Movie Monday- James Frey’s Mega Book-Movie Deal, Vampire Academy to Hit Theaters Early and Much More!

In this weeks Movie Monday- Three new movies head to the big screen- Fae, by Colet and Jasmine Abedi, The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and Endgame by James Frey. Vampire Academy and The Seventh Son get new release dates while Allegiant’s release date is confirmed. The Silver Chair will be the next film in the Narnia franchise. Plus, DVD release dates for  The Book Thief and Enders Game and more. For a full list of 60+ YA books heading to Hollywood, check out our post here!

 

1004598_700095436682797_809081775_nFae Trilogy: British director Ridley Scott has optioned the film rights to Fae, a YA trilogy written by sisters Colet and Jasmine Abedi (AKA- C.J Abedi). The first book, which was released July 2013, has apparently had some brag-worthy digital success as well as loads of social media support. The story follows Caroline Ellis, who, on her sixteenth birthday, sets into motion a series of events that have been fated for centuries; a battle between the Dark and Light Fae. Scott and Giannina Facio will produce the film, which is meant to be a hit among fans of the Twilight Saga. The 2nd book is complete and will be released this May.

 

 

james_freyEndgame: The newest YA book to be added to the list of upcoming adaptations is James Frey’s latest teen novel Endgame, which ended up landing him a 2 million dollar book-film deal with Fox and sister company Harper Collins. Frey is perhaps best known for his partially fabricated memoir A Million Little Pieces, as well as his other YA book that was adapted into the film I Am Number Four (part of the Lorien Legacies Series). In this monstrous deal (some might even say over-eager), Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton will write a dystopian, Hunger Games-esque, trilogy, first of which is to be published on October 7, 2014. Foreign publishers are already lined up as well for a simultaneous release around the world in over 30 languages. As for the movie deal, the first will be based on “Endgame: The Calling”, the first book in the series, with Twilight Saga producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill producing and Frey penning the script. Google has also mysteriously been involved in this deal- their Niantic Labs will publish six Endgame novels for the Google Play store, with the game launching on Android and iOS devices late next year. This is a massive deal for James Frey and a little shocking I might add- if memory serves, I am Number Four wasn’t a box office smash (hence the absent sequel). And I don’t think I’m the only one confused about this deal- social media has been lit up with negative responses to the knock-off similarities between Frey’s series and Hunger Games. Check out the story synopsis here.

imagesThe Red Queen: And here we have yet another YA series to get scooped up before the book is even released. The Red Queen, by 22 year-old debut author Victoria Aveyard, is the first book in an upcoming trilogy that has been sold in 16 languages, but won’t be released until sometime in 2015. Universal has so much faith in the series that they went ahead and optioned the film rights and have Breaking Bad writer Gennifer Hutchinson on board to pen the script. The series was pitched as Graceling meets The Selection, as well as Divergent meets Game of Thrones. It takes place in a fantasy world where all citizens are divided by the color of blood. The story follows a 17 year old girl who must pretend to be a long lost princess, in order to save her family and perhaps save the world. I am intrigued.

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The Seventh Son: Sad news for  fans of Joseph Delaney’s bestselling MG novels (The Last Apprentice Series)! For the 3rd time now, the movie release date has been changed! The movie, starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes was originally slated for February 2013, then pushed back to October 2013, then again  to January of this year and now they’ve announced that it won’t be released until February, 2015! That’s a 2 year span of date changes, which is so strange seeing as they’ve already finished filming the movie. The decision has something to do with the movie being handed over from Warner Bros. to Universal and then the Universal- Legendary merger. If you want to go ahead and get excited, check out the official theatrical trailer here (I’m not going to lie, it looks AWESOME!!)!

the-silver-chairThe Chronicles of Narnia: Speculation about the Narnia franchise has been all over the place for some time now- some people thought it was finished (the film rights have bounced from studio to studio) and those who had not lost faith were certain that the next film was going to be The Magician’s Nephew (because they had basically said as much). Have no fear- official word is in and they are moving ahead with the fourth film in the franchise, which will be The Silver Chair! Screenplay writer David Magee, who has an Academy Award nomination for his work on Life of Pie, will pen the script.

