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  • benutty
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    For those that like to read the works in advance of the release of their film adaptations, here’s a space to post/discuss what those adaptations are, who is involved in the projects and our reactions to them as we read them/see them.

    Looking ahead to the coming year, here’s what I’ve researched so far:

    American
    Pastoral


    – novel by Philip
    Roth


    – dir. by Ewan McGregor
    (TBD)


    – starring Ewan McGregor,
    Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, Uzo Aduba, David Strathairn



    Billy
    Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk


    – fiction novel by Ben
    Fountain


    – dir. by Ang Lee (Nov.
    11)


    – starring Joe Alwyn,
    Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker, Steve Martin

    The
    Girl on the Train

    – fiction novel by Paula Hawkins


    – dir. by Tate Taylor
    (Oct. 7)


    – starring Emily Blunt,
    Edgar Ramirez, Rebecca Ferguson, Luke Evans, Justin Theroux, Haley Bennett, Lisa
    Kudrow, Allison Janney

    How to Talk to Girls at Parties

    short
    story
    by Neil Gaiman (included in the collection Fragile
    Things
    )


    – dir. by John Cameron
    Mitchell (TBD)


    – starring Nicole Kidman,
    Ruth Wilson, Elle Fanning

    The
    Light Between Oceans


    – fiction by M.L. Stedman

    – dir. by Derek Cianfrance (TBD)

    – starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz

    The
    Lost City of Z


    – narrative non-fiction
    by David Grann


    – dir. by James Gray
    (TBD)


    – starring Charlie
    Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson

    A
    Monster Calls


    – children’s fiction by Patrick Ness

    – dir. by J.A. Bayona (Oct. 14)

    – starring Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Lewis MacDougall

    Nocturnal Animals

    – fiction novel Tony
    & Susan
    by Austin Wright


    – dir. by Tom Ford
    (TBD)


    – starring Jake
    Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Isla Fisher, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Armie
    Hammer


    The
    Queen of Katwe


    – true-life by Tim Crothers

    – dir. by Mira Nair (TBD)

    – starring Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo


    The
    Seagull


    – play by Anton Chekhov

    – dir. by Michael Meyer (TBD)

    – starring Saorise Ronan, Corey Stoll, Elisabeth Moss, Mare Winningham,
    Annette Bening

    The
    Secret Scripture


    – fiction by Sebastian Barry

    – dir. by Jim Sheridan (TBD)

    – starring Rooney Mara, Eric Bana, Vanessa Redgrave, Theo James, Aidan
    Turner

    Silence

    – by Shusaku Endo

    – dir. by Martin Scorsese (TBD)

    – starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Adam Driver

    Thank
    You for Your Service

    – non-fiction by David
    Finkel


    – dir. by Jason Hall
    (TBD)


    – starring Miles Teller,
    Haley Bennett


    The
    Zookeeper’s Wife


    – true-life by Diane Ackerman

    – dir. by Niki Caro (TBD)

    – starring Jessica Chastain, Daniel Bruhl




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    jamesgray
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    Big Little Lies (doesn’t really count but hey…big name cast)
    – fiction by Liane Moriarty
    – produced by Witherspoon
    – starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley

    The Circle
    – fiction by Dave Eggers
    – dir. by James Ponsoldt
    – starring Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega

    The Coldest City
    – fiction by Antony Johnston
    – dir. by David Leitch
    – starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy

    Me Before You

    – fiction by Jojo Mojes
    – dir. by Thea Shorrock
    – starring Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin

    Queen Sugar (again, doesn’t really count, but sure to get a lot of buzz)
    – fiction by Natalie Baszile
    – created by Ava DuVernay and Oprah
    – starring Oprah Winfrey, Rutinah Wesley

    The Sense of an Ending
    – non-fction by Julian Barnes
    – dir. by Ritesh Batra
    – starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling

    Also, this might not be the right thread for this, but two looming questions in my mind for projects in development:

    1. Does ANYBODY have ANY idea when, how AMERICANAH is being adapted?? I am so so anxious to see it on screen because it is one of my absolute favorite novels and I think Oyelowo and Nyong’o will knock it out of the park. Really hoping it gets a fantastic director to bring it to life because the story, those actors, and Adiche really deserve it. 

    2. Any updates on THE GOOD HOUSE adaptation, supposedly starring Streep and De Niro? Looks like a juicy story — the kind I could easily see someone like Cholodenko directing with aplomb — but there has been little to no developments in recent months. Anything?

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    benutty
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    1. Does ANYBODY have ANY idea when, how AMERICANAH is being adapted?? I am so so anxious to see it on screen because it is one of my absolute favorite novels and I think Oyelowo and Nyong’o will knock it out of the park. Really hoping it gets a fantastic director to bring it to life because the story, those actors, and Adiche really deserve it.  

    Maybe I’m way off, but I feel like what is QUEEN OF KATWE, starring Nyong’o and Oyelowo, everyone misinterpreted as an AMERICANAH adaptation. 

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    jamesgray
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    [quote=”jamesgray”]

    1. Does ANYBODY have ANY idea when, how AMERICANAH is being adapted?? I am so so anxious to see it on screen because it is one of my absolute favorite novels and I think Oyelowo and Nyong’o will knock it out of the park. Really hoping it gets a fantastic director to bring it to life because the story, those actors, and Adiche really deserve it.  

    Maybe I’m way off, but I feel like what is QUEEN OF KATWE, starring Nyong’o and Oyelowo, everyone misinterpreted as an AMERICANAH adaptation. 

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    Nope, the adaptation has been confirmed here with Pitt’s Plan B producting, and Adichie herself has hinted at a project with Nyong’o here

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    24Emmy
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    Indignation
    – fiction by Philip Roth
    – dir. by James Schamus
    – starring Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon

    Sundance premiere this Sunday

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    Hunter Logan
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    Don’t forget The BFG, based on Roald Dahl’s classic! One of my most anticipated. Directed by Spielberg and starring Mark Rylance as the title character. 

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    babypook
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    There are some very interesting Scifi’s in the works.

    Another adaptation of 1984. It’s Paul Greengrass. He’s terrific.

    Another adaptation of The Stand, although it was a mini series. King is no word merchant, but he knows what scares and entertains us. They’re planning to split this up into four segments, and as far as I’ve heard, it’s Matthew McConaughey as Randal Flagg.

    The Forever War. This one is in the hands of Ridley Scott. Way to go Ridley.

    O yes. These are Sci-fi, with a healthy pinch of fantasy. And written by, some of my all-time favorite authors. Brilliant stuff too.

     

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