The Black Count, Maya Lord, BFG, The Danish Girl are Being Adapted to the Screen. Optioned books The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count of Monte Cristo, Maya Lord, BFG, and The Danish Girl will land on the big screen.
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count of Monte Cristo (Sony Pictures)
director has lined up his next project I’ve learned. Teaming with John Legend and his Get Lifted Film Co. partner Mike Jackson, Fukunaga will adapt and helm a big-screen version of The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count of Monte Cristo for Sony. Get Lifted have optioned the Pulitzer-winning 2012 biography written by Tom Reiss that chronicles the life and adventures of French Revolution-era General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas.
Roland Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment has acquired screen rights to Maya Lord, the historical novel written by John Coe Robbins. The novel tells the fact-based story of Gonzalo Guerrero, who was shipwrecked in a violent storm in 1511, and found himself cast away on an unknown shore in the New World. He and his Spaniard shipmates were enslaved by a Mayan tribe. With no hope of escape, the brilliant and pragmatic adventurer searches for a way to advance in a strange new culture. As one of the captives eventually joins Cortes in the conquest of Mexico, Gonzalo adopts Maya ways and rises to become a major warlord, defending the Maya against Cortes and other Spanish conquistadors.
Guerrero, who married the daughter of a Maya chieftain, is generally regarded in Mexico as the father of the first Mestizo family
Steven Spielberg is planning to direct an adaptation of the Roald Dahl children’s book BFG for DreamWorks, however, his next directorial could likely be the untitled Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks…E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison wrote the script for BFG. Story follows a young girl Sophie who befriends a gentle giant. When she hears that the other evil giants are descending upon England, she enlists BFG’s help to thwart them. In the untitled Cold War feature, Hanks will play CIA-hired prominent attorney James Donovan, who slips behind the Iron Curtain to negotiate the release of Gary Powers, a pilot who is taken prisoner after his U-2 plane is shot down by the U.S.S.R. Matt Charman is penning the Cold War project
Director Michael Grandage has set Jude Law to play literary icon Thomas Wolfe alongside Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman in Genius, the John Logan-scripted adaptation of the celebrated A. Scott Berg book that recounts the relationship between Wolfe and renowned editor Max Perkins (Firth) that changed both men forever.
The Danish Girl
director Tom Hooper and actor Eddie Redmayne are reuniting with them on The Danish Girl, a film inspired by the novel written by David Ebershoff. The film is a love story about Danish painters Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda. In 1930, Wegener was one of the first men ever to undergo operations to become a woman…He’s attached to direct this, Redmayne will play the artist in what will be a most challenging role. Lucinda Coxon adapted the screenplay.
The Hundred Foot Journey (Disney/ DreamWorks)
Canadian actress Charlotte Lebon, who is upcoming in Disney/ DreamWorks’ The Hundred Foot Journey, is in talks to join Joseph Gordon-Levitt in TriStar and Robert Zemeckis‘ untitled movie about high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. She will play Petit’s girlfriend Annie in the feature based on Petit’s memoir To Reach The Clouds. Annie is described as a wafer-thin street-performing mime who becomes angry with Philippe for stealing away her audience. She agrees to forgive him on the condition that he buys her a glass of wine, and the two fall quickly in love. Ben Kingsley and James Badge Dale are also in the cast.
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