Fall reading: 10 books being adapted for film, TV


Ana de Armas plays Marilyn Monroe in Blonde, a new film based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. File Photo by Rocco Spaziani/UPI | license photo

23 September (UPI) — Blond, The School of Good and Evil and my cop will be adapted for film and television this fall.

New adaptations will hit theaters and debut on streaming services in September, October and November.

Some well-known stars are linked to films and television series based on books. Here is an overview.


The 2000 biographical novel by Joyce Carol Oates presents a fictionalized take on the life and career of the late actress Marilyn Monroe. The book explores Monroe’s troubled childhood, her marriages to Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, and her alleged romance with President John F. Kennedy.

Blond will be adapted as a new film starring Ana de Armas as Monroe, Adrien Brody as Miller, Cannavale as DiMaggio and Caspar Phillipson as Kennedy. The film was written and directed by Andrew Dominik.

DeArmas and Blond Producer Brad Pitt attended the film’s world premiere on September 8 at the Venice International Film Festival. The film starts on Netflix on Wednesday.

“The Good House”

Ann Leary’s 2013 dark comedy follows Hildy Good, a real estate agent, mother, grandmother, and recovering alcoholic who lives in a small community on Boston’s North Shore. Hildy’s life begins to spiral out of control after she befriends Rebecca McAllister, a wealthy newcomer, and rekindles a romance with Frank Getchell, her high school flame.

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The book will be adapted as a new film starring Sigourney Weaver as Hildy, Morena Baccarin as Rebecca and Kevin Kline as Frank. The film was written by Maya Forbes, Wally Wolodarsky and Thomas Bezucha and directed by Forbes and Wolodarsky.

The good house opens in cinemas on September 30th.

“Happiest Girl Alive”

Jessica Knoll’s 2015 crime novel centers on Ani Fanelli, a New Yorker who seems to have everything, including a coveted job at a women’s magazine and a loving fiancée. Beneath the surface, Ani hides a dark past, including a shocking incident that happened when she was a teenager at a prestigious school.

Netflix is ​​adapting the book as a new film starring Mila Kunis as Ani. Other stars include Finn Wittrock, Connie Britton, Justine Lupe, Jennifer Beals and Scoot McNairy.

The happiest girl in the world was written by Knoll and directed by Mike Barker. The film begins streaming on October 7th.

‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’

Bernard Waber’s 1965 children’s book is a sequel to his 1962 book The house on East 88th Street. Both books follow the Primms, a family that moves into an old Victorian brownstone and befriends Lyle the crocodile who lives in their bathtub.

Sony Pictures is adapting the book as a new live-action musical-animated comedy film starring Shawn Mendes as the voice of Lyle. Javier Bardem also plays Hector P. Valenti, Lyle’s owner, with Constance Wu, Winslow Fegley and Scoot McNairy as the Primms. The film features original songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

Lyle, Lyle, crocodile opens in cinemas on October 7th.

“The School of Good and Evil”

The 2013 fantasy novel by Soman Chainani is the first book in her School of Good and Evil Series. The books follow Sophie and Agatha, best friends, who are kidnapped and taken to the eponymous School for Good and Evil, a magic school where young people are trained to be fairytale heroes or villains.

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Netflix is ​​adapting the book as a new film starring Sofia Wylie as Agatha and Sophia Anne Caruso as Sophie. Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Yeoh, Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron and Cate Blanchett also star.

The School of Good and Evil Premiering October 19.

“Black Adam”

Warner Bros. and DC Films will publish Black Adam, a new film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The film is a spin-off of the 2019 film Shazam! and Dwayne Johnson as Teth-Adam, also known as Black Adam, an anti-hero from the ancient city of Kahndaq.

Black Adam first appeared in the comic The Marvel Family #1, published in 1945. Since then he has been in comic series like Justice Society of America, villains united, Infinite Crisis and 52.

DC Comics has re-released paperback versions of JSA: Black domination and JSA: Wild times by Geoff Johns earlier this year Black Adam‘s release in theaters on October 21.

‘The Periphery’

The 2014 sci-fi crime thriller directed by William Gibson takes place in two timelines. One timeline follows Flynne Fisher, a near-future woman who appears to witness a murder, while the other focuses on Wilf Netherton, a man living in a post-apocalyptic world 70 years later.

Amazon is adapting the book as a new series starring Chloë Grace Moretz as Flynne and Gary Carr as Wilf. Jack Reynor, Eli Foree, Charlotte Riley, JJ Feild, Adelin Horan, T’Nia Miller and Alex Hernandez also star.

The Periphery was created by Scott Smith and executive produced by western world Co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Taylor Joy. The series will stream on Prime Video on October 21.

‘Nothing new in the West’

Author and German World War I veteran Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929 novel examines the horrors of World War I from the perspective of German soldiers. The book follows Paul Bäumer, a young soldier, and his friends and comrades on the western front.

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Netflix is ​​adapting the book as a new film starring Felix Kammerer as Paul. Daniel Brühl, Albrect Schuch, Moritz Kalus, Aaron Hilmer and Edin Hasanovic also have roles.

nothing new in the West Directed by Edward Berger, it is the first German-language adaptation of Remarque’s novel. The film will premiere on October 28th.

“My Cop”

The 2012 romance novel by Bethan Roberts is set in Brighton, England, in the 1950s. The book follows Tom Burgess, a closeted gay police officer who publicly courts Marion, a school teacher, while having a secret love affair with Patrick Hazelwood, a museum curator.

Amazon is adapting the book as a new film starring Harry Styles as Tom, Emma Corrin as Marion and David Dawson as Patrick. Linus Roache, Gina McKee and Rupert Everett each play older versions of Tom, Marion and Patrick.

my cop is written by Ron Nyswaner and directed by Michael Grandage. The film will stream on Prime Video on November 4th.

‘She said’

The 2018 non-fiction book by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey revisits how Kantor and Twohey investigated allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct against film producer Harvey Weinstein. The couple’s 2017 exposé for The New York Times helped start the #MeToo movement and started a cultural conversation about sexual assault in Hollywood and beyond.

she said will be adapted as a new film starring Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan as Cantor and Twohey, respectively. Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, Samantha Morton and Mike Houston also have roles.

she said was written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz and directed by Maria Schrader. The film hits theaters on November 18th.

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