With growing horror, the helpless governess realizes the fiendish creatures want the children, seeking to corrupt their bodies, possess their minds, own their souls...
But worse-much worse- the governess discovers that Miles and Flora have no terror of the lurking evil.
For they want the walking dead as badly as the dead want them.
Source Material: TheWrap.com
UPDATE: Blumhouse Production is currently not releasing The Hunt due to the recent events that occurred in El Paso,TX and Dayton, OH.
Although this is in its early stages, Paramount and Mr. Kevin Hart are discussing about remaking the movie Scrooged. The 1988's Scrooged movie was a comedy that was based on Mr. Charles Dickens' classic novella, A Christmas Carol.
There is a possibility that he would produce the project under his production company Hartbeat Productions. It appears they are in search of a screenwriter too.
Ever since the novella's publication in 1843, this classic has been adapted numerous time. The first being a stage play and since then the adaptation has made it on radio, television, film, and other medias.
The classic novella has also been translated in many language and still in print until this very day.
Excellent news to all writers, especially those that hoped his or her novella/s would get Hollywood's attention:
Mr. Andres Overdal is planning on adapting a novella for his next project. The novella, titled The Long Walk, was written by Richard Bachman ( a pen name once used by Mr. Stephen King) and was published in 1979. Mr. Overdal has already adapted a horror book titled Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. That film will be released later this year. The screenplay of The Long Walk will be written by Mr. James Vanderbilt while Mr. Bradley Fischer and Mr. William Sherak will produce the project.
The novella is dystopian, futuristic tale about a boys-only competition that involved certain, intense rules and a prize of the winner's choosing. Despite the threats that lay before the competitors, they form a meaningful friendships even at the risk of their survival. This coming-of-age story predated such YA stories like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner.
Source Material: deadline.com
CBS is making a cop-drama pilot inspired by Frankenstein. It will star Ryan Philippe as a police investigator who was thought to be dead after an attack at his home, but to everyone 's amazement was alive after six months had passed. Now,he is disturbed by a case he was on when he supposedly died.
Playing Philippe's wife in the show is Ms. Katrina Law known as Elizabeth in the pilot. She is a pathologist/medical examiner. Although her character is happy about his return, she also questions his unusual disappearance. Last but definitely not least Mr. Aaron Staton will play the bright scientist working on a project that has him on the run from an ethics board. He is also Elizabeth's ex-husband.
Mr. Jason Tracy will write and executive produce the project while Uta Briesewitz will direct and executive produce the cop-drama pilot. The title was formerly called Frankenstein, but changed to Alive.
source material: deadline
Syfy and Legendary Television are making the television adaptation of Ms. Seanan McGuire's novellas possible. Mr. Joe Tracz (A Series of Unfortunate Events TV Series) will handle the project.
Here is the plot of the first novella, Every Heart A Doorway, from Wikipedia:
The story is set in a boarding school for teenagers who have passed through "doorways" into fantasy worlds only to be evicted back into the real world. It serves as something of a recovery center for boarders who find they no longer fit in, either in the "real" world or their own uncomprehending families. For a fortunate few it is just a way station until they can find their ways back to the worlds they do fit into; for others, it's the least bleak choice in what may be a life-long exile. This unhappy ending for the students takes a terrifying turn when some of their number start turning up dead. A small group joins together in an attempt to expose the person committing these murders before it is too late to save the school, or even themselves.
Through twitter, the author announced the news of her four-novella series being adapted and that she won't be involved with the screenplay or production, but believe the material is in good hands. At the moment the project is at a very early stage of development so keep an eye for more update about Wayward Children TV adaptation.
source material: https://screenrant.com
The supernatural horror novella, The Patient Who Nearly Drove Me Out of Medicine, will be produced by Mr. Ryan Reynolds. Also producing the project are Mr. Roy Lee and Jon Berg. Several studios and production companies bidded to own the rights to adapt the novella, and the winner was twentieth century fox. They have partnered up with New Regency to own the film rights. Si far, the studio haven't announced who would direct the feature or even star in it.
The novella is about a young doctor who tries to heal a very troublesome patient while solving a mystery.
The author, Mr. Jasper DeWitt, first wrote the novella on Reddit's No Sleep subreddit, a community for original horror stories.
Click the title to read the full novella of The Patient Who Nearly Drove Me Out of Medicine.
Source Material: Variety.com
Another exciting news to report (besides book-based movies toppling the box-office), another novella is being turned into a feature film. Sony Pictures along with Seth Rogen are going to bring author Simon Rich's novella to life. Published in New Yorker magazine in 2013, the novella Sell Out will be made into a feature film. You can check out a piece of the novella by clicking the link:www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/sell-out-part-one . Production of the film would begin in October with Seth Rogen, James Weaver, and Evan Goldberg producing it. Mr. Brandon Trost will be making his directorial debut with this film and the author himself will be writing the screenplay to the film adaptation of his novella.
Variety.com plot of the film:
Herschel Greenbaum (Rogen), a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 198 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn’t aged a day. But when he seeks out his family, he is horrified to learn that his only surviving relative is his great grandson, Ben Greenbaum (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder whom Herschel can’t even begin to understand.
Again, great to hear more news about novellas being noticed by hollywood studios. All the best to those working on this project. In the meanwhile you guys can check out Simon Rich's novella by clicking the link I previously posted. If you want to read the excerpt of my novellas then simply click on each title (The box in the Spare Room, House Trap, Fiery Trap, Stained, and Chockstone). Hopefully one of them, if not all of them, would get noticed by a Hollywood studio and get made into a feature film. Finger-cross it would be sooner rather than later.
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