20131112-143144Divergent- The countdown begins; Divergent, perhaps the most anticipated YA movie of the year, is just around the corner! That might be why all three titles recently took the top three spots on USA Today’s bestseller list, or maybe it’s just because they’re that good. If you haven’t read them yet, you should! We won’t bore you with more photos and movie stills (they’re on every fan and social media site out there these days- but if somehow you’ve managed to miss all the hype, just click any of the links here). Rather, we just wanted to let you know that the latest news: Allegiant (the 3rd and final book in the series) has gotten it’s official release date; March 18th, 2016. This confirms Lionsgate’s confidence in the franchise and has many people wondering why they aren’t going with the trend of breaking the final book into two films. Some believe it’s just a prudent move on Lionsgate’s part, opting to wait and see just how successful Divergent is before committing to a final, fourth installment. Yet there are plenty of others out there that are predicting the movie’s failure- and last month’s announcement that director Neil Burger won’t be returning for the second film brings it’s own share of doubts. But while Burger won’t be directing Insurgentdue to production schedule conflicts, he will serve as an executive producer for the big-budget sequel.  The budget for Divergent still hasn’t been confirmed, but best guesses put it in the 80 million dollar range.

_1389972352Vampire Academy-  The release date for Vampire Academy has been moved up! Originally slated for Valentine’s Day weekend, the movie will now hit theaters February 7th and two new promo clips have been released! Universal also revealed that the official soundtrack, which includes music from artists like Katy Perry, Goldfrapp, Sky Ferreira and more, will hit stores February 11th (lets see if they don’t move that date up as well). Tons of hype behind this YA bestselling adaption have flooded the internet, including these two new movie stills and this one, with tons of fang. If you haven’t seen the theatrical trailer yet, check it out here. You might be surprised! There’s loads of people out there that think this is the movie that will make vampires cool again. What do you think?

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Maze Runner- The first movie stills are coming in! And we’re getting so excited! Check out these surprises and behind the scene thoughts from author James Dashner.

 

 

367960_062The Book Thief- Ohhh, sadly most of us missed this one due to its limited theatrical release [and have been drooling ever since, over the rock star reviews of Sophie Nélisse’s performance]. So good news for us! As soon as March gets here, we can all watch it! The official DVD release date is March 11th, and if you’re like me and haven’t seen this yet, I’d say it’s probably worth renting! Sure, it’s not meant to be as good as the book (are they ever?!) but I’m excited to see this young actress shine!

 

chloe_grace_moretz-wide__spanIf I Stay- Chloe Grace Moretz, at only 16 years old,  will earn 7 figures for her role in If I Stay! Whoa, jealous much?! A whopping half a million dollars! The film should hit theaters this August- Here’s to seeing if she’ll stand up to that price tag… (I personally LOVED her in Kick Ass).

 

 

Enders PosterEnder’s Game-  The movie, which hit theaters last November, only did mediocre in the box office, earning a mere $112 million from a budget of $110 million. Of course this hasn’t stopped the buzz about whether there will be a sequel (which Legendary hasn’t greenlit yet), or potentially a TV series. The latest word is that, more than likely, if there ever was a follow up, it would be an original story and not based on the 2nd book in Orson Scott Card’s series. Why you ask? Director Gavin Hood suggests it’s because Speaker of the Dead takes place 30 years after the first book and Ender would be a grown man. It might make more sense to add some steps in between. The DVD is scheduled to be released February 11th!

 

 

Also, check out these trailers to some of the most anticipated films of this year!

 

 

Movie Monday- Bone Season to Become a Movie, A New Take on Merlin and More!!

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!

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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_boy_detectiveEncyclopedia 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.

warner_bros_developing_the_lost_years_of_merlin_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!

Celebrity-Closets-Taylor-Swift-Katie-HolmesThe 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.

david-baldacci-author-photoThe 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.

Gilbertson-News-618x400Fallen: 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.

Movie Monday- 7 New YA Movies on the Way!!

For this week’s Movie Monday, we’re introducing 7 new books that we’ll be adding to our list of 60+ upcoming YA Adaptations! There are some awesome sounding books on this list! Which story are you most excited about? Do you have any fan casting ideas!? Let us know!

The 5th WaveThe Fifth Wave: The Fifth Wave, Rick Yancey’s bestselling alien evasion novel has been picked up by Sony Pictures and is moving full speed ahead! The studio, with producers Graham King and Tobey Maguire, have already named Susannah Grant to pen the script (Erin Brockovich) and is in talks with J Blakeson, who gained notoriety with his 2009 cult hit “The Disappearance Of Alice Creed”. The studio is hoping that this big hit novel, which already has fans begging for a follow up, will be there next big franchise.

Panic_HC_JKT_des4.inddPanic: Bestselling author Lauren Oliver’s upcoming book Panic has been optioned to become a movie by Universal after a bidding war last month. The book won’t be published until March next year, and is about a small town in which seniors take part in a dangerous and deadly game where the stakes are high and the payoff even higher.  Marc Platt will produce the project for Universal, which is keeping plot details under wraps.

