Check out ‘Green Book’, an Upcoming Film Based upon the Green Books Published for African American Travellers

By August 18, 2018 Adaptations, News

During the 20th century, the United States of America was not an easy place to be for African Americans. Segregation existed for much of the century and black citizens were forced to go out of their way to ensure they followed unjust laws which rendered them second class citizens. As you can imagine, travelling was much more dangerous for black Americans that for whites, and there were plenty of areas which were to be avoided at all costs.

In order to aid black motorists, Victor Hugo Green published a series of books called The Negro Motorist Green Books, which were more commonly refereed to simple as ‘Green Books’. These books were sold in gas stations and informed black travelers where they would be able to find places that welcomed business from African Americans who wanted to to sleep, eat, and shop. As we recently reported, the first Green Book was published in 1936 and more followed until segregation, for the most part, came to an end in the late 60s.




If you’re intrigued by that period of history, and by how these handy books served such a useful purpose, then you may want to check out an upcoming film that is inspired by the Green Books, and is based upon a real story about a white driver who drove a black pianist on a tour that went through the deep South. Called Green Book, the film stars Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, House of Cards) and Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings, Captain Fantastic) as they play two characters who end up as unlikely friends.

Green Book was a project that I kept thinking about after I had read it,” Ali said. “If you look at these two archetypes [in films], it’s so often the black guy is serving as some sort of grounding force and reality check who’s coming from a low-income or working class environment, for the wealthier, more affluent character… I really responded to the fact that it was flipped on its head the way that it was, and the fact that it was based on a real relationship.”

Green Book is set to be released later this year on November 21.

TV Adaptation of The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister Coming to HBO

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Anne Lister’s de-coded diaries have been adapted to screen once more but this time by the combined forces of HBO and the BBC. Written by BAFTA award winning Sally Wainwright, and starring the inimitable Suranne Jones (Vanity Fair) as Miss Lister, it looks like it will be a veritable tour de force.

The eight episode mini series Gentleman Jack is set in 1832 West Yorkshire, when women were to be seen and not heard, and lesbianism was merely whispered about. Anne Lister’s endeavour to turn society on its head came about when she inherited her family home; in an attempt to breathe new life into the household, she undertook business and was in search of a wife.

The cast supporting Suranne Jones as Lister include Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders) as Lister’s prospective wife, Ann Walker; Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) as Lister’s sister, Marian; Timothy West (Bleak House) as their father Jeremy Lister, and playing their Aunt Anne will be Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary).

The series premieres on the 22nd of April 2019. Check out the trailer below!

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Amy Adams to adapt ‘The Poisonwood Bible’ for HBO

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Amy Adams (Vice, Sharp Objects) teamed up with her manager Stacy O’Neil to form a production company ‘Bond Group Entertainment’ with a view to produce quality televisual content. One of their recent projects for HBO is an adaptation of Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poinsonwood Bible. 

The 1998 novel is narrated by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, “a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959.” Along with Anya Epstein, Barbara Kingsolver will be adapting her own novel for the screen- a boon for literary purists who are wary of screen adaptations which lose their essence in translation.

The novel was a Pulitzer prize finalist, and has been called ‘breathtaking’, full of ‘humour and love’, with Kingsolver named as one of the finest writers of her generation.

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The Talisman Finally Getting an Adaptation, more than 30 years after Spielberg bought rights

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Almost a year ago we brought you the news that Stephen Spielberg was calling for an adaptation to Stephen King and Peter Straub’s collaboration The Talisman. In an interview last year Spielberg confessed that he has actually owned the rights to the novel since 1982 after reading it and falling in love with it, and now we finally have confirmation that an adaptation is indeed to be created.

Mike Barker, director of Outlander and The Handmaid’s Tale has been hired for the project, to tell the story of a young boy named Jack Sawyer and his quest through a monstrous dimension to find the mystical title object that might cure his dying mother, and even save two worlds in the process.

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Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See Coming to Netflix

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It’s been announced that Netflix is to adapt Anthony Doerr’s WWII themed novel into a limited series on the streaming channel. The novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize was a favourite with award judges and readers alike and we’re sure this news will be music to the ears of many.

The heartbreaking All the Light We Cannot See is set in World War II and tells the parallel stories of a French girl, who is blind, and a German boy. Marie-Laure and her father escape Paris to a seaside town when the Nazis arrive, carrying with them a precious jewel. Meanwhile German ophan, Werner is a self taught radio expert who is enlisted by the Nazis to use this ability against the French Resistance. As they both try and survive the devastation of the war, their lives collide in spectacular fashion.

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Amazon Confirms It’s Upcoming ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Will Be Set During the Second Age

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In late 2017, Amazon announced that it had secured the rights for a TV show based on The Lord of the Rings. Exactly what part of Middle-Earth’s long history would be covered wasn’t specified, but fans of the epic fantasy were beside themselves with excitement following the news. In a recent Tweet, the show’s official Twitter page confirmed that the show will take place during Middle-Earth’s Second Age, and included a rather lovely looking map.

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The Haunting of Hill House Renewed: S2 Will Focus on Henry James Story

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It wasn’t exactly like the book and maybe this is why Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House got mixed reviews with readers. Personally I loved it and so the news that S2 is coming and that it will also be bookish is music to my ears!

Without posting spoilers, Season 1 came to a pretty finite end, but season 2 is taking the story in a new direction with a whole new cast and will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor. For the extra bookish among you, bonus points if you knew that was a location from the Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw, and it seems that book will be the inspiration for the new season.
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