1/24'Beautiful Creatures,' 'Chaos Walking' and more YA novels on their way to the big screen:With the box office success of "Twi... Show More »With the box office success of "Twilight" and the more recent "Hunger Games" phenomenon, it makes sense that more movie studios want to cash in on the booming genre young adult novels.
Because YA adaptations have become such hot Hollywood properties, it's hard to keep track of the latest books optioned for films. Zap2it made it a little easier for you by rounding up a list of the YA novels movie studios are currently in the process of adapting into films.
Some ultimately might not make it to the big screen, but they're worth a read anyway!
Note: Descriptions via the book publishers and/or Amazon.com. « Less
2/24'Beautiful Creatures,' Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl:Story: In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets. There is... Show More »Story: In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets. There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head. Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes. There is a curse. On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it's been promised. And no one can stop it. In the end, there is a grave. Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming.
Movie news: This one's gonna be big. Viola Davis, Emma Thompson and Emmy Rossum have already signed on to co-star. Richard LaGravenese is directing for Alcon Entertainment. « Less
3/24'The Mortal Instruments' series, Cassandra Clare:Studio: Constantin Films
Story: The six-book series includes "City of Bones," "City of... Show More »Studio: Constantin Films
Story: The six-book series includes "City of Bones," "City of Ashes," "City of Glass," "City of Fallen Angels" and the upcoming "City of Lost Souls" (May 2012) and "City of Heavenly Fire" (March 2014). When 15-year-old Clary Fray witnesses a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons, the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary. Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon.
Casting: Lily Collins ("Mirror Mirror") is set to star as Clary and Jamie Campbell-Bower ("Twilight") as Jace. « Less
4/24'Tiger Eyes,' Judy Blume:Story: Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead--shot in a holdup--and now her mother is... Show More »Story: Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead--shot in a holdup--and now her mother is moving the family to New Mexico to try to recover. Climbing in the Los Alamos canyon, Davey meets the mysterious Wolf, who can read Davey's sad eyes. Wolf is the only person who seems to understand the rage and fear Davey feels. Slowly, with Wolf's help, Davey realizes that she must get on with her life. But when will she be ready to leave the past behind and move toward the future? Will she ever stop hurting?
"The O.C."actress Willa Holland stars in the film adaptation, which Blume co-wrote with her son Lawrence and is due out at some point in 2012. « Less
5/24'Wings,' Aprilynne Pike:Studio: Disney
Story: Laurel discovers she is a faerie, sent among humans to protect the gateway to Avalon. Thr... Show More »Studio: Disney
Story: Laurel discovers she is a faerie, sent among humans to protect the gateway to Avalon. Thrust into the midst of a centuries-old battle between faeries and trolls, she's torn between a human and a faerie love, as well as her loyalties to each world. In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.
Attached: It's Miley! None other than Miley Cyrus has been attached to star for the past few years, but these things take time. « Less
6/24'Sweet Valley High,' Francine Pascal:Story: Although they are identical twins, the similarities between Southern California beauties J... Show More »Story: Although they are identical twins, the similarities between Southern California beauties Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are external only. Jessica is a cheerleader, and a schemer, and always gets exactly what she wants, no matter the cost. Elizabeth is cerebral, a reporter for the school's Web site and beloved by all her classmates.
Attached: A big-screen version of the familiar series is being penned by Oscar-winning "Juno" scribe Diablo Cody. « Less
7/24'Heist Society,' Ally Carter:Studio: Warner Bros.
Story: For as long as she can remember, Katarina has been a part of the family busine... Show More »Studio: Warner Bros.
Story: For as long as she can remember, Katarina has been a part of the family business--thieving. When Kat tries to leave "the life" for a normal life, her old friend Hale conspires to bring her back into the fold. Why? A mobster's art collection has been stolen, and Kat's father is the only suspect. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat's dad needs her help. The only solution is to find the paintings and steal them back. Kat's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
Attached: Drew Barrymore has signed on to produce and direct. « Less
8/24'Wicked Lovely,' Melissa Marr:Story: Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries. Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dan... Show More »Story: Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries. Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty--especially if they learn of her Sight--and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens. Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries. Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer. Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention. But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost--regardless of her plans or desires. Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.