The Young WorldThe Young World- This past June a heated bidding war took place , which resulted in Warner Bros. securing  the yet-to-be-published rights to The Young World.  This is the first book in an original trilogy of post-apocalyptic YA novels by filmmaker-turned-novelist Chris Weitz. The movie deal came less than 15 months after Weitz’s signed his first book deal, which Little Brown will publish in 2014. Perhaps both the publishing and film industry have high hopes for the director of Twilight: New Moon and The Golden Compass adaptations. Weitz will adapt, direct and produce his story which is about teenage survivors who inherit a destroyed and desolate earth, after a cataclysmic event kills off every person not between the ages of 12 and 21. Without water, heat or any of the things they’ve grown up with, they must figure out how to save the world.

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The Fire Sermon- A few months ago, Dreamworks snagged the rights to The Fire Sermon, the first book in a trilogy written by short story author and poet Francesca Haig. Deadline reports the plot of the book as such: 400 years after a nuclear apocalypse, society is left without technology and all humans are twins. One of each pair is physically perfect, and they are called Alphas, while the other, the Omega, bears some mutation. The apartheid society forces the mutated twins to settlements, even though when one twin dies, so does the other. This is the relationship between a brother and sister twin, and what happens when he becomes a leader in the repressed society.

gallagher girlsGallagher Girls Book Series:  Ally Carter (which is the pen name for author Sarah Leigh Fogleman) has another adaptation in the works! The six-book young-adult series centers on a student, Cammie Morgan, at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women in Roseville, Va. While the school poses as an institution for highly intelligent girls, it’s actually a training facility for the CIA. Producers Tonya Lewis Lee and Nikki Silver, operating under their new Tonik Productions banner, have optioned film rights to the book series with an eye toward establishing a big-screen franchise. They are also currently working on another YA adaption, The Giver, which is currently being filmed in South Africa.

Children of ParanoiaChildren of Paranoia: This Young Adult thriller, the first part of a trilogy about a secret war that’s been waged for centuries, follows a young assassin who falls in love with a woman who calls into question the world as he knows it. As he desperately fights to uncover the elusive truth behind the conflict, he begins to wonder which side he’s really on — good or evil. CBS Films have bought the rights to Trevor Shane’s debut novel, and already have Battlestar Galactica‘s, Mark Verheiden on board to write the screenplay as well as producer Akiva Goldsman through his Weed Road banner.

elusion__130730232816-275x415Elusion: A few months ago Deadline let us know that Silver Reel and FlynnPictureCo have preemptively closed a deal for screen rights to Elusion, an upcoming young-adult novel written by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam that is to be the first in a two-book series. Elusion is a contemporary sci-fi thriller about two love-struck teenagers who discover that the wildly popular game created by their wunderkind best friend, which uses deep hypnosis to transport users to a virtual alternate world, is actually much more sinister than it appears. It visits territory covered in Inception and Eternal Sunshine Of the Spotless Mind. The first book is set to come out March 2014 and the second sometime in 2015.

 

 

Movie Monday- Goosebumps, Heist Society, If I Stay News and More!

Woah! There’s some exciting movie updates for you this week! We’ve got some news for you about the adaptations of Goosebumps, City of Ashes, Heist Society, If I Stay, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Seventh Son and Chaos Walking. NEXT WEEK we’re going to take a look at NINE adaptations in the works, including The 5th Wave, that we’re adding to our list of 60+ YA Book-to-Movies!

Photo Credit: Firstshowing.net

Photo Credit: Firstshowing.net

Goosebumps- The long in-development live-action movie based on R.L. Stine’s popular horror series Goosebumps is finally taking some major steps towards production- Jack Black is now in negotiations to star in the film, which is set to be directed by Rob Letterman. If it all works out, the film will have Black playing the role of a “Stine-like author,” which presumably means that the movie will primarily focus on young-adult horror.

Ashes copyMortal Instruments Delayed [Indefinitely?]- If you haven’t yet heard, as we feared/suspected, TMI has been put on hold. Constantin Film has issued a release announcing that they have indefinitely postponed principal photography on The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes. They also noted-”pushing back the start of production of City of Ashes was a decision we did not take lightly,” and that “after speaking with all of our partners on the creative and distribution side, it was clear that it will be beneficial to have more time to reposition the film in the current market place”. We already knew that the weak turn-out would probably result in this, but  it’s still sad nonetheless. I’ve spoken to many friends who enjoyed the film (even those who have not read it yet). We’re still a bit foggy about the massive negative reception that this adaption has received (both of us feeling like there’s way worse examples with better $$$ digits). Cassandra Clare opened up for the first time about this delay recently, and she seems to be quiet optimistic about the future of this franchise. I guess we’ll see.

if I stay copyIf I Stay- Gayle Forman’s novel, “If I Stay” centers around 17-year-ol Mia (to be played by Chloe Moretz) a talented cellist whose entire family is killed in a horrific car crash. Mia’s left comatose, but her soul is very much awake—and struggling with whether she should live without her family or join them in death. To make a long story short- a big part of this decision weighs on her next most important human companion, the love of her life, boyfriend Adam. So yes yes, we’re finally here- fans of this book hold on to your pants– we’ve got exiting news!!! We’ve learned who will play Adam- “Snow White and the Huntsmanactor Jamie Blackley has landed the role opposite Chloe Moretz. If that wasn’t happy news enough for all of you “If I Stay junkies- they’ve also cast Mia’s fire-cracker best friend Kim, who will be played by the gifted Liana Liberato.

