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TV plays it by the book

22 November 2009 11:44 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Broadcasters are taking the safe option by commissioning literary adaptations that guarantee an audience

"In these difficult times there's a little more security in adapting a book than in commissioning an original script," says Liza Marshall, head of drama at Channel 4 and soon to be head of film and TV at Ridley Scott's production company, Scott Free. "Although you couldn't run your drama department purely from the bookshop, books do have an epic scope and a strong author's vision which can really help a channel in tough times."

The rest of the TV industry seems to agree. The next six months sees the small screen looking like a branch of Borders. Sky1 is filming Chris Ryan's Sas thriller Strike Back for transmission next April, alongside a version of Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. The second of its Martina Cole adaptations, The Graft, goes out next summer, while David Morrissey »

- Stephen Armstrong

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Fassbender, Considine for 'Birdsong'

30 March 2009 4:42 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michael Fassbender, Paddy Considine and Brian Cox will star in a movie adaptation of Sebastian Faulks's bestseller Birdsong. The drama, to be directed by British filmmaker Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist), will follow the life of World War I soldier Stephen Wraysford. "I suppose you could relate it to The English Patient albeit of a different period, but it has a similar structure in terms of it deals with different timelines," Wyatt told Coming Soon. (more) »

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Excl: Fassbender, Considine & Cox Cast in Birdsong

28 March 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Earlier today, ComingSoon.net sat down with British director Rupert Wyatt to talk about his prison escape thriller The Escapist , which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. You can watch the entire interview with the director next week, but one thing we were wondering about was what he had been up to since finishing his debut feature film. Wyatt told us that he'll be starting pre-production in May or June on an adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' bestseller "Birdsong" for Working Title Productions with plans to be released here by Focus Features. While his involvement with the project had already been announced, he did reveal some of the cast to us, which includes Michael Fassbender from 300 and Steve McQueen's drama Hunger , and Paddy Considine, who has »

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