New Margaret Atwood Adaptation Coming to Netflix

By May 19, 2017Adaptations, News, Television

We’ve been spoiled for choice recently with top-notch adaptations and Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale is going down a storm with season 2 confirmed. If you’re enjoying that and you’re a fan of Atwood then we have news of a new adaptation from the author as Alias Grace comes to Netflix!

Published in 1996, Alias Grace is a historical fiction that centres around the real life deaths of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery, his pregnant mistress and housekeeper. Two of Kinnear’s servants were convicted of the crime.

The whopping novel, coming in at almost 500 pages fictionalises the 1843 murder, critically acclaimed as having gothic charm, plenty of plot twists and strong themes of female villainy and the criminal justice system.

The first images are just released and you can see those below. The mini-series is set to debut in the Autumn with no firm release date yet.

The mini-series is has been written and produced by Sarah Polley and directed by Mary Hannon who directed the American Psycho movie adaptation. Anna Paquin of True Blood fame will play Montgomery, with Paul Gross as Kinnear. Sarah Gadon, of recent 11.22.63 fame will play accused Marks with Ker Logan as the other accused McDermot. And as the series is based on the Atwood book rather than the actual murders, Edward Holcroft will play the fictional doctor added into Alias Grace by Atwood.

If you haven’t read Alias Grace and you’re keen to do so before the mini-series debuts then you’ll need to add it to your summer reading list to be finished before the show debuts in the Autumn.

Let’s hope this adaptation is as good as The Handmaid’s Tale adaptation currently airing on Hulu!

David Tennant is… The Highway Rat

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Coming to the BBC this Christmas Day is a half hour animation of the picture book: The Highway Rat. The author, Julia Donaldson, is well known for The Gruffalo, and her continued collaboration with illustrator Axel Scheffler (right).

The story of The Highway Rat follows the titular character as he goes about his day of thievery and naughtiness. He steals food from his neighbours and even his own horse’s hay!

Inspired by Alfred Noyes’ poem The Highwayman, the bouncing rhyme typical of Donaldson, carries the story along to a sweet and funny conclusion.

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Movie Adaptation of R. J. Palacio’s Wonder Is Out Now

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If the book is anything to go by the movie adaptation of Wonder is guaranteed to give send you on a rollercoaster of emotion.

Originally written by R.J. Palacio, Wonder is a heartwarming tale of a young boy born with a facial deformity, and his trepidatious journey through starting school. Giggles, stares, and whispers are just the beginning of what August (Auggie) has to contend with.

Prepare to be moved by the sweet and heart-wrenching tale of acceptance and inner beauty, friendship and unconditional love.

Check out the trailer below for a sneaky peek.

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Sci-Fi Novel Altered Carbon Comes To Netflix

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A brand new sci-fi show is arriving at Netflix on the 2nd of February, 2018.

Netflix has been responsible for immersive and exciting new series such as Stranger Things and Sense 8, and is ready to bring us another amazing world to explore.

Adapted from Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 noir science fiction novel, this latest dystopian thriller is set to be a hit. It is based in a world where consciousness is stored digitally, and human bodies (AKA “sleeves”) have become interchangeable, theoretically allowing humans to become immortal.

Check out the trailer below…

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

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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! Read More

Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories to be Adapted for Film

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It’s 25 years since the release of the first Horrible Histories book, a favourite of my own daughter, this Terry Deary series has stood the test of time, teaching history in a way that is fun and exciting for children. This week we hear the news that the first in the series is to be adapted for film, set in Roman Britain, and it could lead to the adaptation of the rest of the series too. Read More

Adaptation of The Miniaturist to Air This Christmas

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In the spring we brought you the news that filming had started for the BBC adaptation of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist with filming taking place in Amsterdam, where the novel is set. The historical novel is set in 1686 and the judging by the photos released this is to be a lavish adaptation and now we can confirm it’s on the BBC Christmas schedule!

Anya Taylor-Joy stars as Nella Oortman, with Romola Garai playing her cold, domineering sister-in-law Marin. Nella’s husband will be portrayed by Alex Hassel of Cold Mountain fame and that’s just a small number of the excellent cast. Read More



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