"Back To The Future" 25th Anniversary Trilogy Blu-Ray Release CelebrationChaos Walking- We may have a director people, which is great news!! The Oscar-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis (“Flight”) is in negotiations to direct Lionsgate’s latest young-adult sci-fi movie “Chaos Walking”.  They also have another Oscar-winning person on board, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman will pen the script. The story is set in a dystopian future where humans have colonized a distant Earth-like planet. When an infection called the Noise suddenly makes all thought audible, privacy vanishes and chaos ensues, leading a corrupt autocrat to threaten to take control of the human settlements and wage war with the indigenous alien race. This is still the earliest parts of development, but bringing a director on board is definitely a good start

 

Seventh-Son copySeventh Son Release Date Pushed Back- Phew, what a whirl wind these dates have been. This was announced a few weeks ago but we’re just getting around to letting you guys know! But let’s just assume that all these date changes mean that it’s going to be epic now =p Ahh, I wish- but the truth is these delays aren’t about “making the movie better”! Variety now reports that Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have decided to part ways rather than extend their distribution and co-financing partnership, and it’s believed that this may have contributed to The Seventh Son‘s release being delayed once more, this time to January 17th, 2014. Delays like this aren’t the best of signs, but at least the delay isn’t due to a need to finish making the film; production wrapped about a year ago. The film was originally slated for a February 15th, 2013 release, but, as you may have noticed, February came and went without The Seventh Son. Then in May 2012, the release date was set back to October 18th, 2013, and we started seeing the first images of the movie, giving us a look at stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore. Now we’ll just have to wait and hope that this film actually makes it to theaters early next year!

miss p book cover with border copyMiss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children- Back in June they announced that Miss P’s got a release date!! That means it’s really on it’s way- Yay! So go ahead an mark your calendars, even though it’s going to be a bit of a wait, it’s never too soon to get excited for July 31st 2015! That’s when this quirky story should find it’s way to your local cinema.  The movie’s director, Tim Burton, who has been attached to the project for quite awhile now, is known for bizarre, quirky movies like Edward Scissorhands and Corpse Bride. Jane Goodman, who has worked on movies like The Woman in Black and X-Men: First Class, is writing the script. The 2011 novel follows teenager Jacob, who begins to explore the ruins of the titular home, located on an island near Wales, and learns more about the children who lived there and why they were separated from society. Eerie photographs are interspersed with the text.

Heist SocietyHeist Society- We haven’t heard much about the big-screen adaptation of Ally Carter’s “Heist Society” since news broke way back in July 2011 that Drew Barrymore would be producing the project through her Flower Films banner. Now, nearly two years later, we have an update… and a change of hands. In late June, the movie rights for the novel were acquired by Lionsgate on behalf of Brownstone Productions, a joint venture with ”Hunger Games” star Elizabeth Banks and her husband Max Handelman  (otherwise known as the duo who brought you “Pitch Perfect”). The adaptation will be based on Ally Carter’s bestseller about a woman who has been part of a larcenous family and tries to go straight. That ends when her father is suspected of stealing a mobster’s art collection and she and a friend have two weeks to steal back the artwork and get it back to the mobster. At this point Elizabeth Banks is only on board to produce, but it’s great news that this adaptation is getting some momentum.

The Book Thief- Take a look at the first official Movie Poster- What do you think? Have you read it? Will you see it?  And for an interesting read, check out this dude’s thoughts on the whole thing!

 

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Movie Monday- An Adaptation Roundup!

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 GiverThe 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.

FallenFallen: 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-1280c-610x343Artemis 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 StarsThe 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).

sophie-nelisse-lands-lead-in-the-book-thief-filmThe 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!

rotten-tomatoesThe 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…

The Mortal Instruments Movie- A Good Film for Fans of the Book-

cityofbonestitletreatmentAre you debating on seeing The Mortal Instruments this weekend but can’t decide if it’s worth it? Here are my thoughts in short- if you’ve read the book, go and see it (but don’t fork out the extra $$$ for the IMAX version, we didn’t think it made much of a difference), you’ll at least enjoy watching the action sequences come to life. If you haven’t read the book, wait, then rent it and watch it with someone who doesn’t mind pausing it every once in a while to explain to you what’s going on, because you will undoubtedly get lost. Overall, if you go into it expecting an average but enjoyable fantasy film, you won’t be too disappointed (just set your expectations in the C+/C range and you’ll be set!).

