Books to Movies & TV — In Development

Below is a listing of titles in development, those with the most recent information first. That is followed by a list of well-known titles that are Lost in Production — they have either been cancelled, or there has been no news on the projects in over 2 years.

Movies scheduled for filming are in a separate listing —  see In Production

For movies with scheduled release dates, see Upcoming — with Tie-ins

Movies that have been released:

In Development

Movie Title: The Light Between Oceans

Based on: Debut novel by M.L. Stedman (S&S/Scribner, 2012)

Status: Alicia Vikander in talks to star (Deadline, 6/19/14); Michael Fassbinder to star; Dreamworks names Derek Cianfrance as director (Deadline, 9/3/13)


Movie Title: The Danish Girl

Based on: Novel by David Ebershoff (Penguin, 2000)

Director: Tom Hooper

Status: Alicia Vikander in talks to star; shooting expected to begin this fall (Deadline, 6/19/14) — this means she will replace Gwyneth Paltrow, who in turn replaced Charlize Theron. Eddie Redmayne will play Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, replacing Nicole Kidman.


Movie Title: Tulip Fever

Based on: Novel by Deborah Moggach

Director: Justin Chadwick

Status: David Harewood added to cast (Deadline, 6/16/14) that includes Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz, Zach Galifianakis and Judi Densch


Movie Title: Red Sparrow

Based on: Thriller by Jason Matthews, winner of 2014 Edgar for Best First Novel

Status: David Fincher may direct, with Rooney Mara starring. The two did the English-language adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,  (Deadline, 6/9/14)


NBC  Mini-Series: The Slap

Director: Lisa Cholodenko (first two episodes)

Based on: Novel by Christos Tsiolkas

Status: Greenlight, 5/20/14 (L.A. Times)


Movie Title: The Yellow Birds

Director: David Lowery

Based on: National Book Award finalist, The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers, (Hachette/Little, Brown; Thorndike Press; Hachette Audio; 2012)

Status: Leads cast. Benedict Cumberbatch will play army Sergeant, leading a platoon in Iraq. Will Poulter and Tye Seridan will play two Privates under his command. (Deadline; 5/17/14) David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) is set to write and direct.


Movie Title: The Black Count

Director: Cary Fukunaga

Status: Lined up as Fukunaga’s next project, after completing Beasts of No Nation, which begins shooting in May, 2014. (Deadline, 4/28/14)

Based on: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count of Monte Cristo, by Tom Reiss (RH/Crown; 2012)
ABC TV Series: ABC TV Series: The Astronaut Wives Club

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Status: Production planned to begin fall, 2014, to launch, midseason 2014-15; see our story for cast info.

Based on: Lily Koppel’s 2013 nonfiction title, The Astronaut Wives Club, (Hachette/Grand Central; 2013),


Movie Title: The Operators

Director: David Michôd

Status: To star Brad Pitt, (Deadline, 4/14/14)

Based on: The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, by Michael Hastings, Penguin/Blue Rider, 2012

Fox TV Series: Dirty White Boys

Directors: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones)

Status: Deal made with Fox, (Deadline, 4/10/14)

Dirty White Boys


Based on: Dirty White Boys by Stephen Hunter

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Movie Title: Fallen

Director: Scott Hicks

Status: New members added to cast — Lola Kirke , Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Daisy Head, Hermione Corfield, Malachi Kirby, and Chris Ashby (author Lauren Kate’s blog, 4/10/14); Addison Timlin (Californication), Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Harrison Gilbertonto star, (Deadline, 8/16/13)

Based on: First in a series of four YA novels by Lauren Kate
Movie Title: The Sandman

Status:  Jack Thorne (How I Live Now) to write script, (Deadline, 2/26/14); Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to direct and possibly star. In an interview, he says it is”still “Very, very early days.” (IGN, 1/11/14)

Based on: Comic book by Neil Gaiman


Movie Title: It

Director: Cary Fukunaga

Status: To be a two-parter, according to Fugunaga, in an interview in Entertainment Weekly, 2/26/14;  Producer Dan Lin says in interview, “Cary Fukunaga is writing and directing Stephen King’s It for me, and I’m really excited for that.  So I’m hoping that’ll be his next movie after the indie he’s shooting in Africa.” (Collider, 2/7/14)

Based on:  book by Stephen King (1986); previously adapted in 1990 as an ABC miniseries that starred John Ritter, Harry Anderson, Tim Reid, Annette O’Toole, Richard Thomas and Tim Curry asPennywise.


