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February 22, 2011 posted by Christina

yaFlicks News Round Up #3

When Hollywood is looking for the next big thing, they often turn to the world of literature for inspiration.

With so many of our favorite YA book titles leaving their prized places on our bookshelves for a stint on the silver screen, it can be hard to keep track of them all.

Here’s the latest news from Hollywood, from the big screen, to your screen.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Release Date: March 23, 2012

Director: Gary Ross
Producer: Nina Jacobsen
Casting Director: Debra Zane
Studio: Lionsgate

Casting and other rumors: If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from keeping an eye on book to movie news is that IMDB.com is full of lies. It’s a bit like wikipedia, anyone with a pro account can edit the information about casting details etc. As of yet none of the characters have been cast yet.

Names such as Hailee Steinfield, Chloe Moretz, Alyson Stoner (ugh please no), Alex Pettyfer (double ugh no) and Elle Fanning have been thrown around but so far all of those are just rumors.

There was also a story going around that the movie would be filmed in North Carolina, which according to Lionsgate is also untrue.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Release Date: 2012

Director: Scott Charles Stewart

Casting and other rumors: The same deal with people sabotaging IMDB applies to The Mortal Instruments movie. As of yet only Lily Collins is an official cast member, who will be playing the lead character Clary Fray.

The most talked about casting rumor is of course Alex Pettyfer as Jace, which as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a fan of the idea (for reasons such as too old, too many franchises already etc). At the moment it’s still a rumor, though he has mentioned that he’s read the books, the script and has spoken with director Scott Charles Stewart. We’ll see.

Other (probably false) rumors include Gaspard Ulliel as Alec and Darren Criss as Magnus.

I Am Number Four

Release Date: 18 February 2011 (out now)

Director: D.J. Caruso (Disturbia)
Producer: Michael Bay (Transformers)

Starring: Alex Pettyfer (I know, I know, I’m mentioning him again, but he’s actually in this one!), Dianna Agron (Glee) and Teresa Palmer

I wasn’t a fan of this book but thought the movie had promise. From the few reviews I’ve read it’s not getting a great response. A few cheesy lines, key information lost in the translation of book to screen and too many explosions (well, come on, Michael Bay is involved, there were bound to be explosions). But, I know some people did enjoy it, I’m hoping to check it out soon for myself and find out.

Bits and pieces –

The adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi novel The Host is making slow progress by announcing earlier this month that Susanna White has signed up as the director.

Looks like Selena Gomez has been cast to play Hannah in the adaptation of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher which has been an unpopular choice with fans.

Emma Watson has confirmed she will be starring in The Perks of Being a Wallflower which will start filming in the summer

The movie rights to Veronica Roth’s Divergent have been picked up by billionaires Meg Ellisson. It’s not clear yet which studio will be working on the project buy Summit and Columbia Pictures are possibilities

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and directed by Baz Luhrman (Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet) is set to be filmed in Sydney, Australia and in 3D, which not everyone is thrilled about. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy and Tobey Maguire as the narrator.

December 22, 2010 posted by Katie

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader – yaFlicks Review

Hey yaReaders!

It’s been a long time since you have heard from me. I’m still around helping out with the forum and bookclub, but I’m making a special event out of this yaFlicks review. Why? Because it’s the review of the latest Chronicles of Narnia flick, the Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It’s the third film instalment of C.S. Lewis’ seven? books, and I’m here to give my thoughts on the film. (And I promise I won’t gush too much over Ben Barnes!)

The film opens with wartime Cambridge, where Edmund and Lucy Penvensie are staying with their cousin Eustace, while their Peter and Susan are in America with their parents. You get the sense that it has been quite a while since the last adventure to Narnia. Before long however, they are drawn back to Narnia through a painting that looks much like a Narnian ship. This time, Eustace is dragged with them.

Cue the first look at a now older Caspian and his crew who are sailing the very ship that was seen in the painting. The visual design on the ship was stunning, and it made it even more special that I got to see that ship in person. (For those who don’t know, I live in Queensland, Australia, which is where the ship was built for outdoor exterior locations – I have pictures to prove it!) That was one of the things that I was worried about, was how much of the design would change between the previous two films and this one. Needless to say, the design was a magnificent and visually stunning feast. The costumes were authentic (to Narnian standards) and the visual effects superb.

Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley have also matured and that can be seen in their acting. It has improved since the first two instalments. Newcomer Will Poulter as Eustace was brilliant, being every bit annoying as the character needed to be to develop to who he was at the end. Ben Barnes was as brilliant as ever. Was interesting to note that this time round he used his natural British accent rather than the Spanish influence accent seen in the previous instalment. (And every second on-screen reminded me why I think he would be a perfect Dimitri Belikov!)

For those that have read the book, the movie follows very much in its episodic nature, with one mini-adventure after the next. It was very much a quest to find the goal, which in this case was Aslan’s Country. It was worth the 112 minutes with it being one of the most enjoyable films I have seen this year. A film full of light-hearted fun, with a captivating story and brilliant imagery that made the time fly past. I recommend that everyone see this, if not for the actors alone.

