What options should the networks choose this pilot season?
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A YA movie 15 years in the making, and a witchy series seems sure to hit the CW!
It looks like Artemis Fowl, first optioned for adaptation back in 2001, will finally be making its way to the big screen. Kenneth Branagh is locked in as director, and he is apparently bringing on Dame Judi Dench in an undisclosed role, after the two worked together on the not yet released Murder on the Orient Express. The film, which will condense the first two books of the series into one movie, is set to hit theatres in August of 2019.
The Tracking Board notes that the legend of King Arthur will again be used for a move, one that will hopefully fare better than Guy Ritchie’s recent flick. This one, called The Kid Who Would be King, will follow a group of kids who must take on Arthur’s evil sister Morgana. Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson are nearing deals to join the film.
Moving to television, Spoiler TV reports that the CW will look at adapting the comic series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, following the Archie Comics character Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The network also has the Charmed reboot as an option, so it seems like a pretty good bet that a witch show will be hitting the network next year. I mentioned being interested in a new witch show back in my post about books that could jump to TV, so I’m definitely intrigued by this development!
I’m less enthused about the report that the CW is looking at adapting Lesley Livingston’s The Valiant, about a princess forced into life as a gladiator. Admittedly I have not read this series and I know many who did loved it, but again going back to my own post about possible adaptations, I’m holding out for Tamora Pierce’s lioness series for a YA fantasy.
Spoiler TV has also been reporting on casting for Carnival Row, the upcoming Amazon series that sees a group of mythical creatures flee into a city, where they must negotiate tense dynamics with the inhabitants. Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, and a number of others have been confirmed for the show.
Meanwhile Freeform is moving from Pretty Little Liars to a new series adapting Sara Shepherd’s The Perfectionists series. Alison and Mona will appear in the pilot, though I’m not clear on if they are meant to be regular characters or if they are just there to give the new show a send-off. As someone who absolutely hates the last few seasons of PLL, especially anything to do with Alison, I’m torn between wanting all the PLL characters to stay away, and the other part of me that would get a chuckle out of Alison sticking around if it meant that Emison gets broken up. Also, while I don’t want to spoil anything about The Perfectionists, there is a plot point that I would be interested in seeing how it would be handled on TV.
Finally, SYFY is setting up a pilot for an adaption of Rick Remender’s Deadly Class comic book series, about a school for assassins. As with The Valiant on the CW, this is another close but no cigar situation in regards to the TV adaptations I’ve been hoping to see, being a similar concept to Morning Glories.