It has been a busy day or two for announcements about book-to-film and TV adaptations.
First up, Amazon Studios and Scott Free have launched development of a film based on Peternelle van Arsdale’s dark science-fiction fantasy novel “The Beast Is an Animal” with the female directing team of Bert & Bertie (“Dance Camp”) to direct and adapt
The story follows a child who lives in a world fearful of soul eaters, twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly grew into something not quite human. As she grows from a child to a teenager, she realizes that she has a gift that she must keep secret.
Next, Uri Singer (“The Experimenter,” “Marjorie Prime”) is developing a movie based on Jess Walter’s 2006 sci-fi detective novel “The Zero” at Passage Pictures.
The story follows a cop who wakes up to find he’s shot himself in the head in a city and a country shuddering through the aftershocks of a devastating terrorist attack. He finds his memory skips and lurches between moments of lucidity and solipsism.
Finally, Annapurna Television has acquired Victor LaValle’s new novel “The Changeling” to develop as a television series.
The story follows a young husband and father living a great life until one day he finds himself tied up and beaten by his wife, then forced to listen to the sounds of his son’s murder. Sue Naegle and Ali Krug will oversee development.