Mark your calendars and get reading! Here are some YA books that are getting the big-screen treatment this year. (The following are U.S. release dates).
[divider]Where Rainbows End[/divider]
Movie: Love, Rosie Dir. Christian Ditter. Starring Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Suki Waterhouse
Book: Where Rainbows End (Ireland and UK title) by Cecelia Ahern (2004)
Fun Fact: Look! It’s Clary and Finnick! This is the second book of Irish author Cecelia Ahern. Her first novel, PS, I Love You, was made into the 2007 film of the same name starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler.
[divider]The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch (‘Seventh Son’)[/divider]
Movie: Seventh Son Dir. Sergey Bodrov. Starring Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges
Book: The Spook’s Apprentice (American title: The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch). Book 1 of The Wardstone Chronicles (Great Britain); The Last Apprentice Series (USA) by Joseph Delaney (2004)
Fun Fact: They have been trying to make this movie for several years now. It was originally supposed to star Alex Pettyfer and Jennifer Lawrence. JLaw dropped out in early 2011 when she was offered the lead role in a little movie called The Hunger Games.
Movie: The Duff Dir. Ari Sandel. Starring Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Allison Janney, Robbie Amell
Book: The Duff: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger (2010)
Fun Fact: According to her website, author Kody Keplinger wrote The Duff during her senior year of high school because she always felt like the “ugly girl.”
Movie: The Divergent Series: Insurgent Dir. Robert Schwentke. Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller
Book: Insurgent by Veronica Roth (2012)
Fun Fact: Shailene Woodley has been in a lot of YA stuff lately with a lot of the same people. Miles Teller, who plays her love interest in The Spectacular Now, is the antagonist, Peter, in Divergent. Then there is Ansel Elgort, who plays her brother in Divergent, but is definitely not her brother in The Fault in Our Stars.
Movie: Paper Towns Dir. Jake Schreier. Starring Cara Delevingne, Nat Wolff, Halston Sage
Book: Paper Towns by John Green (2008)
Fun Fact: Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber also adapted The Fault in Our Stars and The Spectacular Now.
[divider]Peter Pan (‘Pan’)[/divider]
Movie: Pan Dir. Joe Wright. Starring Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Jimmy Vee
Book: Peter Pan; or the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up (AKA: Peter and Wendy) by J. M. Barrie (Play: 1904; Novel: 1911)
Fun Fact: Not really a traditional YA novel, but I’m looking forward to it anyway, mostly to see Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard.
[divider]The Scorch Trials[/divider]
Movie: The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials Dir. Wes Ball. Starring Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario
Book: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (2010)
Fun Fact: Three Game of Thrones actors are in this film: Aiden Gillen, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
[divider]The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2[/divider]
Movie: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 Dir. Francis Lawrence. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Book: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (2010)
Fun Fact: Mockingjay, Part 1 screenwriter Danny Strong is back for this final film in the Hunger Games franchise. Movies with a political theme must be his specialty, since he also wrote the television movies Recount and Game Change.
Possibly being released in 2015 (film is still in post-production):
Movie: Fallen Dir. Scott Hicks. Starring Joely Richardson, Jeremy Irvine, Lola Kirke
Book: Fallen by Lauren Kate (2009)
Fun Fact: Actor Jeremy Irvine reportedly was considered for lead roles in Divergent and The Hunger Games.
WHICH MOVIE ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO SEE?