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Read It Before They Screen It: The Descendants, The Walking Dead, How I Became a Famous Novelist

In his first film since the hit Sideways nearly five years ago, Alexander Payne is set to adapt The Descendants, the debut novel from Kaui Hart Hemmings.

Variety reports:

Set in Hawaii, "Descendants" tells the story of a wealthy landowner who takes his two daughters on a search for his wife's lover in the hopes of keeping his family together.

Publishers Weekly calls the novel "frequently hilarious and intermittently heartbreaking," and The New Yorker dubs it "[an] audaciously comic début."

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Robert Kirkman's comic series The Walking Dead is lumbering toward the small screen, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

Frank Darabont is on board to write, direct and exec produce the project, with Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Pictures and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion also executive producing.

"Walking Dead," a monthly black-and-white comic book, has been a hotly sought-after property since it was published in 2003 by Image Comics. Darabont originally developed the project several years ago under his deal at NBC. It landed at AMC after a healthy bidding war.

From Mad Men to zombies, AMC officially has everything.

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John August, the screenwriter of such films as Go and Big Fish (and writer/director of The Nines) is set to adapt Steve Hely's novel How I Became a Famous Novelist.

From Variety:

A popular fiction biz satire, "Novelist" concerns a man who sets out to write an unabashedly commercial tome so he can be rich, famous and, most importantly, upstage his ex-girlfriend's wedding.

"A satiric, facetious and laugh-out-loud funny first novel," raves Kirkus (starred review). In the New York Times, Janet Maslin called it "a satirical novel that is a gag-packed assault on fictitious best-selling fiction."

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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Portland Noir (Akashic Noir)
    Used Trade Paper $8.50
  2. Sideways New DVD $13.94
  3. The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye
    Used Trade Paper $7.50
  4. The Descendants
    Used Trade Paper $9.95
  5. How I Became a Famous Novelist
    Used Trade Paper $2.95
  6. Big Fish New DVD $13.98

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