466293_362065467226986_1814460277_oThis series was recommended to me by three people I trust, who absolutely loved the story. Since then I’ve recommended this book to all of my friends who are fans of this genre because it is such an entertaining and exciting story, and most of them loved the series too. It’s the type of adventure that once I picked it up and started reading at 11:00 pm, I finally had to force myself to put it down at 4:00 am, realizing that “a good stopping point” would never come. It starts at the peek of a roller coaster and never settles down, but all of the adventures that made for a really good read, turns out to be a bit much to cram into an hour and 40 minute show.

the-mortal-instruments-city-of-bones01After watching TMI last weekend, I have a new appreciation for those tasked with the job of adapting a book for the big screen. Most of us who spend a year (or more) getting excited about our favorite stories coming to life, hope to go and find that nothing gets left out. However, I now understand why leaving things out is sometimes necessary. In some vain effort of keeping the TMI film true to the story, we lost most of the character development and unique story-line. So like most of the critic reviews have said, this movie won’t make much sense to those who haven’t read the book, but for those of us who have, it’s definitely worth seeing; the special effects are cool and the demons much scarier than most of our imaginations created.

964279 - THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONESSo in the end, I recommend the movie to fans of the book, just prepare yourselves to get mostly action-packed sequences and less story-line (which really doesn’t “matter” to those of us who know the story). For those of you who haven’t read the book but are still interested  in seeing it, like I said before, it’s probably better to rent it and watch it with someone who can explain to you things like; why the bad guy (Valentine) is really bad, much scarier and more evil in the book; why Magnus Bane is a million times more awesome in the book; how much more important Luke is; and pretty much the importance of all the things that get brushed through in this whirl-wind adaptation. Another thing to keep in mind is that, even though the second film in this series has already been green-lit by the studio, I’d be surprised, based on the box office numbers, if they don’t pull the plug. So you may be watching this film with no hopes of knowing how the story ends unless you read it (which of course I totally recommend over watching the movie anyway!). But  I hope they do make the next one and perhaps, in answer to these complaints, make the second film a much more satisfying “sample” of the story.

imagesOn a final and personal note, in my opinion this adaptation was much more enjoyable than Twilight (the first film in the saga). The romance is minimal and less overwhelming (like, my husband wasn’t sitting beside me in the theater gagging at any point haha), the special effects are much, much better and the acting is just simply leagues above the b-rate performances we see in the entire Twilight Saga. So in the end, I do recommend going to see this movie, if nothing else, it’s definitely not boring.

Movie Mondays- Scott Westerfeld’s ‘Uglies’: A Book Review and Movie News!

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I just finished Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies, I know I know- I’m only eight years late! In my defense, when I first read the premise, a futuristic/dystopian world where everybody is “Ugly” until they reach 16 and get surgically transformed into the attractive “Pretties”- I did the internal eye-roll and thought I’d rather not. Then it was picked for my book club this month and the world that I thought sounded really cliché, with super campy descriptives like, Uglyville, Pretties, New Pretty Town and so on, became an interesting idea. And hey, its got a movie deal, so why not?

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This futuristic dystopian America comes to exist after leaders realized how many of the worlds problems are related to physical appearance and by fixing this problem the world could be a peaceful place. For example, people kill or enslave others based on the color of their skin; prettier people often get better jobs, which creates a loosely based cast systems; some people starve themselves to be skinny while others eat themselves into sickness, all because they don’t feel pretty; and ultimately, it causes division, war and so on. So in this post-apocalyptic world, they found solution in making everyone “pretty” or rather, look the similar. So you see, this story had some promise- it has a unique premise among the vast options of dystopian worlds out there. It also had the potential of directing attention to some very real social issues, which obviously plague our society. Only Westerfeld falls short of addressing any of these deeply, which is sad.

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With that in mind, I should add that this is not a YA book. Yes, the main character is a teenager, and most of the other stars are as well, but in every other way this reads like an MG novel. That’s the only explanation I can offer as to why Westerfeld created the perfect world to make the argument that looks aren’t everything… but then didn’t. Instead we get cookie cutter action, little character development and the lingering question of whether or not Westerfeld really thinks that making people “pretty” is all that terrible of an idea. I guess we can assume that this is his argument anyway, especially as we learn that those who undergo surgery also receive mind alterations that make them complacent, agreeable people, like they’ve all over-dosed on Zanex. In the end we’re left with a possible cure and the blatant fact that most people prefer a life of simplicity, beauty, parties and happiness. Who can really blame them?