Length: 112 minutes
Format:  3D (where available) and 2D
Year: 2010
Rating:: ★★★★☆

Christina’s Thouhts: Hey guys, thought I’d hijack Katie’s post and include  my two cents as well.

Even though I have read all the Narnia books I stopped expecting the movies to be like the books when they cast Ben Barnes as Caspian (when he’s meant to be a blonde little boy), not that I’m complaining.

So, keeping an open mind to the storyline, I really enjoyed Voyage of the Dawn Treader, much more than the second film and the visuals were truly amazing. Since it was filmed in Australia, I felt a bit of patriotic pride for the beautiful locations.The acting was great (Eustace was a highlight), the storyline didn’t stray too far from the book, though naturally, some things were condensed and left out. I found the sword fighting to be a bit boring but mostly because that’s just not my thing. I’m also glad Ben Barnes (Caspian) got rid off the Spanishy accent, MUCH better with the English.

Would I have enjoyed it as much if he wasn’t in it? Possibly not, but in saying that……..Ben Barnes in 3D, hell yes! For some of us, that’s as close to the real thing as we’re gonna get.

yaFlicks News Round Up
July 17, 2010 posted by Christina

yaFlicks News Round Up

In the world of YA Lit, book to movie adaptations are the in thing lately. Many of our favorite titles are being made into movies, so we thought we’d provide you with a little status update on some of the bigger names leaving our bookshelves for a stint on the silver screen.

Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden

Release: September 2010

Production Company/Studio: Paramount

Status: The hugely successful Australian novel will make its film debut on September 8, 2010 in Australia. Filming is finished and now all we have to do is wait in anticipation. We’re still searching for worldwide release dates. If anyone has any information on this, we’d appreciate the update!

You can watch the official trailer for the film here

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K Rowling

Release: Part 1 – 18 Nov 2010, Part 2 – 15 July 2011

Production Company/Studio: Warner Bros.

Status: Part 1 of the Deathly Hallows is currently in post-production stages, with a release date set for sometime at the end of 2010. You can watch the trailer for the first instalment here. Not surprisingly, the release date for this film was delayed so that it wouldn’t coincide with, or be overshadowed by, the release of Eclipse, the third Twilight film. Part two is also completed and scheduled for an early 2011 release.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer

Release: Part 1 – 18 Nov 2011, Part 2 – 2012

Production Company/Studio: Summit Entertainment

Status: Part 1 of the fourth book in the Twilight Saga is currently in pre-production, gearing up for a 2011 release. The full cast from the previous three films have all signed back on for this two part mega finale. Bill Condon has signed on as director for both instalments. Condon directed the ever popular Dreamgirls and the creepy horror flick, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh. Filming is rumored to start in the early stages of 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Vancouver, Canada. Filming for both instalments will be conducted back-to-back.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Release: 2011

Production Company/Studio: Lionsgate

Status: Although no cast or director has been named yet, Suzanne Collins herself is writing the screenplay adapatation and has already completed the first draft. A rumor is circulating that a director will be announced as soon as this summer, and the movie itself is scheduled to start filming in January 2011.

If I Stay – Gale Foreman

Release: 2011

Production Company/Studio: Summit

Status: Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke has signed on as director for the adaptation of Gayle Forman’s bestselling novel. No news yet on casting or when filming will begin.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Release: 2012

Production Company/Studio: Unique Features /Warner Bros.

Status: Shiver is still in the early development stage, and screenwriter  Nick Pustay has been signed on for the project. Putsay also wrote the screenplay for Ramona and Beezus, scheduled for release in 2010, starring Disney superstar, Selena Gomez. As yet, no director has been announced that we’re aware of.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – Cassandra Clare

Release: 2012

Production Company/Studio: Unique Features

Status: Also still in early development, Jessica Postigo ha signed on as the screenwriter. The production company is currently looking for an appropriate director. No casting information is available as yet.

Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead

Release: TBC

Production Company/Studio: Preger Entertainment

Status: Vampire Academy is the latest YA book to have the film rights optioned and is at the very early stages of development. No studio has currently picked up the project as of yet but you can head over to the Official VA Movie page here to show your support.

Other books that are currently in development

Wake by Lisa McMann – Miley Cyrus has scored the leading role of Janie.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Marg Stohl (Warner Bros.)

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (Universal Pictures)

Fallen by Lauren Kate (Disney)

Wings by April Lynn Pike – Miley Cyrus scored the leading role.  (Disney)

The Book Thief (20th Century Fox)

Site Updates
February 1, 2010 posted by Nikki


Hi yaReaders,

Our first yaFlicks review was penned into our diaries to be posted this weekend just gone. This is just a quick note to say that we’re aware that we missed the posting date and that your video review should be coming your way in another day or so. We’re new to this whole film editing stuff and we’ve hit a few techical snags. We’re in the process of ironing out the kinks and the video review will be on your screens in no time at all.

It was originally decided that our yaFlicks reviews would appear on the last Saturday of every month. It has now been decided that, going forward, said reviews will appear on the last Sunday of every month.