Movie News: Mary Harron ("American Psycho", "The Notorious Bettie Page") is attached to direct, with Vince Vaughn and Wild Wild West Picture Show Productions producing. « Less
9/24'Vampire Academy,' Richelle Mead:Story: Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth... Show More »Story: Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous vampires--the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a Dhampir; she is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.
Movie news: Preger Entertainment optioned the screen rights and is working to get a studio on board. « Less
10/24'The Maze Runner' series, James Dashner:Studio: Fox
Story: When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his firs... Show More »Studio: Fox
Story: When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he¿s not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade--a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got there. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up--the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.
Attached: "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke is set to helm the movie. « Less
11/24'Uglies,' Scott Westerfield:Story: "Uglies" is set in a world in which everyone has an operation when they turn 16, making them superm... Show More »Story: "Uglies" is set in a world in which everyone has an operation when they turn 16, making them supermodel beautiful. Big eyes, full lips, no one fat or skinny. You might think this is a good thing, but it's not. Especially if you're one of the Smokies, a bunch of radical teens who've decided they want to keep their own faces. (How anti-social of them.)
Movie news: Producer John Davis and the founders of Lola Visual Effects (Lola VFX) will team to finance, develop and produce a theatrical, live action feature based on the first book of the best-selling trilogy. « Less
12/24'This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein,' Kenneth Oppel:Studio: Summit Entertainment
Story: Victor and Konrad ar... Show More »Studio: Summit Entertainment
Story: Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein who stumble upon The Dark Library and discover secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is drawn back to The Dark Library where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life.
Attached: Matt Reeves (
"Cloverfield") and Jacob Estes have been tapped to direct. « Less
13/24'The Forest of Hands and Teeth,' Carrie Ryan:Story: In Mary's world, there are simple truths. Now she must choose between her vil... Show More »Story: In Mary's world, there are simple truths. Now she must choose between her village and her future, between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded by so much death?
Attached: Peter Iliff is writing the script and with 7 Star Pictures and John McAdams producing. « Less
14/24'Tempest,' Julie Cross:Studio: Summit Entertainment
Story: Jackson Meyer is a normal 19-year-old guy: he's in college, has a girlf... Show More »Studio: Summit Entertainment
Story: Jackson Meyer is a normal 19-year-old guy: he's in college, has a girlfriend ... and he can travel back through time. But it's not like the movies -- nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there's no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors -- it's just harmless fun. That is, until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he's stuck in 2007 and can't get back to the future to save Holly.
Movie news: None yet -- other than Summit is developing the trilogy. « Less
15/24'Spin,' Robert Rave:Story: Taylor Green is a corn-fed young man from the Midwest who stumbles into New York without a clue, a contact ... Show More »Story: Taylor Green is a corn-fed young man from the Midwest who stumbles into New York without a clue, a contact or a proper wardrobe. Through true serendipity (or possibly misfortune), he is hired by the outrageous Jennifer Weinstein, the sleepless city's most notorious public relations diva. Quickly morphed into her most trusted assistant and confidante, Taylor is sucked into a whirlwind of restaurant openings, gossip columnists, and fashion shows. Suddenly Taylor is in the core of a world he never knew existed, a world of sex, greed, power, and fame, that's ruled by Jennie Weinstein herself. He struggles to balance his own definition of sanity with that of Jennie's drug-fuelled, high-intensity world.