Movie Title: Testament of Youth

Status: Front Row picked up distribution rights at the European Film Market (Screen Daily, 2/19/14); Alicia Vikaner replaces Soarise Ronan who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts; Kit Harington joins to play her fiancé — the two are also in Seventh Son (The Hollywood Reporter, 2/4/14)

Based on: WW I memoir by Vera Brittain (1933)


Movie Title: The Parsifal Mosaic

Status: Zhang Yimou to direct; Brian Grazer and Ron Howard producing; if this goes forward, it will be he first time that a mainland Chinese director has signed to do an English-language film (Deadline, 2/13/14)

Based on: Novel by Robert Ludlum


Movie Title: The Jungle Book (Warner)

Status: Andy Serkis to direct  for Warner Bros. replacing Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel), who left due to scheduling conflicts. Ron Howard was also briefly in talks to direct, (The Hollywood Reporter, 3/20/2014).

Note: Disney has a separate film based on the book in pre-production. It is set to be directed by Jon Favreau as a live-action/CG hybrid. Idris Elba will voice the man-eating tiger Shera Khan; Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o  in  negotiations to join the cast  (The Hollywood Reporter, 4/23/2014). Release date set for 10/9/15

Based on: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, 1894


Movie Title: A Reliable Wife

Status: Luca Guadagnino (who directed I Am Love, starring Tilda Swinton) has  signed to direct, (Deadline, 2/10/14)

Based on: Robert Goolrick’s debut bestseller (Workman/Algonquin, 2009)


Movie Title: The Art of Racing in the Rain 

Status: Thomas Bezucha has signed on to direct; Patrick Dempsey, who was to star, is now producing (The Hollywood Reporter, 2/7/14)

Based on: Garth Stein’s 2008 novel


TV Series: American Gods

Status: TV rights  picked up by FremantleMedia (Neil Gaiman’s blog, 2/4/14)

Based on: Novel by Neil Gaiman


TV Series: Anansi Boys 

Status:  UK for the BBC (Neil Gaiman’s blog, 2/4/14)

Based on: Novel by Neil Gaiman


Movie Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Based on: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Director: Craig Gillespie

Status: May still be alive, with Burr Steers to direct, Lily Collins to star, and screenplay by David O. Russell, (DreadCentral, 1/31/14); After many delays, it may be resurrected (Deadline, 3/1/13)


TV Series: The Dovekeepers

Status:  Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (The Bible) producing for CBS for 4-hour series to air in 2015 (Deadline, 1/22/14)

Based on: Novel by Alice Hoffman


TV Series: Emerald City

Status:  NBC orders 10-episodes; production expected to begin end of summer for a midseason release (Deadline, 1/19/14)

Based on: A “Reimagining” of  Wizard of Oz, with stories drawn from all 14 books in the series by L. Frank Baum


Movie Title: The Graveyard Book

Status:  Ron Howard signed to direct (Screenrant, 2013); Howard is currently filming Heart of the Sea (Mail Online, 1/7/14)

Based on: Book by Neil Gaiman


Movie Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Status: Michael Gracey to direct, (The Hollywood News, 12/4/13); Screenwriter Stuart Beattie hired to do adaptation (Hollywood Reporter, 3/14/13)

Based on: First title in YA trilogy by Laini Taylor


Movie Title: Shantaram

Director:  Garth Davis

Based on: Novel by Gregory David Roberts, 2003

Status: Joel Edgerton to replace Johnny Depp, who was originally attached to play the lead; Garth Davis to direct (Word and Film, 10/16/13)


Movie Title: The Dinner

Director: Cate Blanchett

Based on: Novel by Herman Koch

Status: Blanchett announced as director (unclear whether she will also star); writer assigned to script (Deadline,  9/19/13). A Dutch-language adaptation, Het Diner, directed by Menno Meyjes, was shown at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and opens in the Netherlands in November, 2013.


