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Focus Features has unleashed a teaser trailer for A Monster Calls. According to Vulture, the story for this film adaptation comes from Patrick Ness’ young adult novel, A Monster Calls.
Juan Antonio Bayona took the helm as the director. Ness served as the screenwriter and adapted his own book into a script.
The video embedded above features the voice acting talent of Liam Neeson and glimpses of Lewis MacDougall as 12-year-old Connor. The Wrap reports that this movie will his theatres on Oct. 14, 2016. (via Indiewire)
Paramount Pictures has unveiled a second trailer for The Big Short film adaptation. The video embedded above features scenes with Brad Pitt as Ben Hockett, Christian Bale as Michael Burry, Ryan Gosling as Greg Lippmann, and Steve Carell as Mark Baum.
Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “The actors are positioned as the collective David against Goliaths like Merrill Lynch, Chase and Lehman Brothers…Adam McKay directed the The Big Short, based on Michael Lewis’ book that chronicles the 2008 financial collapse following the mortgage loan crisis.”
Netflix has unleashed the first teaser for season two of Marvel’s Daredevil series on Twitter. The video embedded above offers glimpses of a new “watering hole” in Hell’s Kitchen.
Actors Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, and Elden Henson have signed on to reprise their roles as Matt Murdock, Karen Page, and Foggy Nelson. Two new members of the cast include Elodie Yungas Elektra Natchios and Jon Bernthalas The Punisher.
Design & Trend reports that the second full season of episodes will be posted online in 2016. Follow this link to watch a sizzle reel for Matt Murdock.
Kenneth Branagh has signed on to star in a re-make of the Murder On The Orient Express movie. In the past, Branagh (pictured, via) has acted in several book-based projects such as Hamlet, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and My Week with Marilyn.
Here’s more from Deadline: “Famous for its labyrinthine plot and unconventional solution, the story first published in 1934 sees Christie’s detective Poirot stranded on the famous train during a terrible snowstorm. When a fellow passenger is murdered, Poirot discovers a great number of other passengers could be the culprit.” (via Vanity Fair)
Marvel Entertainment has unleashed the first teaser for season two of Agent Carter. The video embedded above offers glimpses of actress Hayley Atwell taking on the titular role.
According to Variety, “new cast additions for season two include Kurtwood Smith as Vernon Masters, a veteran of the War Department; Wynn Everett as Whitney Frost, a brilliant inventor and actress; Currie Graham as Whitney’s high-powered businessman husband Calvin Chadwick; and Lotte Verbeek as Ana Jarvis.” The premiere episode will air on Jan. 5, 2016. (via The Wall Street Journal)
Julianne Moore, an Oscar-winning actress, has signed on to star in the Wonderstruck film adaptation. In the past, Moore has taken on roles in several book-based projects including Game Change, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and Still Alice.
Here’s more from Deadline: “Wonderstruck follows the intertwined narratives of two deaf children, Ben and Rose. Ben lives with his family in Minnesota in 1977, and runs off to New York following his mother’s death when a mysterious note shows up. Rose, who is locked in a house in 1927 New Jersey, also escapes to New York to see her idol, film actress Lillian Mayhew.” (via Indiewire)
Matthew McConaughey wants to play the villain in the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, according to a report in Variety.
Sony Pictures Entertainment is adapting the horror book series into both a film and television series, both of which are due out in 2017. While Sony and MRC would not confirm the news, Variety’s sources say that the script is currently in McConaughey’s hands. Here is more from Variety:
Padick is a demonic sorcerer who Roland “the gunslinger” pursues in the first book. The character first appears in “The Stand” and goes by the name of Randall Flagg, a character that McConaughey was also offered to play. “The Gunslinger” will be the first in a series of films.
John Cameron Mitchell will direct an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’sshort story, “How To Talk To Girls At Parties.”
The cast includes Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Ruth Wilson, Matt Lucas, Jessica Plummer, and Alex Sharp. Gaiman himself will serve as an executive producer. Click here to read the full piece.
Here’s more from Deadline: “The story follows a shy teenage punk rocker Enn in 1970s suburban London, and his two closest friends. One night they all sneak into a party where they meet a group of intensely attractive, otherworldly girls; at first they think they’re from a cult, but eventually come to realize the girls are literally from another world—outer space. The leaders of this alien colony have a nefarious plan in mind, but that doesn’t stop Enn from falling madly in love with Zan, one of the colony’s key members. Their burgeoning romance sets in motion a series of increasingly sensational events that will lead to the ultimate showdown of punks versus aliens, and test the bonds of friendship, family, and true love.” (via ScreenDaily)
Disney has unveiled the second trailer for The Finest Hours. The video embedded above offers glimpses of actor Chris Pine playing a coast guard captain named Bernie Webber.