Attached: Zac Efron was reportedly looking at the lead role back in 2009, but there hasn't been much news since then. « Less
16/24'Dash & Lily's Book of Dares,' Rachel Cohn and David Levithan :Story: Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favori... Show More »Story: Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
Attached: Producer Scott Rudin is working on the adaptation with writer/director Lena Dunham on board to adapt. « Less
17/24'Delirium,' Lauren Oliver:Studio: Fox 2000
Story: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn... Show More »Studio: Fox 2000
Story: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn't understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she'll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy. But with 95 days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
Attached: No one, yet! « Less
18/24'Shiver,' Maggie Stiefvater:Story: For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wo... Show More »Story: For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
Movie news: Unique Features optioned the film rights, and Warner Brothers gets first look. « Less
19/24'L.A. Candy,' Lauren Conrad:Story: Jane Roberts, 19, moves to L.A. and unexpectedly becomes the star of a reality T.V. show. With fame... Show More »Story: Jane Roberts, 19, moves to L.A. and unexpectedly becomes the star of a reality T.V. show. With fame comes wealth, hot clothes and even hotter love interests -- and Jane's lapping it all up with her eclectic entourage of pals who are always up for a wild night out and the chance to get a piece of her spotlight. But soon Jane realizes everyone wants something from her, and nothing is what it seems to be.
Attached: "The Hills" star and author Lauren Conrad herself said in August 2010 that the project was stalled, so this is one we might not see come to fruition. « Less
20/24'Hollywood Car Wash,' Lori Culwell:Story: On Monday, Amy Spencer is a normal college student in Michigan. By the end of the week, she... Show More »Story: On Monday, Amy Spencer is a normal college student in Michigan. By the end of the week, she's in Hollywood, starring in a TV pilot--as a regular girl from Michigan. It's all fun and games until the show gets picked up and Amy learns the terrible price of stardom--to keep the part she didn't even want at first, she's going to have to get the Hollywood Car Wash to make her more marketable. First, she'll have to lose 20 pounds. She'll also need new teeth, blonder hair and a megastar boyfriend with a big secret. By changing everything from her weight to her hair to her name, Amy slowly learns that the only way to survive in Hollywood is to lose herself.
Attached: David Foster and Ryan Heppe are producing a script by Stephan Cox and Michael Greco. « Less
21/24'Divergent,' Veronica Roth:Studio: Summit Entertainment
Story: In 16-year-old Beatrice Prior's world, society is divided into five... Show More »Studio: Summit Entertainment
Story: In 16-year-old Beatrice Prior's world, society is divided into five factions -- Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent) -- each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to form a "perfect society." At the age of 16, teens must choose the faction to which they will devote their lives. On her Choosing Day, Beatrice renames herself Tris, rejects her family's group, and chooses another faction. After surviving a brutal initiation, Tris finds romance with a super-hot boy, but also discovers unrest and growing conflict in their seemingly "perfect society." To survive and save those they love, they must use their strengths to uncover the truths about their identities, their families, and the order of their society itself.
Attached: Evan Daugherty ("Snow White and the Huntsman") is writing the screenplay. « Less
22/24'Cycler,' Lauren McLaughlin:Story: As far as anyone at her high school knows, Jill McTeague is an average smart girl trying to get her... Show More »Story: As far as anyone at her high school knows, Jill McTeague is an average smart girl trying to get her dream date to ask her to the prom. What no one knows, except for Jill's mom and dad, is that for the four days Jill is out of school each month, she is not Jill at all. She is Jack, a genuine boy--complete with all the parts. Jack lives his four days per month in the solitude of Jill's room. But his personality has been building since the cycling began. He is less and less content with his confinement and his cycles are becoming more frequent. Now Jill's question about the prom isn't who she'll go with, but who she'll be when the big night arrives.
Attached: Don Murphy ("Natural Born Killers," "Transformers") is producing from a script McLaughlin wrote. « Less
23/24'Chaos Walking,' Patrick Ness:Studio: Lionsgate
Story: The three-book series starts with "The Knife of Never Letting Go," described as ... Show More »Studio: Lionsgate
Story: The three-book series starts with "The Knife of Never Letting Go," described as such: Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown. But Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Or are there? Just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd unexpectedly stumbles upon a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible. Prentisstown has been lying to him. And now he's going to have to run...
Movie news: Doug Davidson ("How To Train Your Dragon") is helping Lionsgate develop its next "Hunger Games" (fingers crossed)! « Less
24/24'Before I Fall,' Lauren Oliver:Studio: Fox 2000
Story: Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, thre... Show More »Studio: Fox 2000
Story: Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High--from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death--and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.
Attached: No one, yet! « Less