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I will say that there is a reason that this series is an international bestseller. It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s entertaining. It’s different. And most of all, it doesn’t feel like the other dystopian books out there (in other words, it’s not a romance novel with a little dystopia sprinkled on top). If nothing else, it would be a good pool-side/beach read and like I mentioned before, it’s got a movie deal in the works. That means even if you’re eight years late reading this with me, at least you’ll be ahead of all those who wait to jump on the band-wagon just because some hot celeb took the part!

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On the movie note- while the story definitely left me wanting, I actually think it could translate into a really good film! I’d certainly go see it anyway. I’m imagining all the Pretties actually look a little bit like beautiful aliens. Ya know, exotic but still totally weird because, well, they’re aliens. There’s also some pretty cool thrills in the book which could make for some awesome special effects (umm, the hoverboard roller coaster and bungee-jacket jumps, please). Unfortunately, getting this story from page to screen has been a bit of a mess. The first intensions to adapt this multi-million dollar trilogy began in 2006, but little happened over the following years and 20th Century Fox, who first owned the rights, released them. Then, in the summer of 2011, Westerfeld announced that producer John Davis and the founders of Lola Visual Effects will team up to finance, develop and produce an adaptation of all three books. So far the team includes producers John Davis (I, Robot), Jordan Davis, Colin and Greg Strause, via their Hydraulx Entertainment banner. They also have screenwriter, Jacob Forman, on board to pen the script.

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It’s worth noting that Westerfeld has bucket-loads of Uglies fans out there that are just dying to see this film, and they all seem to be most excited about one fact: that Lola is involved. Lola is the same company behind the facial special effects in both Benjamin Button and Captain America, which could make this movie super awesome! I mean, I really hope that this project comes to life just so I can see what Lola makes of all this Pretties and Uglies business! Sadly, this project is still a couple of years away from happening, if ever. It’s been two years since any news, whatsoever, has been released regarding the film (trust me I’ve checked), which doesn’t necessarily mean anything at all other then, there just simply hasn’t been any news. The movie-making business is a strange and slow world, but no news is not necessarily bad news (see, Percy Jackson; Sea of Monsters, The Maze Runner, Vampire Academy, If I Stay, just to name a few). Anyway, what we do know is that this film is still several years away from happening if they decide to move forward (after it gets the green-light, then they’ll have to find a director, a casting director- many other things you don’t care about- casting calls, filming, editing and so on). So keep your fingers crossed and I’ll keep you posted as soon as any news breaks (in the meantime, check out my list of 60+ other adaptations in the works!). And check out this awesome new official ‘book’ trailer, that Westerfeld just released a few days ago!

And finally–for those of you who won’t read the book but want to know what the story is about in a nutshell, I’ve spelled it out below (and even if you want to read the book, this really probably won’t ruin anything for you anyway). I think [hope] you’ll enjoy my wrap-up.

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Tally is weeks away from turning 16 and impatiently counting the days until she becomes one of the Pretties. Her best friend Peris, (he is also her crush, best we can tell) has already turned and she hasn’t heard from him once since. He had promised to write but didn’t. When she can’t stand the loneliness anymore (umm, like page 2 maybe), she decides to break into New Pretty Town to find him and when she does, he’s definitely gorgeous (she almost doesn’t recognize him) but somehow he’s also very different. He’s eager for her to leave, seemingly embarrassed of her and it was, well- award. Anyway, during her escape she runs into another Ugly who had also broken into the city that night. This is Shay, who during the next few weeks becomes her new best friend. From here, she and Shay are inseparable- they have many debates where Tally preaches about the importance of becoming a Pretty and Shay tells Tally all about a place where nobody has to change, The Smoke. Shay also teaches Tally how to ride a hoverboard (just think of a flying skateboard) and there’s many, many pages dedicated to these lessons, that I’ll just go ahead and admit, I skimmed (…skipped). They have a fight about being pretty and being ugly (Shay: “I think you’re pretty Tally”. Tally: “Don’t be stupid! We’re both hideous”- no wonder they had it out!). They make up but then Shay runs away to avoid having the surgery, while Tally goes to get hers. Yet when it’s time for her to go under the knife she meets the evil secret police of their world instead, who give her the option to either – A, go and find Shay and lead them to all of the other rebels (using a super undetectable GPS tracker necklace) or -B, stay ugly forever (you’ll learn all this just from reading the back of the book, just FYI).

