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A quick roundup of newly announced book-to-film adaptations:

  • A new adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is set to hit the screen after a long struggle with Huxley’s estate. Leonardo DiCaprio will star and Ridley Scott will direct. New editions of the book will be released in 33 countries, including a new Canadian edition with an introduction by Margaret Atwood.
  • Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles is being adapted (again) by BBC One. This time, though, there’ll be a Bond girl in the lead role.
  • Frank Darabont, director of Stephen King adaptions such as The Shawshank Redemption and The Mist, is trying to find funding to remake Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi classic Farenheit 451. (Apparently the cheques autoignite as they approach the screenplay).
  • Brampton, Ontario’s Michael Cera (Superbad) will play the lead role in an adaption of Canadian cartoonist Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim graphic novels. The books are set in Toronto, featuring local landmarks like Honest Ed’s, Wychwood library, and Casa Loma. Maybe this time Toronto can be more than New York’s stunt double.