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N.K. Jemisin’s ‘The Fifth Season’ Book To Be Developed As TV Series At TNT

N.K. Jemisin’s Hugo Award-winning sci-fi fantasy novel The Fifth Season is getting the drama series treatment at TNT. The project is in early development at the cable network with Leigh Dana Jackson (24: Legacy, Sleepy Hollow) set to pen the adaptation and Imperative Entertainment’s (All the Money in the World) Dan Friedkin, Tim Kring and Justin Levy serving as executive producers. Jackson brought the novel, the first in a three-book series, to Imperative, which secured… Read

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Nicole Kidman On ‘Big Little Lies’, Kubrick And Taking Chances: “I Don’t Approach Things From That Safe Place”

Remember the glow of those early summer days when restlessness called to you beyond the school gates? Recall those days, full of experiences that defined your youth, bathed in the magic hour sunset of memory. Perhaps, like Nicole Kidman, you ducked into a theater and saw a film you shouldn't have seen. One that taught you something about the world around you, spoke to the teenage rebel in your heart and introduced you to the possibility of this strange, dark room, with… Read

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Ruth Ware’s ‘The Lying Game’ Picked Up By The Gotham Group

EXCLUSIVE: The film rights to Ruth Ware’s The Lying Game — which debuted to No. 3 on The New York Times’ bestseller’s list – has just been acquired by The Gotham Group. This comes on the heels of the management/production company bringing in Janelle Brown's critically acclaimed suspense thriller Watch Me Disappear to its slate earlier this month. The Gotham Group is set to produce Ware’s first two novels as well: The Woman in Cabin 10, which has been No. 1 on The New York… Read

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Annapurna Television Acquires ‘The Changeling’ Novel To Develop As TV Series

Annapurna Television, the TV division of Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, has acquired Victor LaValle's new novel The Changeling to develop as a television series. The book, described as a mix of horror, fantasy and realism, was published on June 13 by Spiegel & Grau. In The Challenging, when Apollo and Emma have their baby, Brian, it feels like both a reward and a challenge for the new dad. Apollo, the son of a single mother, had been scraping by as a bookseller who… Read

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‘Two Steps Forward’ Optioned By Fox Searchlight For A Very Good Production

EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has optioned the novel Two Steps Forward from husband-and-wife team Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist for Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman to produce through their A Very Good Production, which currently has film projects set up at Warner Bros., Disney, Lionsgate and Fox as well as a host of different TV series set up at various networks. The latest to be brought the company’s feature slate, Two Steps Forward, is the story of midlife renewal told… Read

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Ryan Doherty, VP Of Lit At Sony, Moves To Celadon Books

Ryan Doherty, who had been VP of literary development at Sony Pictures and worked on a number of high-profile books to film/TV, is leaving to join Celadon Books, Macmillan’s new trade book division on Sept. 12. Sony has plans to restaff. During his stint at Sony, Doherty was a key executive on a wide range of books to screen projects, among them The New York Times bestselling sci-fi thriller Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, The New York Times bestseller The Nightingale by… Read

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‘The Book Of Harlan’, NAACP Image Award-Winning Novel, Being Prepped As Feature By Mark Tonderai

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Tonderai and his Shona Films are developing a feature film based on Bernice L. McFadden's critically acclaimed novel The Book of Harlan which won both the American Book Award and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work this year. Tonderai is adapting and will direct with McFadden helping to produce. The novel, published by Akashic Books, follows a jazz musician who is imprisoned at Buchenwald after migrating from the U.S. to Paris in the 1930s… Read

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Jack O’Connell, Laura Dern Star For Ed Zwick In ‘Trial By Fire’

EXCLUSIVE: Jack O’Connell and Laura Dern have been set to star in Trial by Fire, a fact-based drama that Ed Zwick will direct. Oscar-winning Precious scribe Geoffrey Fletcher wrote the script, adapted from the 2009 article in The New Yorker that won David Grann the Polk Award. Zwick will produce through his Bedford Falls banner with Flashlight Films’ Allyn Stewart & Kipp Nelson, and Alex Soros, the latter of whom is financing. Production is set to begin October 2 in… Read

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‘Watch Me Disappear,’ Suspense Thriller From Janelle Brown, Optioned By The Gotham Group

EXCLUSIVE: The Gotham Group has just optioned Janelle Brown’s critically acclaimed suspense thriller Watch Me Disappear which debuted in mid-July on The New York Times bestseller’s list at No. 13. Compared to by critics as spellbinding and engaging as Gone Girl, the novel follows a woman who vanishes on a hike in Berkeley, CA and is presumed dead. However, the questions over her disappearance brings up an unsettling thought for her husband: how well can you ever really… Read

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Tom Brady Book ’12’ & Movie Coming From ‘The Finest Hours’ Writing Team – UPDATED

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UPDATED, 8:59 AM: More information has come to light this AM about the book and movie based on the New England Patriots superstar Tom Brady. Little, Brown and Company just won a bidding war for the book which is entitled 12 and written by authors Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge. The story chronicles the Patriot’s miraculous come-from-behind win in this year's Super Bowl. The book will be published in 2018. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein (The Maze Runner) will be producing the movie… Read

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‘Little Women’: Dylan Baker & More Join BBC/PBS Mini; Lionsgate Boards WW Sales

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has come on board to handle worldwide distribution outside the U.S. and UK on BBC One and Playground Entertainment's Little Women adaptation that's co-produced with Masterpiece on PBS. The three-part mini has also added cast including Dylan Baker, Julian Morris and Mark Stanley. They join the previously set Angela Lansbury, Emily Watson and Michael Gambon as well as the four young actresses playing the March sisters, Maya Hawke, Willa Fitzgerald… Read

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‘The Murders Of Molly Southbourne’ Picked Up By Cathy Schulman’s Welle Entertainment

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EXCLUSIVE: The Murders Of Molly Southbourne, a novella written by Tade Thompson which is designed as the first in an ongoing series from MacMillan Publishing imprint Tor.com, has just been optioned by Cathy Schulman's Welle Entertainment (a co-venture with Primary Wave Entertainment). The company is clearly gearing up as this marks the second book to be brought into the company this week, with Welle winning a bidding war over the hot property Alpha Girls just about four da… Read