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Jo Brand’s Novel Adapted for the Big Screen

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Jo Brand is a former mental health nurse and currently works as a British comedian, actress, and writer. Her status as British national treasure was born from Brand’s comedy and television career where she fought against fatphobic misogynists to become one of the funniest British comedians of all time.

Jo Brand wrote four novels between 1996 and 2009 including the More You Ignore Me, a novel she recently adapted for film. The More You Ignore Me is a novel set in the 1980s and follows a family, and the community around them, as they struggle with the mother’s mental health issues.

The movie is released in July 2018.

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Ayn Rand’s ‘The Fountainhead’ Is Heading to the Big Screen

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The Fountainhead was the first novel written by the Russian-American writer and philosopher Ayn Rand and has since become one of her most famous books. The story follows a young architect named Howard Roark who designs modernist buildings but refuses to compromise to the architectural establishment that’s unwilling to accept his designs. Read More

‘Pet Sematary’ Film Adaptation Release Date Announced

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Stephen King is one of the most prolific writers in the business and is arguably in a league of his own when it comes to the horror genre. King has given us a plethora of creepy tales from Misery to The Shining. Pet Sematary is a particularly grisly tale and has become a must-read for King fans. It was announced that a film adaptation of the book is in the works and it looks like it will hit theatres sooner rather than later. Read More

George R.R. Martin’s ‘The Ice Dragon’ Movie Adaptation Announced

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George R.R. Martin may be best known for his A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy books, but the author has written a number of stories not related to the gritty world of Westeros. The Ice Dragon is one such book, a fantasy story for children originally published in 1980 in the Ace Books anthology Dragons of Light. Following the massive success of Martin’s fantasy series, and the HBO adaptation Game of Thrones, The Ice Dragon has since been released as a standalone children’s book with beautiful illustrations. Read More

Neil Patrick Harris Announces That the Final Season for ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Has Finished Filming

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Last year, Netflix released the first season of its adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. The show was well received upon its debut and many fans praised Neil Patrick Harris’ portrayal of the evil Count Olaf. The second season was released earlier this year in March and the third and final series is set to be released next year. Read More

Picnic at Hanging Rock coming to a television near you!

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A new televisual adaptation of a well-loved book is coming soon!

Picnic at Hanging Rock is an Australian historical fiction novel by Joan Lindsay set on 1900. The novel’s plot focuses on a group of students at an Australian girls’ boarding school who vanished without a trace at Hanging Rock, Victoria, while on a Valentine’s Day outing. The critically acclaimed novel was first published in 1967 and reprinted by Penguin in 1975.

A limited series of the novel is due to arrive on May 25th 2018, on Amazon Prime! It will star Natalie Dormer, Samara Weaving, Madeleine Madden, Lily Sullivan, Lola Bessis, Yael Stone, Anna McGahan, Sibylla Budd, Ruby Rees and Inez Curro.

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Netflix Adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame Coming with Idris Elba Starring

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The 1831 novel by Victor Hugo the Hunchback of Notre Dame has been adapted several times for both stage and film throughout the years. The first adaptation came in 1911, but the most memorable is possible the Universal Studios adaptation in 1923 and Disney’s effort in 1996.

Now it’s to get another adaptation, a modern retelling in fact and it will star Idris Elba who is not only to star in the adaptation, but he’ll produce and direct it too! Read More

First Trailer for Terry Pratchett’s ‘Troll Bridge’ Released

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Originally published in 1991, Troll Bridge was a short story set in the Discworld series that was included a book of short stories called After the King: Stories in Honour of J.R.R. Tolkien. Troll Bridge follows an aging barbarian named Cohen who plans to kill a troll in single combat. Cohen finds an old troll, but the two end up reminiscing about how life used to be, before the lands were settled and when there were true heroes and monsters. Read More

First Official Trailer Released for Andy Serkis’ ‘Mowgli’ Film

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Fans of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book will be pleased to learn that a film adaptation is set to be released later this year. Simply called Mowgli, the film will be a darker adaptation than those seen over the years and is being directed by Andy Serkis, who is perhaps best known for being the motion capture actor for Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

The film has been in the works for several years but now we finally get a look at what to expect with the release of the first official trailer. The film uses motion capture technology to capture the actors’ facial expressions as well as their voices, so the main animals look somewhat similar to the actors and actresses voicing them. Read More

Stephanie Danler’s Sweetbitter comes to television!

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Sweetbitter is Stephanie Danler’s debut novel, published in May 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf. The story is based in part on Danler’s experience of working as a waitress while studying in New York City. Sweetbitter follows Tess, a 22-year-old who arrives in New York ready to start a new life where she’s invited to train at one of the best restaurants in the New York City. Tess is throw into that adrenaline-fuelled world quickly, and becomes enamoured with the people and sense of belonging she is offered, but eventually learns who she can truly trust.

In various articles Danler has said that although she has some in common with the novel’s protagonist Tess, she is not based on the author: “[she] quickly became a character, and is in many ways much better and much worse at life than I was at that age”.

The adaptation of the novel will star  Ella Purnell as Tess, alongside Tom Sturridge as Jake, Caitlin FitzGerald as Simone, Evan Jonigkeit as Will, Eden Epstein as Ari, Jasmine Mathews as Heather, Daniyar as Sasha, and Paul Sparks as Howard.

You can watch Sweetbitter on Starz from May 6th 2018.

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