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Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood Is Being Adapted for Television

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The iconic true crime novel is making its way to television. The novel, “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote has been optioned for a television adaptation by the Weinstein Company.

“In Cold Blood” details the 1959 murders of Herbert Clutter, a farmer from Holcomb, Kansas, his wife, and two of their four children. When Capote learned of the quadruple murder, before the killers were captured, he decided to travel to Kansas and write about the crime. He traveled to the town with his childhood friend and fellow author Harper Lee, and together they interviewed local residents and investigators assigned to the case and took thousands of pages of notes. The killers, Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith, were arrested six weeks after the murders, and Capote ultimately spent six years working on the book.

The television adaptation is being produced through TWC while working closely with Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski’s Flying Studios.

This is the fourth time “In Cold Blood” will be adapted from the novel. In 1967, a film was released, directed by Richard Brooks. Then the crimes themselves using parts of the book, have been adapted for film on three separate occasions, the last of which was Capote starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote, which told the story of the relationship between the author and the convicted murderers.

Reports say that Kevin Hood will be writing the script for the series. Hood is best known for penning the Jane Austin biopic, Becoming Jane. 

TWC has not announced what network will air the series or when we can expect it to premiere.

The project comes after the immense popularity of “The Jinx” documentary on HBO that followed the murder investigations in connection with Robert Durst while interviewing his side of the story. FX also recently started production on Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story. The first season will follow O.J. Simpson’s murder trial.

More information on In Cold Blood can be expected as the script inches towards completion.

NEW Poster For JURASSIC WORLD Released!

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As everyone is gearing up and getting exciting for the upcoming new installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, director Colin Trevorrow debuted a new poster for Jurassic World. 

The poster shows Bryce Dallas Howard in her role as Claire Dearing coming face to face with the dinosaur known as the Indominus Rex.

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar, an island located off Central America’s Pacific Coast, near Costa Rica, now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. This new park is owned by the Masrani Global Corporation. Owen Grady, a member of the park’s on-site staff, conducts behavioral research on a group of Velociraptors, known as Blue, Charlie, Delta and Echo. At the corporation’s request, the park’s geneticists create a genetically modified hybrid mutant dinosaur, known as Indominus rex, to boost visitor attendance (despite the creature having cannibalized its own sibling). Claire Dearing is the park’s operations manager. Her nephews, Zach and Gray, are visiting the island when the hybrid escapes and are subsequently caught up in the creature’s deadly rampage.

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World.  Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly.  Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

Alongside Howard, the film features an incredible cast including (my imaginary boyfriend) Chris Pratt, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Judy Greer.

Jurassic World opens in theaters and our hearts on June 12.

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A&E Is Developing a Let the Right One In Television Series

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There have already been two film adaptations of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel Let the Right One In but now there will be a television series based on the novel about a pre-adolescent vampire and her outcast best friend. It comes as a bit of a surprise that we are getting a third remake of the novel in less than a decade.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, A&E has acquired the television rights to the original novel. The channel won the rights after a bidding war with Showtime to produce and broadcast the forthcoming series.

“Let the Right One In” the series will be headed by Jeff Davis, who has previously worked on the series “Teen Wolf.”

The series is still in development so details are very scarce. There is no word on who the studio is eyeing to star or an anticipated release date.

Universal is Adapting Mark Millar’s Chrononauts Into a Feature Film

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Mark Millar is no stranger to having his comic books adapted into feature films. So, it is no surprise that yet another of his works is making the way to the silver screen and they have picked quite an exciting comic book to make the jump. “Chrononauts” has been announced for adaptation courtesy of Universal.

“Chrononauts” follows two friends, Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly, who will mess with the theoretical science of time travel during the 1960s race to space. After discovering the ability to mess with time travel, the two buddies must decide how to use the new technology. They can either help mankind or explore the advantages to their own selfish end. The story will show the consequences of messing with such technological capabilities.

Millar is most known in the movie world for the adaptation “Sin City” but the films “Wanted,” “Kick-Ass,” and “Kingsman” were all based on his comic book series as well.

There is currently no word on when Universal is planning to begin production on “Chrononauts” but it is expected to move without delay given the hot commodity that time travel films are currently. They also haven’t revealed whether Millar will be involved with film development.

Robert A. Heinlein‘s Novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Becoming Movie

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The science fiction novel, “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress,” written by Robert A. Heinlein, is getting the movie treatment thanks to director Bryan Singer. The movie is reportedly being retitled Uprising. The story follows a lunar colony that revolts against the rulers of Earth. 

“The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” was initially released in 1966 by the prolific science fiction author. It later worn the Hugo Award, though it would be the author’s last win.

Singer is attached to collaborate with the studio to produce the project with possibilities to direct as well. The film is being written by “Arrow” executive producer Marc Guggenheim.

This is the third time it has been attempted to adapt this particular novel into a movie. Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio had written a script to be produced by DreamWorks Studios. Another version from Phoenix Pictures had producer David Heyman attached. Both films never came to fruition and the rights to the novel eventually returned to Heinlein’s estate.

This is not the first novel by Heinlein to be adapted for the silver screen. In 1998, The Puppet Masters starring Donald Sutherland was directed by Stuart Orme. His most popular novel, Starship Troopers, would also be later adapted by Paul Verhoeven. Earlier this year, his short story All You Zombies was adapted into Predestination starring Ethan Hawke.

