Sarah Waters: ‘Some of my readers really did hate me. They felt let down’

As The Little Stranger opens in cinemas, the novelist shares the betrayal felt by some lesbian readers over her supernatural whodunnit – and why it is a perfect metaphor for Brexit Britain

“There’s something in this house that hates us,” Caroline Ayres (Ruth Wilson) whispers towards the end of the new film adaptation of Sarah Waters’s 2009 novel The Little Stranger. Waters describes the novel as “a sort of supernatural country house whodunit”, and of all her books, it “is the one right from the heart of me … It’s the book that my 10-year-old self was destined to write. I was really into the gothic as a kid, and loved watching horror films.” So the idea that it has now become a horror film is “incredibly pleasing”.

Set in Warwickshire in the aftermath of the second world war, The Little Stranger shows a world caught between ...

Decline and Fall on TV – would Evelyn Waugh have approved?

The prospect of a new BBC adaptation of Decline and Fall, starring Jack Whitehall and Eva Longoria, is stirring mixed feelings – will Waugh’s wit be sold short once again? The new BBC1 adaptation of Decline and Fall, with Jack Whitehall as Paul Pennyfeather and Eva Longoria as Margot Beste-Chetwynde, has already stirred the usual mixed emotions among Evelyn Waugh fans. On the one hand, warm satisfaction at the prospect of a 20th-century classic brought to a TV channel otherwise graced by Mrs Brown’s Boys; on the other, a faint but congenital wariness, born of the fact that so many dramatisations of the Waugh oeuvre have defied the best intentions of director and cast alike to produce films that, for all their enthusiasm, have sold their onlie begetter woefully short. Waugh, it turns out, had the same mixed feelings about adaptations. His early novels – notably Vile Bodies ...

A New World Gets Explored in The Magicians Trailer

Syfy has unleashed the second trailer for The Magicians. The story for this television adaptation comes from Lev Grossman’s popular fantasy trilogy. Here’s more from Entertainment Weekly: “As fans learned last season, the world of Fillory isn’t bound to the books Quentin (Jason Ralph) loves to read. He’s also not the only one obsessed with it: The Beast was looking for any and all portals in and out.” The video embedded above offers glimpses of cast members Olivia Taylor Dudley, Summer Bishil, and Hale Appleman. According to ComicBook.com, the air date has been set for January 25, 2017. Click here to watch the first trailer. (via io9)

Emma Watson Joins Tom Hanks’ Company in The Circle Trailer

A trailer has been unveiled for The Circle film adaptation. TIME reports that the story for this project comes from Dave Eggers’ 2013 science-fiction novel. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Tom Hanks as Eamon Bailey and Emma Watson as Mae Holland. The theatrical release date has been set for April 28, 2017. Here’s more from USA Today: “The Circle’s game changer: SeeChange cameras, glass eyeballs that fit anywhere and transmit real-time footage wirelessly. Mae steps into the SeeChange world and instantly explodes from entry-level employee to being famous worldwide for sharing her life, fears and ambitions with millions of strangers.” (via Slash Film)

Broadway Production of the Harry Potter Play to Open in Spring 2018

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Script Book (GalleyCat)The producers behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have begun working on a Broadway production of this show. The news was first shared in a message on the Pottermore Twitter page (embedded below). According to The Hollywood Reporter, the New York City version of the “eighth Harry Potter story” will be showcased at the Ambassador Theatre Group’s Lyric Theatre. The opening for this two-part play has been scheduled for Spring 2018. Here’s more from The New York Times: “The show, which features grown versions of Harry Potter and Hermione, among other beloved characters, is written by Jack Thorne, based on a story by him, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany. Mr. Tiffany is the director. The New York production will be in addition to the London production, which will continue to run; casting for New York has not been determined.” For those who still plan ...

