Jerry Spinelli’s book Stargirl is in the works to be made into a film. Kristin Hahn has adapted the book to a screenplay. Catherine Hardwicke, director of Twilight, has signed on to direct.
“This is one of those stories and characters that stir your imagination and steal your heart and just stick with you forever. I am thrilled to have the chance to adapt this beloved novel and I can’t imagine anyone more uniquely equipped to bring this story to life than Catherine Hardwicke, a Stargirl in her own right,” Hahn said.
Deadline has announced that Caldecott-winning picture book, The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat, will be made into a full-length animated film.
Dreamworks will be the studio heading the project. The director will be Oscar-nominated Jason Reitman, well known for Juno and Up in the Air. He will also be writing the screenplay.
A new trailer has been released for the upcoming film of Paper Towns by John Green:
In theaters on July 24, 2015.
EarlyWord has the news that Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick is being turned into a film. Celebrated director Todd Haynes is looking to direct and are looking at casting.
This would be the second of Selznick’s novels to be made into a film, following Hugo, based on Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was directed by Martin Scorsese.
Here’s the first trailer for the second Maze Runner book, The Scorch Trials:
Deadline has the news that Warner Bros has won the film rights to Kiera Cass’ The Selection. The CW network has twice tried to launch a TV series based on the book, but they never went anywhere beyond pilots.
Hat tip to Galley Cat.
The first trailer for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has been released. Based on a book by Jesse Andrews, the film won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Universal has optioned the film rights for The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John. The two authors will adapt the screenplay for the film, which is wonderful news! The book is the first in a four-book series. You can see my review of it here.
Based on the amazing novel by Patricia McCormick, this film has already won the audience award at both the London Indian Film Festival, River to River Film Festival in Florence, Italy and Best Narrative Feature at AFME. Directed by Oscar-winner Jeffrey Brown and also with executive producer Emma Thompson, this film and book wrestle with sex trafficking and young innocent girls.
Playbill has the news that This Song Will Save Your Life has been optioned for both stage and screen. The producers optioning it are Tony Award winner Kevin McCollum from Avenue Q and Rent and Emmy Award nomineee Michael Novick from Glee.
"I’ve always been most attracted to completely original stories that illustrate the human condition and the way in which we create our own families," McCollum said in a statement. "We were drawn to Leila’s beautiful and inspiring story because we thought the journey of the main character was compelling, and the way she weaves her story and the songs together is unique — a story tailor-made for both the stage and the screen."