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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