TV: A Crown of Wishes; The Day of the Jackal

Disney Branded Television is developing A Crown of Wishes, a live-action YA series based on the second book in Roshani Chokshi's Star-Touched Queen duology, Deadline reported. Avantika (Spin, Senior Year) will star and executive produce the project for Disney+.

Zanne Devine (Easy A, I, Tonya, Spin, The Grizzlies) of Montana North Media will also exec produce, with Raj Raghavan of ColorCreative serving as a co-executive producer. Jessica Sonnefeld Jolles of Montana North co-produces.


Sky and Peacock are creating a TV adaptation of Frederick Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal. Deadline reported that the project, described as a "contemporary reimagining of the beloved and respected novel," is the first television rework, following Fred Zinnemann's BAFTA-winning film 50 years ago. Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones) is directing with Ronan Bennett (Top Boy) writing and showrunning. Production will begin next summer.

Carnival Films exec Gareth Neame said the adaptation will "retain the pan-European setting and play to the strengths of episodic television in this fast paced, intelligent international thriller with the story of an assassin and the race to stop him still at the heart of the action."

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