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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 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.

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  • Woah, all the names you mentioned to be involved in The Great Gatsby make it sound like it will turn out awesome 😀

    I’m also not a big fan of Alex Pettyfer, his constant presence annoys me.

  • Whoa, don’t forget that beastly is going to be a movie too.
    Alex is starring that movie too. (A)

  • Thanks for the scoop! I am always behind on book-to-movie news. I think it’s really weird that Gatsby is going to be in 3d! And Thirteen Reasons Why… I hated that book because I hated Hannah’s voice/characterization… add in Selena Gomez, ungh!

  • @Tessie – yeah I knew that, I thought I’d save that for another post closer to it’s release day

  • As strange as it may seem, I always saw Selena Gomez playing the role of Katniss in the Hunger Games. I don’t know that much about Gomez, though, and don’t have a strong opinion about her; I know she’s an actress and a singer, and that she has the looks that fit Katniss. I’d be rather interested in seeing her playing the role, because she can easily be coated with glitter and sparkles for the various scenes where Katniss is the center of attention in the Capirol. Yet, as I said before, I don’t know/have seen enough of her on the screen to know if her playing Katniss is a wise choice. 😛

    I don’t see her, though, in Thirteen Reasons Why. I actually am interested in this movie, but mainly because I expect it to be better than the book.

    As of Pettyfer, he’s a bit into too many movies. His good looks seem to be the priority in most of the productions, such as in the Mortal Instruments series (which were, in my opinion, really bad).

  • Hm.. I think that they should choose not too popular actors for city of bones and the hunger games, but they still should be good. Before I am Number four Alex Pettyfer wasn’t extremely popular but he was still a pretty good actor. Now everyone knows him from that role! I personally liked most of the movie, and liked the new light that Dianna Agron was in. They should cast new talents (in my opinion) when they are doing movies like the hunger games and the city of bones, so that the fans don’t get all upset and the actors get in the spotlight. If they put someone in who’s already known i dont think the fans are going to be as excited. Thats probably why there is some negative reaction towards selena gomez being cast in thirteen reasons why. But i’ll watch the movie anyway, before i stopped watching disney a few years ago wizards was my favorite show. I heard that wakes being made into a movie and that they planned on making miley cyrus the main character. no one liked that. Disney i dont think is the best way to get famous, once the fans grow up they dont really seem to like the stars until theyre completely unattached to disney.

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