Death on the Nile in the Works as Murder on the Orient Express Sequel

By December 4, 2017Adaptations, News

Recently we brought you the news that Murder on the Orient Express was to get a new, big budget adaptation with Kenneth Branagh sporting a rather large moustache. The movie is now out, and has been met with very good reviews from the general public. The readers have given the whole thing a far more mixed opinion, with some even feeling that Ms Christie, the original author might be turning in her grave.

Whatever you think about the adaptation, it’s done brilliantly at cinemas grossing $148.2 million worldwide since its release, so much so that Death on the Nile is already in the works as a sequel to the first adaptation!

Kenneth Branagh is bringing Poirot back, tache and all for a new development form Twentieth Century Fox, Michael Green will return as screenwriter and while we may have a while to wait for any other news and trailers, this is definitely confirmed and happening!

If you haven’t seen Branagh as Poirot, you can watch the trailer for Murder on the Orient Express below. The saddest thing about this successful franchise is that a whole generation will have no idea what a short, pompous man with a small neat moustache Poirot is supposed to be!

Stephanie Danler’s Sweetbitter comes to television!

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Sweetbitter is Stephanie Danler’s debut novel, published in May 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf. The story is based in part on Danler’s experience of working as a waitress while studying in New York City. Sweetbitter follows Tess, a 22-year-old who arrives in New York ready to start a new life where she’s invited to train at one of the best restaurants in the New York City. Tess is throw into that adrenaline-fuelled world quickly, and becomes enamoured with the people and sense of belonging she is offered, but eventually learns who she can truly trust.

In various articles Danler has said that although she has some in common with the novel’s protagonist Tess, she is not based on the author: “[she] quickly became a character, and is in many ways much better and much worse at life than I was at that age”.

The adaptation of the novel will star  Ella Purnell as Tess, alongside Tom Sturridge as Jake, Caitlin FitzGerald as Simone, Evan Jonigkeit as Will, Eden Epstein as Ari, Jasmine Mathews as Heather, Daniyar as Sasha, and Paul Sparks as Howard.

You can watch Sweetbitter on Starz from May 6th 2018.

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New book adaptation television series to star Benedict Cumberbatch

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Benedict Cumberbatch stars in a new television series adapted from a critically acclaimed novel on Showtime.

Cumberbatch will play Patrick Melrose, the titular character of the new series, adapted from the Man Booker Prize shortlisted author Edward St Aubyn’s novels.

Melrose, the main character, struggles with the damage caused by a horribly abusive father and a mother who tacitly condoned his behaviour. Each episode, written by BAFTA nominee David Nicholls, is devoted to one of the five novels.
The series will also star Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving as the parents of Patrick Melrose.

The SHOWTIME and Sky Atlantic series will be directed by Edward Berger.

Catch new episodes of Patrick Melrose Saturdays at 9pm ET/PT only on SHOWTIME.

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No Books Were Harmed in the Making of the Fahrenheit 451, Except the Ones That Were

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Way back in 2016, it was announced that HBO had begun developing a film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic book Fahrenheit 451. Fans eagerly anticipated the film and earlier this year we got to see the first official trailer. There has been plenty of buzz for the film since then and now we’re only hours away from the film’s release. Read More

Amazon’s the Lord of the Rings Series Will Reportedly Follow a Young Aragorn

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Late last year, it was announced that Amazon has purchased the television rights to create a TV series based upon J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The news caused a great deal of excitement among fans and we were eager to see what aspect of the War of the Ring the series will focus on, and whether or not it will tie in to Peter Jackson’s excellent film adaptations.
Since the announcement, it has been revealed that Amazon spent a quarter of a billion dollars for the rights alone, and that’s not considering how much it will cost to create the series itself. There have also been reports that Peter Jackson has been in talks with the company about being involved the ambitious show. Read More

Looking For Alaska Adaptation Coming to Hulu

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John Green is already familiar with adaptations of his work, The Fault in our Stars was one of the biggest movies of its day but his debut novel, Looking for Alaska didn’t garner the same interest from movie companies. We’re not sure why as it’s massively popular with readers, but the novel is about to get its dues in the form of a Hulu adaptation!

Deadline reports that Hulu is currently finalising a deal for an eight-episode limited series from Paramount television, bringing Miles ‘Pudge’ Halter and Alaska Young to life on the screen.
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Caitlin Moran’s How to Build a Girl Coming to the Big Screen

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If you haven’t already familiarised yourself with the work of Caitlin Moran we highly recommend you do so. The semi-autobiographical How to Build a Girl is one of the funniest, most touching, and relatable books I have ever read and finishing it made me feel like a more complete human being.

Moran captures the intricacies of being a girl/woman better than most living authors today and her wit shines through on every page. So when I read that How to Build a Girl was coming to the big screen, it was a very exciting moment.
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