With The HungerGames (based on the 2008 young adult novel by Suzanne Collins) set to hittheaters on March 23 (only a week and a half away!) we're taking a look at some other upcoming film adaptationsof YA novels! Could one of these be the next Hunger Games or Twilight and spark a whole new pop culture phenomenon? Time will tell, but with these casts, it's sure looking promising!
Like The HungerGames and Twilight, Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings series has becomeso beloved by people of all ages that it's easy to forget that it wasoriginally written for children! But a whole new generation of kids willundoubtedly fall in love with Middle Earth when the first of two Hobbit films hits theaters later thisyear. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journeytells the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who journeys to the Lonely Mountainto reclaim his stolen treasure. The movie stars Martin Freeman, CateBlanchett, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood (Frodo!) and Ian McKellen! The sequel, TheHobbit: There and Back Again, will land in theaters next year. But could the Hobbit movies top the success of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy? Fans have been clamoring for a Hobbit movie for decades -- so I think there's a good chance that this two-part series could shatter pretty much any box office record!
The Perks of Beinga Wallflower
The Perks of Beinga Wallflower, based on the fantastic coming-of-age novel by Stephen Chbosky,was actually filmed close to a year ago, so even though there's still no setrelease date, it should be coming out very soon! The movie stars Logan Lerman as Charlie, a geekyfreshman who is adopted into a group of cool seniors. The cast is amazing: Emma Watson plays Sam, the girl Charliehas a crush on, Nina Dobrev playshis sister, Paul Rudd plays histeacher, and Mae Whitman plays hisgood friend.
Though not technically a young adult novel, Stephenie Meyer's only non-Twilight novel The Host (a science-fiction story about body-snatching aliens) hasa huge teen following. A film adaptation has been in the works for years, andnow it's finally in production. The amazingly-talented Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, Oscarnominee for Atonement) is playing thelead role of Melanie Stryder, a teenager who gets caught by the aliens butrefuses to give her mind over to them. MaxIrons (Red Riding Hood) playsMelanie's boyfriend Jared and Jake Abel(I Am Number Four) plays the man whofalls in love with the alien insideMelanie. Creepy? Yes. Totally bizarre? Yes. But it's one of the best books I'veever read.
City of Bones
It's slow going, but the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones (the first book in the bestselling Mortal Instruments series) IS still ontrack to land on the big screen. In December of 2010 it was announced that Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) would play Clary and in May of 2011 it wasannounced that Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga) would play Jace. Asfar as I can tell, that casting still holds, even though the actors arecurrently attached to other projects and there isn't even a finalized script yet. But fans of the book are so eager for the film adaptation that they've startedentire websites dedicated to film news and fan art!
Margaret Stohland Kami Garcia's Caster Chronicles series, about twosmall town teens who discover witchy secrets about their families' pasts, isfinally headed to the big screen with a feature film adaptation of the firstbook in the series, Beautiful Creatures.Currently in pre-production, the film will star Emmy Rossum (Shameless), Thomas Mann (It's Kind of aFunny Story), Emma Thompson, andViola Davis! Now that Harry Potter's over, it's about time we had a new "magic" film series to obsess over!
Word on the street is that Lisa McMann's YA novel Wake,about a 17-year-old girl who can transport herself into other people's dreams, isalso being adapted for the big screen. Though no official casting has beenannounced, Miley Cyrus has said thatshe really wants the lead role if andwhen the movie is ever made. Now it just remains to be seen if she really hasenough pull in Hollywood to make that happen!
This is gonna be a big one, guys. Based on the insanelypopular novel by Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game is about a gifted young boywho is sent into space to prepare for an alien invasion. And the star-studded castwas just announced! Asa Butterfield(the boy from Hugo!) will play thelead role of Ender alongside HarrisonFord, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and HaileeSteinfeld!
Which novel to film adaptation are you looking forward to the most?
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