April is well underway and as a result we have a bevy of book-to-screen news for you! This month, there’s a little bit of everything for everyone. So get your popcorn ready, find the perfect seat and hunker down for all the exciting news and previews:
One Direction To Hit the Big Screen Again … Sort Of
United Talent Agency has signed on to represent the film rights for Anna Todd’s After, the breakout Wattpad serial. The catch? After was originally One Direction fanfiction, but eager fans of the British boyband won’t see much of their beloved Harry Styles on screen, since After will require rewrites to avoid legal issues. Still, over 500 million Wattpad users and readers are hooked on Todd’s addictive series, making this perfect material for a blockbuster hit.
If I Stay Set to Make Audiences Bawl Their Eyes Out
The first trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay has been released and is quickly becoming one of the summer's most eagerly anticipated films. It's the story of a teen girl who falls into a coma after a car accident. She must decide whether to stay alive or continue on to the afterlife. RT’s Assistant Web Editor DJ shared his favorite moments from the trailer, so be sure to read his thoughts here. Grab some tissues, because this is going to be one emotional movie. Watch the trailer below:
Allegiant Part One and Two
Hollywood is quite fond of splitting the final book in a series into two movies. WB did it with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment did it with Breaking Dawn and plan to do the same with Mockingjay, the final piece(s) in the Hunger Games series. And now, Lionsgate/Summit have announced plans to split the final Divergent book, Allegiant, into two films. Most fans aren’t too keen on this, but hey, this means more Theo James. Hooray! (We'll leave you to speculate how they'll handle Allegiant's ending.)
Here, Now and Upcoming
With the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants under her belt, author Ann Brashares is no stranger to Hollywood and its love for adapting books for screens. And now, Brashares's same team has reunited to bring her latest YA novel to life. The Here and Now is a sci-fi tale about a teenage girl sent back from the future to save the world. In order to do so, she might have to give up everything she holds dear — including the boy she loves. We loved the book, so we’re excited to see who they cast and how it turns out!
Zac Efron Becomes an Associate
Film rights to John Grisham’s The Associate have been sold to Hollywood hunk Zac Efron at Ninja’s Runnin Wild, a production company he co-founded a few years back. Efron is set to star in the thriller and produce the film alongside Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher from Red Wagon Entertainment. (Insert High School Musical 4eva comment here. Also, we're not kidding: We're all in this together ... )
First Look at Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl was one of the most talked about books of 2013, and ever since Ben Affleck signed on to star in the adaptation, everybody’s been anxious to see how the book would play out on screen. Luckily, Fox recently released the first trailer, giving fans plenty to tide them over until the film officially hits theatres on October 3, 2014. Take a look:
Let us know which book-to-movie adaptation you’re most excited for in the comments! And check back next month for even more exciting movie news and trailers!