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HBO Developing ‘Loner’ Drama Based On Teddy Wayne Novel

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EXCLUSIVE: HBO is in early development on Loner, a drama based on the novel by Teddy Wayne, with Wayne attached to pen the pilot and co-executive produce. In Loner, David Federman has never felt appreciated. An academically gifted yet painfully forgettable member of his New Jersey high school class, the withdrawn, mild-mannered freshman arrives at Harvard fully expecting to be embraced by a new tribe of high-achieving peers. Initially, however, his social prospects seem… Read

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Mattel Teams With MGM For ‘American Girl’ Doll Movie

The American Girl dolls are heading to the big screen: Mattel and MGM are teaming up to develop a live action movie based on the popular line of books and dolls. Mattel Films, MGM and Picturestart’s Erik Feig will produce. Cassidy Lange, MGM's Co-President of Production and Robbie Brenner, Mattel Film's Executive Producer will oversee production. “American Girl is a beloved, story-driven franchise lending itself perfectly to a feature film,” said Ynon Kreiz, Mattel’s… Read

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Tomorrow Studios To Adapt India-Set ‘Polite Society’ Novel For TV

EXCLUSIVE: Tomorrow Studios, Marty Adelstein's joint venture with ITV Studios, is adapting for television Polite Society, a modern-day retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma set in contemporary Delhi, based on Mahesh Rao’s (The Smoke Is Rising) forthcoming novel. This will mark the first mixed-language series for the production company behind such series as Snowpiercer and Hanna, as well as their first project set in India. The news comes amid an explosion of local premium… Read

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Reed Morano & Jane Featherstone Team To Adapt Naomi Alderman’s Book ‘The Power’ for Amazon – TCA

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Broadchurch producer Jane Featherstone is teaming with The Handmaid's Tale's Reed Morano for a global thriller based on Naomi Alderman's book The Power for Amazon. Featherstone's Sister Pictures is making 10-part series The Power for the streaming service after optioning the book in 2016. The show was unveiled Wednesday at TCA. Alderman is adapting her own book and exec producing with Featherstone, The Bisexual's Naomi de Pear and Morano with Trust and Taboo's Tim… Read

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NAACP Image Awards Nominees: ‘Black Panther’, ‘Beale Street’, Netflix, HBO Top List

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Disney/Marvel’s billion-dollar blockbuster Black Panther led all nominees for the 50th NAACP Image Awards that were unveiled today. Winners celebrating the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of TV, music, literature and film will be unveiled March 30 at the Dolby Theatre in a ceremony that will air live on TV One. Nominees were announced Wednesday during the network’s sessions at the TCA winter press tour in Pasadena. Black Panther, which has grossed $1.35… Read

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‘The Ruin Of Kings’ Book In Works As Epic Fantasy Series By Annapurna TV

Annapurna Television has optioned the rights to Jenn LyonsThe Ruin Of Kings, the first installment in the five-book series A Chorus of Dragons, for development as an epic fantasy television series. The Ruin of Kings follows the story of Khirin, a young thief who discovers he may be the son of a prince and involved in a complex prophecy where he is more valuable alive than dead. The book, released on February 5 by Tor Books, has been getting positive early reviews… Read

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Cartel Entertainment Options ‘The Lost Night’ Novel For TV, Mila Kunis To Produce

Cartel Entertainment has optioned Andrea Bartz’s soon-to-be-released debut thriller The Lost Night novel for development as a limited series, with Mila Kunis’ Orchard Farm set to produce. Based on the novel to be published by Crown this month, the story centers on Edie, who despite having New York's social world in her thrall and being the shining star of a group of recent graduates living in a Brooklyn loft and treating New York like their playground, is found dead near… Read

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‘Mary Shelley, Monster Hunter’: Exclusive Preview Of New AfterShock Comics Series

EXCLUSIVE: Last year marked the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein but the bookshelf classic isn’t gathering any dust. CBS has just ordered a primetime pilot for Frankenstein from Elementary creator Rob Doherty that is set in present-day San Francisco and features a back-from-the-dead cop as the reanimated protagonist. That comes three years after Fox attempted their own updating effort with Second Chance (which, oddly, also centered on a California lawman… Read

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Netflix, Sugar23 Win Film Rights Bidding Battle For Joe Hill Short Story ‘Faun’

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EXCLUSIVE: Netflix won a three-studio bidding battle to acquire screen rights to Faun, an upcoming short story by bestselling author Joe Hill. Jeremy Slater will write the script and Michael Sugar will produce through his Sugar23 banner with Ashley Zalta. The story will be published in a new short story collection in the fall. A TV series based on his novel NOS4A2 was just unveiled by AMC at TCA, and Hill’s thriller bestsellers include Heart Shaped Box, The Fireman and Hor… Read

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‘Leave No Trace’ And ‘A Very English Scandal’ Win USC Scripter Awards

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Bleecker Street’s Leave No Trace took home the movie prize for best adapted screenplay and Russell T Davies and author John Preston won the TV award for BBC/Amazon’s A Very English Scandal tonight at the 31st annual USC Scripter Awards. The awards honor the authors of printed works alongside the screenwriters who adapt their stories. This year’s film honor, which presented to screenwriters Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, and Peter Rock, whose novel My Abandonment the… Read

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Stephen King Novella ‘Mile 81’ Heads To Screen With ‘1922’ Producer Campfire & Director Alistair Legrand – EFM

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EXCLUSIVE: Alistair Legrand (Clinical) has been set to direct supernatural horror thriller Mile 81, based on the 2011 novella by Stephen King. Producer is Ross M. Dinerstein, who recently produced Netflix's King adaptation 1922 and the streaming service’s John Grisham inspired docuseries The Innocent Man. Paradigm is handling sales, and introducing the project at the European Film Market in Berlin. Script comes from Legrand and Luke Harvis (The Diabolical). Production is… Read

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Ex-NY Times Editor Jill Abramson Admits Her New Book Has Problems, Will Correct In Future Editions

Former New York Times editor Jill Abramson admitted today that several passages in her new book, Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts, might contain passages that substantially mimic the language found in other sources. Abramson has been under fire after a Wednesday night report from Vice News outlined that some of her book’s passages seemed to be taken from other sources. The accusations were made in a series of tweets by reporter Michael… Read