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Movie and television adaptation news is like a mini-Christmas for readers that love Hollywood gossip. Early announcements to casting updates to release dates; not one piece of news goes unnoticed from huge fans of these stories. From stories about vampires to a group of diabolical women with tricks up their Chanel sleeves, here is the latest gossip on some of your favorite stories.
Kristen Wiig to star and produce Chandler Baker’s The Husbands
MGM and Plan B Entertainment are set to adapt the latest novel from Chandler Baker available, August 3. The Husbands is about an overworked mother who ends up the newest recruit in a mysterious group of elite women. As the woman learns of a recent death of one of the supportive husbands, she learns this group may have even deadlier secrets than meets the eye. Kristen Wiig has recently attached to not only star in the summer page-turner, but is set to produce as well.
Samantha Downing’s upcoming For Your Own Good set to be adapted for HBO Max
Robert Downey Jr. and Greg Berlanti are teaming up to bring one of the most anticipated thrillers of this summer to HBO Max. For thriller fans, Samantha Downing is a household name and her July release, For Your Own Good is set to be the a series coming to HBO Max. For Your Own Good is an upcoming thriller about a popular teacher at a prestigious private school who is not only dealing with mysterious murders on campus, but gossip from the entire campus about his wife, who may or may not be missing. Between Downey’s experience with HBO’s Perry Mason and Netflix’s Sweet Tooth, and Berlanti’s production entourage including HBO’s The Flight Attendant and Netflix’s You (both based on novels themselves), I think it’s safe to say that Downing, Downey and Berlanti are set to have a hit on their hands.
AMC to adapt Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice in 2022
Lestat and Louis are returning to the screen and this time the two vampires will be pairing up for a television series set to premiere on AMC in 2022. Released in 1994 with a screenplay written by Rice herself, the Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt film is expected to be the basis for the upcoming series. For fans of Anne Rice, this may not be a huge announcement as AMC recently acquired the writes to eighteen of Rice’s stories including Interview with the Vampire, the sequels, and the Mayfair Witches series. Season one is set to have eight episodes airing in 2022 with Anne Rice and her son, Christopher Rice set to produce.
No Exit adaptation one step closer to Hulu
Taylor Adams adaptation of No Exit recently completed production and is set to premiere on Hulu next year. Directed by Damien Power with a script written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, the thriller was filmed in New Zealand and will be available on Hulu in the United States and Disney+ internationally. The best-selling novel by Adams is about a young woman forced to deal with a blizzard as she travels home for a family emergency. Upon her arrival at a rest stop, the woman discovers a kidnapped child in the parking lot and is determined to bring the girl to safety, even if it means putting her own life at risk in the process.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren coming to the big screen
BCDF Pictures has officially acquired the rights to bring The Unhoneymooners by the writing duo Christina Lauren to the big screen! The Unhoneymooners is a romantic comedy about a woman named Olive who ends up on an unexpected honeymoon with her rival Ethan after her sister’s entire wedding party comes down with food poisoning. Fans of Christina Lauren can take a breath of relief knowing this adaptation is in capable hands. BCDF Pictures is currently producing several book adaptations including Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game set to star Lucy Hale.
Working Title finds screenwriters for Ruth Ware’s The Turn of the Key
Max Minghella of The Handmaids Tale and Jamie Bell of Billy Elliot and Rocketman are set to team up with Working Title to write the screenplay for the adaptation of The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. This marks the fourth novel by Ware to be optioned for screen following In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game. The Turn of the Key is a gothic thriller about a woman who accepts a position as a nanny in a “smart” house in the Scottish Highlands.