Friday, May 4, 2012
YA Movie News
-First up, the news that I'm most excited about! Charlie Kaufman is going to adapt The Knife of Never Letting Go for the big screen. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of my favorite movies ever and I really think this is a beautiful partnership. It makes so much sense to me and I'm very excited for this movie!!
-The Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck is also heading to the big screen. MTV announced that Julie Pec, the series writer and executive producer behind The Vampire Diaries, will be writing the screenplay. I think this is another great match since Ms. Pec has a background in writing supernatural and paranormal.
-Cynopsis reports that Neil Gaiman's Newbery winner, The Graveyard Book, has been acquired for the big screen by Disney. I'll admit this makes me nervous. I want to this book on the big screen, but I don't know that Disney is the right studio. Thanks to Cynopsis Kids for the news!
-Harry Potter scriptwriter Steve Kloves is in talks to write the script for a live action version of The Jungle Book for Warner Brothers. Thanks to Cynopsis Kids for the news!
-Author Kristina Springer shared some exciting news this week! Her novel, The Espressologist, has been optioned by film company Vuguru. They specialize in web television series, so maybe someday soon we'll be watching The Espressologist online! Congrats Kristina!!
-More casting news for the Beautiful Creatures movie. Variety reports that Kyle Gallner has been cast as Larkin.
-Fox Animation has acquired The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, a recently released middle grade novel that I can't wait to read! Thanks to Cynopsis Kids for the news.
-OK and this one isn't YA movie related, but I can't help but notice that Hollywood seems to have Downton Abbey fever as well. ABC has a period drama in the works titled Gilded Lilys, a series set in an 1895 luxury hotel that of course is full of scandals. Then this week's Cynopsis news report included a blurb from E! who apparently is getting in on the scripted drama game by adding a show called The 400, which is about the rise of the Vanderbilt dynasty in the 1890s. What do think? Can Hollywood recreate the soapy goodness that is Downton Abbey?