Adaptations Update; Sequel Mania

The two big winners from last week’s Emmy Awards, HBO’s Big Little Lies and Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale are both based on self-contained books, making the highly desired sequels problematic. Nevertheless, the producers are working with the authors to come up with new storylines. Liane Moriarity has only admitted to “thinking about” a followup to Lies, but Deadline reports on rumors that she has written a novella to serve as the basis for a sequel.

There’s no such coyness about Handmaids Tale. Production on season two has already begun and is expected to wrap in February. Author Margaret Atwood, who celebrated with the crew during the Emmy ceremony, is heavily involved with the new season.

Two film sequels will compete this weekend to knock the surprise hit, Stephen King’s It out of first place at the box office. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the second in the film franchise based on Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ comics series The Secret Service, opens in 3,900 theaters, as does the family film, The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Several tie-ins to the latter are available from Scholastic and DK; see our tie-ins list here.

Opening in just NY and LA advance of a wider run is Judi Dench in round two as Queen Victoria, this time in Victoria & Abdul. Dench also appears briefly in the new trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, to open Nov. 11. The actress is not suffering from a lack of offers. It was also announced this week that she is considering a role in another adaptation to be directed by Branagh, of Eion Colfer’s Artemis Fowl, now with a release date of Aug. 9, 2019.

Not a sequel, but the English-language version of a Swedish hit, A Man Called Ove, based on the best-seller by Fredrik Backman, is in the works and Tom Hanks has signed to play the lead.

Several new trailers were released in the last week, including the first for a new adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit, indicating that the movie will have little in common with the original, other than the characters’ names.

For a full rundown of upcoming adaptations, download our Movies & TV Based on Book spreadsheet. To browse the recent updates, download EarlyWord-Books-to-Movies-UPDATES-—-Sept-15-thru-21-2017

We want to thank Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla for her encouraging shout-out to EarlyWord‘s adaptations coverage on the ALSC blog this week. Thanks to comments like hers, we intend to continue our regular updates.

2 Responses to “Adaptations Update; Sequel Mania”

  1. DB Says:

    Thank you, Nora!

  2. Sarah Sk Says:

    I’m so glad to see that you’re still updating Early Word. Even after the announcement, I kept checking it out of habit and was delighted to find new content. Thank you so much for continuing this site.

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