POLL: Which YA Based Movie Are You Most Excited About?
Everyone here at Daemon’s Books is super excited about the upcoming movie release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2—it even inspired our Harry Potter challenge—but that’s not the only YA novel adaptation hitting theaters in 2011. Some awesome YA books are going to be showing up on the big screen very soon, and we want to know which one you are most excited about. So let’s take a look at the books:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
The 8th and final Harry Potter movie will be in theaters this July, covering the second half of Deathly Hallows. The end of the most successful movie franchise in history has Warner Bros searching for another children’s fantasy series to replace it. The Artemis Fowl and Chaos Walking series are just a few of books that have been suggested.
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Harry Potter has been getting a lot of attention, but oh yeah, there’s a little movie called Breaking Dawn: Part 1 coming out in November 2011. Like the final Harry Potter book, they’ve split the movie version into two parts. Part 2 of Breaking Dawn will be released in November of 2012.
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (read our review)
I Am Number Four is by author James Frey writing under the pseudonym Pittacus Lore. It’s about teenage alien John Smith who is hiding out on Earth from some nasty enemies who want him dead. Nine aliens arrived on our planet as children, and now the first three are dead, which means John (Number Four) is next. The movie will be in theaters this February and stars Alex Pettyfer as Number Four and Glee’s Dianna Agron as his love interest. Check out an extended trailer for I Am Number Four on Daemon’s Movies.
Beastly by Alex Flinn (read our review)
Beastly is a modern day retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. Rich, handsome Kyle Kingsbury attends private school in New York City where he behaves like a self-entitled brat…until he crosses a witch with the power to curse him. Whether you’re familiar with the original fairy tale or the Disney version, you can probably guess what happens next. Alex Pettyfer also stars in the movie version of Beastly, along with Vanessa Hudgens, Mary Kate Olsen, and Neil Patrick Harris. It will be in theaters this March. Watch the trailer for Beastly over at Daemon’s Movies.
There are also quite a few YA novel adaptations that are just in the initial phases, so they probably won’t be out until next year. Still, there are some really exciting projects in the works. Take a look:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (read our review)
The Hunger Games trilogy really exploded in 2010 and fans are crazy excited to see the first book turned into a movie (seriously, read some of the passionate comments on our post discussing the possibility of Chloe Moretz playing Katniss). So far, we know that Suzanne Collins herself wrote the screenplay for the movie and that Gary Ross will direct it. He recently told Entertainment Weekly that he’s aiming for a PG-13 rating and that he doesn’t need to “make this movie incredibly bloody in order for it to be just as compelling, just as scary, and just as riveting.” Sounds encouraging, right?
The Maze Runner by James Dashner (read our review)
In The Maze Runner, Thomas awakens to find himself trapped in a maze with a bunch of other kids, with no memory of his previous life. Much like The Hunger Games, the book has science fiction and dystopian themes. Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke will reportedly direct The Maze Runner movie. Noah Oppenheim has been hired as the screenwriter. The Maze Runner is the first book in a planned trilogy, and is followed by The Scorch Trials (read our review here).
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Also making headlines recently is the news that Twilight star Taylor Lautner has signed on to star as Finn in the movie version of Catherine Fisher’s Incarceron. In the book, 17-year-old Finn is trapped in Incarceron, a vast prison sealed from the world. Prisoners are born and die in Incarceron meaning few even believe a world outside the prison exists. After Finn begins communicating with a girl who claims to live on the outside, he becomes determined to escape.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments series, follows 15-year-old Clary Fray as she is drawn into the world of the Shadowhunters, warriors who kill bad guys like vampires and werewolves. The Blind Side actress Lily Collins will star as Clary in the movie version, which will be directed by Scott Charles Stewart.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Dakota Fanning is reportedly in talks to star in If I Stay, which is being produced by Summit Entertainment. In Gayle Forman’s book, seventeen-year-old Mia finds herself trapped between life and death after a horrible car wreck. Catherine Hardwicke was attached to the project at one time; however, she dropped out and was replaced by Brazilian filmmaker Heitor Dhalia.
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Director Peter Jackson has just begun production on The Hobbit, the 1937 young adult novel that preceded the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Martin Freeman (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Love Actually, The Office) will be playing the titular hobbit Bilbo Baggins. Amie has weighed in with her thoughts on the movie, including the decision to divide it into two parts.
So which of these novel adaptations are you most excited about? Vote in our poll and let us know which one you chose in the comments!