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

 
Based on J.K Rowling's crime novels (written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith) filming has already begun on 'The Cuckoo's Calling', which will be made up of  three hour-long episodes ('The Silkworm' and  'Career of Evil' will each have two hour long eps.) Tom Burke (The Musketeers, War and Peace) is starring as the ex-army private detective and Holliday Grainger (Cinderella, The Borgias, Great Expectations) as his temp/assistant. Ben Richards (Spooks, Sabotage) is writing the scripts for the first two books, and Tom Edge (Lovesick, The Last Dragon Slayer) is doing 'Career or Evil'. I loved the books, and I'm pleased with the casting, especially Holliday Grainger, who I think'll be perfect (Strike's a bit pretty, but I'm sure he'll be great too.) No release date yet, but can't wait! (See here for more info.)


Mortal Engines

 
Sometimes described as a 'steampunk' dystopian series, Mortal Engines and its sequels are set in a future where earth's cities are now mobile 'traction cities' that move around on wheels, chasing and devouring each other for parts and resources. I read the first book in this series when I was a teenager and really enjoyed it, but never got around to reading the others. I really need to fix that, because Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson, is taking it on as his next big film franchise, and I can imagine it's going to be epic. They've already cast the 'female lead' (although I'm not sure whether they mean Esther or Katherine) and the first film is due out in December 2018.  (See here for more info.)


Noughts and Crosses

 
The first in a series of YA novels set in a world where the black 'crosses' are the ruling class and white 'noughts' are second class citizens, Noughts and Crosses is a Romeo and Juliet-style tale about childhood friends Sephy (a Cross) and Callum (a Nought.) I've said for years this would make a great series and the BBC are finally doing it. It's expected to air this year and will be produced by Mammoth Screen, who brought us Poldark. Author Malorie Blackman seems excited to see it on screen and so am I -  should make for dramatic and thought-provoking viewing, if a little bleak. (See here for more info.)



His Dark Materials

 
Phillip Pullman's critically acclaimed book series was lauded as a rival to Harry Potter for a while during my childhood, but it never came close really did it? (Too much religious allegory if you ask me - which is always annoying, whether it's pro or anti religion.) Still, the first book at least, was really good and although everyone was very critical of The Golden Compass (the 2007 film adaptation) it was a shame they never made the sequels. So, now they're taking a second bite at the apple and adapting the books as a BBC series. Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) will adapt the story for the screen, which is rumoured will run for forty episodes across five seasons, to cover all three books. According to Phillip Pullman on twitter, production has 'started well and is moving smoothly' and it's possible it'll launch late this year. No casting announcements yet though. (See here and here for more info.)



Wonder

 
Everyone raves about this book - and no I haven't read it yet. But it's so well loved I'm sure the adaptation will be a big event. The story of about a little boy with a facial deformity who starts mainstream school for the first time, it's a weepie and a must-read, apparently. I am going to read it at some point. Honestly. Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay (the critically acclaimed kid from Room) star, in an adapted screenplay by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness) and it's due out in the UK on the 7th April. It slightly bothers me that they didn't cast a child actor with the real condition, but I suppose if it's very rare... (See here for more info.)



The Handmaid's Tale

 
 
 
I had to read this for my 'dystopian fiction' coursework in year 10, and although it's really not my genre, I loved the book. The old film (starring Natasha Richardson) is decent and sticks close to the plot, despite what they told us at school (our male teacher obviously just thought it'd be too awkward to watch with a class of mostly fourteen/fifteen year old girls) but I can see why they thought it was time for a re-make, what with current world events and everything. A new series based on the book premieres on hulu on the 26th April, starring Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) as Offred, Joseph Fiennes as the Commander and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants) as Ofglen. (See here for more info.)



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.)




Les Miserables

 
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?
 
 
 

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