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In this week’s Buzz Worthy News: #Girlboss! Trailer, Anne of Green Gables Photoshopped, and #BookCon2017 Panel News. All this and more!
Buzz Worthy News is Cuddlebuggery’s weekly news post bringing you all the best information about the book and blogging world, particularly for the venn diagram of people who overlap between the two.
This edition of Buzz Worthy News is the fluffiest I’ve ever done. Enjoy the fluff!
It may be a terrible title (fight me), but the trailer looks great!
The White Princess Trailer
Anne of Green Gables Trailer and Photoshop Story
This is a bit darker than the books, but it’s probably pretty topical in this day and age.
But the new show doesn’t come without a bit of controversy. Apparently, there has been a difference between the US marketing and the Canadian marketing. Take the posters below (shared on Bookriot):
This side-by-side comparison of the show’s promo posters has been making the rounds on Facebook, and can be traced back to this tweet. On the left, we have the CBC promo image. On the right, the Netflix image. Or as the added captions note, Canada vs. America (U.S.). The first obvious difference is the background color, but the more you look at the Netflix image, the more obvious it is that someone thought that fourteen-year-old Amybeth McNulty needed some serious Photoshop magic. (She really doesn’t.) Looking at these images is like playing a game of “Find the Difference!” In the Netflix version, Anne’s face has been elongated, her freckles lightened, and her teeth straightened. The circles under her eyes have been smoothed away, and it would seem that even her eyes are farther apart.
What’s absolutely not cool is that Photoshopping, though. It’s as though the Netflix poster says that all of those details they’ve “fixed” are imperfections when in reality, they are exactly what make Amybeth McNulty’s portrayal of Anne so perfect. The Netflix image has made Anne look less like Anne.
Furthermore, why does Netflix think that American viewers want that airbrushed and tanned version of Anne? (Don’t just say Trump.) Well, we absolutely don’t. Give us our vibrant, eccentric, imaginative, quirky, perfectly imperfect Anne with her luminous, arresting gaze.
Agreed. Do better, Netflix! (or you may end up with a slate to the head)
New Warriors Picked Up By Freeform
Wow, Marvel is majorly moving into Freeform’s lineup with yet another show, but this is not your usual superhero show.
In a competitive situation with other cable and streaming outlets bidding, the younger-skewing Disney-owned cable network has handed out a straight-to-series order for New Warriors, the comic book powerhouse’s first 30-minute live-action comedy. Cougar Town and Scrubs alum Kevin Biegel is near a deal to pen the script and serve as showrunner on the comedy.
The 10-episode comedy will launch in 2018 and marks Marvel’s second straight-to-series order at Freeform. It will join drama Cloak and Dagger at the Tom Ascheim-led cable network. The latter, starring Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph, is not expected to premiere until winter 2018. Casting will begin shortly.
New Warriors revolves around six young people with powers living and working together. With powers and abilities on the opposite end of the spectrum of The Avengers, the New Warriors want to make a difference in the world…even if the world isn’t ready. With Freeform focused on a group dubbed “becomers” — those experiencing a series of firsts in life, including first loves and first jobs — New Warriors explores the journey into adulthood, except in this world, they’re not quite super and not yet heroes and the guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.
The series will feature Marvel fan-favorite “Squirrel Girl” (aka Doreen Green) as a totally empowering fan girl who is described as tough, optimistic and a natural leader. Doreen is confident and has the powers of a squirrel: she’s acrobatic, can fight and talk to other squirrels. Her most important trait is said to be her faith in people and ability to teach them to believe in themselves.
“Freeform’s mission is to deliver incredible content to young adults and Marvel Television seamlessly aligns with that mission — we couldn’t be more proud to collaborate with them on Marvel’s New Warriors,” said Karey Burke, exec vp programming and development at Freeform.
New Warriors hails from Marvel Television and ABC Studios’ cable arm ABC Signature. Marvel head of TV Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory will exec produce alongside Biegel.
“Marvel’s New Warriors have always been fan favorites and now particularly with the addition of Squirrel Girl, they are Marvel Television favorites as well,” Loeb said. “After the amazing experience we’ve had with Freeform on Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger we can’t think of a better place for our young heroes.”
A Marvel comedy? Looks like fun! Sign me up!
Juliette Lewis Joins Cast of Anthem
Looks like the cast for Anthem is filling out nicely.
Juliette Lewis has joined Anthem, a YA adaptation starring Shameless star Cameron Monaghan and Bunk’d actress Peyton List.
The Sepia Films project, described as The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets American Beauty, is an adaptation of Joanne Proulx’s novel about Luke Hunter (Monaghan), who foresees the death of his new best friend, Stan, the most popular guy in school. When the premonition becomes reality, Luke is ostracized and labeled a freak, while at the same time he’s falling for Stan’s girl, Faith (List), and dealing with more premonitions.
Lewis will play Mary Hunter, an intuitive mother whose wisdom, grace and humor helps her teenage son navigate the unique challenges of his world. She also is at the forefront of the yoga movement in America in the ’90s and teaches Luke about the acceptance of his gifts and shows him how to turn his self-perceived weakness into his strength.
The supporting cast includes Alex MacNicoll, Danny Woodburn, Alex McKenna and Richard de Klerk. The film is currently shooting.
Commercial director Robin Hays will helm Anthem in her feature-film debut. Tina Pehme and Kim Roberts (The Games Maker, A Shine of Rainbows, Civic Duty) are producing based on the screenplay adapted by Elisha Matic and Joshua Close (In Their Skin).
Season 3 of Series of Unfortunate Events is a Go!!!!
