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''The Leftovers'' leads a library full of books headed to the small screen; here's where some of the most anticipated adaptations stand
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (2004)
By Susanna Clarke
The Pitch Dial down the paranormal of Penny Dreadful and add in Jane Eyre‘s melodrama for this tale of two magicians believed to be the last of their kind.
Status A film version fizzled out, but the BBC’s seven-episode series starring Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel will air on BBC America in 2015.
American Gods (2001)
By Neil Gaiman
The Pitch We’re getting Carnivàle, Grimm, and American Horror Story vibes from Gaiman’s fable about modern-day Americans fighting mythological creatures while caught in a clash between the Old Gods and the New.
Status HBO dropped the project after three different writers tried to tackle it; production company FremantleMedia is in talks with a high-profile showrunner to adapt.
A Visit From the Goon Squad (2010)
By Jennifer Egan
The Pitch Similarly structured shows like Six Degrees and Crash didn’t pan out, but we’re holding out hope for this generation-hopping, globe-trotting collection of stories following a loosely linked group of characters.
Status The adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winner is in development at SundanceTV, where it landed in 2013 after HBO scrapped it.
The Casual Vacancy (2012)
By J.K. Rowling
The Pitch A cross between the small-town quirk of Northern Exposure and the election intrigue of House of Cards, Rowling’s novel exposes the secrets of an English town following the death of a council member.
Status Filming begins in July, with Rory Kinnear and Michael Gambon starring. Rowling will executive-produce the three-hour miniseries, a BBC-HBO co-production.
Wolf Hall (2009)
By Hilary Mantel
The Pitch It’s the first in a trilogy chronicling the rise of English statesman Thomas Cromwell — from his roots as a blacksmith’s son to his spot in the Tudor court as Henry VIII’s adviser. Imagine The Tudors, but accurate.
Status The six-episode miniseries — with Mark Rylance as Cromwell and Damian Lewis as Henry — is filming in England and will air on PBS’ Masterpiece in 2015.