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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.

The Weinstein Company Adapting “Every Exquisite Thing”

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To be published novel, “Every Exquisite Thing,” is heading to the big screen courtesy of The Weinstein Company. The novel was written by “The Silver Linings Playbook” author Matthew Quick. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

According to THR, “Every Exquisite Thing” follows a straight-laced female athlete “who starts to get in touch with her wild side after reading a cult classic novel.” The novel she reads is believed to be Oscar Wilde’s “The Portrait of Dorian Gray,” though this is unconfirmed at the moment. Though the novel contains the line “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.” It seems to make sense.

Quick’s previous novel, “Silver Lining’s Playbook,” was also adapted by The Weinstein Company and ended up being  nominated for eight Academy Awards with star Jennifer Lawrence winning one for her performance in a leading role opposite Bradley Cooper. The 2013 novel from Quick, “Forgive Me,” has been optioned by The Weinstein Company as well.

“Every Exquisite Thing” will be published sometime in 2016. Production will likely not begin on the film until 2017 depending on when the book actually releases. There is no word on any other plans for the film in the realm of casting.

Snowpiercer Director Talks Cuts to North American Version of Film

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Recently The Weinstein Company announced that they would be editing the upcoming film, Snowpiercer which pissed off fans and critics alike (including myself). They announced their plans to cut 20 minutes from the North America version of the film because they felt our audiences wouldn’t be able to understand the full film. After widespread outrage, they have changed the plan slightly. Continue reading

The Hour of Peril Will Be Adapted Into A Miniseries

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The New York Times bestselling narrative nonfiction novel, “The Hour of Peril” has been optioned by The Weinstein Company to create a television miniseries with Brendan Deneen and Charles Spicer attached to executive produce on behalf of Macmillan Films. The novel was published in February of 2013 by Minotaur Books and written by Daniel Stashower.  Continue reading

Weinstein Co. Options Vampire Academy’s “Blood Sisters” For Feature Film

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Even though The Twilight Saga is finally finished, the vampire media trend is not quote ready to die. The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced that they have  acquired the U.S. distribution rights to “Blood Sisters.” The adaptation will be the first installment of feature film adaptations based on the “Vampire Academy” series of young adult books.

The feature film adaptation of of Blood Sisters is set to be directed by Mark Waters, who is most known for his work on Mean Girls and The Spiderwick Chronicles. Dan Waters will write the screenplay. The project is being produced by Don Murphy and Susan Montford of Angry Films, Michael Preger and Deepak Nayar of Kintop/Reliance. IM Global CEO Stuart Ford will executive produce.‪

It is based on the first book in the highly popular “Vampire Academy” series written by Richelle Mead. The book series has sold over 8 million copies in print across 35 countries. To date there are 6 books in the series, with the last 4 on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

The official plot description for Blood Sisters is as follows:

Rose Hathaway develops a mental and spiritual bond with her BVFF (best vampire friend forever) Princess Lissa. The two girls attend a strict school for vampires designed to retain their humanity where it is Rose’s task to protect the Princess. Among the everyday issues faced by teenage vampires Rose falls for Dimitri, their dreamy guardian, and together the three battle the mysterious forces of the evil Moroi who are set on destroying the Princess’s bloodline.‬

“I am thrilled to be working on the first feature for ‘Vampire Academy.’ This series is fantastic and I am excited to bring it to the screen for diehard fans and introduce the stories to a whole new audience,” said TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein.

The projected release date is set for February 14, 2014.