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Does it thrill you to binge-read a book when news of an adaptation comes out? Did you devour Gone Girl before the movie, or race to your bookstore to read the Bridgerton books? This year has been packed with book-to-screen news and there’s even more to come. Here’s what you may have missed for what’s coming to screens in the near future!
Rebecca Serle’s In Five Years Coming to HBO Max
Rebecca Serle’s novel In Five Years is being adapted for HBO Max by New Line with Aimee Lagos to write the screenplay. Lagos previously has written the screen adaptation for I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan and the thriller No Good Deed staring Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba. Serle’s novel is a New York Times bestseller about a woman who wakes up five years in the future in which her life is completely different than what she has planned for herself. Serle is set to executive produce as well.
They Both Die At the End Coming from Bridgerton’s Chris Van Dusen
Although Bridgerton executive and showrunner Chris Van Dusen has left after the second season, he still has plenty to work on post-Bridgerton. Van Dusen’s next project will be co-writing and executive producing the series adaptation of They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera. The novel is about two people whose lives drastically change throughout one day, in which they both find out they are going to die and start an unlikely friendship on their last day alive. The series does not have a premiere date at this time, but will be coming to screen through Entertainment One and Silvera will be co-writing the pilot with Van Dusen.
Evelyn Hugo Hitting Netflix
Taylor Jenkins Reid fans are going to be in for a wild ride thanks to Little Fires Everywhere creator Liz Tigelaar. With Tigelaar already producing a Malibu Rising adaptation for Hulu, she is now adapting The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo into a film for Netflix. The novel by Jenkins Reid is about a Hollywood Legend named Evelyn Hugo who tells her life story to a reporter, including her rise to fame and seven marriages throughout her life. The film is set to be produced by 3Dot Productions and Circle of Confusion with Liz Tigelaar executive producing.
Jessica Alba to Confess On the 7:45
Jessica Alba is set to star in and executive produce Confessions on the 7:45 for Netflix, based on the best-selling novel by Lisa Unger with Encanto co-writer and co-director, Charise Castro Smith as a showrunner and executive producer. Castro Smith has also worked with Netflix before as a writer-producer on The Haunting of Hill House. The novel by Unger is about a single mother who meets as stranger on her commute home that results in the unraveling of her life as long-buried secrets resurface.
Victoria Pedretti to Star in Saint X
Victoria Pedretti has just been cast as the lead in Hulu’s adaptation of Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin. Schaitkin’s novel is a psychological thriller featuring multiple timelines and character perspectives about the domino effect of a young woman’s death in the Caribbean. Pedretti will star as Emily, an editor of environmental documentaries whose perfect life begins to fall apart. The series has been written by Leila Gerstein, writer of The Handmaid’s Tale with Dee Rees directing.
Will Trent Finds Pilot Leads
Ramon Rodriguez and Erika Christensen have just joined the ABC Pilot of Will Trent, based on the series by Karin Slaughter. Rodriguez is set to play lead Special Agent Will Trent, a man who was abandoned at birth and raised in Atlanta’s harsh foster care system with the highest clearance rate in the Georgia Bureau of Investigations. Christensen is set to play Trent’s on-again-off-again girlfriend, Angie, a detective with the Atlanta Police Department who has known Will since they were children.