Sunday 27 December 2009

FIVE Challenge: Great YA Movie Deals

FIVE Great YA Movie Deals

Further explanation of the FIVE Challenge here.

**The new year started off with the news that unreleased If I Stay (Gayle Forman) had been optioned with Shauna Cross (screenwriter Whip It) and Catherine Hardwicke (director Twilight / Thirteen) at the helm.

Um how much awesomeness can I stand?

**The news that (500) Days of Summer director (Marc Webb) and screenwriters (Scott Neustadter and Michael H Weber) are currently working on the adaptation a YA novel filled me with sunshine and glee. The novel? The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp which they've described as Ferris Bueller-esque and stated their hopes at bringing realism back to high school movies.

The Spectacular Now is described as:
“SUTTER KEELY. HE’S the guy you want at your party. He’ll get everyone dancing. He’ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up folding men’s shirts for a living. But there are plenty of ladies in town, and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram’s V.O., life’s pretty fabuloso, actually. Until the morning he wakes up on a random front lawn, and he meets Aimee. Aimee’s clueless. Aimee is a social disaster. Aimee needs help, and it’s up to the Sutterman to show Aimee a splendiferous time and then let her go forth and prosper. But Aimee’s not like other girls, and before long he’s in way over his head. For the first time in his life, he has the power to make a difference in someone else’s life—or ruin it forever.”

I have yet to read the novel, though it interests me on premise alone. Should you like to read a review Becky has written a great one.

**Cassandra Clare's City of Bones being optioned...awesomeness incarnate. Hopefully with a budget that can support great special effects or else it won't work. I am really excited to see this series be brought to life.

**John Marsden's Tomorrow, When the War Began movie going into production after years (ten at least) of rumours. Currently shooting this movie will be distinctly teen orientated and Australian, two things that I love! Look for it in your cinemas in 2010.

**Suzanne Collin's The Hunger Games being optioned. I have no idea how they will pull it off but by golly it could be amazing in the right hands (screenwriter, director and cast).

Tomorrow... FIVE Great Author Moments

FIVE Hopes for YA in 2010


Anonymous said...

The one that really excited me was the Wicked Lovely announcement.

Unknown said...

Now I have to add The Spectacular Now to my tbr list! :) Am I a masochist for liking my tbr list to get bigger? I seriously do, but that's bad. Very bad. Very expensive haha ;)