TV: Suite Française; Nightflyers

Suite Française, adapted from the bestselling book by Irene Nemirovsky and starring Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts, will premiere on the Lifetime network May 22 after a circuitous route to the small screen, Deadline reported.

The Weinstein Company acquired U.S. and other rights to Saul Dibb's film four years ago at the Cannes Film Festival. Suite Française "opened theatrically in the U.K. and France in 2015, but a TWC spokesman said the movie didn't perform well enough to mount a theatrical release in the U.S., so the company sold the rights to Lifetime that year. The network has held onto the film since then, and is finally debuting it this month. A Lifetime spokesperson said the company felt airing the film this year situated it best for award consideration," Deadline wrote.


George R.R. Martin is teaming with the Syfy network to adapt his 1980 novella Nightflyers for television. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Martin "is not involved, given his overall deal with HBO, where he's currently co-writing two of the four potential Game of Thrones follow-ups that are in the works." Jeff Buhler (Jacob's Ladder) will write the script and serve as one of the exec producers. Robert Jaffe, who wrote a 1987 feature film based on Martin's novel, is set as a producer. 

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