Upcoming Book adaptations to TV and Movies for 2019 November 5, 2018 – Posted in: Blog, Books, Inspiration
Each season we get a new round of books adapted to the TV. Usually, they are books they have been long time successes and some clever director/producer has identified that it would be great as a Movie or TV shop. I think the pressure to find good cinema and TV watching is hotting up. How many great scripts are there available out there to feed our ever watching adoring public. In waltzes, the good old-fashioned story in the shape of a well-recognised book and we are in business. There is always the debate is the book better than the movie and visa versa but my opinion is that the movie adds to the book or if seeing the movie first, the book is a wealth of new subplots that a 2 hour movie just couldn’t include. It’s a win-win all round.
Here are a few of the surprises to be adapted to the TV in 2019:
Robotham’s ‘The Secrets She Keeps’ to be adapted for TV
Michael Robotham’s thriller The Secrets She Keeps(Hachette) will be adapted into a six-part television miniseries, reports If.
Premiering on Channel 10 in 2019, the series will be produced by Lingo Pictures and scripted by Jonathan Gavin, whose credits include Sisters and Offspring, and Sarah Walker, who has written for Home and Away and Neighbours. A psychological thriller, The Secrets She Keeps is about two very different female protagonists who both carry an explosive secret.
‘Alice-Miranda’ animated telemovie in production
SLR Productions has commenced production on an animated telemovie based on Jacqueline Harvey’s Alice-Miranda (Random House Children’s) series of children’s books, reports Mediaweek.
Originally announced as a TV series comprising 26 half-hour episodes, the comedy-drama Alice Miranda ShinesBright will run for 80 minutes and will remain targeted at a 6-9 year old audience. The telemovie will premiere locally on Nine Network
Alice-Miranda has a great following with young readers and Jacqueline Harvey is one of Australia’s top female children’s authors. We believe all the right ingredients are in place for this dynamic, quality Australian children’s drama to be a huge success on Nine.’
The series has sold over 850,000 copies in Australia and 1,000,000 internationally.
‘Alex Rider’ books to be adapted into YA drama series
In the UK, Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Alex Rider’ series will be adapted to an eight-part television drama series for teenagers, starting with the second book Point Blanc.
The series follows Rider, the reluctant spy, as he infiltrates a controversial correctional academy for the wayward offspring of the ultra-rich and investigates the sinister purpose of the academy.
Sony will fully fund the production and will look for a broadcaster or platform partner.
Horowitz said, ‘So many Alex Rider fans have been asking me when he would be returning to the screen—and I couldn’t be more excited that it’s finally happening.’
Alex Rider first debuted on the big screen in 2006 with the feature film Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, with Horowitz writing the screenplay. Over 19 million copies have been sold worldwide since the first ‘Alex Rider’ book in 2000.
Hachette acquires ‘Lambs of God’ ahead of TV miniseries adaptation
Lambs of God (Marele Day) follows three nuns, each a generation apart, who live in a solitary convent separate from the rest of the world, and describes what happens when an ambitious young priest arrives who is intent on transforming their isolated existence.
Day said: ‘It’s a rare privilege for a writer to have a work republished and I am super-excited that this is happening to a novel I wrote more than twenty years ago … I can’t wait to see that fabulous new cover in the book shops.’
Production of the TV miniseries commenced at Fox Studios Australia in May this year, with the series set to premiere in 2019, starring Essie Davis (The Babadook, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale, The Leftovers) and Jessica Barden (The End of the F**king World).
The series has been adapted for screen by writer and showrunner Sarah Lambert (Love Child, A Place To Call Home, Dance Academy, Love My Way), and will be directed by Jeffrey Walker (Modern Family, Ali’s Wedding, Dance Academy, Super Fun Night, Rake, Jack Irish).
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