IP Picks 🔎: An Incestuous Sports Feud
➕ Rom-com adventure, a burglar-for-hire procedural and more
Welcome to The Optionist! It’s hard to believe we are already halfway through January. I’m feeling optimistic that this really is the year — fingers-crossed — that Hollywood and the audience put Covid behind us and we get a big bounce back in the box office. There are a bunch of sequels and superheroes coming this year (Mission: Impossible, Indiana Jones, Ant-Man), but no doubt there also will be new and original IP breakouts, the same kind that have hit in recent years (like Station Eleven, Pachinko and The Dropout). I’m looking forward to Daisy Jones and the Six (Prime, March), Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret (theaters, April) and the Three-Body Problem (Netflix, TBD) to start.
We’ve got a fab list this week. I evaluate the prospects for adapting the wild controversy engulfing USA Soccer. It’s one of those stories that’s gone insanely viral, sucking in people far beyond the world of sports. We’ve also got:
A perfect procedural based on a memoir from one of the foremost female burglars-for-hire.
A different kind of biopic about a forgotten civil rights hero.
A super fun adventure rom-com with a Romancing the Stone vibe.
A fantasy adventure novel about pirates.
One housekeeping note: Because of the Martin Luther King holiday, there will only be my Friday subscribers-only picks next week. We’ll be back with the Tuesday column, the week after.