Thursday, 18 June 2009

YA TV/Movie Adaptation News

Well there's some good news and some bad news.

The John Marsden series, Tomorrow When the War Began, is finally being made into a movie. The story follows the adventures of a group of Australian teens fighting off an enemy invasion and occupation of their homeland. Along with Melina Marchetta's Looking for Alibrandi, this series triggered my love of YA and I am ecstatic that a movie is finally in the works. Not only that but there is a plan for it to become a trilogy More news at Dark Horizons..

And now for the bad news. I am a devotee of the teen movie 10 Things I Hate About You. These sneak peeks at the ABC Family television adaptation fill me with dread.

The truth is it's not possible to recreate the sparkiness that Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger had together. Actually the newbies aren't even a sliver on the original Patrick and Kat - arghhh. The new Cameron is just embarrassing without the sweetness that Joseph Gordan-Levitt brought to it and even the new Bianca can't hold a candle to the original (and I think the original was the weak point of the 2000 version). It scares me that a teen classic (it's not ten years old yet but it is a classic) could be done such a great disservice. Blah.

Although, this promo looks better than the scenes above.

8 comments:

prophecygirl said...

They've made a 10 Things TV show? OMG, please no.

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Lenore said...

YIKES! That's all I can say.

Ink Mage said...

Oh. My. Gosh. I thought a Tomorrow, When the War Began movie would never happen! The rumor of it has been going around for...how long now? I'm actually rereading the series now and while I'm not finding it as good as the first time I read them, I still think a movie would be so exciting! (If adapted or at least changed but done well. *sigh* Is there any hope?)

And I know, doesn't 10 Things I Hate About You look like The Dumbest spinoff show ever? Seriously.

Quadelle said...

Arghh. There should be laws against messing with classics like this does.

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

The 10 Things... tv series is so annoying! I used to really like ABC Family for cheesy movies (which they still have) but I hate how they're trying to make awful 7th Heaven-ish teen drama tv shows. My teens all love The Secret Life of the American Teenager and I think it's so dumb! Some things just need to be left alone and the movie will always be better.

Natalie Hatch said...

Adele did you see that LJ Smith's Vampire Diaries has been made into a new series, it's coming out in Sept in the states, might be a bit longer before we get it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgygFh6oLOw

Sassy CC said...

That is not exactly good, I don't know whether it's the acting or the dialogue, but it doesn't mesh with me. As for Looking for Alibrandi I'm excited to see what happens with it.

Seahn