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‘Love & Gelato’ Film Adaptation Headed To Netflix Summer 2022

On April 27 it was revealed through Netflix that Love & Gelato by NYT Bestselling author Jenna Evans Welch, would be getting the adaptation treatment with a film set to stream on the platform in June!

The streamer has pitched the movie as follows: “Lina is about to graduate high school and has her sights set on her future at MIT. But when her mom gets sick, she encourages Lina to follow in her footsteps and have “the summer of a lifetime” in Rome. Using her mom’s old diary as a guide, she explores the romantic and magical city, where she just might find love… and gelato, of course.”

Cast includes Susanna Skaggs (Lina), Anjelika Washington (Addie), Owen McDonnell as Howard (Lina’s father-type figure & friend of her mother) and Alex Boniello (Fleetwood Zach).

In addition to the film announcement, Netflix’s official blog, Tudum, also revealed an exclusive still of the film featuring Lina (Skaggs) and Addie (Washington) enjoying gelato on the streets of Rome.

As mentioned in Deadline, the project has been directed and written by Brandon Camp, alongside producers Viola Prestieri and Davide Bertoni, shot on location in Italy.

Other YA adaptations headed to the streaming service include: Along For The Ride (based on the novel by Sarah Dessen) and Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between (based on the novel by Jennifer E. Smith).

“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is go back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires her, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

Love & Gelato is premiering on Netflix June 22, 2022!

Adaptation News, Epic Reads

‘Nimona’ Streaming With Netflix in 2023

As of April 11, news broke that the film adaptation for graphic novel Nimona, which was formerly scrapped, has now been picked up by Netflix and is set to stream in 2023.

The summary for the animated project, with the novel having been written by ND Stevenson, has been pitched as follows: “A Knight is framed for a crime he didn’t commit and the only person who can help him prove his innocence is Nimona, a shape-shifting teen who might also be a monster he’s sworn to kill.”

Chloë Grace Moretz (Nimona), Riz Ahmed (Knight Ballister Boldheart) and Eugene Lee Yang (Ambrosius Goldenloin) are attached to voice the main cast which was originally reported through Collider in an exclusive back in early 2021. Netflix is joined by Annauprna Pictures (co-producer) and with animation from DNEG animation.

Nimona (2015), which was formerly cancelled by Disney with the closing of Blue Sky Studios at 75% completion, is now being helmed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane (Spies In Disguise).

Stevenson had this to say about the announcement via Twitter alongside a first-look still,”Nimona’s always been a spunky little story that just wouldn’t stop. She’s a fighter…but she’s also got some really awesome people fighting for her. I am excited out of my mind to announce that THE NIMONA MOVIE IS ALIVE…”

Producers for the project include Roy Lee, Karen Ryan and Julie Zackary alongside Robert L. Baird, Megan Ellison and Andrew Millstein serving as executive producers.

Stevenson’s webcomic, which began in 2012, was later picked up by Harper Collins for publication in 2015 having now gone on to win an Eisner Award, a Cybils Award and a Cartoonist Studio Prize.

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

Adaptation News, Scholastic

‘Heartstopper’ Netflix Trailer Revealed

On March 16, Netflix dropped the first official teaser trailer for the highly-anticipated series Heartstopper, which has a release date of April 22!

Based on Alice Oseman’s 2018 webcomic, the series has been pitched as following Charlie Spring, Nick Nelson and their circle of friends “navigate the ever-relatable journey of self-discovery and acceptance, supporting each other as they learn to find their most authentic selves.”

The trailer presents Charlie (Joe Locke) and and rugby-playing Nick (Kit Connor) meeting at their secondary school discovering that their new-found friendship blossoms into an unexpected romance. Presenting their lives both in and outside of school, the trailer puts a focus on Charlie, his perspective in addition to that of his friends as he slowly begins falling for Nick.

An exclusive first look of stills from the series we’re posted by Netflix UK & Ireland on Twitter as of March 1.

On March 20, Oseman also revealed the tie-in cover for Volume one of the graphic novel alongside the original photoshoot. According to the thread, the tv tie-in edition will include “some excerpts of the TV scripts…”

Heartstopper’s adaptation will consist eight episodes for the first season, each episode at 30 minutes. Oseman has penned the series as screenwriter with Euros Lyn and production company See-Saw Films behind the project.

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

Heartstopper Volumes 1-4 by Alice Oseman are out now!

Adaptation News, Feiwel & Friends, Fierce Reads

‘The Lunar Chronicles’ Optioned For Animated Film

On January 25, Deadline reported that Marissa Meyer’s #1 NYT Bestselling Series, The Lunar Chronicles, was optioned as an animated film adaptation with Locksmith Animation.

