Embrace, Jessica Shirvington’s recently published opening novel in a young-adult book series hailed as a potential successor to Twilight, is headed to television. The CW has teamed with Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Television to adapt the book as a drama series eyed for next season.
A supernatural love story set in the South, "Beautiful Creatures" tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena (Alice Englert), a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. Oscar(R) nominee Richard LaGravenese ("The Fisher King,""P.S. I Love You") directs from his adaptation of the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich ("Tetro"), newcomer Alice Englert, Academy Award(R) winner Jeremy Irons ("Reversal of Fortune") Oscar(R) nominee Viola Davis ("The Help," "Doubt"), Emmy Rossum (TV's "Shameless") and Academy Award(R) winner Emma Thompson ("Howard's End," "Sense and Sensibility").
Holly Bario, DreamWorks’ president of production, will announce the acquisition later today, and although every studio would like to grab a fresh YA book series in the hope that it can be turned into the next Harry Potter-style film franchise, not every film has the actual producer of the Potter movies overseeing it.
Shadow and Bone would be the exception.
David Heyman, who in the late ’90s had the wise instinct to secure the film rights to J.K. Rowling’s wizard-verse, will produce Shadow and Bone, along with Jeffrey Clifford (Up in the Air), who is president of his Heymaker Films.
The book, which debuted in June, is set in a fantasy version of Russia called Ravka, which is bisected by a territory called the Shadow Fold, brimming with a breed of flying fiends who feast on human flesh. The leadership of Ravka studies children to find those who can wield the power of the elements — fire, wind, water — or can mystically heal, then recruits these powerful young ones into the elite monster-fighting squad known as The Grisha, while all others are conscripted into brutal life in the regular army.
Alina Starkov is one of the latter — a seeming nobody who serves as a mere cartographer until her best friend, Mal, is wounded in an attack, triggering her latent ability to harness the power of light. Not many others in Ravka can do that, and Alina becomes both a prize and a target due to her rare abilities.
It’s not clear yet who would direct the project, or adapt the screenplay, and since the deal just closed there’s not yet a firm timeline for getting the film into production and out into theaters.
Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Bardugo’s planned “Grisha Trilogy,” so DreamWorks could have a whole series on its hands if the film finds an audience.
Bardugo’s next book in the series will be called Siege and Storm, with a planned release date of June 2013, while an as-yet-untitled third installment is due out in summer 2014.
Lionsgate announced Monday that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has officially started production in and around Atlanta, Ga., with director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) at the helm, before moving to shoot in Hawaii. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are, of course, reprising their respective roles as winning tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark; Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland are all also returning, with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, and Amanda Plummer joining the franchise. Shooting is set to conclude in December.
Intriguingly, the announcement was notable for what it didn’t mention as much as what it did. Several minor roles in the film have yet to be filled, including 11 of the tributes who make up the Quarter Quell, a.k.a the 75th annual Hunger Games. Lionsgate’s official synopsis for the film is also keeping the unique nature of the Quarter Quell close to the vest, although fans of the Suzanne Collins book already know it will be rather difficult for the studio to keep that plot point under wraps for much longer. And Lionsgate has yet to announce the final screenwriting credits for the film, although Slumdog Millionaire scribe Simon Beaufoy reportedly handed in a draft earlier this year.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will hit theaters Nov. 22, 2013.
Stephanie Meyer's the Host hits theaters!
THE HOST is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed. When Melanie (Saoirse Ronan), one of the few remaining "wild" humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.
Release Date: Mar 29, 2013
Distributor: Open Road Films
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Sony is now ready to compete with Lionsgate's hold on young adults. The studio's genre arm has scheduled a release date for its adaptation of The Mortal Instruments — a little over a month after it had reportedly decided not to pursue the movie at all.
Back in 2010, we pegged The Mortal Instruments as the franchise that could ascend to the Twilight throne of 'tween movie franchises. But this February, Sony's Screen Gems pulled out of the production, leaving German production company (and Mortal Instruments rights holder) Constantin Film to find a new partner to produce the movie with. Turns out that "new" partner is the old partner, as Screen Gems and Constantin finalized a deal last week to adapt the first of Cassandra Clare's prolific young adult fantasy series, City of Bones.
Lily Collins is already set to play teenager Clary Fray, who learns that she is a descendent of the Shadowhunters, a clandestine order of half-angel warriors who protect humanity from demons, vampires, werewolves, and whatever else gets in the way. Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) is set to direct, taking over from Scott Stewart (Priest), who left the project in February.
Box Office Mojo reports that The Mortal Instruments will arrive on August 23, 2013. Production will reportedly start in August, leaving Zwart a few months to cast the movie. With only Collins confirmed for the movie, that leaves plenty of roles available, so try casting the movie with our Mortal Instruments Cast-o-Rama.