Movie Title: Your Voice in My Head

Director: Francesca Gregorini

Based on: Memoir by Emma Forrest (RH/Other Press; 2011)

Status: Set to start production in “early 2014″ (Variety, 11/5/13); Emma Watson to star (Deadline, 9/7/13)


Movie Title: Pet Sematary

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Status: Paramount remaking; director hired (Variety, 10/31/13)

Based on: Novel by Stephen King


Movie Title: A Hologram for the King

Director: Tom Tykwer

Status:  Tom Hanks to star; production to begin in 2014 (Deadline, 9/5/13)

Based on: Novel by Dave Eggers


Movie Title: The Lost City of Z

Status: Robert Patinson joins cast (The Playlist, 11/6/13);  project  being resuscitated, with James Gray back on board to direct and Benedict Cumberbatch in talks to star (Deadline, 9/4/13)

Based on: The Lost City of Z, David Grann, (Doubleday, 2009)


Movie Title: Room

Based on: Novel by Emma Donoghue (Hachette/Little,Brown)

Status: Lenny Abrahamson to direct (Deadline, 9/3/13)


Movie Title: Carol

Based on: Patricia Highsmith’s book, sometimes called novella, The Price Of Salt, recently released in the collection, Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories Edited by Joan Schenkar, (Norton, 2010)

Director: Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven)

Status:  Jake Lacy added to cast (The Hollywood Reporter, 2/11/14); Acquired by the Weinstein Co. at the Cannes film festival; to star Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara (replacing Mia Wasikowska) (Deadline, 8/29/13)


Movie Title: The Stand

Director: ????

Status: Paul Greengrass being eyed to replace Scott Cooper (BadAss Digest, 11/26/13); Cooper replaces Ben Affleck as director (Deadline, 8/22/13)

Based on: Novel by Stephen King


Movie Title: American Sniper

Starring: Bradley Cooper

Status: Clint Eastwood in negotiations to replace Steven Spielberg as director, who withdrew (Deadline, 8/21/13)

Based on: American Sniper, Chris Kyle, (HarperCollins/Morrow, 2012) 


TV Pilot: Someday, Someday, Maybe

Status: Author Graham is writing pilot for the CW network (The Hollywood Reporter, 8/16/13)

Based on: Novel by Lauren Graham (who also starred on Gilmore Girls and Parenthood)

Series Title: Fresh Off the Boat, ABC

Status:  Pilot in the works, produced by Nahnatchka Khan (Don’t Trust The B—)

Based on: Eddie Huang’s 2013 memoir, Fresh Off The Boat

Series Title: Cancer Vixen, HBO

Star: Cate Blanchett, who will also be exec. producer

Status: Julie Delpy to write script (Deadline, 8/13/13)

Based on:  Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s memoir in graphic novel format

Movie Title: Esio Trot

Starring: Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench

Based on: Roald Dahl’s book

Status: At TV market, Mipcom, (Variety, 9/30/13);  People magazine report that Hoffman has been treated for cancer mentions that he is scheduled to begin filming Esio Trot in the fall (People, 8/6/13). 


Movie Title: Crazy Rich Asians

Based on: satiric debut novel Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan (RH/Doubleday)

Status: Acquired for the big screen by the production company behind The Hunger Games.(Deadline, 8/6/13)


Movie Title: The Good House

Based on: Ann Leary’s novel The Good House, (Macmillan/St. Martin’s; Macmillan Audio)

Status: It is being adapted as a movie,  starring Meryl Streep and  Robert De Niro, (Deadline, 8/6/13)


TV Pilot: Crossfire 

Based on: Erotic novels by Sylvia Day

Status: Optioned by Lionsgate, (Deadline, 8/5/13)


In Limbo (No news in a year or more)

Movie Title: Artemis Fowl

Based on: Eoin Colfer’s fantasy novels for children

Status: Listed as one of 10 Long-Awaited Film Adaptations Which Can’t Get Off The Ground, 3/19/14; Weinstein is reuniting with his old nemesis Walt Disney Studios  for a live-action adaptation, (Variety, 7/30/13)


Movie Title: Neuromancer

Director: Vincenzo Natali

Status: Listed as one of 10 Long-Awaited Film Adaptations Which Can’t Get Off The Ground, 3/19/14; Mark Wahlberg  and Liam Neeson have been approached to star as Case and Armitage; the Guardian analyses what those actors would bring to this “long-gestating” movie (The Guardian, 8/2/12), but says the project is still “a long way from getting the green light” and that, “it is surely likely to be at least 2014 before Neuromancer finds its way into cinemas.”

