Benedict Cumberbatch Will Play Satan in Good Omens, Plus a Trailer and Release Date!

By February 15, 2019 Adaptations, News

With teasers and gossip and anticipation abound, we’re all waiting not too patiently for the Good Omens adaptation to start on Amazon, and now Neil Gaiman has announced that Benedict Cumberbatch will play Satan in the adaptation.

Gaiman says that Cumberbatch’s Prince of Darkness will be a giant animated Satan who appears 400 feet high. The star, known for Sherlock and other things, will appear on episode six of the series and we now also have a release date of 31st May too!

We already know that David Tennant and Michael Sheen are taking on the two main roles of Crowley and Aziraphale respectively, and it’s also announced that Frances McDormand will provide the voice of God. Other cameos in the series are to include Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, Jon Hamm and Nick Offerman.

The show will be based on the novel of the same name written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. The series is produced by BBC and Amazon Studios and for those who don’t have Amazon Prime, we’re promised it’ll appear on the BBC in some time in the Autumn.

We don’t have long to wait now, the confirmed release date is 31st May and below is the latest trailer showing the opening title sequence from the series.

TV Adaptation of The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister Coming to HBO

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Anne Lister’s de-coded diaries have been adapted to screen once more but this time by the combined forces of HBO and the BBC. Written by BAFTA award winning Sally Wainwright, and starring the inimitable Suranne Jones (Vanity Fair) as Miss Lister, it looks like it will be a veritable tour de force.

The eight episode mini series Gentleman Jack is set in 1832 West Yorkshire, when women were to be seen and not heard, and lesbianism was merely whispered about. Anne Lister’s endeavour to turn society on its head came about when she inherited her family home; in an attempt to breathe new life into the household, she undertook business and was in search of a wife.

The cast supporting Suranne Jones as Lister include Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders) as Lister’s prospective wife, Ann Walker; Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) as Lister’s sister, Marian; Timothy West (Bleak House) as their father Jeremy Lister, and playing their Aunt Anne will be Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary).

The series premieres on the 22nd of April 2019. Check out the trailer below!

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Amy Adams to adapt ‘The Poisonwood Bible’ for HBO

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Amy Adams (Vice, Sharp Objects) teamed up with her manager Stacy O’Neil to form a production company ‘Bond Group Entertainment’ with a view to produce quality televisual content. One of their recent projects for HBO is an adaptation of Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poinsonwood Bible. 

The 1998 novel is narrated by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, “a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959.” Along with Anya Epstein, Barbara Kingsolver will be adapting her own novel for the screen- a boon for literary purists who are wary of screen adaptations which lose their essence in translation.

The novel was a Pulitzer prize finalist, and has been called ‘breathtaking’, full of ‘humour and love’, with Kingsolver named as one of the finest writers of her generation.

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The Talisman Finally Getting an Adaptation, more than 30 years after Spielberg bought rights

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Almost a year ago we brought you the news that Stephen Spielberg was calling for an adaptation to Stephen King and Peter Straub’s collaboration The Talisman. In an interview last year Spielberg confessed that he has actually owned the rights to the novel since 1982 after reading it and falling in love with it, and now we finally have confirmation that an adaptation is indeed to be created.

Mike Barker, director of Outlander and The Handmaid’s Tale has been hired for the project, to tell the story of a young boy named Jack Sawyer and his quest through a monstrous dimension to find the mystical title object that might cure his dying mother, and even save two worlds in the process.

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Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See Coming to Netflix

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It’s been announced that Netflix is to adapt Anthony Doerr’s WWII themed novel into a limited series on the streaming channel. The novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize was a favourite with award judges and readers alike and we’re sure this news will be music to the ears of many.

The heartbreaking All the Light We Cannot See is set in World War II and tells the parallel stories of a French girl, who is blind, and a German boy. Marie-Laure and her father escape Paris to a seaside town when the Nazis arrive, carrying with them a precious jewel. Meanwhile German ophan, Werner is a self taught radio expert who is enlisted by the Nazis to use this ability against the French Resistance. As they both try and survive the devastation of the war, their lives collide in spectacular fashion.

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Amazon Confirms It’s Upcoming ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Will Be Set During the Second Age

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In late 2017, Amazon announced that it had secured the rights for a TV show based on The Lord of the Rings. Exactly what part of Middle-Earth’s long history would be covered wasn’t specified, but fans of the epic fantasy were beside themselves with excitement following the news. In a recent Tweet, the show’s official Twitter page confirmed that the show will take place during Middle-Earth’s Second Age, and included a rather lovely looking map.

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The Haunting of Hill House Renewed: S2 Will Focus on Henry James Story

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It wasn’t exactly like the book and maybe this is why Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House got mixed reviews with readers. Personally I loved it and so the news that S2 is coming and that it will also be bookish is music to my ears!

Without posting spoilers, Season 1 came to a pretty finite end, but season 2 is taking the story in a new direction with a whole new cast and will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor. For the extra bookish among you, bonus points if you knew that was a location from the Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw, and it seems that book will be the inspiration for the new season.
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