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Fall reading: 10 books being adapted for film, TV


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Sept. 23 (UPI) — Blonde, THE INSTITUTION once and for all and Evil and My Policeman are increasingly being adapted for film and television this fall.

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

Some big-name stars are mounted on movies and TV series predicated on books. Here is a rundown.


The 2000 biographical fiction novel by Joyce Carol Oates presents a fictional undertake the life span and career lately actress Marilyn Monroe. The book explores Monroe’s troubled childhood, her marriages to Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, and her reported romance with president John F. Kennedy.

Blonde has been adapted as a fresh film starring Ana de Armas as Monroe, Adrien Brody as Miller, Cannavale as DiMaggio and Caspar Phillipson as Kennedy. The movie is written and directed by Andrew Dominik.

De Armas and Blonde producer Brad Pitt attended the film’s world premiere Sept. 8 at the Venice International Film Festival. The movie premieres Wednesday on Netflix.

‘The Good House’

The 2013 dark comedy novel by Ann Leary follows Hildy Good, a real-estate broker, mother, grandmother, and recovering alcoholic surviving in a little community in Boston’s North Shore. Hildy’s life begins to unravel after she befriends Rebecca McAllister, a wealthy newcomer, and rekindles a romance with Frank Getchell, her senior high school flame.

The book has been adapted as a fresh film starring Sigourney Weaver as Hildy, Morena Baccarin as Rebecca and Kevin Kline as Frank. The movie is compiled by Maya Forbes, Wally Wolodarsky and Thomas Bezucha and directed by Forbes and Wolodarsky.

THE NICE House opens in theaters Sept. 30.

‘Luckiest Girl Alive’

The 2015 mystery novel by Jessica Knoll centers around Ani Fanelli, a fresh York woman who seems to have everything, including a sought-after position at a women’s magazine and a loving fianc. Beneath the surface, Ani is hiding a dark past, including a shocking incident that occurred when she was an adolescent at a prestigious school.

Netflix is adapting the book as a fresh film starring Mila Kunis as Ani. Finn Wittrock, Connie Britton, Justine Lupe, Jennifer Beals and Scoot McNairy also star.

Luckiest Girl Alive is compiled by Knoll and directed by Mike Barker. The movie starts streaming Oct. 7.

‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’

The 1965 children’s book by Bernard Waber is really a sequel to his 1962 book THE HOME on East 88th Street. Both books follow the Primms, a family group who transfer to a vintage Victorian brownstone and befriend Lyle, the performing crocodile who lives within their bathtub.

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

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile opens in theaters Oct. 7.

‘The School once and for all and Evil’

The 2013 fantasy novel by Soman Chainani may be the first book in her School once and for all and Evil series. The books follow Sophie and Agatha, close friends that are kidnapped and taken up to the titular School once and for all and Evil, a school of magic where teenagers train to become story book heroes or villains.

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

THE INSTITUTION once and for all and Evil premieres Oct. 19.

‘Black Adam’

Warner Bros. and DC Films will release Black Adam, a fresh film in line with the DC Comics character of exactly the same name. The movie is really a spinoff of the 2019 film Shazam! and stars Dwayne Johnson as Teth-Adam, aka Black Adam, an antihero from the ancient city of Kahndaq.

Black Adam first appeared in comic The Marvel Family #1, released in 1945. He’s got since been featured such comic book series as Justice Society of America, Villains United, Infinite Crisis and 52.

DC Comics re-released trade paperback versions of JSA: Black Reign and JSA: Savage Times by Geoff Johns this season before Black Adam‘s release in theaters Oct. 21.

‘The Peripheral’

The 2014 sci-fi mystery novel by William Gibson occurs in two timelines. One timeline follows Flynne Fisher, a female in the near-future who seems to witness a murder, as the other centers around Wilf Netherton, a guy surviving in a post-apocalyptic world 70 years later.

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

The Peripheral is established by Scott Smith and executive made by Westworld co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Taylor Joy. The series starts streaming Oct. 21 on Prime Video.

‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

The 1929 novel by author and German World War I veteran Erich Maria Remarque explores the horrors of WWI from the perspective of German soldiers. The book follows Paul Bumer, a soldier, and his friends and fellow soldiers on the Western Front.

Netflix is adapting the book as a fresh film starring Felix Kammerer as Paul. Daniel Brhl, Albrect Schuch, Moritz Kalus, Aaron Hilmer and Edin Hasanovic likewise have roles.

All Quiet on the Western Front is directed by Edward Berger and may be the first German-language adaptation of Remarque’s novel. The movie premieres Oct. 28.

‘My Policeman’

The 2012 romance novel by Bethan Roberts occurs in Brighton, England, in the 1950s. The book follows Tom Burgess, a closeted gay policeman who publicly courts Marion, a schoolteacher, whilst having a secret romance with Patrick Hazelwood, a museum curator.

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

My Policeman is compiled by Ron Nyswaner and directed by Michael Grandage. The movie starts streaming Nov. 4 on Prime Video.

‘She Said’

The 2018 nonfiction 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 pair’s 2017 expos for THE BRAND NEW York Times helped launch the #MeToo movement and begin a cultural conversation about sexual assault in Hollywood and beyond.

She Said has been adapted as a fresh film starring Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan as Kantor and Twohey, respectively. Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, Samantha Morton and Mike Houston likewise have roles.

She Said is compiled by Rebecca Lenkiewicz and directed by Maria Schrader. The movie opens in theaters Nov. 18.

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