Ansel Elgort to Star in Film Adaptation of the Goldfinch

By October 11, 2017Adaptations, News

Actor Ansel Elgort shot to fame earlier this year for his performance in the hit film Baby Driver. Both bibliophiles and film buffs will be pleased to learn that the talented actor has been cast in the upcoming film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch.

The Goldfinch follows the story of a young boy who loses his mother in a terrorist attack and ends up becoming a criminal with a conscience. The book was published in 2013 and was very well received by critics. It went on to win several prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014.

As Variety reports, Elgort has been cast in the role of Theo Decker and the movie is set to be directed by John Crowley, who’s best known for his film Brooklyn. The film apparently has a whopping budget of 40 million dollars. If the film adaptation is anywhere near as good as the novel, it will no doubt be another great film under Elgort’s belt.

It has been rumoured that Ralph Fiennes is in talks to play Theo’s mentor, Hobie, but this is still unconfirmed. No doubt we’ll hear more on the rest of the cast in the near future. Production on The Goldfinch is set to begin in early 2018.

Pride and Prejudice House’s £33 Million Renovation

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Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, where the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was filmed, is due for a renovation.

The Duke of Devonshire had decided the house needed a certain amount of care and attention, and the installation of WIFI, if it is to be financially viable in the future. It is said to be the most costly and time-consuming renovation for nearly 200 years.

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Sherlock Holmes inspired animation is coming soon

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A sequel to the romantic comedy animation Gnomeo and Juliet is released on the 23rd of March 2018.

Gnomeo and Juliet was based loosely on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – the animation was far less tragic and a lot more musical, with songs by Elton John. The British-American collaboration was greeted with mixed reviews but did well in the box office and became the highest-grossing animated feature among those released at the time until it was beaten by The Lego Movie in 2014. Its sequel introduces new characters and a new literary inspiration: Sherlock Holmes… Sherlock Gnomes. 

There is a host of famous voices returning for the sequel as well as some new characters. James McAvoy is back as Gnomeo alongside Emily Blunt as Juliet, with Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, and Richard Wilson as their parents. Sherlock Gnomes and his friend Gnome Watson are played by Johnny Depp and Chiwetel Ejiofor, with Mary J. Blige appearing as Sherlock’s ex-girlfriend and general bad girl doll Irene.

Check out the trailer below to see what is in store for the Redbricks and the Blueburys.

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Young Adult Author Lands 7-Figure Deal for Fantasy Novel and Movie

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Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi’s critically acclaimed debut young adult (YA) novel, Children of Blood and Bone has gained a deal with Fox to produce her fantasy novel as a movie.

Described as “a Black Lives Matter-inspired fantasy novel”, Children of Blood and Bone combines modern-day issues and West African myth. The novel is set in Orïsha, a fictional world, and follows Zélie Adebola, a diviner with magic powers that transform her into a maji. When the King of Orïsha orders for all who posses black magic to be killed, it is up to Zélie to bring the magic back.

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Harper Lee’s Estate to Sue Over Broadway Mockingbird Adaptation

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It’s been reported today that the estate of the late Harper Lee is reportedly suing the producers of a Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s argued that the much anticipated stage adaptation of the show written by Aaron Sorkin differs too much from the classic book.

To Kill a Mockingbird is an iconic text, exploring race relations in the Deep South. For years it’s been a pivotal text used by schools, but we heard little about the author. Deeply private, Harper Lee preferred to stay out of the limelight but since her death it seems her estate has been rarely out of the news.
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Is Terry Pratchett’s Discworld coming to our televisions?

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There has been much speculation over the years over whether Terry Pratchett’s Discworld will be heading to our TV screens.

Pratchett’s books have been adapted to film many times since the 1990s; noteably the late, great Christopher Lee starred as Death in both Soul Music (1997) and Wyrd Sisters (1998). Fan-made movie versions of Mort (2001) and Lords and Ladies (2005) showed how Discworld fanatics were not done with it yet, and in 2006 a £6 million version of The Hogfather was adapted into a made-for-TV movie by Sky 1. Hogfather starred David Jason in the role of Albert, and features Terry Pratchett in a brief cameo role as the Toymaker.

Pratchett appeared in two subsequent adaptations- The Colour of Magic (2008) and Going Postal (2010)- playing an astrozoologist and postman respectively.

The question on everyone’s lips since Terry’s death in 2015 is “Will the Discworld grace our screens again?”

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Official Trailer Released

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Calling all Harry Potter fans, the first full length trailer for the second Fantastic Beasts film has been released, and it looks great! We’ve had plenty of teases over the past few months for the film, but now we can finally get a sneak peek at what to expect when the film is released in cinemas later this year. Eddie Redmayne returns as the ‘magizoologist’ Newt Scamander in the sequel to the 2016 hit film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Read More

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