Marvel Unveils Spider-Man: Homecoming Teaser On Twitter

Marvel's Spider-Man (GalleyCat)Marvel has unveiled a short teaser for the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie on Twitter. The video embedded below features Jon Favreau in the role of Happy Hogan and Tom Holland as the titular superhero. Other members of the cast include Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man (a.k.a. Tony Stark), Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, and Donald Glover in a mystery role. Both Holland and Tomei made their debuts as these characters in the Captain America: Civil War movie. Jon Watts served as the director on this film adaptation. The theatrical release date has been set for July 7, 2017. (via Marvel.com)

Murder Flares Up in HBO’s Big Little Lies Trailer

HBO has unleashed the official trailer for the Big Little Lies. The story for this miniseries adaptation comes from Liane Moriarty’s 2014 thriller novel. According to IndieWire, the air date has been set for February 19, 2017. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley. Other members of the cast includes Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, Adam Scott, and Alexander Skarsgård. Click here to watch the first teaser. Here’s more from Deadline: “All seven episodes are directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) from scripts by David E. Kelley. The series is executive produced by Witherspoon, Kidman, Kelly, Vallée, Bruna Papandrea, Per Saari, Nathan Ross, and Gregg Fienberg. Barbara Hall and Liane Moriarty produce.” (via Elle)

Ana Steele and Christian Grey Reunite in the New Fifty Shades Darker Trailer

Universal has unleashed the second trailer for Fifth Shades Darker. The story for this film adaptation comes from the second installment of EL James’ infamous erotica series. Here’s more from Variety: “The couple then do a lot more than talk in the trailer, which sees an escalating romance with plenty of steamy scenes, a masquerade ball and shadowy figures from Christian’s past emerging. Fifty Shades Darker is directed by James Foley and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside author E. L. James. The script is by James’ husband, Niall Leonard.” The video embedded above offers glimpses of Dakota Johnson as Anastasia “Ana” Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. Entertainment Weekly reports that the theatrical release date has been set for February 10, 2017. Follow these links to watch the first teaser, the second teaser, and the first full ...

Count Olaf Chases the Baudelaire Kids in the New Series of Unfortunate Events Trailer

Netflix has unleashed a second full trailer for A Series of Unfortunate Events. The story for this adaptation project comes from Daniel Handler’s thirteen-part middle grade series. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Patrick Warburton as the narrator Lemony Snicket. It also features scenes with Neil Patrick Harris as the villainous Count Olaf, Malina Weissman as the oldest sibling Violet Baudelaire, and Louis Hynes as the middle child Klaus Baudelaire. Handler served as an executive producer on this show. The eight episodes of season one will be posted online on January 13, 2017 (Friday the 13th). Follow these links to watch the first teaser, the second teaser, and the first full trailer.

Hugh Jackman Lands Role in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Movie

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianHugh Jackman has signed on for an acting role in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian film adaptation. According to Variety, the Oscar-nominated actor will also take on duties as a producer. The story for this movie project comes from Sherman Alexie’s semi-autobiographical young adult novel. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers first published this National Book Award-winning title back in September 2007. Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “The story centers on a teen named Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, he leaves his troubled school on the reservation to attend an all-white farming town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.” (via The A.V. Club)

HBO & Vintage Wine Estates to Create Game of Thrones-Themed Wines

Tyrion Lannister (GalleyCat)Wondering how to pass the time until the first episode of Game of Thrones season seven airs? HBO and Vintage Wine Estates have formed a partnership to produce Game of Thrones-themed wines. According to Food and Wine magazine, three wines have been created: a red blend, a cabernet sauvignon, and a chardonnay. These alcoholic beverages will be released in March 2017. Here’s more from Entertainment Weekly: “As your favorite characters get brutally killed off over the course of the roller coaster final seasons of the Emmy-winning series, you can numb the pain with glasses of delicious on-brand libations. Though they don’t have much in common, Cersei and Tyrion would both doubtlessly approve of such a strategy. HBO has actually had a licensed beer vendor since the show’s second season, so it’s perhaps surprising the series has taken this long to add a line of wines.” (via mental_floss)

Two Actors Cast in the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Movie

Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (GalleyCat)Two actors have signed on for the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society film adaptation: Lily James and Michiel Huisman. According to Empire Magazine, Mike Newell will serve as the director. The script was written by Don Roos and Tom Bezucha. The story for this project comes from a 2008 novel written by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer. Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “The story is set in the aftermath of World War II and follows journalist Juliet Ashton (James), who decides to write about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club formed on Guernsey Island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy during wartime. It begins when she receives a letter from a resident named Dawsey (Huisman), a farmer on the island. She starts writing letters to the book club, and eventually travels to the island to meet ...

