It’s such a long list! And it doesn’t even include HBO, the vacuum of literature/possibly the single biggest financial backer of writing in New York City. Publishers Weekly has compiled the round-up, which includes everything from Gillian Anderson in Great Expectations to Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax (which was depressing enough in picture book form, thank you very much.) Read More
Now A Major Motion Picture
Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to Walter Isaacson’s forthcoming biography of Steve Jobs. Titled Steve Jobs, Simon & Schuster has already moved the publication date for the book to October 24 from November 12. Sony Pictures has adapted other business books to the screen, including Moneyball and The Social Network. [Deadline Hollywood]
Director Deborah Kampmeier, whose previous film was the controversial (and poorly reviewed) Hounddog, is now making a biopic of the southern writer Carson McCullers called Lonely Hunter. Jena Malone of Donnie Darko fame will play McCullers. Read More
After Bradley Cooper was named to play Lucifer and Ben Walker the archangel Michael, Variety reports that Djimon Hounsou will play the “angel of death” in the Hollywood adaptation of Milton’s Paradise Lost, directed by Alex Proyas, who did I, Robot and The Crow.
And also Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine is going to Read More
Chad Harbach, n+1 editor, novelist and now “consulting producer” has been snapped up in HBO’s general raid on everyone in New York City who has written a book. Read More
Patti Smith will collaborate with John Logan (who wrote Any Given Sunday and Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming biopic Lincoln) on a screen adaptation of Just Kids. We vote for Charlotte Gainsbourg as Patti. (Or is that a terrible idea? She’s a little old for the part, no? Who smokes enough cigarettes these days?) And maybe Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Dunst as runner ups? Read More