There are a ton of movie adaptations of books in the works right now, and a few of them have been in the headlines this week. Here’s a roundup of some of the big stories:

The Hunger Games movie gets a release date – Lionsgate has announced that The Hunger Games will hit theaters on March 23, 2012, just in time for spring break. Filming is set to begin this spring/summer, so we should be hearing casting details very soon. Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld is the latest actress rumored to be a contender for the role of Katniss.

‘Perks’ nabs Emma Watson and Logan Lerman – Emma Watson and Logan Lerman are in talks to star in the movie version of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This would be Watson’s first role after the Harry Potter franchise. Lerman is best known for his starring role as another literary character—Percy Jackson. Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the Twilight movies, will reportedly produce. Surprisingly, Chbosky has not only written the screenplay, he also plans to direct the movie. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which is often compared to Catcher in the Rye, is a frequent target of book banners since it tackles issues like drug use, sex, and homosexuality.

Alex Pettyfer is in demand – Alex Pettyfer is in talks to star as Jace Wayland in the movie based on Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. Pettyfer stars in two other upcoming movies based on YA books, Beastly and I Am Number Four. Lily Collins has already been cast as the Mortal Instruments heroine, Clary Fray.

Filming of The Hobbit delayedThe Hobbit director Peter Jackson recently had to undergo surgery in New Zealand to repair a perforate ulcer. His hospitalization will slightly delay the filming of the movie, which was scheduled to start next month.

So are you excited about any of these movies or any of this news? Let me know in the comments.

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  • Aisha R

    Perks of being a wallflower film version was already reported as early as May 2010 by Variety with Logan Lerman as Charlie & Emma Watson as Sam attached. Chobosky was already set to direct from his own script but only got a studio to pick up the distribution rights n extra financing this month. Filming is set for June. This is good news for a YA book with a huge, devoted following. FYI Chbosky wrote the screenplay for Rent and created-produced Jericho. he also directed an indie Four Corners of Nowhere which premiered at Sundance in ’95

  • Aisha R

    hailee steinfeld seems a bit too young for Katniss. The character should be at least 16 i just don’t know if she can convincingly play an older character.

  • rahima

    ok get max thieriot for mortal instruments he would be sooooooo goooood, plz dont let fans down producers!

  • meg

    I’m really looking forward to Perks of a Wallflower – I had no idea it was being made into a film. I’m a huge Emma Watson fan so the news she’s attached to the project is great.

    I am also growing on the idea of Steinfeld playing Katniss in the Hunger Games series. With filming starting later this year and no announcement as to when the second will film, they need to cast someone younger or as close to 16 as possible otherwise the actress might mature too fast. Besides that, Steinfeld is really talented and did a great job in True Grit. When I look at pictures of her, I see bits of Katniss in her. I know the die-hard HG fans probably won’t be happy, but unless they go with a complete unknown, I doubt they ever will be.

    • Anonymous

      You know, I had the same thoughts when I saw pictures of Hailee Steinfeld this week. I think she has the right look for Katniss. I’ve haven’t seen True Grit, although everyone says she’s great in it.

      • Dabrazillian

        Steinfeld is too tall and too young to play Katniss! Has anybody read the book? Are people just trying to pull actresses that don’t match the part out of their butts? Seriously Katniss is 16 going on 21 if not more! The character has gone through allot, and when that happens it adds age to her. Steinfeld is already enormously tall at age 13 can you image in another year or 2!!!!! People re-read the book please and stop talking about crap you have no idea of! Jodelle Ferland and Chad Duell all the way for Katniss and Peeta!

        • Socks29485

          Will people please stop…with Steinfeld is too young or too tall for the part. I would like for them to cast great actors that can be make to look the part. Not actors that look like models but can not act to save their lives. Once in while I would like for a movie to cast actors that are close to or the same age as the character they portray not someone in their twenties pretending to be in their teens.

  • Resham_silk

    I dont’t like Alex Pettyfer and I don’t think he can play the role of Jace in the Mortal Instruments errr why did they have to make a movie!!

  • Anonymous

    Great quick news.