guernseyThe star of the movie version of Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike is in talks to star in the adaptation of another long-running best seller, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer (Random House, 2008) reports Deadline, which also notes that the movie “has previously attracted a string of high-profile actresses to consider the formidable lead role, including Kate Winslet, Lily James and Rebecca Ferguson.”

In addition, it once had Kenneth Branagh attached to direct, but he has since left the project, replaced by Harry Potter‘s Mike Newell.

HHhHPike is currently filming another adaptation,
this one based on a French historical novel,
HHhH, (Macmillan/Picador, 2012). When it was published here, the NYT Book Review called the debut “a gripping novel that brings us closer to history as it really happened. ” It was also it a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Awards  The movie is expected to be released
this year.

0786808012_197e5Branagh, who directed last year’s Cinderella, is now set to direct an adaptation of Artemis Fowl, based on the children’s book series by Eoin Colfer.

And Colfer recently completed an Iron Man book for Marvel, which, of course, could be turned into a movie.

That’s not the last link in this adaptation chain. Branagh will star in the final season of Wallander, on PBS Masterpiece Theater, May 8-22. It is based on the character in a series of books by Henning Mankell.

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