Books on Screen: A Discovery of Witches, new George R. R. Martin and Gender Flipped Dorian Gray!

by |October 25, 2018

A Discovery of Witches coming to Foxtel!

A Discovery of Witches, the new TV series based on the bestselling All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness, will be airing on Foxtel on the 15th of November!

The series stars Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode in the leading roles of Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont.

Diana is a historian (and unwilling witch!) who unexpectedly discovers a bewitched manuscript that may hold the secrets to the origins of all witches, vampires and demons. Discovering that the manuscript is somehow inextricably linked to Diana herself, she is forced to acknowledge her magical abilities and learn how to control her magic.

Meanwhile Matthew is a vampire who, despite the long-held enmity between witches and vampires, is unwillingly drawn to Diana. Driven to protect her, Matthew and Diana must work together to unravel the mystery of the manuscript and keep Diana from the magical and vampiric forces seeking to harm her.

The first season of the show will consist of eight episodes, with a story arc based closely on the first book in the All Souls trilogy (A Discovery of Witches).

Take a look at the trailer below!


p.s. If you’re a fan of this series don’t miss the new Deborah Harkness book, Time’s Convert – a spin off from the All Souls trilogy!

New TV show based on a novella by George R. R. Martin!

Nope sorry! It’s not related to Game of Thrones in any way!

The new show is called Nighflyers and is set to premerie on SyFy in December. Based on a science fiction horror novella of the same name by George R. R. Martin, this will be the first time the story has been adapted for TV. (A film version was made in 1987)

Jodie Turner Smith has been cast in the role of Melantha Jhirl. Gretchen Mol will play the role of Dr. Agatha Matheson and Eoin Macken will play Karl D’Branin.

Watch the trailer below!


Gender flipped Dorian Gray

The CW are developing a TV show based on The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, only in this version the main character will be a woman.

The following description has been released (As reported by Variety) …

A comedic spin on the classic story. It follows a woman who made a deal with the devil 50 years ago to remain young and has spent the subsequent decades living selfishly and without consequences. As the downsides of eternal youth finally land on her, Dorian is ready to grow up and age gracefully, but, to do so, she’ll have to make amends for half a century of bad behavior.

The Picture of Dorian Gray was last adapted for screen in the 2009 film staring Ben Barnes in the role of Dorian. However, the character of Dorian Gray has been played many times in various different iterations – usually creatively reimagined. Stuart Townsend played a version of the character in The League of Extraordinary Gentleman in 2003 and more recently Reeve Carney played another version of Dorian Gray in the TV series, Penny Dreadful. 

This new adaptation sounds like it’s going to be another rather loose interpretation of the source material (as opposed to a faithful adaptation) but still … it’s going to be interesting to see Dorian as a woman!

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