Deadline Hollywoodreported that NBC bought the rights to #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward’s bestselling novel The Bourbon Kings (NAL Hardcover). NBC acquired the project—planned to be an ongoing 1-hour drama series—from Endemol Shine Studios. Empire co-executive producer David Rambo will write the adaptation. The show will center on the Bradfords, a wealthy Kentucky family who made their fortune in the bourbon industry.
Ward calls the book series “my love letter to my adopted home state, and a cautionary tale of big money, traditional values, and hidden sins.” Originally from New England, Ward, whose books have sold more than 15 million copies in 25 countries, now lives in Kentucky.
The highly anticipated motion picture based on Paper Towns, Penguin Young Readers author John Green’s #1 bestselling book, opens in theaters nationwide today, July 24. In the run-up to this opening, Green has had a busy week, appearing on NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and NPR’s Here and Now as well as stopping by the US Weekly offices.
Penguin Young Readers author John Green and stars of the film based on his #1 bestselling book, Paper Towns, will be featured next week at events in Indianapolis, Columbus and Dallas as part of the “Get Lost, Get Found” tour, it was announced on Tuesday. To promote thePaper Towns film, Green and actors Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne and Halston Sage will be appearing at the Murat Theatre at Old National Center in Indianapolis (with a special performance by Nat and Alex Wolff), at the Palace Theatre in Columbus, and the Bomb Factory in Dallas (with a special performance by Saint Motel). This news was picked was broken by The Insider (CBS), then picked up by news and entertainment outlets across the country. Paper Towns, the movie, will be released by 20th Century Fox in theatres nationwide on Friday, July 24
Rebecca Thomas is on board to direct the film version of Looking for Alaska, John Green’s debut novel, published by Dutton Children’s Book in 2005. The book is being adapted into a major motion picture by the team responsible for the film version of Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber writing the adapted screenplay, and Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen in place to produce with Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchinsky for Paramount Pictures. The full story was broken exclusively by Deadline, and picked up widely by other major media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, Variety, MTV.com, The Hollywood Reporter.
The film based on Let It Snow, the short story collection by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, will officially hit the big screen on December 9, 2016, it was announced this week by Universal Pictures Pitch Perfect screenwriter Kay Cannon is signed on to adapt the three romances that take place over Christmas Eve, with producers Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark on board for Universal-based Bluegrass Films. The Wrap, Hypable, Bustle,Deadline, Teen Vogue, are among the outlets that picked up this news.
HBO has optioned television rights to Marlon James’ award-winning Riverhead novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, which will be made into a TV series. James will be adapting his novel for the small screen and working closely with screenwriter Eric Roth, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of such award-winning films as Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Munich. James’ novel has been on everyone’s radar since it was published last October, most recently winning the Anisfield-Wolf Award and Minnesota Book Award, as well as being named a finalist for the NBCC Award for Fiction.
John Greenwill close out Day 1 of BookCon with a Paper Towns panel on Saturday, May 30 at 6pm. The event will include exclusive footage from the Paper Towns movie, with additional details to be announced. Entertainment Weekly broke the news exclusively Thursday morning. This Sunday (4/12), Green will hit the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards for a pre-show interview with Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne to include a first look at Paper Towns. Green will sit down for interviews with The Insider, The Grace Helbig Show, Seventeen, and Teen Voguenext week.
Penguin Young Readers author John Green revealed the official trailer for the film adaptation of his bestselling book, Paper Towns (Dutton Children’s Books/Speak), with a guest appearance on “Today.” Hypable, Buzzfeed, Bustle, PEOPLE magazine, Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, E! News, and Entertainment Weekly are among the outlets that covered the trailer reveal. A special screening of the trailer and exclusive scenes from the movie were presented for a packed theatre of fans in New York, with director Jake Schreiber and actress Halston Sage (Lacey) appearing as part of this Teen Vogue-sponsored event. Green and Sage also spoke to Hypable, HuffPo Live, Yahoo!, Bustle, Refinery 29, Collider,Page to Premiere, BN.com, Spark Notes,MoviePilot, and Fashion & Style. Then Green stopped by the Buzzfeed offices to answer questions, resulting in the “How Well Do You Know John Green” quiz.
All of this activity propelled Green’s Paper Towns to #1 on The New York Times Young Adult bestseller list, with 107 overall weeks on that list. The Paper Towns film is being released by 20th Century Fox nationwide on July 24.
Viking/Penguin author Elizabeth Gilbert will be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for two full episodes of OWN’s Super Soul Sunday! The first show will air this Sunday, October 5, and will center on lessons Gilbert learned from her year long quest around the world in Eat, Pray, Love. Her latest novel The Signature of All Things will also be mentioned in the episode. The second show will air the following Sunday, October 12, and will be more personal, delving into what Gilbert’s life has been like since EAT, PRAY, LOVE and featuring stories from her follow-up memoir,Committed. Gilbert is halfway through Oprah’s “The Life You Want Tour,” which is on a brief hiatus, but picks up again from October 18 through November 15 in Houston, Miami, Seattle and San Jose. The first promotional trailer for the show is here.