We’ve been spoiled for choice recently with top-notch adaptations and Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale is going down a storm with season 2 confirmed. If you’re enjoying that and you’re a fan of Atwood then we have news of a new adaptation from the author as Alias Grace comes to Netflix!
Published in 1996, Alias Grace is a historical fiction that centres around the real life deaths of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery, his pregnant mistress and housekeeper. Two of Kinnear’s servants were convicted of the crime.
The whopping novel, coming in at almost 500 pages fictionalises the 1843 murder, critically acclaimed as having gothic charm, plenty of plot twists and strong themes of female villainy and the criminal justice system.
The first images are just released and you can see those below. The mini-series is set to debut in the Autumn with no firm release date yet.
The mini-series is has been written and produced by Sarah Polley and directed by Mary Hannon who directed the American Psycho movie adaptation. Anna Paquin of True Blood fame will play Montgomery, with Paul Gross as Kinnear. Sarah Gadon, of recent 11.22.63 fame will play accused Marks with Ker Logan as the other accused McDermot. And as the series is based on the Atwood book rather than the actual murders, Edward Holcroft will play the fictional doctor added into Alias Grace by Atwood.
If you haven’t read Alias Grace and you’re keen to do so before the mini-series debuts then you’ll need to add it to your summer reading list to be finished before the show debuts in the Autumn.
Let’s hope this adaptation is as good as The Handmaid’s Tale adaptation currently airing on Hulu!
The novel is a dual-narrative story which follows an asylum-seeker (Little Bee) from Nigeria and a British magazine editor, who meet during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta, then re-unite in England many years later. The Other Hand humanises asylum-seekers in the UK and the struggles they go through. Cleave examines the asylum system in Britain, and how the country treats refugees. He also touches upon the very relevant subjects of British colonialism and globalisation.
Amazon Studios plan to adapt this passionate and humane book, and Hollywood star Julia Roberts has also jumped at the chance to get involved.
The Wonder actor will play the character Sarah O’ Rourke, the magazine editor who meets Little Bee during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta. She is also producing the project with Red Om Films.
Many adaptations have been made- from TV to radio to movies- and now we have something new: a modern retelling of the classic story of sisterly love. Directed and screen-written by Clare Niederpruem with Kristi Shimek, this tale of family, love, and growing up will hopefully spark a whole new generation of Little Women fans.
The movie will star Lea Thompson as Marmee, Sarah Davenport as Jo, Melanie Stone as Meg, Allie Jennings as Beth, Elsie Jones as Young Amy, and Taylor Murphy as Older Amy.
It is released on September 28th 2018.
Based on Pullman’s trilogy of books: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, His Dark Materials is a complex tale of theology, physics, and philosophy featuring a range of mythical and mystical beings. It tells the story of two children, Lyra and Will, who wander through a series of parallel universes.
The new eight-part series is to be produced by Bad Wolf in June 2018. McAvoy is set to play Lord Asriel, the father of main character Lyra (to be played by Dafne Keen) and Peters will play the master who raises Lyra.
Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) will direct the series and it will be executively produced by a host of talent from the literary and entertainment industries: Pullman, Tranter, Gardner, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line; Piers Wenger and Ben Irving for BBC One and Deborah Forte for Scholastic.