It’s been a few weeks since I’ve taken a look at what’s going on with our favorite adaptations, which means I’ve got alot of fun stuff to share with you! In this week’s round-up we have lots of trailers for you! We also have updates on the movies; The Giver, Fallen, Artemis Fowl, The Book Thief, and the Fault in Our Stars!! Finally we take a look at whether or not there will be a second installment for The Mortal Instruments. If you still haven’t checked out our Big List of Over 60+ adaptations, you definitely should! Which movies are you most/least excited about?
The Giver- Meryl Streep, AKA my favorite actress in the whole wide world, is poised to join Jeff Bridges in The Giver as the chief elder in the film. Although it’s still not certain, the possibility has me extremely excited! In just a few short weeks they will begin shooting the film in South Africa and the cast is growing fast. Jeff Bridges is already set to play the title character in the film, with Australian up and comer Brenton Thwaites to star as Jonas. True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard is also in talks to join as Jonas’s father, while Shameless star Cameron Monaghan is negotiating to play Jonas’s best friend in the film.
Fallen: They aren’t wasting any time on the Fallen production over at Lotus Entertainment and Mayhem Pictures, already announcing who will star as the novel’s main characters, Luce Price and Daniel Grigori. According to a Deadline report, portraying Daniel Grigori will be Jeremy Irvine, the young actor most known for playing the lead role in the 2011 Steven Spielberg movie “War Horse”. The 22-year-old actress, Addison Timlin will portray the role of Luce Price, who is most known for her appearances in the Showtime series “Californication”. The film, which is set to be released sometime in 2014, will be directed by Scott Hicks, alongside screenplay writer Nichole Millard and executive producer Bill Johnson.
Artemis Fowl: Walt Disney Studios recently announced that it’s partnered with producer Harvey Weinstein to bring Artemis Fowl to the silver screen. The movie will be based on the first and second installments in author Eoin Colfer’s best-selling children’s fiction series. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix screenwriter Michael Goldenberg will pen the screenplay adaptation. Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal will executive produce the film.
The Fault in Our Stars- Author John Green confirmed that filming officially started on the adaptation of his bestselling book, as of August 26th. The film is set to be released tentatively in 2014, possibly 2015, and stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (in case you missed this controversy of this pairing, click here).
The Book Thief: Since the last time I’ve done a movie round-up, The Book Thief has gotten a trailer and some other casting news updates. The Book Thief, which takes place in Germany during World War II, stars Sophie Nélisse as Liesel Meminger, a young girl who is taken in by Hans Hubermann (Geoffrey Rush) and his wife (Emily Watson). The movie is set to be released this November. Check out the trailer below:
Vampire Academy: The first official teaser trailer was released for Vampire Academy. Fingers Crossed for this adaptation, I’m getting nervous that the vampire market has been over saturated and this one might not get a fair chance. The movie is set to be released on Valentines Day. Here’s the trailer:
Divergent: In case you missed it at the VMA’s, here’s our first look at the Divergent Movie Trailer:
And because some of those who haven’t read the book were wondering what the heck this movie was all about, they put together this handy little intro-info trailer for us, explaining the factions:
Ender’s Game: If you haven’t checked out the recently released FULL Ender’s Game trailer you MUST! I’m getting really excited about this film!
The Mortal Instruments Box office Blunder: I recently reviewed TMI movie, which I thought was pretty good! You know, this film was obviously never going to be an Oscar winner, but I am honestly a bit confused as to why it’s done as badly as it has. Even if people left the movie feeling like it wasn’t all that good, it doesn’t explain the flat out lack of people going to see it. Where the heck did all the millions of Cassandra Clare fans run off to?! Bad or not, the box office digits shouldn’t have been this terrible, and in the end, that’s what studios look at to decide whether there will ever be a 2nd installment. Studios don’t care about how terrible the reviews are, but they certainly care about losing money. And here’s what we have to go with- The film cost $60 million to make BUT only earned $14 million during it’s opening first five days in the U.S! Martin Moszkowicz, head of film and TV at Constantin and an executive producer on Mortal Instruments, blamed the weak early U.S. figures on “a strongly competitive environment,” which included a pair of similarly-skewing genre pics in Lionsgate’s horror movie You’re Next and Edgar Wright’s sci-fi action-comedy The World’s End. He also cited strong holdovers The Butler and We’re the Millers. So our only hope is in the International Market, which has only just begun. Constantin said the film’s total take so far is $26.6 million, driven by a U.K. bow of around $1.8 million and more than $1.4 million from Australia. Several major territories follow this week, including Spain, Italy, Germany and Mexico. From there, the film will make its way around the world throughout the fall and into the winter months. So here’s to hoping…