Ian McEwan Hits the Big Screen With Three Adaptations

By September 12, 2017Adaptations, Authors, News

If you’re a fan of Ian’s McEwan’s work then you’re in for a treat in the coming weeks and months as we hear the news that three of his works have been adapted for the screen.

The adaptation of the 2007 novel, On Chesil Beach will release as a movie in early 2018 along with a movie adaptation of McEwan’s 2014 novel The Children Act. If that wasn’t enough to satisfy your McEwan addiction then this Autumn Benedict Cumberbatch will play the leading role in the BBC adaptation of McEwan’s 1987 novel The Child in Time.

McEwan wrote the screenplay for both On Chesil Beach and The Children Act and these movies are currently showing at world premiers at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival with release to the public expected in early 2018.

The Child in Time will be a slightly different adaptation as this is a series for the BBC and is the first project to be signed by Benedict Cumberbath’s production company SunnyMarch. Cumberbatch will play the leading role and the series is rumoured to air in the late Autumn.

Adaptations are big business right now and book fans are thrilled to see many of their favourite novels hit the big and small screens. This triple run of adaptations really is a testament to McEwan’s writing and if you’d like to read each novel before the adaptation, there’s probably still time.

Julia Roberts to star in Chris Cleave novel adaptation

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Chris Cleave’s ambitious and powerful novel The Other Hand, known in the USA as Little Bee, is being adapted for Amazon this year.

The novel is a dual-narrative story which follows an asylum-seeker (Little Bee) from Nigeria and a British magazine editor, who meet during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta, then re-unite in England many years later. The Other Hand humanises asylum-seekers in the UK and the struggles they go through. Cleave examines the asylum system in Britain, and how the country treats refugees. He also touches upon the very relevant subjects of British colonialism and globalisation.

Amazon Studios plan to adapt this passionate and humane book, and Hollywood star Julia Roberts has also jumped at the chance to get involved.

The Wonder actor will play the character Sarah O’ Rourke, the magazine editor who meets Little Bee during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta. She is also producing the project with Red Om Films.

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Little Women is back with a modern twist!

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Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women 150 years ago and since September 30th, 1868 it has inspired and entertained readers all over the world.

Many adaptations have been made- from TV to radio to movies- and now we have something new: a modern retelling of the classic story of sisterly love. Directed and screen-written by Clare Niederpruem with Kristi Shimek, this tale of family, love, and growing up will hopefully spark a whole new generation of Little Women fans.

The movie will star Lea Thompson as Marmee, Sarah Davenport as Jo, Melanie Stone as Meg, Allie Jennings as Beth, Elsie Jones as Young Amy, and Taylor Murphy as Older Amy.

It is released on September 28th 2018.

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Ewan McGregor Is Set to Star in ‘the Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’

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Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is widely regarded as one of the best horror films of all time, and maybe even one of the best films period. The Shining novel was first published in 1977 and Kubrick’s adaptation followed in 1980. Decades after The Shining‘s initial publication, King then followed it up with a sequel in 2013 named Doctor Sleep. Read More

James McAvoy to star in Pullman’s His Dark Materials adaptation

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James McAvoy (X-Men) and Clarke Peters (The Wire) are signed up to star in a BBC’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy novel series His Dark Materials. 

Based on Pullman’s trilogy of books: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, His Dark Materials is a complex tale of theology, physics, and philosophy featuring a range of mythical and mystical beings. It tells the story of two children, Lyra and Will, who wander through a series of parallel universes.

The new eight-part series is to be produced by Bad Wolf in June 2018. McAvoy is set to play Lord Asriel, the father of main character Lyra (to be played by Dafne Keen) and Peters will play the master who raises Lyra.

Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) will direct the series and it will be executively produced by a host of talent from the literary and entertainment industries: Pullman, Tranter, Gardner, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line; Piers Wenger and Ben Irving for BBC One and Deborah Forte for Scholastic.

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First Trailer Released for the ‘Girl in the Spider’s Web,’ Starring Claire Foy

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Claire Foy shot to fame in 2016 when Netflix aired the first season of the critically acclaimed historical drama The Crown, which starred Foy in the role of a young Queen Elizabeth II during the early years of her reign. Now Foy will be swapping the small screen for the big screen as she plays the role of Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming film adaptation of The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Read More

‘Sharp Objects’ Official Trailer Released

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Last month HBO, released the first teaser trailer for its mini-series adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s debut novel Sharp Objects. The series will star Amy Adams as Camille Preaker, a journalist who returns to her hometown to cover a series of brutal murders. As we reported, a teaser trailer was released earlier this year in April, and now HBO has released a full length trailer to get you excited. Read More



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