Du Maurier’s Rebecca is coming to Netflix

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Daphne Du Maurier’s classic novel Rebecca is coming to Netflix soon thanks to Working Title films.

Armie Hammer and Lily James have been named as the stars of the show with both actors quite familiar with literary adaptions. Lily James has appeared in War and Peace, CinderellaThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyPride & Prejudice and Zombies and Armie Hammer in The Social Network and Call Me By Your Name.

Jane Goldman (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar ChildrenStardustThe Woman in Black) wrote the screenplay which will be directed by Ben Wheatley.

The movie will be released on Netflix in 2019- we will let you know all the details when they are released!

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Trailer Released for ‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’

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If you’re a fan of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book then you’ll be pleased to learn that a new film adaptation is set to be released later this year on Netflix. The film is being directed by Andy Serkis, who’s best known for providing the motion capture for Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, and sees a star-studded cast coming together to bring Kipling’s book to the big screen. Read More

Pride & Prejudice Is Back With An All Black Cast!

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Pride and Prejudice is a favourite among Jane Austen fans who are regularly treated to film and television adaptations of the classic novel.

The latest adaptation comes from Lifetime in the USA who announced on the 5th of November that they are producing a feature length TV movie version with an all Black cast.

Entertainment Weekly reported the movie will be officially called Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta which begs the question: are they planning on taking this around the USA? Will Pride & Prejudice: Los Angeles be next? Or Pride & Prejudice: NYC?

Set in modern day Atlanta, Georgia this will be a far cry from the strict social practices of the 1800s, but there will be familiar themes of family pressures, sexual chemistry, love-hate relationships, and drama!

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Watership Down is back!

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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!

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Classic science fiction novel “Frozen Hell” rediscovered

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Classic science fiction movies The Thing From Another World (1951) and The Thing (1982) took inspiration from “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell. The original novella is a tale in which a team of researchers in the Antarctic fight a shape-shifting alien from the ship that crashed into Earth.

While researching for a new book about mid-20th century science fiction (Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction), author Alec Nevala-Lee found out that Campbell had written a full novel-length version of his story, which was cut down for publication in Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine. This is exciting news as now we know for sure that there is more to the original story.

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Welsh School Children buy Film Rights from Stephen King for a Dollar

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A class of GCSE students from Wales has bought the rights to a short story from Stephen King for just a dollar (77p) and will now adapt it for film. The year 11 students from Blaenau Gwent Film Academy in Tredegar, Wales will adapt the short story The Stationary Bike, first published in 2003 and paid just 77p for the rights to do so.

The deal came after their tutor Kevin Phillips discovered the Dollar Babies section on Stephen King’s website. The section allows prospective filmmakers to buy the rights to one of King’s short stories for just $1. King has previously revealed that in 1977 he decided to ‘give back a little of the joy the movies had given me’ by offering some of his stories to potential filmmakers for a nominal fee.

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Television Adaptation for Feminist Horror Collection Her Body and Other Parties

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FX is to adapt the feminist collection of short stories, Her Body and Other Parties into a television series, which the creators claim will be a ‘feminist Black Mirror’. The short story collection from Carmen Maria Machado has won several awards despite being the author’s debut collection and now we’re about to see it on the small screen, as announced by the author on her Twitter page. Read More