From Harry Potter to Twilight to Hunger Games, pretty much every time I turn around now I hear about a new one of “my” books being somehow adapted for the screen, be it motion picture or television. I was looking at my Young Adult books, and pretty much every second book is in some stage of movie development. I am a faithful fan of The Vampire Diaries, just bought the Blu-rays for True Blood, and just might have to get into Game of Thrones. I can’t wait for the last two Twilight movies, and I plan a marathon of all the Harry Potters when the last one comes out next month. So, I started digging a bit to see what else is on the horizon for paranormal/urban fantasy adaptations. Man, I can’t believe just how many there are, and I am sure that I haven’t even scratched the surface…
I am pretty sure there is no one left alive who doesn’t know that Suzanne Collins‘ Hunger Games Trilogy will be heading to the big screen. It is in the post-production stage right now, and is scheduled for a March 2013 release, and it will star Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, and Donald Sutherland, among others. The first one hasn’t even opened yet, but the second movie, Catching Fire, has already been given a release date of November 22nd, 2013. And, like Twilight and Harry Potter before it, there is even a rumor that book three, Mockingjay, may actually be split into two movies.
There have been rumors for quite a while about Cassandra Clare‘s Mortal Instruments series being made into a movie, but things are definitely a go now. It is in the pre-production stage, but principle casting is taking place. So far Lily Collins is confirmed for Clary, and for a while it looked like Alex Pettyfer was going to be Jace. However, it appears that Jamie Campbell Bower has won the role. Filming will begin in January, and it is thought to be a late 2012 release.
Now, there was some big news recently on the adult book front, as well. Prolific author Sherrilyn Kenyon has not one, but TWO deals in the works. She will partner with Amber Entertainment to produce a movie based on her Chronicles of Nick series, starting with the first book, Infinity. And if that isn’t enough, there is also plans for a tv series based on her signature Dark-Hunter series. Very little info is known as yet about either project.
Around the same time the Kenyon news came out, it was also announced that Dreamworks is looking to develop its own fantasy franchise starting with all five books of Karen Marie Moning‘s Fever series. This is not the first time these MacKayla Lane books have been optioned, as it was originally a 20th Century Fox property. This sounds promising, however.
For the last year or so, I have seen references to a Diana Gabaldon Outlander movie. As of late last year, it was still in the “in development” stage, with both Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler rumored to be attached to the starring roles. Right now, it is the script stage, but it is being listed as a late 2012 release. I could totally work with Gerry, but Heigl? Meh.
Getting bored yet? There is a ton more to go. For the last couple of years, there have been whispers of a Richelle Mead Vampire Academy movie (or movies). It seemed like momentum would be building, and then just sort of…vanish. Looks like things are back on track (as of now), since this is being shopped as a 2013 release. No clue on whether it is to be considered a one-off movie, or the beginning of a series (what with there being six books in total). Here’s hoping things work out this time around.
Following on the huge success of Twilight, Stephenie Meyer is going back to the movies with her other, more adult sci-fi series. The Host, which will be hitting the theaters on March 29th, 2013, is the first book of the series of the same name. At least, Meyer has outlined two subsequent books, titled The Soul and The Seeker. Dianna Agron, Luke Wilson, Shiloh Fernandez, and Ian Sommerhalder (yes! Please?) all auditioned for various roles, but the only confirmed actor is Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), who will be starring as Melanie Stryder.
It looks like Kiersten White‘s trilogy, starting with Paranormalcy (followed by Supernaturally and finally Endlessly), is also a go. It was actually optioned before it was even published, and the first time director is Ray Kay (yep, really), known for directing music videos from the likes of Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.
It was only a matter of time before the next two were given the movie treatment. First up is Fallen, from author Lauren Kate. Disney Pictures picked up the rights for Fallen, plus the expected three books to follow, in the middle of last year. Casting is going on now, and as of even last month rumor was pointing to actress Lucy Hale playing Lucinda Price. Meanwhile, Maggie Stiefvater‘s Wolves of Mercy Falls series (starting with Shiver), has been optioned by Warner Brothers. Not much info is available on this one as yet, but Entertainment Weekly did point to it as one of the upcoming adaptations to keep an eye out for.
We will have a bit of a wait for this one, but Veronica Roth‘s dystopian trilogy, starting with Divergent, will be coming to the screen sometime in 2015. There is little info available as yet, since things are in the very early stages, but on the book front the second title will be Insurgent, and should be available next May.
2013 will also see the release of Incarceron. Based on the Catherine Fisher series, it is supposedly set to star Twilight’s Taylor Lautner in the role of Finn, a prisoner of Incarceron who knows nothing of the outside world.
And buzz is building about Matched. Based on the first of three books from Ally Condie, Matched is also still in the early stages. Movie rights were picked up by Disney, and things are now listed as being “in development”.
There is also talk about the Trylle Trilogy from self-publishing star Amanda Hocking, Beautiful Creatures from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, and the House of Night series from P.C. Cast all being in various stages of development, along with Firelight from Sophie Jordan and Delirium from Lauren Oliver. But things can change quickly, as shown by Melissa Marr‘s Wicked Lovely. Two months after Kimberly Peirce was tapped to direct, things just sort of…went away. It is now in the process of being shopped around, so things are back to square one.
So, even though Harry Potter has ended, and Twilight is nearing the finish line, it looks like we will have no shortage of adaptations to keep us running to the theaters for a long, long time.