Movies: Lincoln in the Bardo; Captain Underpants; Memory Thief

Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) and Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation, The Founder) have acquired movie rights to Lincoln in the Bardo, the novel by George Saunders, Deadline reported. They will produce the adaptation with Saunders. No director or cast has been set thus far.

"I am thrilled to be in artistic cahoots with Megan and Nick, two artists I've long admired," Saunders said. "I can't imagine two more brilliant, wide-open, joyful collaborators. This is going to be big fun. My hope is that we can find a way to make the experience of getting this movie made as wild and enjoyable and unpredictable as the experience of writing it--I am so happy to have such fearless companions on the trip."


DreamWorks has released the first trailer for Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, based on the children's graphic novel series created by Dav Pilkey. Indiewire reported that "the studio used two of the biggest stars of the film, Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, to introduce the teaser." Directed by David Soren (Merry Madagascar, Turbo), the animated comedy's voice cast also features Thomas Middleditch. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie hits theaters June 2.


The Memory Thief, a live-action/animated feature based on Bryce Moore's novel, "is being planned at Fox Animation, which acquired the novel for its hybrid initiative," Deadline reported, adding that the project is being produced by Adaptive Studios and Shawn Levy's 21 Laps (Arrival), and "the crew clearly is hoping for a franchise as Moore is already writing a sequel to his tome."

The title was published by Adaptive Books, the publishing imprint of Adaptive Studios, after it acquired the manuscript from the now-defunct Egmont Publishing USA, Deadline wrote, noting that the book was first available exclusively at Barnes & Noble bookstores last September, but got a wider release this week. 

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