Darkness Descends Over Riverdale in the New Series Trailer

The CW has unveiled a trailer for the Riverdale television series. The story for this live-action adaptation stars the characters from the Archie Comics universe. The video embedded above offers glimpses of the actors who will play Archie Andrews, Veronica Lodge, Betty Cooper, and Cheryl Blossom. Viewers will also get to meet Jughead Jones, Josie McCoy, Reggie Mantle, Moose Mason, and Dilton Doiley. The air date for the first episode has been set for January 26, 2017. Here’s more from the publisher’s press release: “The show will be written by Archie Comics chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and produced by Warner Brothers Studios and Berlanti Productions and has been described as a subversive take on the classic Archie mythos. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, Jon Goldwater, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa serve as executive producers. The live-action series offers a bold, compelling take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness ...

Lin-Manuel Miranda Named Creative Producer For the Kingkiller Chronicle Adaptations

Hamilton Star Lin-Manuel Miranda (GalleyCat)Lin-Manuel Miranda has agreed to serve as a creative producer and music composer for Lionsgate’s Kingkiller Chronicle adaptation projects. According to Variety, the company intends to adapt Patrick Rothfuss’ fantasy books into a television series, a film franchise, and possibly a video game. So far, Rothfuss has written and released two novels (The Name of The Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear), a short story (“How Old Holly Came to Be”), and two novellas (The Lightning Tree and The Slow Regard of Silent Things) for this series. He intends to publish a third novel at some point in the future. Here’s more from Deadline: “The plan is for Lionsgate to simultaneously develop and produce the feature film franchise based on the trilogy, the first movie of which to be written by Lindsey Beer (Transformers 5), and a TV drama series that expands on the world outside the books. ...

Two Actors Cast in the Chaos Walking Adaptation

Knife of Never Letting Go (GalleyCat)Two actors have signed on for the Chaos Walking film adaptation: Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Doug Liman will serve as the director. The story for this project comes from Patrick Ness’ young adult trilogy. Altogether, he wrote three novels and three short stories for this series. Here’s more from Empire Magazine: “Ness’ trilogy – The Knife Of Never Letting Go, The Ask And The Answer, and Monsters Of Men – finds humankind in a dark future, colonising a distant planet after the Earth has been ruined. When an infection called the Noise strikes, all thoughts become audible and chaos follows. A corrupt autocrat takes the chance to seize control of the human settlements in order to launch a strike on native alien race the Spackles, blaming them for the infection that’s apparently killing human women.” (via Collider)

Forest Whitaker Cast in the Labyrinth Film Adaptation

Forest Whitaker (GalleyCat)Forest Whitaker (pictured, via) has signed on for a role in the Labyrinth film adaptation. According to  The Hollywood Reporter, the story comes from Randall Sullivan’s 2002 book, LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implication of Death Row Records’ Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal. Whitaker will star alongside Johnny Depp in this projectBrad Furman will serve as the director of this movie and Christian Contreras wrote the script. Here’s more from Deadline: “Depp plays a disgraced LAPD detective who is unable to solve his biggest case: the murders of the hip-hop icons. Whitaker will play the journalist who teams with the cop, each determined to find the truth, and each with a reason to seek redemption in an effort that sets them against the cops.” (via The A.V. Club)

Angela Bassett Cast in the Black Panther Movie

Angela Bassett has signed on to play Ramonda in the Black Panther movie. Bassett’s character is the mother of the Wakandan ruler T’Challa (a.k.a. Black Panther). Bassett joins a cast that includes Chadwick Boseman as the titular hero, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, and Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia. Boseman made his debut as Black Panther in the Captain America: Civil War movie. According to Marvel’s announcement, Ryan Coogler will serve as the director for this film adaptation. Black Panther will hit theaters on February 16, 2018.