January 20, 2012

[Friday Links] Diane Kruger joins the cast of 'The Host' - A Stephenie Meyer Adaptation

The CW gives pilot orders to Arrow, based on the DC Comics book Green Arrow; an adaptation of Candace Bushnell's novel The Carrie Diaries - a Sex and the City prequel; and a reboot of the 1980's series, Beauty and the Beast.

The Japanese film Battle Royale, based on the novel of the same name, never saw the light of a US release. It's a graphic film about a bunch of teenage kids fighting each other to the death, after all. Now, this controversial film has a DVD release date coinciding with the movie release of The Hunger Games.

After news that Lionsgate acquired rights to Summit Entertainment (the studio that brought us Twilight), the CEO of Lionsgate expresses interest in the possibility of continuing Edward and Bella's story, perhaps in a TV series.

Julie Andrews to direct new musical based on her children's book, The Great American Mousical.

Lionsgate gears up for Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, securing Gary Ross to direct and hiring screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours).

Cormac McCarthy, author of The Road, has had a few of his novels adapted for film. Now, the author has begun writing screenplays and just sold his first script, titled The Counselor, which was picked up by the producers of The Road and follows a respected lawyer who "thinks he can dip a toe in to the drug business without getting sucked down."

Diane Kruger is negotiating to star alongside Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, and Jake Abel in the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's The Host. Diane Kruger, who can be seen in Inglourious Basterds, will play The Seeker. The Host is one book, but there are three movies planned - the first scheduled for a March 2013 release.

Elton John's Rocket Pictures has acquired film rights to Michael Buckley's best-selling series Nerds, and will adapt them into an animated family feature.

10 comments:

  1. Side eyeing the thought of a Twilight tv show. When will folks learn to leave well enough alone?

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    1. Side-eyeing along with you - I can't even imagine the series without the original cast.

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  2. Thanks for the info- My co-author and I just did a review for The Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews- cool that she's directing, she's had an amazing career.

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    1. I'll have to check out that review of yours!

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  3. Carrie Diaries and Beauty and the Beast? Cooooooooool!

    Battle Royale sounds interesting. I'd see it.

    Continuing Edward and Bella's story? No way! Stupid execs. Don't they see that real fans won't buy that.

    Go Julie! That sounds great.

    If he worked on Slumdog, he must be good.

    Diane sounds great for that role.

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    1. Diane really does. Not quite how I imagined the Seeker, but I liked Diana in IB and I'm looking forward to seeing more from her.

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  4. Ugh, a big fat NO to continuing the Twilight story in a TV series.

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    1. I wouldn't mind more books though. A spin-off might be good if they kept the cast members (but that hardly ever happens).

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  5. In regards to the Twilight story:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll3uipTO-4A

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    1. lol, nice! And very true - Breaking Dawn Part I is still breaking records in theaters. Basically, Lionsgate is sitting on a goldmine and they know it.

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