Welcome to The YA Roundup, the best place to get a recap on all the latest news. Itching for your YA fix? We’ve got you covered. This week we have movie news, TV news, and even more movie news. Did we mention the movie news? We did? Oh, well… EXCITE!
Mockingjay Poster Revealed
Mockingjay Part 1 is set for release in November, but the hype has already begun. The poster was revealed this week, following the theme from the first and second movie posters. It’s a beautiful and powerful poster, making us increasingly excited for the release of the movie.
We can’t wait to see more of this movie! Why does November have to be so far away? To ease the ache, here are some photos of Josh Hutchinson being adorable.
The Hunger Games trilogy was not only extremely successful as a book series, but the movie remakes have been as well. Both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire were met with critical and financial success and have garnered an impressive fanbase.
These Broken Stars Heading to TV
These Broken Stars is barely out on bookshelves, yet the popular young adult science fiction novel is getting ready to invade your TV. The novel is by author team Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, who are rumoured to be wizards though we can’t confirm that. The project is being taken on by Off the Grid Entertainment. Executive producers include Eric Balfour, Stephanie Varella, Warren Littlefield, and Martin Merneman.
Eric Balfour, from Haven and Buffy, read the book and loved it, like so many of us.
“I thought it was a cool concept, and I asked to read the book. I wanted it to be as good as I thought it could be, and fortunately it was much better and bigger than I could have imagined. I was sucked in from the very first scene, and I couldn’t believe how much I fell in love with these characters.”
You can’t fault the guy on great taste. We couldn’t find any anticipated release date, but it’s early days. However, Kaufman and Spooner have some friendly casting suggestions for Tarver and Lilac.
“Lilac has parts of many different actresses, like Molly Quinn, Amy Adams, and Karen Gillan.”
“But it’s all about how the actor owns the role, really – it’s attitude more than looks. But in a dream world? Maybe Dean Geyer, Ben Barnes, or Chris Pine.”
I don’t mean to butt in here but, Colton Haynes.
Think about it. Also, you’re welcome.
First Look at The Giver
Stills from the film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver have been revealed once again making Kat and I feel slightly ashamed at not reading the novel yet. Bad, bad YA bloggers! But I digress… Bringing The Giver to the big screen has been a 20 year struggle for Jeff Bridges (True Grit and Tron and The Big Lebowski and Iron Man and…), who is producing the project and playing the title role, but it’s finally happening.
Fans of the novel might be surprised to find out that they’ve deviated from the book by making Jonas 16 instead of 12, increased the Chief Elder’s presence (more Meryl Streep is never a bad thing), and as director Phillip Noyce explains, added a more prominent love story.
“In the book, the younger pubescent Jonas has a flirtation with a young girl of his age. That’s almost a love affair in the film.”
That seems to be the answer for any movie these days whose aim is to tap into the money maker that is teenage
pockets hearts. What could possibly go wrong?
Still, it should give fans some comfort to know that Lowery isn’t concerned with the changes. Of course, as we’ve learned from previous adaptations, box office receipts and fan reaction speaks louder than words.
New Vampire Academy Clips
There’s more Vampire Academy news this week with two new clips released to tide fans over before February 7th, the U.S. release date. We think these are a huge improvement over the last one, which left much to be desired and, well, sucked. (I could not resist that lame pun.) This time we have more action, less campy banter and Rose doing what she does best: handing people their asses. Two thumbs up!
Check out the clips below:
YA New York Times Bestsellers (February 2, 2014)
1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
3. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
4. Looking for Alaska by John Green
5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ranson Riggs
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
7. Paper Towns by John Green
8. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
9. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
10. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Veiled Man’s Goddess trilogy by Amy McNulty
Rights: World English
Agent: Jason Yarn (Paradigm)
A YA fantasy romance where one girl fights to save the boy she loves from a spell that forces all men to wear masks and only ever love one woman, each their “goddess.” Publication will begin in 2015.
Woven by Michael Jensen & David Powers King
Rights: World English
Agent: Meredith Bernstein (Meredith Bernstein Literary Agency)
Epic YA fantasy, Woven, in which a spoiled princess and the ghost who haunts her, a recently murdered young knight, embark on a quest to thwart death itself. [Zack] Clark will edit, and publication is scheduled for spring 2015.
SOURCE: Publishers’ Weekly