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EXCLUSIVE: Writer-showrunner Emily Whitesell (Siren) has been tapped to adapt Bless Your Heart, Lindy Ryan’s debut novel for television in conjunction with Rain Productions and Boilermaker Entertainment.  Bless Your Heart is a horror-mystery novel set in a small Southeast Texas town where the dead have a habit of rising from their graves. The story revolves
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EXCLUSIVE: The novel Next to Heaven hit the market this week. Written by Anonymous, it’s a social satire that is being shopped by WME simultaneously for both a publishing deal and a film/TV deal. The TV deal has just closed, and the publishing deal will be next. The rights to turn the book into a
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UPDATED with Night 2 winners: HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show was named Outstanding Variety Show, DC Young Fly of Celebrity Squares was named Outstanding Host and Issa Rae of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse won for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance on night 2 of the NAACP Image Awards. The winners in the mostly TV categories
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EXCLUSIVE: Following a competitive auction, Legendary Television has snapped up rights to the hugely popular ‘romantasy’ novel Assistant to the Villain for development as a series. Published by Red Tower Books, an imprint of Entangled Publishing, on August 29th, Assistant to the Villain is the first novel from Hannah Nicole Maehrer, a rising fantasy romance
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“Writing,” Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, and director David Mamet told Bill Maher on Friday’s Real Time, “is just making shit up.” Mamet has made a successful career of that, creating such plays as Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow, and writing/directing such films as Heist, Wag the Dog and Hannibal, among others. Now, he’s out with
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Organizers of the National Book Awards said Tuesday that they have rescinded their offer to Drew Barrymore to host their annual ceremony this year after news that her daily talk show would resume despite the ongoing Writers Guild strike received backlash. “In light of the announcement that The Drew Barrymore Show will resume production, the
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There’s a lot to unpack to properly adapt The Dark Tower books by Stephen King. There have been past efforts that fell flat, and now there’s a writer’s strike that has tied up producton. But director Mike Flanagan remains optimistic that he can bring home a compelling version, as he related Thurday at the Tribeca Film Festival.
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Gran Torino producer Double Nickel Entertainment is forging a limited TV series about the life of Vincent van Gogh’s sister-in-law Jo van Gogh-Bonger. The indie has picked up the scripted and doc rights to Jo van Gogh-Bonger: The Woman Who Made Vincent Famous and is co-operating with the Vincent van Gogh museum to tell van Gogh-Bonger’s
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EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation Entertainment TV is developing a limited series based on R.O. Kwon’s critically acclaimed novel The Incendiaries. The series will be written by Lisa Randolph (Jessica Jones, Star Trek: Discovery) and directed by Kogonada (Pachinko, After Yang). FilmNation Entertainment will produce in association with Wishmore Entertainment. The project is currently being shopped around. The Incendiaries
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EXCLUSIVE: Blackstone Publishing has acquired worldwide publishing rights to Sean Scott Hicks’ autobiography, The Devil To Pay: A Mobster’s Road To Perdition. The company’s Director of Media, TV and Film, Brendan Deneen brokered the deal and will now edit the book, while shopping film and TV rights to studios and streamers. The Devil To Pay
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EXCLUSIVE: Stath Lets Flats and People Just Do Nothing producer Roughcut TV has deepened its push into the premium drama space by snapping up the rights to Nina Milns’ darkly comic satirical debut novel Goddesses, in what it described as a stiffly competitive situation. The comedy producer launched a high-end drama slate two years ago and Sarah Vaughan’s
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EXCLUSIVE: TelevisaUnivision is adapting literary Nobel Prize-winner Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel “Captain Pantoja and the Special Service” as an exclusive Spanish-language series for its premium streaming service Vix+. The series will feature a modern take on this story about a Captain who leads a secret mission for the army to recruit women who use their
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Wall Street Journal reporter Erich Schwartzel’s book, Red Carpet: Hollywood, China and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy, warns in its prologue: “China’s pressure on Hollywood and its own entertainment industry have the potential to challenge the American film industry as the chief narrator of the twenty-first century.” The book overall looks at the history
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The Girls On The Bus‘ long journey to the small screen has come to a successful conclusion with a straight-to-series order at HBO Max. The drama series adaptation of Amy Chozick’s best-selling book Chasing Hillary, from Julie Plec, Chozick, Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV, originally landed at Netflix with a series order two and
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EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Will Yun Lee and Mark and Christine Holder’s Seoul Street has acquired rights to Silver Phoenix author Cindy Pon’s bestselling sci-fi novels Want and sequel Ruse for development as an international television series. The book series, published by Simon & Schuster under their YA banner Pulse, explores a divided society
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EXCLUSIVE: Around The World In 80 Days writer Stephen Greenhorn is penning an adaptation of James Goodhand’s YA novel Last Lesson for Sanditon producer Red Planet Pictures. Death In Paradise indie Red Planet has optioned the rights to Goodhand’s debut, which was published last year and examines the psychological breakdown of model student and talented musician Ollie Morcombe after
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EXCLUSIVE: Lawrence “LAW” Watford’s Divine Write Pictures has optioned film, television and digital rights to the book The Seminarian: Martin Luther King Jr. Comes of Age by Patrick Parr. Watford is planning to adapt the book for television via his Tyler Street Films partnership with Jack Manning III and Tiffany Elle Burgess; all are graduates
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