Based on: Cult novel by William Gibson


Movie Title: The Girl Who Played with Fire (English Language version)

Director: David Fincher directed the first in the the English-language series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and was attached for the second. However, it’s unlikely it will move forward, since the first one was not judged a financial success.

Based on: Second in the Millennium trilogy by Stig Larsson


Movie Title: The Rules of Inheritance

Director: Susanne Bier

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence (also producing)

Status: Project announced (Hollywood Reporter, 6/5/13)

Based on:  Memoir by Claire Bidwell Smith (Penguin/Hudson Street Press, 2012)


Movie Title: Life Itself

Director: Richard Loncraine

Status:  Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton to star (Deadline, 5/18/13)

Based on:  Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment, (RH/Pantheon)


Movie Title: Agincourt

Director: Michael Mann (Last of the Mohicans)

Status:  New writer Stuart Hazeldine hired (Deadline 5/1/13).  Mann is about to shoot his next film and has other projects in the works, so this may not happen quickly.

Based on: Novel by Bernard Cornwell


Movie Title: The Zookeeper’s Wife

Status:  Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) signed to star and Niki Caro to direct, (The Hollywood Reporter. 4/30/13)

Based on: The Zookeeper’s Wife, (Norton, 2007) by Diane Ackerman


Title: Graceling

Studio: Reliance

Status: Feature rights acquired as a franchise; produers and screenwriters attached (Variety, 4/25/13)

Based on: Kristin Cashore’s young-adult fantasy trilogy 


Movie Title: A Discovery of Witches

Status: Screenplay completed (Deadline, 4/12/13); signed by Warner Bros. (Deadline, 7/21/11)

Based on: Best delling debut novel by Deborah Harkness


Movie Title: The Age of Miracles

Status: Status: Catherine Hardwicke to direct (Deadline, 4/3/13)

Based on: Debut novel by Karen Thompson Walker (2012)


Title: Incarceron

Studio: AMBER Entertainments

Status: Originally signed by Fox, with plans to star Taylor Launtner; Fox dropped the rights, AMBER Entertainments picked up the project (Author Web site, 3/25/13)

Based on: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher


Movie Title: Annihilation

Status: Scott Rudin optiond (Deadline, 3/16/13)

Based on: First title in the Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer (FSG), to be published early 2014


Movie Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Status:  Joe Wright to direct (Deadline, 2/28/13); Wright is currently in pre-production Pan, a original prequel to Peter Pan, set for release in July, 2015

Based on: Book by Neil Gaiman


Series Title: Hyperion

Director: Scott Derrickson

Status: AMC has put into development as a series (Deadline, 2/13/13)

Based on: The Terror by Dan Simmons, 2007


Movie Title: The Man in the Rockefeller Suit 

Director: Walter Salles

Status: Walter Salles replaces Scott Cooper as director (Playlist, 1/31/13)

Based on: The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter by Mark Seal


Movie Title: Matched

Status: Disney adapting; Jon Chu (G.I. Joe) replaces David Slade (Twilight Saga: Eclipsed) as director, (The Hollywood Reporter, 1/31/13)

Based on:  Matched (2010) by Ally Condie, the first in the trilogy, followed by Crossed (2011) and Reached (2012).


Movie Title: Dynamo

Status: Gerald Butler to star (Deadline, 10/30/12)

Based on:  Dynamo:  Defending the Honour of Kiev by Andy Dougan, about a soccer game during WWII between a group of Nazis and occupied Ukrainians.


Movie trilogy & TV series: The Dark Tower

Director, first feature films & first season of TV series: Ron Howard

Status: Ron Howard says it’s not cancelled; “it got delayed, it’s never gone away. We’re working on it, and Stephen is very patient with us, and Akiva’s just gone off and directed a movie [an adaptation of Mark Helprin’s novel, Winter’s Tale,], I’m continuing to work, but the Dark Tower dreams – fever dreams, rather – are still there, but we’re not going to give it a timetable.” (EmpireOnline, 9/17/13)

Based on: Dark Tower series by Stephen King


Movie Title: Creed of Violence

Director: Todd Field

Status:  Christian Bale in talks to star (Playlist, 8/3/12)

Based on: Novel by Boston Teran (Counterpoint, 2009)


