King Dork by Frank Portman (the book that pacinoyes may well be hurling at strangers at any given moment) has been wading in development since late '06. Latest update, last year, it's being formatted into a series. It's kinda almost shocking that Netflix hasn't picked this up yet even, to start, as a vehicle for Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things kid) - as the lead Mo. Wolfhard is at the right age, practically a global star among YA age, and importantly is the singer/guitarist in a pretty popular band - he's been on tour for most of this year. Whether he could ace the sardonic wit of Mo is another thing. More casting off of my head: Parker Posey as the airy mother, Jack Black as the awkward step-dad, Danny McBride might've worked as Teone the vile vice principal if he didn't just do the show...Vice Principals lol....
So.... What books do you wanna see adapted and who are ya casting? If you want to pick something already adapted that's fine.
Love the King Dork casting but who's playing Sam Hellerman, who is, you know............ a genius!
I'll pick one of my favorite books - completely out fashion in this new fascist era - misogynistic, possibly plagiarized - just imagine the ad campaign, um - Jerzy Kosinski's "Steps".
Matthias Schoenaerts playing the same character across carefully chosen vignettes from the book - not limited to but including the professor who takes his student to a concert. Much laughter ensues............nah just kidding. Schoenaerts I think has that mix of danger and sophistication suggested in many of those vignettes in the book.
Sayles doesn't seem to want to adapt his books but Pride of the Bimbos ('75) would be a perfect sports-comedy coming-of-age series for Netflix. Subject and tonally could be like GLOW in terms of era, ensemble, a good satiric look at sports culture meets problematic "low art" entertainment - this an all male sideshow softball team in slapdash drag travelling the deep south. So you'll have discussions of gender norms as well as race, etc. The novel - which I reviewed at length in the Recently Read thread - is episodic anyway and altogether cinematic in a Coensy Altmanesque way; I think it'd be a great launching pad for a series, or hell, it'd work as a feature too.
Pogo - the reluctant star of the team, former private eye, now weary barstool yarn spinner and team mentor, is all Peter Dinklage. And what's he doing after GOT?
Denzel Crawford (first name change in order) - the protagonist whose innocent eye to all the ruckus is the heart of the story, he's gullible and funny like Jack Grazer is in It and Shazam, but he's too old for the part now so......?
Lewis Crawford - low-key father to Denzel, outfielder who "touched the big leagues for a cup of coffee in '63" and has the how-did-I-get-here quality that Scoot McNairy would eat up.
AC & Knox - brothers, think Hansons from Slap Shot but frat-drunk creeps, I'll go with Caleb Landry Jones and Jesse Plemons.
Mr. Bob - the ill advising team manager and slurring game announcer - Brian Cox?
Dred - the pimp after Pogo, Giancarlo Esposito? Wesley Snipes? to go lesser known younger, Jackie Long.
Actually don't want this to ever be made into a movie, because there's no way it would work, but I've had an Infinite Jest dream cast for a while:
Hal - Andrew Garfield (younger than he currently is) Jim - Daniel Day-Lewis Avril - Nicole Kidman Orin - Armie Hammer (younger) Gately - Channing Tatum Marathe - Jean Dujardin Lenz - Steve Buscemi Pat - Julianne Moore Kate - Amanda Seyfried Bruce - Adam Driver Schtitt - Willem Dafoe Bobby C - Eamon Farren
There's a couple of big characters I'm not sure how I'd cast, like Joelle and Steeply. Pemulis I see as a young Jake Gyllenhaal.