Top Trends for IP Adaptations in Film and TV production

Top Trends for IP Adaptations in Film and TV production

Top Deals for Adapted Content in Film and TV

In the perennial tussle between original screenplays and adapted screenplays, the latter is having the last laugh—and raking in the cash. The film and TV industry’s insatiable hunger to acquire Intellectual Property (IP) has led to a surge in adaptations, turning cherished IPs into cinematic gold.

From the mystical corridors of Hogwarts to the dystopian mayhem of Twisted Metal, the industry is poised to transform beloved IPs into visual extravaganzas.

As we gear up for a visual feast, here are some tantalizing IP adaptations set to capture our imagination in 2024. Inspired from diverse content sources, adapted content captures our imaginations on the broad landscape of film and television. They ensure a journey to fresh dimensions, creating lasting impressions.

We take you on a cinematic journey through the realms of IP. The film and TV industry’s affinity for adaptations persists, turning popular IP treasures into visual marvels that linger in our minds long after the credits roll. While the real money may be on the screen, the true magic lies in the alchemy of storytelling, where words and images converge to create unforgettable cinematic experiences.

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Amazon Studios has solidified its reputation as a premier producer of IP adaptations, with recent projects transforming literary gems into cinematic wonders. From the immersive world of Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” series to the thought-provoking journey of Colson Whitehead’sThe Underground Railroad,” or “Modern Love” that intricately weaves poignant tales of romance, exploring the complexities of love in diverse, heartwarming, and often unexpected ways, Amazon Studios excels in bringing diverse narratives to life on both the big and small screens.

Explore recent IP adaptation deals by Amazon Studios in the image below.

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Notable IP Acquisitions

So which IP’s have already shown to be successful?

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IP Adaptation deal trends – Jan 2022- Nov 2023

Vitrina’s recent analysis on the 2023 global IP adaptations deals paints a picture of a significant slowdown, with volumes plummeting by a staggering 53% compared to the previous year. The data reveals a consistent decline throughout the year, mirroring the sluggish trends observed in new production deals. Not surprisingly, because of the WGA strikes the typically high-activity months of May and June also experienced a notable dip in momentum.

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IP Adaptations By Netflix

The Pink Marine
(Book Adaptation)

English, Comedy Drama

The Pink Marine is set in the Marine Corps in the 1980s. Our unlikely hero is a gay teen who joins the Corps with his straight best friend. And yes, it’s insanely dangerous for both of them. But as fate would have it, turns out the Few and the Proud are a bunch of oddballs and eccentrics – and thus, a brotherhood is born. In a world where the landmines are both literal and metaphorical, we take a hard – and hilarious – look at masculinity and what it means to belong.

Not Quite Narwhal
(Book Adaptation)

English, Kids, Animation (Returning Series)

Curious little Kelp’s been living his whole life as a narwhal… until he finds out he’s actually a unicorn. Now he’s got two worlds to explore!

How to Get Rich
(Book Adaptation)

English, Documentary (Returning Series)

Money holds power over us — but it doesn’t have to. Finance expert Ramit Sethi works with people across the US to help them achieve their richest lives.

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IP Adaptations By Amazon Studios

My Fault
(Book Adaptation)

Spanish, Romance, Drama

Noah must leave her city, boyfriend, and friends to move into William Leister’s mansion, the flashy and wealthy husband of her mother Rafaela. As a proud and independent 17 year old, Noah resists living in a mansion surrounded by luxury. However, it is there where she meets Nick, her new stepbrother, and the clash of their strong personalities becomes evident from the very beginning.

Just Cause
(Book Adaptation)

English, Drama (Planned)

Madison “Madi” Cowart, a struggling reporter for a Florida newspaper, receives a letter from a death row inmate who claims to be innocent. As the investigation unfolds, not only does the case against the inmate prove to be shaky, but other horrors are lurking in the background.

Twin Love
(Format Adaptation)

English, Reality (Returning Series)

Ten sets of twins will be divided into two houses with identical casts, where they will start an intriguing and gripping search for love. The series will discover if their inherent similarities extend to their romantic desires.

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IP Adaptations By Warner Bros. Discovery

The Watchers
(Book Adaptation)

English, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror (In Production)

When Mina, a 28-year-old artist, finds shelter after getting stranded in an expansive, untouched forest in western Ireland, she unknowingly becomes trapped alongside three strangers that are watched and stalked by mysterious creatures each night.

The Days
(Book Adaptation)

Japanese, Drama

Blamed by some, hailed as heroes by others, those involved with Fukushima Daiichi face a deadly, invisible threat — an unprecedented nuclear disaster.

How to Create a Sex Scandal
(Article Adaptation)

English, Documentary

In 2005, the sleepy community of Mineola, Texas, is thrown into turmoil when local children reveal shocking stories about a pedophile sex ring that took place at a local swingers club. As arrests are made, life sentences handed down, and lives ruined, it soon becomes apparent that there is a lot more to the story than meets the eye. Now, the startling long-term repercussions of the scandal are revealed.

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Players highly engaged in IP Acquisitions (last 2 years)

Every year, IP adaptations are announced in several markets. There are some companies that stand out in this field. Vitrina keeps an eye on IP adaptation deals as they happen. This way, you can stay on top of content expected to hit the screens in the near future. In today’s global landscape knowing which projects are being developed is important to shape your production and release strategies.

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Notable Dealmakers for IP adaptations

Who are some of the influential dealmakers in the industry for IP Adaptations?

Vitrina tracks deals, transactions and catalogs across Content IP, Development, Production, Acquisitions and Collaborations. We follow the activities of influential dealmakers across genres, countries, and companies. Understanding the key players in IP adaptation deals is valuable. However, identifying influential dealmakers brings you closer to finalizing deals. Check out some of the dealmakers picked up by our system. Click on link to learn about the others

Lucas Green

Banijay

Julie Plec

My So Called Company

Marty Bowen

Temple Hill Entertainment

Filippa Wallestam

Viaplay

Erik Feig

Picturestart

Asad Qizilbash

PlayStation Productions
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Recent IP Adaptation Deals

Let’s take a look at some noteworthy IP’s being acquired globally.

The Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

BBC and BBC Three signed a IP & Development deal with Moonage Pictures for A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder.

Aquaman

Fuji Television Network signed a IP & Development deal with Kakao Entertainment for Aquaman.

The Boys in the Boat

Metro Goldwyn Mayer signed a IP & Development deal with Smokehouse Pictures for The Boys in the Boat

The Dark Between Stars

Winterstone Pictures signed a IP & Development deal with Atticus for The Dark Between Stars

A Farewell to Arms

Fremantle signed a IP & Development deal with Passenger and Revolution Films for A Farewell to Arms.

Beacon 23

MGM+ signed a IP & Development deal with Boat Rocker Media for Beacon 23 (book name)

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