YA Film Adaptations In The Works

There’s A LOT of excitement about the upcoming Hunger Games movie (hey, we aren’t the only ones avidly devouring news about the movie’s casting or checking out this fashion site which is dedicated to all things Panem. And don't even get us started about the recently announced HG guidebook). But this film adaptation isn't the only YA book getting ready to hit the big screen. Today we’re headed beyond Hunger Games to take a look at seven other projects that we can’t wait to see in theaters!

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

This October 2011 series starter follows blue-haired and tattooed teen Karou, an art student by day and the Devil’s errand girl by night. However, her world is changed forever when Karou is finally given a clue to her origins. Taylor’s beautifully written novel was very well received by both fans and critics alike, so it is no surprise that there were film studios lining up to get the rights to this story.

Our fingers are crossed that Universal, which eventually got the rights to the book, will invest in some excellent location scouting for the movie, since the story takes place everywhere from snowy Prague, to sun-drenched Marrakesh and a fantasy world that comes directly from the author’s imagination.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Written by a 22-year-old author, this first book has already won the series a loyal fan base. In this dystopian universe, at sixteen teens must choose which faction of society they will live in for the rest of their lives. Each of the five factions represents a different value, and everyone gets a faction except the society’s outcasts, Divergents. In this novel, heroine Beatrice tries to make the transition from Abnegation, the selfless faction, to Dauntless, the brave faction, and is caught in a web of expectations and secrets, with the threat of failure — and becoming Divergent — looming close at hand. The tale was an RT Top Pick and nominated for a 2011 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for YA protagonist. The series second, Insurgent, will be released in May 2012.

With this much buzz around the book and series, we were not shocked to learn that Summit Entertainment started negotiations before the book was published. Roth said of the news on her blog, “Yes, Summit: of Twilight and The Hurt Locker fame. And I’m crazy-excited! My experience with the people at Summit has been very positive so far—I think they have a great vision for the book, one that is close to my own. I also think they’re no strangers to taking risks, which is important to me. (coughDauntlesscough).”

You can keep up with all the latest Divergent movie news here.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Last summer this novel captured our imagination (and climbed up the New York Times bestseller list) with its spooky premise. The tale follows teenage Jacob who, after his beloved grandfather has passed away, journeys to the old man’s isolated Welsh home. When he arrives he discovers that the stories that his grandfather used to tell about an orphanage filled with supernatural children had some basis in truth. Jacob stumbles upon the remains of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, where he can’t help but feel that these children may have been more dangerous than his grandfather ever let on.

Rumor has Tim Burton eying the project, which seems like it would be a good fit for this very peculiar story. Find Out More Here >>

Matched by Ally Condie

This novel created a stir in the YA world when it was released in late 2010 and got an RT Top Pick! Set in a near-future dystopia, the government dictates every part of life, and pairs teens with their perfect match at seventeen. But when instead of seeing one boy's picture at her matching, heroine Cassia sees two different boys, it sets her on a dangerous path. Soon it becomes clear that the cost of love will be steeper than Cassia could have ever imagined.

The series starter has been optioned by Disney and the search is already on for someone to adapt the riveting story. We will make sure to keep you up to date with any further news.

Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison

This January 2011 novel follows vicious teen queen Bridget. After a dangerous accident, the mean girl winds up in limbo. There she is forced to step into the shoes of the people that she’s tormented. Ultimately, her victims will be the ones that decide if Bridget is Heaven-bound or headed to Hell. This will be a must-see for moviegoers that love The Christmas Carol and Mean Girls.

The story will be produced by Galgos Entertainment and directed by Kat Coiro, who directed Life Happens and While We Were HereLearn More Here >>

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

In 2007’s Mortal Instruments series first, Clary Fray witnesses a bizarre murder at a New York City club. After the tattooed teen killers disappear into thin air, she discovers that she has accidentally witnessed the work of the Shadowhunters, a group that fights demons, but why she is suddenly able to see them — and what will happen next — is all part of the mystery.

We have high hopes for this film coming to theaters as they’ve nailed down Scott Charles Stewart to direct and Jessica Positgo as the screenwriter. Some decisions have also been made in terms of casting. The Blind Side’s Lily Collins will star as heroine Clary and her love interest, Jace, will be played by Jamie Campell Bower, who played Caius in the Twilight movies. On her tumblr the author shared, “... I don’t have any hand in casting, but I am pleased with the cast so far; I am pleased with the script; I hope things roll along” — and so do we!

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

This dystopian story is one of RT’s Whitney’s very favorite new series starters. “The tale of a society that has turned love into a disease, and forces their citizens to undergo lobotomies, is absolutely haunting!” Heroine Lena’s operation date is soon approaching when she strikes up an illicit friendship with a young man who soon introduces the wide world beyond what is government sanctioned. But will Lena choose to leave behind everything she knows for a chance at love? Only time will tell. The series second Pandemonium will be available late next month.

Fox 2000 snapped up the rights for this tale, and a first look at any other future novels by the author. And although there’s no casting news yet, Oliver’s debut novel Before I Fall is already in production with the company, so we are definitely hoping for a back-to-back movie releases from Ms. Oliver!

Love YA film adaptation news? Then be sure to check out our posts about three other projects that are currently in the works Tiger’s Curse, The Caster Chronicles and Wake. And for more about what’s happening in the genre, stop by our Everything Young Adult Page.