Peter Jackson is finally moving forward with Mortal Engines, with his long-time collaborator Christian Rivers directing.
The New Zealand filmmaker is adapting Philip Reeve’s novel into a big screen production, having first gained the rights to the book years ago but never finding the “right time” to begin work on it. Jackson has penned the script with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, with whom he worked on both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and the movie marks Rivers’ first major directing stint.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Jackson shared the exciting news with fans.
“Hi Folks, it’s been a quiet few months, but I’m very happy to tell you that our next project is now underway. WingNut Films be producing a feature film based on Philip Reeve’s book Mortal Engines, to be directed by Christian Rivers,” he wrote. “Some of you may recall that Christian was going to direct the Dambusters (sic) a few years back.”
“If you haven’t read the books, you should. They present a stunning look into the future, when all of Earth’s major cities are now mounted on wheels, roaming across the landscape as massive ‘Traction Cities’,” he explained, with Mortal Engines focusing on a “steampunk” version of London struggling to survive as the world runs out of resources. “The moment we read these novels, we knew what exciting movies they’d make. I literally can’t wait to see them!”
Production begins in New Zealand in March 2017.
Malorie Blackman’s young adult novel Noughts and Crosses is to be made into a BBC One drama series.
The adaptation will be based on the critically-acclaimed first book in the Noughts and Crosses series, set in a dystopian society where black people are the ruling class.
It tells the forbidden interracial love story between Sephy, a “Cross” and politician’s daughter; and Callum, a “Nought” and member of the underclass.
The drama is expected to air next year.
Andrew Adamson in negotiations to direct and co-write Curious George, a live-action adaptation for Universal Pictures based on the children’s book series written by Margret & H.A. Rey. Adamson, who showed a flair for family fare in directing, producing and scripting the first two installments of The Chronicles of Narnia series, will executive produce. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will produce for Imagine Entertainment, alongside David Kirschner and Jon Shapiro. Imagine’s Erica Huggins also will produce. Universal first turned Curious George, with the adorable primate and the man in the yellow hat, into an animated feature.
Dinner with the Twits, an interactive theatrical dining experience that invites its audience to the worst dinner party in the world at the residence of the revolting Mr. and Mrs. Twit, will premiere at London’s The Vaults.
It will begin performances September 4 prior to an official opening September 14, for a run through October 30.
Presented by Les Enfants Terribles and ebp—the team behind Alice’s Adventures Underground that was Olivier-nominated for its run—in association with Bompas & Parr and Creature of London, it marks the first time one of Roald Dahl’s titles has been adapted into a production specifically for adults.
According to press materials, the evening will include a banquet of deliciously disgusting dishes, to be enjoyed with homemade cocktails, Mr. Twit’s special brew and Mrs. Twit’s potent punch.
Produced by Emma Brünjes, James Seager and Oliver Lansley with Creature of London, it is directed by Emma Earle, written by Oliver Lansley and Anthony Spargo and designed by Sam Wyer.
In a press statement, Lansley commented, “We are delighted to be presenting the first adaptation specifically created for adults of one of Roald Dahl’s hugely adored children’s books. We never really lose our sense of play, our relish in the bizarre and revolting. Dinner at the Twits will give adults the opportunity to explore those boundaries between disgust and delight, to come up close and personal with the hideous hairy Twits and to be taken on a multisensory journey through Dahl’s beguilingly bizarre world.”
David Walliams, the comedian and children’s author, has apologised to young fans for not replying to their letters because his post has been stolen.
The Little Britain star and Britain’s Got Talent judge revealed that Scotland Yard has told him that he was the victim of a mail thief.
He told his 1.6 million Twitter followers that “a large box of letters” from youngsters sent to him via his publisher HarperCollins was among post that had been taken.
Walliams, 44, apologised to fans who had not received a reply to letters they had sent because he does “endeavour to reply to everyone”
The article includes some sample letters and his replies (to complaints) from a previous postbag.
The BBC is to turn Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy into a TV series, giving both existing fans and a new generation the chance to experience the tale of parallel universes, Daemons and armoured polar bears.
Pullman has given his blessing to the project, and is helping recruit a writer to produce a faithful adaptation of the novels, which centre on a girl called Lyra living in a parallel version of Oxford.
Producers have promised to sound “every note” in the much-loved trilogy and stay true to the source material.
Pullman said the many adaptations of the books on screen, radio and stage had been a “constant source of pleasure” but shows such as Game of Thrones and the Wire had shown that TV had the capacity to reach “depths of characterisation and heights of suspense by taking the time for events to make their proper impact and for consequences to unravel”.
Film rights for Caleb Krisp’s children’s debut Anyone But Ivy Pocket (Bloomsbury) have been acquired by Paramount.
Allison Shearmur (producer for “The Hunger Games” and “Cinderella”) will be producing the film, with Michele Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), the script writers.
Johnny Depp is in early negotiations with Fox to produce and star in Neil Gaiman’s time-travel tale “Fortunately, the Milk,” with Edgar Wright directing.
Australia-based Animal Logic Entertainment, best known for “The Lego Movie,” is producing the live-action/animation hybrid. Zareh Nalbandian from Animal Logic Entertainment is the producer.
Dolphin Films has optioned the rights to the Mary E. Pearson’s dystopian young adult book, The Adoration of Jenna Fox. The production company has also snapped up the rights to the screenplay adaptation, which was inked by screenwriter Garry Williams (Larger Than Life), as well as to the other two novels in the Fox Chronicles trilogy, Fox Inheritance and Fox Forever.
It looks like the Artemis Fowl movie, which was announced back in 2013 by Disney and The Weinstein Company, may now have a director:
Kenneth Branagh, who has helmed Thor and, more recently, Cinderella, is reportedly in talks to develop and direct the big screen adaptation of Irish author Eoin Colfer’s hugely popular book series.
Variety reports that Irish playwright Conocr McPherson is in talks to write the script rather than Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix screenwriter Michael Goldenberg who had initially been mooted for the gig.