Upcoming Adaptations to Watch Out For
I was going to do a post a bit like this for the new year, but a lot of the adaptations I'm looking forward to haven't got release dates yet, so I can't pinpoint them to 2017. However, I do keep hearing about work in progress films and shows that are getting me excited, so thought I'd do a bit of digging and find out all I can. Any of these pique your interest?
The Cormoran Strike Mysteries
Noughts and Crosses
His Dark Materials
The Handmaid's Tale
Anne of Green Gables
Everyone who watched the old series of Anne of Green Gables seems very attached to it, and therefore vaguely horrified at the idea of a new adaptation of L.M Montgomery's children's classic (coming to Netflix on 12th May). But I never watched the old series, and this looks good to me - Anne actually seems like the right age, for one thing. Created by an all female team (director, writer. producer) this version is still going to be 'grittier' apparently, and not necessarily stick as close to the original. We also don't know if they'll carry on and adapt the follow up novels. (See here for more info.)
Screenwriter and adaptation king Andrew Davies has been turning his hand to the classics for years, from Pride and Prejudice (1995) and Sense and Sensibility (2008) to 2016's War and Peace. His next project is Victor Hugo's Les Miserables which has been commissioned as a six-part series for the BBC. According to this article, he's finished the first draft and they're starting to think about casting. Exciting stuff! It's expected to air in 2018.
Have you read any of these? Any adaptations you're looking forward to?