Friday, November 9, 2012

YA Movie News

Finally! I've got a month's worth of movie news to catch up on! I'm sure everyone has already heard about all of these, but better late than never, right? :) So here we go:

-Deadline reports that Sailene Woodley is near a deal for starring in the big screen version  of Divergent There are also rumors about Alexander Ludwig (aka Cato in The Hunger Games) playing Four. What do you guys think?

-New Line acquired the film rights to The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This is exciting news, especially with Shiver and The Scorpio Races having movie developments in the works well. Maybe we’re close to seeing one of Maggie’s imagined worlds come to life? (Cynopsis)

-FilmNation Entertainment (I haven’t heard of them-anyone else familiar with them?) has acquired the rights to A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. I loved this book and really hope the movie works out! (Cynopsis)

-Universal has given Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci a first look deal produce a feature film version of the popular Dragonology Series. This is still in very early stages and might not even happen. Anyone else feel like this is many, many years overdue? (Cynopsis)

-Dreamworks picked up the rights to debut novelist Leigh Bardugo’s YA, Shadow and Bone. I think this one could make a pretty cool movie, anyone else? (Entertainment Weekly)

-The Carrie Diaries is coming to The CW in January. Maybe this will open to door to some totally tubular 80s parties at the Library? (Early Word)

-The CW and Amblin Television are teaming up to bring Embrace by Jessica Shirvington to the small screen. The CW is the place to go for YA turned TV series, isn’t it? (Shelf-Awareness)

-And even more news from The CW, they are also working on TV series updates of Alice in Wonderland                (featuring a modern day detective Alice), Sleepy Hollow and a modern update of Great Expectations. (Shelf-Awareness)

-Alice in Wonderland is a popular idea as NBC also has a series in development set years after the events of the book and is sort of a sequel. (Publisher’s Weekly)

-Screen Gems has acquired the rights to Black City by debut YA novelist Elizabeth Richards. (Publisher’s Weekly)

-David Slade (who also directed Eclipse) is signed on to direct the film version of Matched, based on Ally Condie’s novel.

-Sony is in talks to develop a Little House on the Prairie Movie. First they want to reimagine Anne of Green Gables and now this? Can’t they leave my childhood classics alone??

And just because I love this blurb from Cynopsis: 
Writer/creator Julian Fellowes is planning on writing a sequel to Downton Abbey.  Fellowes related this news at a recent British Academy Film and Television Academy screenwriters lecture.  The spinoff show would explore how the Earl and Countess of Grantham, played in the current series by Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern first met.  The show would cast younger actors to play the Earl and Countess.  Fellowes indicated the spinoff would be broadcast after the end of Downton Abbey.


  1. ahhhhhh!!!!!!!!
    Is it weird that my response to Shiver becoming a movie was "they better not mess that up or I'll kill 'em!" Because I really loved the different take on werewolves in that book/series.
    I also frightened my family by my loud and angry exclamation of "WHAT" over Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables, neither of which had I heard of. '
    I'm simultaneously excited and dreading all of these announcements. Ah, the life of a reader!

  2. Thanks for sharing. I love so many of these books. It's exciting to think they might become movies too.

  3. Excited for Divergent! I knew that had to happen soon. I hope they stick with the spirit of it. There are some very deep moral (and some even spiritual)issues covered in the book, that I think give it a lot of meaning.
    Very nervous about Anne of Green Gables, I loved the old one so much, the thought of a new one makes me cringe. Always hopeful though!


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