For this week’s Movie Monday we’re adding a few new adaptations to our list of 60+ YA Adaptations on the way including: The Bone Season, The Finisher and Encyclopedia Brown. We’ve also got updates about The Lost Years of Merlin Movie and Fallen. Finally, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift join The Giver. Enjoy!
Bone Season: The Bone Season, by Samantha Shannon (a 21-year-old student currently pursuing a degree in English literature at Oxford University) is the first volume in a seven-book series. It has already been sold in 18 countries, and the film rights have been snapped up by The Imaginarium Studios, led by Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings) and Jonathan Cavendish (producer of Bridget Jones’ Diary). In terms of the book, this recent debut has been crowned as this fall’s candidate for Most Likely to Succeed [as the next Hunger Games], and topping almost everybody’s top book pick list. I’s been pegged as a dark, dystopic, featuring a teenage girl standing in opposition to a corrupt dictatorship. Here’s the synopsis: 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. She works as an envoy between secret cells: she drops in and out of people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in her world — the world of Scion — she commits high treason simply by breathing. It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, kidnapped and transported to Oxford, a city that has been kept secret for two hundred years, she meets Warden, a Rephaite with dark honey skin and heavy-lidded yellow eyes. He is the single most beautiful and frightening thing she has ever laid eyes on — and he will become her keeper.
Encyclopedia Brown: With a wave of nostalgia, this past June, Warner Bros. finalized its acquisition of the movie rights to an adaptation of the cherished children’s book series, Encyclopedia Brown. Written by Donald J. Sobol, “Encyclopedia Brown” tells the story of an intelligent young man named Leroy Brown who acts as a detective, solving cases in his small town. The first book in the series, “Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective,” was released in 1963, with Sobol penning close to 30 “Encyclopedia Brown” books over the next five decades. Little is known about the adaptation so far except that producers Roy Lee and Howard David Deutsch are now searching for writers to turn author Donald J. Sobol’s books into a film and hopefully a franchise.
The Lost Years of Merlin: A few years ago Warner Bros. acquired the rights to T.A. Barron’s novel and they just recently renewed and added two scribes to adapt the story! In the wake of the Harry Potter Franchise, Warner Bros seems eager to find the next big thing to appeal to the younger audience, and this might just be the prize. Game of Thrones scribe, Dave Hill, alongside David Farr from Hanna, will adapt this epic five book series, which was first released in 1996 and is based on the infamous wizard. However in this original story we follow Merlin’s journey as a young boy, washed on up the shores of Wales, with no memory and no home, as he grows into a young man learning to use his powers to become the defender of the natural world and mentor to King Arthur. To learn more about this story and the process of turning it into a film, check out this author interview that Hypaple conducted with T.A Barron!
The Giver: We’ve got a release date for The Giver!! According to The Hollywood Reporter, on August 15, 2014 this wonderful dytopian novel, based on Lois Lowry’s international bestseller, will make its way to theaters. They also added a-listers Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift to the cast this week. Swift will play the Chief Elder, who is responsible for assigning tasks to the young, while Holmes will play the mother of Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), the young boy at the center of the utopian tale. They join the all-star cast that includes, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites, will tell the story of a society in which there is no conflict, racism or sickness. With a budget of about $25 million, the film is being produced by Nikki Silver of TonikProductions along with Neil Koenigsberg and Bridges. Vadim Perelman wrote the adapted script; Michael Mitnick penned the latest draft. Filming just recently began in South Africa.
The Finisher: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has optioned the rights to David Baldacci’s upcoming fantasy novel, The Finisher. The story follows a 14-year-old girl who lives in a village called Wormwood, which is surrounded by a forest that is full of monsters. Matt Tolmach is producing the project and Scholastic, who is publishing Baldacci’s first stand-alone children’s book, won’t release it until March 2014.
Fallen: The newest cast member announced! According to Examiner, Harrison Gilbertson has joined the cast of the movie adaptation of Lauren Kate’s best-selling YA novel Fallen. Kate recently announced that Gilbertson would be playing Cam in the movie. He joins previously announced cast members Addison Timlin as Luce and Jeremy Irvine as Daniel. Filming on the movie is expected to begin this month and the story follows teenage fallen angels who are duking out an age-old battle between good and evil.