Deadline has the news that CBS Films will be adapting Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz into a film. The premise for the movie will be a group of outcast kids standing up their fears as their nightmares come to life.
Let’s hope that the films keep the feel of the illustrations by Stephen Gammell which manage to be creepy and wild rather than just jumpy scary.
If you have looked at almost any news today or yesterday, you will see reviews and commentary on the new Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie. Here are some links to learn more about this second film:
From Salon: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Whose revolution is it?
There’s a naiveté to the politics of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the second movie chapter, that’s simultaneously appealing and troubling.
From USA Today: Hunger Games: Catching Fire gets spark from Lawrence
Whether on the runway or shooting an arrow, Lawrence is powerfully convincing.
From the LA Times: Review: Hunger Games: Catching Fire burns bright with fiery Katniss
Jennifer Lawrence gives her all as the fight-to-the-death teen, elevating the thrills in the ‘Hunger Games’ sequel
From Slate: A Textual Analysis of The Hunger Games
Why might a reader take a shine to one series and not the other? The content, of course, differs considerably: Twilight is filled with fantasy romance, Hunger Games with fantasy violence. But what about the authors’ approach to writing?
And finally, something funny!
From The Week: The Hunger Games: Watch the 11 funniest parodies
…there are plenty of good spoofs of the dystopian teen franchise to be found — and we’ve collected some of the best for your perusal.
Thanks to Lee Wind for sharing the trailer of The Geography Club based on the book by the same title by Brent Hartinger. Looks amazing!
The first Divergent trailer has been released:
What do you think?
Huge thanks to BookRiot for sharing the IMAX version of the Catching Fire poster. It’s spectacular. What do you think?
The final trailer for Catching Fire was released yesterday. Enjoy!
Deadline has the news that A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz will be made into a live-action film. It will be directed by Henry Selick, who also directed several popular stop-action films: A Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Coraline.
I look forward to seeing this dark but very funny take on the Brothers Grimm tales brought to life. I’m hoping that they keep the ages as young as in the book because that’s what adds to the delight and horror.
EarlyWord has the news that the film version of The Giver has been given a release date of August 15, 2014. There has also been lots of casting news:
Brenton Thwaites as Jonas (yes, “aged up” so that Jonas is no longer a child, sigh)
Jeff Bridges as The Giver
Meryl Streep as the Chief Elder
Taylor Swift in a supporting role
Odeya Rush as Fiona
Patrick Ness fans have even more to celebrate than his new book (which is amazing). The Wrap says that Robert Zemeckis is in negotiations to direct a film version of Chaos Walking for Lionsgate studios.
Ness wrote the Chaos Walking trilogy in such a cinematic way that it should come as no surprise that it has been optioned for a movie. His writing is stellar and makes the entire world appear before your eyes. Getting a director like Zemeckis would make this even more of a contender to be a success following Hunger Games.
Thanks to Book Riot for the heads up.
JK Rowling will be partnering again with Warner Bros to bring a new film series to the big screen. The new series will be based on her Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book and will focus on the fictitious author of the book, Newt Scamander. The film will be set in New York, 70 years before the Harry Potter series. Rowling will be doing the screenwriting for the first time.
Fans can also expect a video game based on the book.