Movie Title: Crooked House

Director: Neil Labute from script co-writted with Julian Fellowes

Status: Sony acquires rights; being recast, with plans to start shooting in Fall ’12 (The Hollywood Reporter, 7/9/12); no news since, as of 7/1/14

Based on: Novel by Agatha Christie

Movie Title: The Abstinence Teacher

Director: Lisa Cholodenko

Status: Cholodenko confirmed she is directing, but has other things on her plate (Playlist, 7/11/12)

Based on: Novel by Tom Perrotta


Movie Title: A Confederacy of Dunces

Status: After 30 years since it was first optioned and many years of being declared on life support, Scott Rudin took over as producer and now has Zach Galifianakis attached to star and James Bobin to direct. (New York magazine, “Vulture” blog, 5/22/12)


Movie title: The Osterman Weekend

Status: Brian Kirk signed to direct (Deadline, 2/28/12); in an article about Ludlum books to movies, producer Ben Smith says it will be very different from the Sam Peckinpah adaptation (The Playlist, 5/18/12)

Based on: Book by Robert Ludlum


Movie Title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Status: No news since it was announced that filming  was delayed (BBC News, 4/2/12); Kate Winslet to star, (The Wrap, 1/13/12)

Based on: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyMary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, (Dial Press, 2008)

Movie Title: Logan’s Run

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

Starring: Ryan Gosling (no longer, as of 10/24/12)

Based on: Novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson (also made into a  1976 movie starring Michael York; a tv series was spun off the film)


Movie title: The Emperor’s Children

Director: Scott Cooper

Starring: Keira Knightley, Michelle Williams, Eric Bana, Richard Gere

Status: Scott Cooper replaced Noah Baumbach as director; in an article on Cooper’s next movie, this one is listed as one of many he has signed, make it unlikely that it will go into production in the near future (The Playlist, 2/24/12)

Based on: 2006 novel by Claire Messud


Movie Title: American Assassin

Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Stars:  Chris Hemsworth and Bruce Willis

Status: Pre-production.Jeffrey Nachmanoff replaces Ed Zwick as director (Deadline, 2/21/12).  Chris Hemsworth offered lead (Deadline, 10/11/12). CBS Films President and CEO Amy Baer quoted on Vince Flynn’s blog, 6/8/11 –  “We were prepping Consent to Kill [the firs book in the Mitch Rapp series] when Vince told us he was going to tell Mitch Rapp’s origin story in American Assassin.  From there it was a natural decision to introduce audiences to Mitch Rapp – the man before he became the legend.” CBS Films controls the rights to the entire series as well as any new sequels and spinoffs.

Based on: American Assassin, Vince Flynn (S&S)

Movie Title: Bailout
Studio: Sony
Director: Michael Winterbottom

Starring: Jack Black

Status: Development unknown; Scheduled to begin filming in January, 2012 (The Playlist, 11/3/11)

Based on: The Financial Lives of the Poets, by Jess Walter (Harper, 2009)


Movie Title: Dogs of Babel

Status: John Carney signed to direct (L.A. Times, 11/2/11);  Steve Carell signed to star (Variety, 2/22/11)

Based on: Novel by Carolyn Parkhurst


Movie Title: The Caves of Steel

Status: Henry Hobbs to direct (Deadline, 9/22/11)

Based on: Novel by Isaac Asimov (1954)


Movie Title: The Fear Index

Director: Paul Greengrass (Bourne Identity)

Status:  signed by  20th Century Fox; author is writing the screenplay (The Telegraph, 8/23/11)

Based on: Novel by Robert Harris, Jan., 2012 (signed before book’s release)


Movie Title: Back Roads

Director: Adrian Lyne

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Jennifer Garner, Marcia Gay Harden

Status: Jennifer Garner pregnant, which may affect production (, 8/23/11)

Based on: Novel by Tawnie O’Dell, Viking, 2000 (an Oprah Book Club selection, March, 2000)

Movie Title: Danger Girl

Director:  Andy Hartnell

Status:  Kate Beckinsale, Milla Jovovich and Sofia Vergara rumored to star (BleedingCool, 8/22/11)

Based on: Danger Girl graphic novel by J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell, IDW Publishing

Movie Title: The Gray Man

Director: James Gray

Status: Brad Pitt signed to star (The Playlist, 8/5/11)

