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TBI Weekly: What next for the novel adaptation boom?

With drama producers around the world being forced to put filming on hiatus, development has taken centre-stage, something apparent in the recent flurry of news emerging about novel adaptations and option deals. TBI explores what’s next for the literary boom. Novels have been adapted for the screen pretty much since the day that the first […]

US media giants observe ‘Blackout Tuesday’ as JJ Abrams donates $10m to fight racism

US media giants including ViacomCBS are not conducting business today in order to mark the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week, while Bad Robot Productions and the Katie McGrath & JJ Abrams Family Foundation have pledged to donate US$10m to charitable organisations “committed to anti-racist agendas”. Companies from across the entertainment industry including […]

HBO Max orders Bad Robot shows, incl ‘The Shining’ & ‘Justice League’ dramas

Soon-to-launch US streamer HBO Max has given the greenlight to three new one-hour dramas from JJ Abrams and Katie McGrath’s Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television Group. The production commitments for the trio follows the exclusive production pact struck by Bad Robot and the streamer’s parent company WarnerMedia in autumn last year. Duster, to […]

JJ Abrams close to US$500m AT&T deal

Star Wars and Cloverfield director JJ Abrams is reportedly about to sign a US$500 million (€446 million) deal with AT&T-owned Warner Media. The deal will see AT&T and Warner have first refusal on anything produced by Abrams’ Bad Robot production house. The New York Times claims that this will include “movies, television shows, video games, […]

James Corden’s The Wrong Mans is up for a US remake

Showtime has ordered a pilot of The Wrong Mans for the US, originally created by James Corden and Mathew Baynton. Corden and Baynton will adapt the BBC2 comedy thriller and have teamed with former Veep exec producer Ian Maxtone-Graham to write a 30-minute pilot with Parks and Recreation actor Ben Schwartz. The US edition will […]

Hulu set for RuPaul drama

Hulu is set to develop RuPaul’s half-hour dramedy series loosely based on the Drag Race star’s life. The subscription VOD service will be working with both the star of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams for the project, currently titled Queen. Queen is a fictionalised version of RuPaul’s rise from club kid to drag […]

BBC finds Stephenson drama replacement

Polly Hill has been appointed controller of drama commissioning at the BBC, replacing the outgoing Ben Stephenson at the UK pubcaster. Hill has been head of independent drama since 2011, ordering series including The Missing, The Honourable Woman, Death in Paradise and Poldark. She said: “Under Ben Stephenson’s leadership BBC Drama has thrived, it’s in […]