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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)