Watership Down is back!

Watership Down is best known to those of us who were children in the 1970s and 80s as the harrowing tale of anthropomorphised rabbit life. The original book was written by Richard Adams and published in 1972 and went on to win prestigious awards for its “dazzlingly brave and intuitive” story.

A 1978 movie adaptation starring acting legends Richard Briers and John Hurt is perhaps the best known of the adaptations but it has had many adaptations through the past few decades- television, radio, theatre, and film.

The latest adaptation is getting the BBC/Netflix collaboration treatment as the two entertainment powerhouses create a Watership Down for the next generation. The film will star James McAvoy as Hazel, Nicholas Hoult as Fiver, John Boyega as Bigwig, Olivia Colman as Strawberry, Ben Kingsley as General Woundwort, Tom Wilkinson as Threarah, and Taron Egerton as El-ahrairah, Peter Capaldi as the rabbits’ seagull friend Kehaar, Daniel Kaluuya plays Bluebell, and Rosamund Pike is the Black Rabbit of Inle.

The new Watership Down is set to be a star-studded event!




Here is a look at the first images to be released of the new movie- keep your ear to the ground for release dates and a trailer.

Unfortunately for those who loved Art Garfunkel’s song Bright Eyes for the 1978 movie, it won’t be returning. A new song by British singer and songwriter Sam Smith will take its place- Fire On Fire– and we believe it will be a song in the same vein as Art’s heart-wrenching theme.

Unlike the memorable 1978 version this movie will have less blood but be warned- there will be bunny death. Much, much bunny death.




A Peek at Aziraphale’s Bookshop Ahead of Good Omens Adaptation

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Hands up if you’re excited for the Good Omens adaptation? It’s going live on May 31st on Amazon Prime! We can hardly contain our excitement and today we’re being shown around Aziraphale’s bookshop from the adaptation by Neil Gaiman in a fantastic 360 video.

Just press play and drag your screen around to look around the entire bookshop, and make sure you have the volume up, as Neil is telling us all about the features inside. Listen out for the Pratchett tribute too!

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‘Star Wars’ Actor to Headline ‘Brave New World’ TV Series

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Originally published in 1933 by the English writer Aldous Huxley, Brave New World is a dystopian novel which tells the story of a utopian society that is threatened by the arrival of an outsider named John. Fans of the books will be pleased to learn that a TV adaptation is currently underway, and Alden Ehrenreich, who played the titular character in the Star Wars film Solo has been cast as the lead.

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Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ TV Show Set to Air This Autumn

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In the Spring of 2017, it was announced that Netflix had secured the rights to create a TV show based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s gritty fantasy novels The Witcher. The books shot to fame in recent years thanks to a series of very successful video game adaptations that received critical acclaim and gained a loyal fanbase. Those of you who are eager to begin watching a TV show based on The Witcher series will be pleased to learn that the first season is set to air later this year the Autumn.

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Game of Thrones Showrunners Explain Why the Series Won’t Spoil George R.R. Martin’s Ending

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George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire became hugely popular following the success of HBO’s TV adaptation Game of Thrones, which first aired back in 2011. Eight years later and the show has become one of the most watched and talked about shows of all time and, with its final season beginning this Sunday, both book readers and show watchers are eager to see how the story ends.

 

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Julianne Moore Set to Star in Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘Lisey’s Story’

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Lisey’s Story is a 2006 romance-horror novel by Stephen King in which the protagonist is Lisey Landon, the widow of a famous novelist. The book tells us two stories—Lisey’s story in the present, 2 years after the death of her husband, and Lisey’s memories regarding her husband’s life, who he really was and why he died.

Lisey’s Story came about when, in June 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van and seriously injured. His wife Tabitha decided to redesign his studio while King was in hospital and after seeing his books and belongings in boxes the writer got a glimpse of what it would be like if the accident had been fatal.

Speaking in 2017, Stephen King told Variety: 

“Lisey’s Story is my favourite of the books and I would love to see that done, especially now that there’s a kind of openness on the streaming services on TV and even the cable networks. There’s more freedom to do stuff now and when you do a movie from a book, there’s this thing that I call the sitting on a suitcase syndrome. That is where you try to pack in all the clothes at once and the suitcase won’t close. So it’s tough to take a book that is fully textured, and do it in two hours and 10 minutes. But as a TV show you have 10 hours.”

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Stephen King hints at future adaptations of his books

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Stephen King has teased fans with news that more of his books may be adapted to film or television in the future.

Following the success of the first part of IT in 2017 and with Doctor Sleep, and Pet Sematary coming soon, King hinted to Entertainment Weekly that there may be more adaptations in the pipeline.

Streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have become increasingly interested in showcasing already-existing stories, which King attributes in part to the success of IT.

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