Based on: The Gray Mandebut thriller by Mark Greaney (Jove, 2009). On Target (Jove, 2010), the second Gray Man novel was published as an original mass mkt pbk. The third in the series, Ballistic (Berkley, 10/4/11) is a trade pbk original. Greaney is also co-author on Tom Clancy’s Locked On (12/13/11)


Movie Title: Music and Silence

Director: Lone Scherfig

Status:  Still listed as “pre-production” on IMDB, as of 4/6/13; earlier shooting was announced for 2012, with a 2013 release (Thompson on Hollywood, 5/15/11);

Based on: Novel by Rose Tremain

Movie Title: Death Note

Director: Shane Black

Status: Will be live-action; script being written; Black hired by Warner Bros. (Deadline, 1/13/11)

Based on: Manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata; was released as a two-part, live-action Japanese movie in 2006


Movie Title: The Monster of Florence

Status: George Clooney to star (The Wrap, 1/4/11)

Based on: Monster of Florence, Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi, Grand Central, 2008


Movie Title: Fahrenheit 451

Director: Frank Darabont

Status: Listed as one of 10 Long-Awaited Film Adaptations Which Can’t Get Off The Ground, 3/19/14; “Darabont is currently searching for a lead actor with the chops to play the part — and the pull to secure some major funding too, of course.” (, 11/23/10)
Based on: Classic novel by Ray Bradbury


Movie Title: How to Survive a Robot Uprising

Status: Rights acquired by Jack Black and director Steve Pink (io9, 10/25/10)

Based on: Novel by Daniel H. Wilson


Movie Title: The Piano Tuner

Director: Werner Herzog

Status: “Werner Herzog is heading to Burma for his new film, The Piano Tuner,” TimeOut, London, 11/21/10

Based on: 2002 novel by Daniel Mason


Movie Title: The Adventurer’s Handbook

Studio: Universal (Variety) “seven-figure deal”

Latest Update: Jonah Hill says it’s the next movie he is shooting (MovieWeb, 4/12/10)

Director: Akiva Schaffer

Starring: Jonah Hill, Jonathan Schwartzman, Jason Segal

Based on: The Adventurer’s Handbook: Life Lessons from the World’s Great Explorers,  Mike Conefrey (Smithsonian, 2006)


Movie Title: Dewey

Starring: Meryl Streep (Variety, 11/12/2008)
Production Company: Temple Hill
Studio: New Line
Updates: Spencer, Iowa Daily Reporter, 5/8/09; Dewey Movie on Fast Track; says it is tentatively scheduled for Christmas, 2010
Publishers Weekly, 8/4/09; Dewey Author Gets Million-Dollar Deal at Dutton; indicates doubt about movie — says Streep is “supposedly attached to star.”


Movie Title: Edgar Sawtelle
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producers: Playtone’s Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman with Harpo Films partners Oprah Winfrey and Kate Forte
Status: Wentworth Miller hired to replace William Boyles Jr. as screenwriter (Hollywood Reporter, 8/13/12)

Movie Title: Magic Kingdom for Sale – Sold!

Status: Steven Carrell to play lead (, 3/9/12); Series optioned (BrooksBlog, 1/29/12)

Based on:  Magic Kingdom for Sale – Sold!, by Terry Brooks (RH/Del Rey, 1986); first in the Magic Kingdom of Landover series.


Movie Title: Darkfever

Status:  Rights acquired to the entire Fever series by DreamWorks in Aug., 2011 (Variety, 8/19/11); may film in Ireland (IFTN, 10/18/11)

Based on: Karen Marie Moning’s best selling five-book The Fever series


Movie Title: Satori

Status:  Right acquired by Warner Bros.