Starting with Cinder, followed by Scarlet, Cress and Winter, each novel follows a sci-fi twist on a classic fairytale set in a society where tensions rise between Earth and a moon colony by the name of Luna.

“Marissa’s books successfully turn well known fairy tales into an epic, modern saga that will be engaging and relevant to today’s audiences,” stated Co-Founder and President of Production Julie Lockhart. “We could not be more thrilled about collaborating with her on bringing her vision to life through animation.”

Meyer had this to say about the news: “I am absolutely thrilled to be working with the team at Locksmith to adapt The Lunar Chronicles for the screen. Everyone has shown so much enthusiasm for these books and characters, and hearing about Locksmith’s vision for the project gives me the best kind of chills. I am as eager as readers are to see Cinder, Prince Kai, and the rest of the Rampion Crew brought to life with stunning animation, and a lot of love!”

Locksmith Animation is a London-based studio which had its debut project ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’, debut in October of 2021.

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg.

She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

What are your thoughts on this news regarding an animated adaptation?

Adaptation News, Penguin Teen

‘Legend’ To Be Adapted As A TV Series

On November 18, Deadline exclusively reported that Marie Lu’s 2011 NYT Bestselling YA Dystopian novel Legend, has been optioned by Bound Entertainment to bring the novel to television.

Lu is collaborating with Lindsay Sturman (known for projects such as Supergirl and Teen Wolf), alongside Bound Entertainment’s Samuel Yeunju Ha and Jamie Lai who will serve as executive producers.

According to her Instagram post from November 18, she’s been working on the pilot script during “all of this fall” and has been able to get “back in the heads of Day and June, getting to explore their universe from an entirely new angle.”

Lu’s dystopian is set in a futuristic United States where 15-year-old prodigy June has grown up for success in the highest military circles and 15-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. One day when June’s brother Metias is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect, June goes undercover to avenge him. However, when the two race to achieve their own goals and find themselves colliding, they’ll uncover sinister truths about their country.

Legend has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Bound Entertainment, the Korean-based entertainment studio, is focused on sharing stories from and about the Asian diaspora and also optioned Stacy Lee’s ‘The Downstairs Girl‘ earlier this year.

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal.

But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

The Legend Series by Marie Lu is out now!

Adaptation News, Penguin Teen

‘There’s Someone Inside Your House’ Trailer and First Look

As of September 13, EW revealed a first look into the upcoming adaptation of Stephanie Perkins’ 2017 YA Horror novel There’s Someone Inside Your House which is set to stream with Netflix this October.

The novel follows Makani Young who leaves her life in Hawaii to live with her grandmother in Nebraska. When students at her high school start dying brutally at the hands of a mysterious killer intent on revealing their deep secrets, Makani knows she’s carrying something too and wonders whether she’ll be next.

Cast includes Sydney Park (Makani), Asjha Cooper (Alex), Jesse LaTourette (Darby), Théodore Pellerin (Oliver Larsson), Diego Josef (Rodrigo), and Dale Whibley (Zach).

At 2 minutes and 28 seconds, the trailer introduces the main conflict and the killer targeting students, but its clear that secrets are the underlying complication delivering an air of mystery for the cast, especially Makani. In addition, five stills and the official poster were also revealed.

The film is a combination of two beloved genres: the slashers of the 80’s mixed with coming-of-age and character-driven classics like John Hughes.

The screenplay is written by Henry Gayden and the director is Patrick Brice. This project is produced through Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and James Wan’s Atomic Monster.

According to EW, Brice and Gayden have been speculating ideas for a sequel stating, “I think we landed on one that expands on the characters and the themes of the universe and also weaves in some contemporary issues. We’re definitely talking about it. Fingers crossed, enough people watch this.”

There’s Someone Inside Your House is premiering on Netflix October 6.

A heart-pounding page-turner with an outstanding cast of characters, a deliciously creepy setting, and an absolutely merciless body count.” –Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie and The Project

Love hurts…

Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins is out now!

Adaptation News, Delacorte Press

‘One Of Us Is Lying’ First Teaser Revealed and Set To Stream With Peacock

On July 20, Peacock released the first look to One Of Us Is Lying,‘ the upcoming 8-episode series based on Karen M. McManus’s 2017 NYT-Bestselling YA mystery novel. According to the streaming service, the adaptation is set to premiere “later this year.”

The plot is pitched as what happens when five high schoolers at Bayview High walk into detention and only four make it out alive. The series stars Annalisa Cochrane (Addy Prentiss), Marianly Tejada (Bronwyn Rojas), Chibuikem Uche (Cooper Clay) and Cooper van Grootel (Nate McCauley). Alongside Jessica McLeod, Barrett Carnahan, Melissa Collazo and Mark McKenna.