OMG, guys!!!! Does this news mean they will be able to finish off the whole series????
Netflix is ready to open another chapter of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
The streaming giant has handed out a season three renewal ahead of the adaptation’s second season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The pickup comes a month after the show’s season two renewal. Netflix declined to comment.
The series, which comes after the 2004 film adaptation starring Jim Carrey, launched with an eight-episode first season on Jan. 13.
The Paramount Television project is written by Daniel Handler, aka book author Lemony Snicket, who executive produces with Barry Sonnenfeld.
I’m so excited!!!!!!!!!!
Children’s Classic Corduroy Adapted for Film
I never read this book as a child, but it seems sweet. I think it will make a good movie.
Brother-and-sister duo Jack and Kate Angelo have been tapped to pen Corduroy, CBS Films’ adaptation of the classic Don Freeman children’s book.
At the same time, Walden Media has come aboard to co-finance and co-develop the project, which has Tim Story, helmer of the Fantastic Four and Ride Along movies, set to direct and produce.
The book tells of a teddy bear who, over the course of one night in a closed department store, goes on an adventure to find his lost button so that he can find the home and the friend that he has always wanted.
It was first published in 1968 at the height of the civil rights era, and broke ground by having an African-American girl and her mother comprise the home the bear seeks to join.
I didn’t know that bit of history about the book. Very cool.
The title of this book cracks me up. It sounds like an insult or something. “Go away, frogkisser!” haha
Fresh off the strong opening weekend of The Boss Baby, screenwriter Michael McCullers is set to adapt the children’s book Frogkisser! for Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
The tone of the fairy tale musical — which will be a CG-animated hybrid title starring a live-action lead — is akin to the Shrek films and The Princess Bride: “Lighthearted but tongue-in-cheek.”
Written by fantasy/YA author Garth Nix, Frogkisser! centers on Princess Anya, who has an uncanny ability to break curses with magic-assisted kisses. When her evil stepfather (aka her evil stepmother’s new husband) plans a kingdom-wide takeover, she befriends a talking dog, a boy thief trapped in the body of a newt and some mischievous wizards, and sets off on a quest to free her land. Nix wrote the book, which Scholastic Press released in February, for his young daughter.
It sounds like a really cute story. 🙂
Labyrinth Lost Snagged by Paramount
Were you hoping for awesome fantasy with a WOC as the main character in your upcoming movie experiences? Look no further!
The studio has optioned the YA book from writer Zoraida Cordova. The story follows Alejandra Mortiz, who comes from a family of brujas (witches) and has unsuccessfully tried to hide her powers.
Ultimately, she chooses to reject her destiny of becoming a witch and casts a spell that is meant to strip her of her powers. Instead it banishes her family into the underworld of Los Lagos. Alejandra and her non-magical best friend, Rishi, go on a journey to save her family by using the very magic that she wanted to reject.
Paramount has a number of YA properties in various stages of development, including Anatomy of a Misfit and An Ember in the Ashes.
Labyrinth Lost is in the early stages of development and does not yet have a writer or any producers attached.
I hope they don’t do any whitewashing. It doesn’t seem like the type of story where they could do that anyhow. We’ll see.
YA Authors Join Star Wars Anthology
Well this is good news! Not only will there be a new anthology of Star Wars stories released for the 40th anniversary of A New Hope, but it will feature some of your favorite YA authors.
You may know all seven (or eight, if Rogue One counts) Star Wars movies by heart, but Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View offers a new slant on the classic saga. This time, it’s the background characters who take center stage, from those hapless, droid-seeking stormtroopers to the brave X-Wing pilots who risked their lives for the freedom of the galaxy.
The full list of authors contributing to Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View has not yet been released, but there are big names in the current lineup.
The diverse selection includes established Star Wars authors like Chuck Wendig, EK Johnston, and Gary Whitta, as well as popular Young Adult names like Rae Carson, Renee Ahdieh, Meg Cabot, and Daniel Jose Older. Nnedi Okorafor, Ken Liu, and Mur Lafferty, and others will represent the realms of sci-fi and fantasy.
All proceeds from Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View will be donated to First Book, which provides literacy essentials to children in need.
So all my favorite YA authors AND the proceeds go to a good cause? Yes please.
Some BookCon 2017 Panels Announced!
I’ve never been a BookCon attendee, but I can certainly understand the excitement. This year’s conference, set for the the first week in June (at the Javits center in NYC) will include a slew of well known names in the book world:
Adult authors to appear include Dan Brown, Margaret Atwood, Kwame Alexander, Cory Doctorow, and Shea Serrano. The YA and kids’ world will be represented by Rainbow Rowell, Veronica Roth, Soman Chainani, Jeff Kinney, Cassandra Clare, Victoria Aveyard, Megan Whalen Turner, Danielle Paige, and V.E. Schwab.
Pop culture icons and actors to be featured include Krysten Ritter, Mayim Bialik, Jeffrey Tambor, Chad Michael Murray, Bill Nye, Marc Maron, Andrew McCarthy, and Janet Mock.
The digital sector will be represented by YouTubers Ryan Higa and Natasha Bure, and BookTubers (who feature in videos based on books on YouTube) including Kat O’Keeffe, Christine Riccio, and Jesse George. Fans can also enjoy Panel discussions on a wide range of topics from diversity in graphic novels and kids’ blockbusters to poetry and contemporary fiction.
“We have been working hard to develop a show that has something for every type of book lover to enjoy and are excited to unveil this programming to our fans,” BookCon event director Brien McDonald said. “But we aren’t done yet; we still have some big announcements to share in the coming weeks.”
Looks to be a fun time!