According to Deadline, the story comes from a nonfiction book with the same title written by authors Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias. This movie, helmed by filmmaker Craig Gillespie, will hit theaters on January 29, 2016. (via SlashFilm)
Chloë Grace Moretz has signed on to star in a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. In the past, Moretz (pictured, via) has taken on roles in several book-based projects including Dark Places, The 5th Wave, and If I Stay.
The Disney animated movie featured a story inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Variety reports that “not much is known about how this version will compare to previous iterations of the Hans Christian Andersen story, which follows a mermaid who wished to become human after falling in love with a man she saved from drowning.”
Disney has unveiled a full trailer for the Alice Through the Looking Glass movie. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsleigh, Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, and Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen.
TIME reports that this film adaptation, a sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, for May 27, 2016. Follow these links to watch the previously unveiled teaser videos. (via Indiewire)
Johnny Depp, Edgar Wright, and Bret McKenzie have signed on to adapt Neil Gaiman’s middle grade novel, Fortunately the Milk. The collaborators intend to create a live-action/animation hybrid movie.
According to Digital Spy, Depp will serve as a producer and take on an acting role. Wright will take the helm as the director. McKenzie will write the script.
Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Gaiman’s children’s book is described as ‘a story of time travel and breakfast cereal.’ It starts out with a father who goes to the store to buy some milk and returns with wild tales of aliens, space-time travel, pirates and more. The best-seller originally hit shelves Sept. 30, 2014, via HarperCollins.” (via MovieWeb)
Cheryl Strayed will join forces with Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern to create an adaptation of one of her books. They plan to develop an HBO drama series based on her essay collection, Tiny Beautiful Things.
According to Deadline, the pieces were “compiled from Strayed’s Dear Sugar advice column. Strayed and her husband, filmmaker Brian Lindstrom, will write the TV adaptation, set to explore love, loss, lust and life through the eyes of a Portland family who live by the mantra that the truth will never kill you.”
Vulture reports that this project would mark the collaborative reunion of Witherspoon, Dern, and Strayed. The trio had previously worked together on the 2014 film adaptation of Strayed’s best-selling memoir, Wild. (via The Wrap)
Paul King has signed on for a Paddington movie sequel. King will serve as both the director and one of the screenwriters.
King had previously taken on both of these roles for the first Paddington film adaptation. At this point in time, no announcements have been made as to whether or not the original cast members will also return for this project.
Here’s more from Deadline: “Based on Brit author Michael Bond’s much-loved series of books, Paddington the film was, by some margin, StudioCanal’s most ambitious project ever with the pan-European giant fully financing the $55 million budget. That bet paid off handsomely, with strong grosses worldwide — including $76 million domestically for the Weinstein Co — as well as strong ancillary revenues and ubiquitous merchandising opportunities.” (via IGN.com)
A collection of Neil Gaiman’s short stories are being adapted for a four-part television series which will air on U.K. satellite channel Sky Arts.
Sid Gentle Films, an independent production company founded by Sally Woodward Gentle in 2013, is producing the series which will be called Likely Stories. The Guardian has the scoop:
Details of the Gaiman adaptations are sketchy but the production company said that the series would be based on “the fantastical shorts stories from the pen of Neil Gaiman.” It added: “There will be an ensemble cast across all four of these tales”.
Shooting is due to start at the end of November, under the direction of Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, best known for their 2014 biopic of Nick Cave, 20,000 Days on Earth.
Disney has unveiled a teaser trailer for Alice Through the Looking-Glass. The story of this film adaptation comes from Lewis Carroll’s beloved novel. A release date has been scheduled for March 13, 2015.
The video embedded above features Mia Wasikowska reprising the role of Alice Kingsleigh. According to The Hollywood Reporter, other cast members from the 2010 Alice in Wonderland movie who have returned for this project include Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as The White Queen, Alan Rickman as the voice of the Blue Caterpillar, and Michael Sheen as the voice of the White Rabbit.
BBC One is working on an eight-part television series adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials.
Production companies Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema will work on the series, which will be filmed in Wales. The story follows a group of orphans who are on a quest to understand the mystery of their destinies and find themselves in parallel universes. The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop:
Said Pullman: “It’s been a constant source of pleasure to me to see this story adapted to different forms and presented in different media. It’s been a radio play, a stage play, a film, an audiobook, a graphic novel — and now comes this version for television. In recent years we’ve seen how long stories on television, whether adaptations (Game of Thrones) or original (The Sopranos, The Wire), can reach depths of characterization and heights of suspense by taking the time for events to make their proper impact and for consequences to unravel.”