Based on: Winslow, Satori (Grand Central, 3/7/11), the prequel to Shibumi, by Trevanian (1979)


Movie Title: Peace Like a River

Status:  Tate Taylor (The Help) working on script,  (The Wrap, 9/24/11)

Based onNovel by Lief Enger


Movie Title: The 39 Clues

Status: Dreamworks “ramping up development: (The Wrap, 9/24/11)

Based on: The 39 Clues by Rick Riordan


Movie Title: The Osterman Weekend
Status: Deadline, 8/4/10 reports that Robert Schwentke may direct.
Based on: The Osterman Weekend, Robert Ludlum
Movie Title: Shadow Divers
Status: Deadline, 8/4/10 reports that Robert Schwentke may direct.
Based on: Shadow Divers, Robert Kurson, Random House, 2004
Movie Title: Skippy Dies
Director: Neil Jordan
Status: Reported in Deadline, 8/2/10
Based on: Skippy Dies by Paul Murray (on the 2010 Booker long list)
Movie Title: Shoe Addicts Anonymous
Director: Paul Weiland
Status: Halle Berry signed to star (Deadline, 7/21)
Based on: Shoe Addicts Anonymous, Beth Harbison (St. Martins, 2007)
Movie Title: The Contortionist’s Handbook
Status: Channing Tatum signed to star, production to begin early next year; Deadline, 8/10/10
Based on: Debut novel by Craig Clevenger, Macadam Cage, 2003

Movie Title: Cleopatra, 2011
Director: Not named yet
Status: Scott Rudin has the film rights. David Fincher to direct, after James Cameron dropped out to turn his attention to Avatar sequels (Deadline, 3/22/11)
Based on: Cleopatra, Stacy Schiff, (Little, Brown, 11/01/10)
Movie Title: All Quiet on the Western Front
Status: Daniel Radcliffe has signed to star; shooting likely to start in 2012 (ReelBollywood, 6/26/10)
Based on: book by Erich Maria Remarque
Movie Title: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Status: Oprah’s Harpo Films and Alan Ball were to produce for HBO
Based on: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Movie Title: A Wrinkle in Time
Status: Screenwriter hired, 3/10 (Variety)
Based on: A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle

Movie Title: The Lost Symbol
Starring: Tom Hanks
Status: Script being rewritten by Dan Brown (The Playlist, 12/21/10)
Based on: The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown
Movie Title: Blood Meridian
Director: Ridley Scott
Status: In an interview in Nov., 2008, Ridley Scott said the screenplay is written, but that the material is so violent, that “maybe it’s something that should be left as a novel.”
Based on: Book by Cormac McCarthy

Movie Title:The Passage
Status: Rights acquired (Variety, 7/19/07); Book to be pubbed 6/6/10 (WSJ, 1/15/10)
Based on: The Passage by Justin Cronin

Movie Title: Shiver
Status: Rights optioned (Variety, 9/29/09)
Based on: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Movie Title: Netherland
Status: Article on director Sam Mendes notes he is still attached (Film School Rejects, 3/6/13)
Producers: Harpo Films, Sam Mendes
Based on: Netherland, Joseph O’Neill (Pantheon, 2008)
Movie Title: Shining City,
Status: Article on Fox mentions that Michelle Morgan is writing screenplay for Warner Bros. (Deadline, 8/22/12)
Director: Jason Winer
Based on: Shining City, Seth Greenland (Bloomsbury, 2008)
Movie Title: The Diary of Anne Frank, 2011, (exact title not yet released) — Variety, 8/11/09
Producers: David Mamet and Andrew Braunsberg
Studio: Disney
Status: Mamet script rejected by studio as too dark (The Wrap, 9/23/2009)
Based on: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank and the play based on the book by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich
Movie Title: A Thousand Splendid Suns, 2011
Status: Variety reported (10/28/08) that it was being adapted for Sony
Based on: Novel of the same title by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead, 2007)
Movie Title: Dune
Director: Peter Berg
Status: scrapped (Deadline, 3/22/11)
Based on: Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi epic
Movie Title: Beautiful Boy/Tweak Project
Studio: Paramount Pictures (Variety)

Status: listed as “in development” on IMDP as of 4/6/13, with Cameron Crowe rumored as director and Brad Pitt as producer.
Based on:

  • Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, David Sheff, (Houghton Mifflin, Feb. 2)
  • Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines, Nic Sheff’, (Ginee Seo Books/S&S, Feb. 2008)

Movie Title: Beat the Reaper
Status: Bought by HBO in late 2011 (The Wrap, 12/12/11)
Based on: Josh Bazell’s novel Beat the Reaper, (Little, Brown, 2009)
Movie Title: Angelology
Status: Screenwriter assigned, (Deadline, 2/2/12)
Studio: Columbia
Based on: Angelology, Danielle Trussoni, (Viking, March 9, 2010)

Movie Title: Crazy for the Storm
Studio: Warner Bros.

