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Nancy Drew Adaptation Coming and the Trailer is Here

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The CW Network has taken Nancy Drew and turned it into a supernatural crime drama and anyone who grew up on these detective tales is sure to be screaming! The new adaptation will premiere on the CW Network this Autumn and stars Kennedy McCann as the titular character.

Nancy will be solving crimes in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay in Maine after her mother’s death threatens to derail her crime fighting. But when a socialite is murdered in town, Nancy and her friends get together to clear their name, and solve the crime.
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Hip-Hop version of Romeo and Juliet Coming from Netflix

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Romeo and Juliet has seen quite a few adaptations over the years, some traditional, and some, like Baz Luhrman’s famous 1996 adaptation have been a little more offbeat. Now, Netflix has announced that they are adapting the Shakespeare play with a hip-hop influenced spin.

The new adaptation will be created for Netflix by Solvan “Slick” Naim, and produced by Will Smith. The adaptation is being billed as a contemporary musical film and will be set in the hustle and bustle of the streets of New York.
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George R.R. Martin Debunks Claims He’s Finished Final Game of Thrones Books

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With the final season of Game of Thrones reaching its climax, much speculation has been abound regarding the status of the final two books in the series, which author George R.R. Martin is still working on. Excitement reached breaking point when it was reported that Martin had apparently finished both of the books, but was waiting for the show to finish before publishing them. This, Martin has since confirmed, is completely false.

 

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BBC announces Guy Pearce will star as Ebenezer Scrooge

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The BBC has announced that Guy Pearce will star in the lead role for their adaptation of A Christmas Carol set to air December 2019.

Other stars have already been announced but the actor playing the main character was kept quiet. Screenwriter Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) has since announced to the BBC that Guy Pearce will play Ebenezer Scrooge alongside Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings), Stephen Graham (Line of Duty) and Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders).

Andy Serkis will play Ghost of Christmas Past and Rutger Hauer (Bladerunner) is the Ghost of Christmas Future, while The Ghost of Christmas Present is yet to be announced.

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Rivers of London to be adapted by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg

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Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London is a book series that blends magic and policing and follows the protagonist, Peter Grant, a probationary police constable who dreams of becoming a detective. Soon, Peter discovers a whole host of criminals, ghosts and wizards in the hidden depths of London and his own magical abilities that allow him to speak to the recently departed.

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Over 50 book adaptations coming to Netflix

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Netflix have over 50 book adaptations in the pipeline according to Publishers Weekly. Most of the adaptations will be limited series, with a handful of others adapted for feature length screen debuts.

With 139 million subscribers, Netflix has been on the forefront of literary adaptations, even going so far as joining forces with publishers Simon & Schuster, and attending international book fairs.

The success of Piper Kerman’s Orange Is the New Black in 2013, followed by Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events in 2017, and more recently Josh Malerman’s Bird Box, increased the popularity of book adaptations. Netflix had teams of staff “reading all night and every weekend” according to Kelly Luegenbiehl- the vice president of creative for international originals.

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Outlander Adaptation Coming to Netflix!

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Through all the excitement when the Outlander adaptation first launched, many people were left disappointed as it was only available on premium channel Starz and not everyone could watch it. However, if you were one of those people then get excited as on 27th May the series hits Netflix!

The hugely popular series, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon has been thrilling viewers since it began but not everyone could watch the series. Outlander stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan and if you’re a Netflix subscriber then you don’t have long to wait to be able to watch the show!

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Watch the official Tolkien biopic movie trailers here!

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Tolkien explores the early years of the famous author’s life as he finds his own fellowship among his peers at school. Friendship and courage grows among his fellow creative lads at school. This brotherhood grows as they withstand love and loss until the outbreak of the First World War which threatens to tear their fellowship apart. These formative experiences would later inspire Tolkien to create the stories that became The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford, and directed by Dome Karukoski with an all-star cast of Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly, Pam Ferris and Derek Jacobi

The movie is officially released May 10th 2019.

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