-Deadline reports that Sailene Woodley is near a deal for starring in the big screen version of Divergent. There are also rumors about Alexander Ludwig (aka Cato in The Hunger Games) playing Four. What do you guys think?
-New Line acquired the film rights to The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This is exciting news, especially with Shiver and The Scorpio Races having movie developments in the works well. Maybe we’re close to seeing one of Maggie’s imagined worlds come to life? (Cynopsis)
-FilmNation Entertainment (I haven’t heard of them-anyone else familiar with them?) has acquired the rights to A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. I loved this book and really hope the movie works out! (Cynopsis)
-Universal has given Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci a first look deal produce a feature film version of the popular Dragonology Series. This is still in very early stages and might not even happen. Anyone else feel like this is many, many years overdue? (Cynopsis)
-Dreamworks picked up the rights to debut novelist Leigh Bardugo’s YA, Shadow and Bone. I think this one could make a pretty cool movie, anyone else? (Entertainment Weekly)
-The Carrie Diaries is coming to The CW in January. Maybe this will open to door to some totally tubular 80s parties at the Library? (Early Word)
-And even more news from The CW, they are also working on TV series updates of Alice in Wonderland (featuring a modern day detective Alice), Sleepy Hollow and a modern update of Great Expectations. (Shelf-Awareness)
-Alice in Wonderland is a popular idea as NBC also has a series in development set years after the events of the book and is sort of a sequel. (Publisher’s Weekly)
-Screen Gems has acquired the rights to Black City by debut YA novelist Elizabeth Richards. (Publisher’s Weekly)
-David Slade (who also directed Eclipse) is signed on to direct the film version of Matched, based on Ally Condie’s novel.
-Sony is in talks to develop a Little House on the Prairie Movie. First they want to reimagine Anne of Green Gables and now this? Can’t they leave my childhood classics alone??
And just because I love this blurb from Cynopsis:
Writer/creator Julian Fellowes is planning on writing a sequel to Downton Abbey. Fellowes related this news at a recent British Academy Film and Television Academy screenwriters lecture. The spinoff show would explore how the Earl and Countess of Grantham, played in the current series by Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern first met. The show would cast younger actors to play the Earl and Countess. Fellowes indicated the spinoff would be broadcast after the end of Downton Abbey.