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I would like to say that there was some sort of legitimate manipulation that went on here- I mean they did tell Tally that Shay might be in danger, but the truth is, Tally just wanted to become a Pretty. So she sets off on a never-ending journey to find Shay, based on some obscure clues that Shay had written in a note/poem (this trip is supposedly like 500 miles long, up the U.S West Coast, all the way into Canada… brrrr). Of course, once she gets there she has a crisis of conscious- I.E. she meets a boy and is crushing on him after a whole 5 seconds. Oh, and he just happens to be the same boy that Shay is in love with. Cat fight ensues. So Tally does the obvious thing- she makes out with the boy and in a moment of passion, throws her tracker necklace into a fire, hoping to destroy it. Well of course it didn’t… it actually triggers the locater, letting the bad guys know exactly where they are. She and said boy are the only ones to escape, sending them on a 20+ day journey alone, on a rescue mission for their friends. There’s some kissing, some fighting and a little bit of crying before the most unbelievable rescue/infiltration/break-out/prison escape takes place. They start to rebuild their society; all the while trying to find a cure for, at least the brain changing stuff (I mean c’mon, being Pretty isn’t all that bad… I guess?). They find a cure, or so they think, but need a patient to test it on. So in these final moments, Tally decides to self-mutilate and confess that the whole thing had been her fault from the get-go (ahem, ahem- this had me screaming several times throughout the book- TELL THEM NOW! Okay NOW ALREADY! You’re going to regret this….). But of course it happens way later than it should have (umm, I mean you guys were alone together for DAYS! Don’t you think you might want to bring this up?!). So, obviously, she decides to turn herself in to the authorities, become “Pretty” so that she can be the first test subject. [I can go ahead and tell you now, tumblr_m8b0x5gAj31rd08rvo12_400without even reading the description of the next book, “Pretties”, that I’m certain she’ll stay Pretty, living in New Pretty Town, for the majority of it and that we’ll probably be introduced to some ridiculous love-triangle before all hell breaks loose]. I mean, as entertaining and exciting as this story was, there isn’t a single thing that happens that you can’t really predict. So that’s it in a nutshell! Hope you enjoy =)

Movie Monday- ‘If I Stay’ Heads to Theaters; New ‘Percy Jackson’ Trailer; ‘TMI’ Set Props and More!!

This week’s Movie Monday Round-up includes: Promising information about the If I Stay adaptation; Photo’s of The Mortal Instruments movie props and a new image from the movie; Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters new trailer; A new Ender’s Game movie image; Lionsgate stock rises to an all-time high; and updates for Divergent and Vampire Academy.

If I Stay

if-I-stay-movie-chloe-moretz copy copyGayle Forman recently gave her fans some wonderful adaptation news, via her Tumblr site. The movie, which was originally set to be released by Summit Entertainment, has been passed on to a new studio, MGM (Metro Goldwyn Mayer). The film already has a director on board, R.J. Cutler, who is most known for his T.V series work, such as his recent hit Nashville. She also mentioned that they are in final negotiations with the lead actress, who will play Mia. She hinted that it will be Chloe Grace Moretz, who was rumored to be attached in January. Filming is set to begin this fall and Forman seems to be very excited about this go around, saying: “ This is the team we want to make this film. These guys are all amazing! The script is fantastic. Adam and Mia are going to make it to the screen in the way we want them to.”  

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

A new trailer has been released of the upcoming “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” adaptation, which hits theaters this August. Check it out:

The Mortal Instruments

Some lucky writers from Hypable got to go to The Mortal Instruments party last week at Book Expo America (BEA), thrown by Simon & Schuster. At the party, props from the film were on display throughout the vicinity including the Mortal Cup, tarot cards, Isabelle Lightwood’s stele, Witchlights, and much more. Check out what they found:

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However, they said the best part of the night was the bonus five minute clip party goers were treated to from Sony. Here’s an image from the clip:

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Enders Game

Here’s a new image from the upcoming Ender’s Game set. The picture shows Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin, hovering in zero gravity while Ford’s Colonel Graff stands just inside the gate, observing the young student, who may be trying to orient himself in the Battle Room.

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Lionsgate

Lionsgate-Logo-wide-560x282Lionsgate stock has risen to another all-time high, fueled by confidence on Wall Street that the movie mogul can replicate the success of the “Twilight” franchise and the first “Hunger Games” movie. Lionsgate has two potential franchise starters launching in the current fiscal year: Divergent, opening March 21st, and Ender’s Game, launching November 1st.

Divergent and Vampire Academy

Finally, the first film footage of Divergent was released at the Cannes Film Festival and everybody seems to be extremely excited about it! However, there’s no word or any leaks of the footage, so we’ll keep our eyes open for that! Also, Vampire Academy has officially started filming in London, so pictures of the set should be on the way very soon. =)

Movie Monday- The Mortal Instruments New Release Date, Faction Symbols for Divergent and More!

