Joe R. Lansdale and Megan Abbott to have works adapted for televison!

MysteryPeople brings you the latest on two television projects involving two of our favorite writers:

JOE R. LANSDALE:

James Purefoy, best known for playing Marc Anthony in Rome and the diabolical killer, Joe Carrol, on The Following, will be playing Hap Collins in The Sundance Channel series, Hap and Leonard, based on the series of books written by Joe R. Lansdale (the first book in the series is Savage Season; the most recent novel is Devil Red). It appears that the series will take place in the Eighties  – the original setting for the novels. Hap’s bad-ass gay, African-American, Republican buddy has been cast – Leonard will be played by Michael Kenneth Williams (aka Omar from The Wire). You can find more details here.

MEGAN ABBOTT:

Megan Abbott’s The Fever will also be coming to television. Sarah Jessica Parker’s Pretty Matches Company will be producing the show based on Abbott’s latest novel. The Fever tells the story of a strange condition affecting several teenage girls in an New York town. Megan will be writing the pilot. You can find more details here.

Congratulations to both.

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