Status: Sean Penn directing, Josh Brolin is in talks to star (Variety, 8/21/12). Listed as on of two movies Penn has in “pre-production” as director on IMDB as of 4/6/13

Based on: Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival by Norman Ollestad (Ecco, 6/09)
Movie Title: Florence of Arabia
Status: Listed as “in development” on IMDB as of 4/6/13, with Charlize Theron as producer

Based on: Florence of Arabia, Christopher Buckley (Random House, 2004)
Movie Title: The Parsifal Mosaic

Director: Ron Howard (Variety, 7/29/09)

Studio: Universal

Status: in and article on the status of Robert Ludlum adaptations, producer Ben Smith said that “We are very actively working with the incredibly talented Ron Howard who is attached to direct,” (The Playlist, 5/8/12)

Based on: The Parsifal Mosaic, Robert Ludlum (Random House, 1982)


Movie Title: Robopocalypse 

Director: Steven Spielberg

Status: Spielberg announced in January, 2013, that he has abandoned the project.

Based on: Novel by Daniel H. Wilson


Movie Title: Paradise Lost 

Director: Alex Proyas

Status: CANCELLED – The Playlist, 2/9/12

Based on: Poem by John Milton


Movie Title: Brave New World

Director: Ridely Scott

Status: Scott reveals why it may never be made (Collider, 5/31/12)

Based on: Book by Aldous Huxley


Movie Title: At the Mountains of Madness
Status: CANCELLED (Deadline, 3/7/11)

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Ron Perlman … Larson
Status: Pre-production; James Cameron producing
Based on: Novella by HP Lovecraft


Movie Title: Yiddish Policemen’s Union

Status: Variety reported (10/28/08) that the Coen brothers are in the process of adapting it; on list of 8 Promised Movies That Still Haven’t Been Made (Film School Rejects, 11/16/11)
Based on: Novel of the same title by Michael Chabon

Movie Title: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Based on: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Status:  Scott Rudin bought the rights to the novel before its publication in 2000. Steven Daldry, who has been attached to direct since 2004, said in an interview that he is interested in doing it as a mini-series for HBO (Collider, 12/15/11).

Movie Title: The Devil in the White City
Based on: Book by Eric Larson
Status: 11/13/10 Variety lists it as either a “dead project or on life support”
11/1/10 Deadline reports that Leonardo DiCaprio is working to acquire the rights and will star.
Movie Title: Den of Thieves
Based on: Book by James B. Stewart
Status: 11/13/10 Variety lists it as either a “dead project or on life support”
Movie Title: Friday Night Knitting Club
Status: It was supposed to release in June 6, 2008, starring Julie Roberts, but it never materialized.

Movie Title: Geek Love
Status: According to WWD (Feb, 2008):

Warner Bros. owns the film rights, and Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton have long been rumored to be involved. Now the Matrix-creating Wachowski siblings are producing, but they are currently focused on Speed Racer, [which came out May, 08]


Movie Title: Secret History
Status: According to WWD (Feb, 2008):

Director Alan J. Pakula (All the President’s Men, Sophie’s Choice) optioned the book before it was published, enlisting literary couple Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne to write the screenplay. Through the years, other writers took a crack at the adaptation, and in 2001 Gwyneth Paltrow signed on to produce, with her brother Jake set to direct. But the literary rights have since reverted back to Tartt.

Movie Title: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Status: According to WWD (Feb, 2008):

New Line paid a staggering $2 million to option the book shortly after it was published, but the path from tome to screen seemed problematic from the beginning. Initially, there was a dispute between Eggers and his then agent, who sued him, claiming Eggers hadn’t paid the commission on the deal. Later, Nick Hornby and D.V. DeVincentis started work on a screenplay, but it never went into production, and New Line eventually gave up on the project. It languished for years before the rights reverted back to Eggers.

Producing are Diane Nabatoff (“Narc”), Allan Mindel (“My Own Private Idaho”) and Will Raee, with Raee to direct from a script by Stephanie Pinola and Karen Croner. Producers are eyeing a first-quarter shoot. Thurman’s also producing.
Story’s based on Kathy Cook’s book “Stolen Angels,” which follows the 1996 raid at a boarding school, where a band of armed rebels abducted young girls to turn them into soldiers and sex slaves.