This week for Movie Monday- A new release date for The Mortal Instruments and new trailer footage; Summit releases symbols of the the five factions for Divergent; Wes Ball tweets his reaction to the first week of filming the Maze Runner; A backstage glimpse of Vampire Academy’s production studio; and a new movie poster for Ender’s Game.

The Mortal Instruments

The-Mortal-InstrumentsThe Mortal Instruments will be coming to theaters two days earlier than originally planned; now opening on Wednesday, August 21st. Also, here is some new film footage, that Sony released to The Leaky Con in Portland.

Divergent

DivergentThe folks over at Summit Entertainment have revealed the movie version of the five factions for Divergent, chosen by popularity on Instagram. Also, check out Page to Premier‘s photos of the five faction buildings, from the set.

Vampire Academy

vaproductionofficeThe kind people over at the Vampire Academy movie’s official Facebook Page have given us a backstage glimpse of the production office. Here is a photo of the production office cast photo board; the leads are up top and additional characters below.

 

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The Maze Runner

They recently began filming The Maze Runner in Louisiana and director Wes Ball tweets his reaction, calling the dailies “freaking sweet”! The film stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, and many more young up-and-comings.

Ender’s Game

EndersGameSummit released a new movie poster of Ender’s Game which will open in theaters on November 1st.

Movie Mondays- “Vampire Academy Casts Christian”, “Incarceron” Back in Business, and More!

We’ve got some interesting adaptation updates for you this week! It looks like Incarceron is back on it’s way to the big screen, after a messy last few years with Fox. Ally Condie talks about her dream cast for Matched, another project that seems to finally be moving forward, slowly but surely. We also have some new casting information for Maze Runner and Vampire Academy, including the much anticipated role of Christian! And if you’ve somehow missed it, we’ve got an HD photo of Tris’ first jump (Divergent). What movie are you most excited about seeing?

Vampire Academy

Dominic-SherwoodWe have recently learned that they’ve added several new cast members to the upcoming Vampire Academy movie. The big one being Dominic Sherwood to play Christian, a moroi and the primary love interest for Lissa. Sami Gayle, who appears on CBS’ Blue Bloods is playing Mia, the story’s nemesis and Cameron Monaghan, from Shameless, will be playing Mason Ashford. Sarah Hylnd, from Modern Family, will be playing Natalie, Lissa’s psuedo-cousin, and the daughter of Victor who will be played by Gabriel BryneJoely Richardson has been cast as Queen Tatiana, current royal leader of the moroi. Filming is set to being the week of May 27. To check out a slideshow of the complete cast, go here.

Incarceron

IncarceronIt looks like there’s still hope for an Incarceron adaptation. After being dropped in 2012 by Fox, things were looking grim for Catherine Fisher’s duo book series. However, she recently posted on her blog : “I’m delighted to be able to tell you that I have signed a new film option for Incarceron and Sapphique with AMBER Entertainments, the producers behind The Golden Compass, the forthcoming Romeo and Juliet and many other great films. A writer has been chosen for the screenplay and I will be getting the opportunity to work very closely with him on its development, which is a wonderful privilege”. Of course that means no more Taylor Lautner for the film, as the author mentioned there have been no casting decisions made at this point.

Maze Runner

Maze RThey have added two new cast members to the Maze Runner movie; Chris Sheffield, as Ben (photo left) and Joe Adler, his part still  unknown(Photo right). There have been complaints about the studio’s choice to release movie details toooo slow, but to find out what we do know and to see a list of the current cast, go here.

 Divergent

Tris JumpsHere’s some HD images of Tris (played by Shailene Woodley) taking her Dauntless jump. According to Hypable, “In this photo she’s already jumped off the train and onto a seven story building as part of the initiation rite for the Dauntless,” Divergent director Neil Berger said yesterday. “The next thing they have to do is jump from the building and down through a courtyard that has a deep, black hole. It’s terrifying.”

Matched

MatchedThere hasn’t been much news concerning Ally Condie’s  Matched adaptation, which is apparently still in the works. However, with the news of Disney beating out Paramount to obtain rights to and Jon Chu supposedly in talks to Direct it (despite David Slade who had previously been announced as the film’s Director in 2012), there’s a good chance things may be on the move. In the meantime, Ally got with Entertainment Weekly and talked about here dream cast. According to Page to Premier, she said that the most suggested fan casts that she, herself, likes, were ‘Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev as Cassia and ‘Perks’ star Logan Lerman as Ky. She also noted that “I’m 34 so I mostly think about who’s dad Nathan Fillion could play”.