The 32-second trailer introduces the main characters and conflict in which Simon (Mark McKenna), a school gossip, is found dead and never makes it out of detention. In addition, the trailer highlights brief character profiles and scenes that don’t give too much away, however one thing is clear, everyone has something to hide.

Darío Madrona (Netflix’s Elite) is serving as showrunner, while Erica Saleh wrote the pilot episode. Jennifer Morison directed and produced the pilot. Both Madrona and Saleh are stated to be executive producers.

McManus stated in a tweet, “It’s so surreal to see Bayview High and my characters on screen. YOU GUYS ARE NOT READY FOR THIS CAST! It’s a stellar ensemble with amazing chemistry 🔥…”

As of August 5, TV Insider revealed additional cast members set to play supporting roles. No release date has been confirmed.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
AndSimon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus is out now!

Adaptation News, Fierce Reads

‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ Headed To Netflix

On July 19, it was announced exclusively through The Hollywood Reporter that Maurene Goo’s I Believe In A Thing Called Love has not only been acquired by Netflix, but in addition actor Byung-hun Lee will also star.

The novel follows Desi, a talented and overachieving high school senior who, after being inspired by the K-Dramas she and her widower father watch together, follows their formula to try and find love. Lee will play the role of Desi’s father.

Mary Lee, principal leader of A-Major Media said “Maurene found a way to tap into the fun world of K-dramas through the perspective of a girl who learns that life is something that you can’t control, and Yulin’s voice was perfect for the adaptation.”

Goo’s 2017 YA novel was originally optioned as a film back in February of 2020, where it was revealed that Yulin Kuang and Byung-hun Lee would be attached to the project (screenwriter and producer/actor respectively).

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends.

So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study.

Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo is out now!

Adaptation News, Harper Teen

‘Blackout’ To Be Developed As Film and TV Series For Netflix

On July 12, it was announced through The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline that Blackout, a YA anthology edited by Dhonielle Clayton which released back in June, has been acquired by the Obamas’ for film and television event.

Alongside the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions, Temple Hill will also be collaborating as an executive producer on the project. Each of the six critically acclaimed, bestselling and award-winning authors who wrote for the anthology will take part in adapting their own story.

According to THR Blackout is “being developed concurrently as a TV series and film adaptation. That means that some of the six stories could wind up in the film, while others are in the TV show.”

Blackout is set in New York during the summer and centers on six interconnected stories focused on Black teen love during a power outage. The anthology features authors Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon.

Higher Ground Productions was founded in 2018 by Barack and Michelle Obama. Temple Hill is a production company known for YA adaptations such as ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, ‘Twlight,’ ‘The Maze Runner’ in addition to ‘The Hate U Give.’

Six critically acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning authors bring the glowing warmth and electricity of Black teen love to this interlinked novel of charming, hilarious, and heartwarming stories that shine a bright light through the dark.

A summer heatwave blankets New York City in darkness. But as the city is thrown into confusion, a different kind of electricity sparks…

A first meeting. 

Long-time friends. 

Bitter exes. 

And maybe the beginning of something new.

When the lights go out, people reveal hidden truths. Love blossoms, friendship transforms, and new possibilities take flight.

Beloved authors—Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon—celebrate the beauty of six couples and the unforgettable magic that can be found on a sweltering starry night in the city.

Blackout edited by Dhonielle Clayton is out now!

Adaptation News, Fierce Reads

‘Somewhere Only We Know’ To Be Adapted As A Film For Netflix

On June 22, it was announced through an exclusive with The Hollywood Reporter that Maurene Goo’s 2019 YA Contemporary novel ‘Somewhere Only We Know‘ is set to be developed as feature film through Netflix with Lana Cho attached to adapt.

Alongside Netflix picking up the rights to Goo’s novel, the “independently financed” motion picture and television production company Escape Artists, will also be producing. Goo has also been confirmed to be an executive producer.

The novel follows Lucky, one of the biggest K-Pop stars on the scene, who’s hoping to successfully accomplish her breakout performance to boost her career. Tabloid reporter Jack runs into the famous star, where the two decide to have an adventure across Hong Kong and romance blossoms.

Cho, producer and writer, is known for projects such as Four Weddings And A Funeral, Timeless, even CW’s Arrow.

Through Escape Artists, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Tony Shaw and Logan Kriete are set to e producers. David Bloomfield will also serve as an executive producer.

10 00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she’s just performed her hit song “Heartbeat” in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She’s about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She’s in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.

11 00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She’s very cute. He’s maybe curious.

12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.

Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo is out now!