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Stalked: Boneshaker adaptation; Harlan Ellison stops suing In Time; The Nutcracker; Scarface writer; Martin Amis adaptation; Tom Hanks as Berlin Ambassador

Boneshaker adaptation....

Ellison stops suing In Time...

Shankman directing The Nutcracker...

New Scarface gains writer...

Amis' London Fields gains adaptation...

Hanks In the Garden of Beasts...


Boneshaker adaptation....
The Cherie Priest zombie novel Boneshaker is set to be adapted for film with John Hilary Shepherd who wrote Nurse Jackie set to have the first crack at adapting the screenplay. The story is a science fiction story set in Victorian times, so gains the "steampunk" moniker, sees an 1880's Seattle protected by a great wall with a toxic gas having changed many of the people within the city into zombies, affectionately known as Rotters. Amongst this a young widow is searching for her teenage son. The series of books is already set to hit its fourth outing next year, so if it works consider a franchise on the way. The story comes from The Hollywood Reporter.


Ellison stops suing In Time...
Harlan Ellison has stopped suing the film In Time for allegedly copying his ideas from his story Repent Harlequin!, there's no reason given in the The Hollywood Reporter story as to why he has given up the lawsuit, although part of the deal to give it up was that each party paid their own fees, which doesn't sound like he won any behind the doors settlement. However according to papers filed in the court it would appear that the author dropped the suit after, now get this, he watched the film. What? Are you telling me he went to all that bother of raising a lawsuit without watching the film in the first place? You'd think you'd watch it first before going crazy in the courts but then I guess he couldn't have stopped it then if it had been the same story, still, I don't think he could have stopped it anyway.


Shankman directing The Nutcracker...
Adam Shankman, director of Hairspray and Rock of Ages, is set to direct a film adaptation of The Nutcracker according to The Hollywood Reporter. We did see a 3D version last year, but this version is presumably going to be a live action, although the story doesn't say. Darren Lemke, who wrote Jack the Giant Killer recently, is set to write this adaptation.


New Scarface gains writer...
There's nothing new in this story about the Scarface film itself, we already knew that the film was going to be a re-imaging of the concept of the original idea behind the first Scarface film, yes in no way is it a remake, honestly. No really. Well now we're hearing from Deadline that David Ayer has been hired to try and write the first screenplay for this new version. Considering the films he's made before, think Street Kings and Harsh Times, it's got the potential to be a dark, violent and tough thriller. So that appears to be going in the right direction then.


Amis' London Fields gains adaptation...
Shekhar Kapur is set to direct an adaptation of Martin Amis' London Fields, a murder mystery thriller which has had Michael Winterbottom and David Cronenberg attached to direct before now according to The Hollywood Reporter. The novel is narrated by a writer with writer's block who is now terminally ill and includes diverse characters such as a psychic who meets to men in a bar and senses that one of them is going to kill her on her 35th birthday. Interestingly Kapur also revealed plans for a third instalment in his Elizabeth films but offered no further explanation.


Hanks In the Garden of Beasts...
Tom Hanks is apparently looking to an adaptation of Erik Larson's non-fiction book In the Garden of Beasts as a new starring role and quite a dramatic one at that according to The Hollywood Reporter. The book follows the US Ambassador to Germany during 1933 as he and his daughter lived in Berlin largely unaware of the terrible events that were occurring around them. She was a socialite who apparently had an affair with a Gestapo official and a Russian spy, even having her hand kissed by Hitler at one event.




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