This week for Movie Monday, we have SO many WONDERFUL updates for you! Eight new adaptations, that’s right EIGHT, include: Eleanor & Park, The Here and Now, a Harry Potter Spinoff, Significance, The Outliers, Olivia Kidney, Paper Towns and UnRemembered. There’s also been some casting news for The 5th Wave and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (whoop whoop)! And the most exciting part- new trailers! Yeahhh!!! We’ve got If I Stay, The Giver Featurette and The Maze Runner! And of course some other fun stuff in between =) Enjoy!
Eleanor & Park- This off-beat indie read has stolen spots on almost every major list for the best YA books of 2013. So it should come as no surprise that a movie deal would shortly follow. According to Entertainment Weekly, DreamWorks Studios will be giving Rainbow Rowell’s bestselling novel its cinematic treatment, citing that they were drawn to the teenage love story for the same reason as its legions of fans. “It’s not the typical story where the ugly duckling is in love with the hot guy,” says Holly Bario, DreamWorks president of production. “They’re both trying to find their way. They’re both outcasts.”
The Here and Now- Hot on the heels of the release of her latest YA novel, Ann Brashares shared via Twitter that the movie rights to The Here and Now have been scooped up by Alcon Entertainment, Alloy Entertainment, and Kira Davis’ 8:38 Productions, according to Bustle. For this project she’ll be rejoining the same producers behind the movie adaptations of her hit series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. However, The Here and Now is nothing like Brashares sweet, coming of age tale that we saw before- this fast-paced action and sci-fi plot seems ripe for the big screen. And it’s no surprise that with the success of female-driven, YA action movies, such as Catching Fire and Divergent, producers are jumping on Brashares’s novel.
Harry Potter Spinoff- Harry Potter fans can rejoice as news that their favorite wizarding world will be back after J.K Rowling revealed that her 2001 book, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, will form part of a new epic trilogy. Fantastic Beasts was referenced in the Harry Potter Series several times, but it was Comic Relief that made the book a reality. As a gift to the BBC charity, J.K Rowling wrote the book based on magical creatures and a separate book on Quidditch called Quidditch Through The Ages, the combined sales raised over £17 million for charity. And of course the cameo rumors are flying high! Even though Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have been quoted saying they would not reprise their old roles again but that doesn’t rule out the potential for them to do cameos! Either way, the Harry Potter spin-off should definitely be a box office hit and bring fans to theaters. J.K Rowling will pen the script for what Warner Bros. CEO, Kevin Tsujihara, describes as 3 “megamovies”.
The 5th Wave- The recent 5th Wave movie casting news has been buzzing all over the web lately, with Sony Studios announcement that Chloë Grace Moretz will take the lead. The talented young starlet, who is also starring in this year’s adaptation of If I Stay, will play Cassie Sullivan in the adaptation of Rick Yancey’s hit sci-fi thriller The 5th Wave. The screenplay for the film will be written by Susannah Grant, who got an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film Erin Brockovich, so it seems like the screenplay is in good hands. The film will be directed by J. Blakeson who is best known for his film The Disappearance of Alice Creed, which received a Certified Fresh rating of 82% on Rotten Tomatoes, so this film has some huge talent behind it. Chloë Grace Moretz has given many amazing performances as seen in Oscar-winning film Hugo, which won the Saturn Award (2011) for Best Performance by a Younger Actor, and a kick-ass performance in Kick-Ass.
If I Stay- Speaking of Chloe Moretz- she let us know via Instagram that they would be releasing the much anticipated trailer for If I Stay courtesy of MTV. And here we have it- fair warning, you may wanna grab some tissues!
Significance- According to Red Carpet Endings, author Shelly Crane took to her blog recently to update fans on the status of Significance, a pending TV show based off her books. Actors currently cast are Jeremy Sumpter as Caleb and Michael Welch (Marcus in Twilight). The book was originally optioned as a movie and then, after some thought, the production company decided TV made more sense. However, they are still in the very early stages with this project, so we’ll just have to wait and see. If you haven’t read the book yet (it’s a magical/ superpowers/ teen-romance tale), you should check it out because right now it’s free on Kindle!
The Outliers- Yet another YA series joins the list of “yet-to-be-published” (written?) books getting film treatment! Lionsgate is sticking to what they do best and are preparing to push The Outliers, Kimberly McCreight’s upcoming 2015 series starter, as the next big thing. According to The Wrap Reese Witherspoon is developing the project, which is about a girl named Wylie who has always had great instincts but dismissed them as nothing more until her best friend went missing. She finds Cassie in a remote spot in the woods with a group called the Outliers, who claim to be able to harness “intuition” and turn it into a powerful psychological weapon called EQ Transference. Bewitched by the utopia they seem to have created, and thrilled to be surrounded by people like her, Wylie joins the Outliers. But within days, she finds herself running for her life. Wylie doesn’t know it, but she has the potential to become the most powerful Reader of all. There are many who would go to great lengths to destroy her, and she can’t trust anyone – least of all, the Outliers.
Olivia Kidney- According to Broadway World Moonbot Studios has announced that it will acquire film rights to Olivia Kidney, the award-winning young adult trilogy written by Ellen Potter. Moonbot plans to develop Olivia’s Alice in Wonderland-like adventures as a live action film with significant animation sequences. “At Moonbot, we’re grabbing for magic and Olivia Kidney has captivated us,” said William Joyce, Moonbot co-founder and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. “Ellen Potter has crafted a unique and enchanting fantasy that we can’t wait to bring to life as a film”.
Paper Towns- According to Deadline, after completing its adaptation of the John Green novel The Fault In Our Stars, Fox 2000 has made a deal for the 2008 Green novel Paper Towns, and it is working on bringing back together not only the producers and the screenwriters for another go but also one of the stars. Paper Towns will be built around actor-singer Nat Wolff, who co-stars in The Fault In Our Stars and stars in the upcoming Palo Alto. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber are going to adapt, and Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are producing. The scribes will be exec producers along with Green. Fox will release the Josh Boone-directed The Fault In Our Stars on June 6, with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort starring with Wolff.
The Fault in Our Stars- Speaking of TFIOS, the retail store Hot Topic is carrying an exclusive line for the upcoming film. You can pick yours up at a Hot Topic near you, or take advantage of their 25% discount ONLINE.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children- Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, announced via his official tumblr that an open casting call has begun for the character of Jacob, the male protagonist of the novel. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will be directed by Tim Burton and is scheduled to begin filming in London, this August.
UnRemembered- According to The Hollywood Reporter, Unremembered, the first book in a YA trilogy by Jessica Brody, has been acquired by Reliance Entertainment and Kintop Pictures. The planned trilogy follows a teen who finds herself floating in the ocean, following a plane crash, with no memory of her past. Deepak Nayar and Tabrez Noorani of Tamasha Talkies, who have experience producing YA adaptions such as the Vampire Academy and the Graceling trilogy, and Soumya Sundaresh of Citrusmuse are attached to produce. Check out this exclusive interview with the author by Red Carpet Endings!
The Giver Trailer- Don’t know if you’ve had a chance to check out the trailer for The Giver yet, but it looks pretty epic! Here’s the newest release from Jeff Bridges, a black and white featurette that made loyal fans of the book very happy! (I’ll attach the theatrical trailer beneath, just in case you missed it at the Divergent release).
The Maze Runner Trailer- And in case you missed this one- it looks so so so good! I’m reading this NEXT!