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Let’s face it: now is a really good time to be a fan of bookish adaptations. Every time you blink, the rights to another book are being sold, another Hollywood star is joining the cast to an adaptation, or one of your favorite books is soon to be in theaters or streaming. Well if you’re anything like me, you want to know all there is to know about your soon-to-be favorite adaptations.
Alex Michaelides The Maidens to be adapted by Miramax and Stone Village
With The Maidens by Alex Michaelides – his second novel following The Silent Patient – just recently released, Miramax and Stone Village didn’t waste anytime getting the ball rolling to turn this immersive read into a series. The Maidens is about a therapist who returns to her alma mater to comfort her niece, whose best friend was recently murdered. Upon returning, she begins to investigate the murder when she realizes a new professor has a “secret society” of students exhibiting cult-like behavior. Being a huge fan of the book and Michaelides myself, I think this story is a perfect for a series as the multi-layered and intricate plot would do well unfolding episode-by-episode.
Shadow and Bone renewed for Season 2
Fans of Netflix’s Shadow and Bone are celebrating their favorite fantasy series coming back for season two! It also appears fans may not have to wait as long they think for the new season, as show-runner Eric Heisserer confirmed via Twitter that the creators got a head-start and the new season is already written.
Christine to return to the screen!
Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, American Gods, Star Trek) is teaming up with Blumhouse to bring the novel Christine by Stephen King back to the big screen! Don’t expect a remake of the John Carpenter film or a fancy BMW as the haunted car. Fuller is expected to keep the film set in the 80s and as close to King’s novel as possible. If you’re unfamiliar with the novel and/or the 1983 film, Christine is a story about a young man who purchases a car that has a mind of its own and a personality fueled by jealousy.
Steven Rowley’s The Guncle to be adapted to film
One of the hottest beach reads of the year is The Guncle by Steven Rowley. Not only is it all over Bookstagram, but the reviews have been fantastic. The Guncle is heading to the big screen via Lionsgate and Kristin Burr, who recently produced Cruella. The novel follows a man who goes from guncle (gay uncle) to a more paternal role for his niece and nephew after their mother passes away unexpectedly. This book is at the top of my TBR and I am anxious to hear more about its adaptation!
A Thousand Splendid Suns to become limited series
Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns is coming soon to your living room. A Thousand Splendid Suns, from the author of The Kite Runner, follows thirty years of Afghan history from a female perspective, dealing with war, friendship and love. One Community recently finalized a deal to bring this novel to a limited series. One Community is a social impact producing company whose recent projects include Just Mercy starring Michael B. Jordan and the upcoming Respect: The Aretha Franklin Story, so rest assured fans of the novel can expect the adaptation is in good hands.
Cornwell, Curtis and Blumhouse – Oh My!
Blumhouse and Jamie Lee Curtis recently secured the rights to the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell to develop a one-hour series. Patricia Cornwell’s series, which has its 25th installment releasing this fall, follows a forensic pathologist who works hard at solving some of the most complex and interesting crimes. Not only are Curtis and Jason Blum (founder and CEO of Blumhouse) acting as executive producers, but Cornwell is as well. Blumhouse Television was one of the production companies for Gillan Flynn’s adaptation of Sharp Objects on HBO. Between that fan-favorite adaptation and the work Blum and Curtis have done with revamping the Halloween franchise, I have high hopes for the upcoming series.
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Malibu Rising headed to Hulu
It’s a good year for Taylor Jenkins Reid fans. With the adaptation of Daisy Jones & the Six in production as well as the adaptation of One True Love currently casting, now her summer release, Malibu Rising may be headed to Hulu. Liz Tigelaar, writer and producer of Little Fires Everywhere is teaming up once again with Hulu to adapt Malibu Rising, the June 1st release by Taylor Jenkins Reid and one of the most buzzed-about summer releases. Not only will Tigelaar be writing and producing the series, but Jenkins Reid is set to be an executive producer. The novel is about four children of a famous musician gearing up to throw their annual “end of summer” party. As they get closer to the party, secrets start to bubble to the surface. Between Tigelaar’s work on Little Fires Everywhere and my love of Malibu Rising I can say with certainty I will be following the news on this adaptation very closely.