Blade Runner Sequel Writer Will Pen Murder on the Orient Express Remake

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When it was first announced that there would be a remake of iconic film, Murder on the Orient Express, there were questions of who would end up penning the script based on the Agatha Christie novel. The original story of the Orient Express revolved around Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who is tasked with the investigation of a murder that took place in his train car.

The remake was first announced last year and it was pretty quickly revealed that it was to be produced by Ridley Scott with Simon Kinberg but the writer seat remained vacant until now. This week, it was announced that Michael Green will write the script.

Green recently just finished writing the sequel to another famous film, Blade Runner. But he is also known for working on the much unloved superhero project Green Lantern. 

This is the second time the famous mystery novel is being adapted into a film. The first time being in 1974 by Sidney Lumet. This classic film had a stellar cast including Albert Finney in the lead role and Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York all playing various supporting roles as potential suspects.

Currently, there is no director signed on to take on the murder mystery film. Hopefully this means careful consideration is going into this project. There is also no word on who the studio is eyeing to star in the film.

Scarlett Johansson to Star in The Psychopath Test Adaptation

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A new film adaptation is in the works for the non-fiction novel, “The Psychopath Test” written by Jon Ronson. It was announced last week that the film already has a star by way of Scarlett Johannson.

The book follows Ronson as he delves into the manipulative, deceitful and delusional world of psychopathy. He interviews a psychologist who convinces him that many of the world’s most influential businessmen and politicians may in fact be highly functional psychopaths. With a new set of skills to help him spot who may be psychotic, Ronson aims to uncover truths behind psychopathy diagnoses, treatments and how to identify a true psychopath.

The Psychopath Test will be directed by Jay Roach who is known for several different types of films, television shows, and miniseries. He previously worked on Recount and Game Change, but also showed his talent for comedy in Austin Powers and Meet the Parents.

There has been no word on when the adaptation will hit theaters or when production will begin.

HBO to Release Documentary Game of Thrones: A Day in the Life

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In preparation for the upcoming fifth season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the network is releasing a behind the scenes documentary for fans. The documentary is titled Game of Thrones: A Day in the Life and it will take viewers to various filming locations that are used in the show such as Belfast, Ireland Dubrovnik, Croatia and more of the Seven Kingdoms.

Season 5 will take viewers even further into Westeros as they venture into Dorne for the first time. The documentary will explore the location the show used as a backdrop for Dorne, one of the nine regions of the Seven Kingdoms.

Game of Thrones: A Day in the Life will air Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. EST on HBO. The trailer can be seen below.

Syfy to Adapt Robert Charles Wilson’s Spin

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Syfy has announced plans to adapt the Robert Charles Wilson’s Hugo Award novel, “Spin,” into a six-hour miniseries. Jim Uhls has signed on to adapt the novel for the miniseries. The novel was originally published in 2005. “Spin” is the first novel in a trilogy written by Wilson. The best-selling trilogy also includes “Axis” and “Vortex.”

The novel is officially described as follows:

Spin is Robert Charles Wilson’s Hugo Award-winning masterpiece—a stunning combination of a galactic “what if” and a small-scale, very human story. One night in October when he was ten years old, Tyler Dupree stood in his back yard and watched the stars go out. They all flared into brilliance at once, then disappeared, replaced by a flat, empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives. The effect is worldwide. The sun is now a featureless disk—a heat source, rather than an astronomical object. The moon is gone, but tides remain. Not only have the world’s artificial satellites fallen out of orbit, their recovered remains are pitted and aged, as though they’d been in space far longer than their known lifespans. As Tyler, Jason, and Diane grow up, a space probe reveals a bizarre truth: The barrier is artificial, generated by huge alien artifacts. Time is passing faster outside the barrier than inside—more than a hundred million years per year on Earth. At this rate, the death throes of the sun are only about forty years in our future. Jason, now a promising young scientist, devotes his life to working against this slow-moving apocalypse. Diane throws herself into hedonism, marrying a sinister cult leader who’s forged a new religion out of the fears of the masses. Earth sends terraforming machines to Mars to let the onrush of time do its work, turning the planet green. Next they send humans…and immediately get back an emissary with thousands of years of stories to tell about the settling of Mars. Then Earth’s probes reveal that an identical barrier has appeared around Mars. Jason, desperate, seeds near space with self-replicating machines that will scatter copies of themselves outward from the sun—and report back on what they find. Life on Earth is about to get much, much stranger.

The miniseries will be produced by Universal Cable Productions alongside Rob Morrow’s Bits and Pieces Picture Company and Olympus Picture’s Leslie Urdang.

There is no word on when the miniseries is planned to premiere on Syfy. They have not announced who the studio is eyeing to star in the project or who will be helming the production in the director’s chair.

John Krasinski to Headline Michael Bay’s True Benghazi Tale 13 Hours

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13 Hours has found its leading man in “The Office” star John Krasinski. The film is a true Benghazi tale being directed by Michael Bay. It is based on the book of the same name written by Mitchell Zuckoff’

The book it is based on is officially described as follows:

“13 Hours” presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale. This is their personal account, never before told, of what happened during the thirteen hours of that now-infamous attack.

The novel was adapted into a screenplay by Chuck Hogan and it is set up with Paramount Pictures. Erwin Stoff is producing.

Opposite of most Michael Bay films, 13 Hours is rumored to be small scale film with a budget closer to that of his recent film, Pain & Gain. The budget rumors are currently unconfirmed.

There is no word on when the film is expected to release in theaters.