When you really love a book, you almost hope for it to become a movie these days. And you hope it becomes a good adaptation where everything is exactly how you pictured it. YA novels are being adapted into movies left and right because of the success of franchises like Harry Potter and Twilight.
We were losing our minds while waiting for The Hunger Games to come out, and we finally got to see the Divergent movie last week! We just can’t get enough of YA books being turned into movies. Since there are so many movie adaptations already, it must be pretty hard to pick the ones that will work. Vampire Academy and The Mortal Instruments didn’t fare too well at the box office, but everyone thought they would.
I was doing some research and found that a lot of my favorite YA novels and series are already being worked on to make their way to the silver screen. There are also a bunch that I never expected to be adapted, but they are! Hopefully they don’t flop!
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl is an insanely popular series by Eoin Colfer that follows a 12-year-old millionaire and criminal mastermind. It was never optioned to become a movie. Well, guess what? Walt Disney Studios and the Weinstein Company optioned it last year! The first two books in the series are being adapted into one movie by Michael Goldenberg, who adapted Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. No word yet on a release date, but it's coming!
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
If you haven't started reading Moira Young's The Dust Lands series yet, please do so immediately. I really thought this would get glossed over since it hasn't gained as much popularity as The Hunger Games or Divergent. But thank goodness it's been picked up! The rights were purchased by Scott Free UK before the first book was even published. Young says that they've finished the first script and are moving forward.
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Drew Barrymore and Warner Brothers originally picked up the rights to the movie, but they couldn't get the script right. The rights expired but were picked up by Lionsgate and Elizabeth Banks' production company, Brownstone Productions. If Elizabeth Banks is involved, I'm into it.
The Lost Years Of Merlin by T.A. Barron
This popular '90s series hasn't been made into a movie yet, which is bananas. But according to T.A. Barron himself, they're making great progress. Warner Brothers picked up the rights in 2012, and they're working to adapt all five books. Guess who's helping write the screenplay? T.A. Barron!
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
This tale of a young girl who can kill with a simple touch is being adapted by Fox. Currently, Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark are producing under Fox's Chernin Entertainment, which is responsible for New Girl! Neat-o.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I could not be more excited about this one, but it seemed like a book that would never make it to the big screen. The rights were optioned by Summit Entertainment and David Heyman (who did a number of the Harry Potter films) is set to produce!/p>
Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
This one is a sort of maybe according to author Veronica Rossi. She said in a Q&A on her website that Warner Brothers has optioned the rights and are developing the story. She also has a dream cast in mind, but wouldn't divulge more!
Would you see the movie versions of these books? What YA books do you hope get turned into movies? Tell us in the comments!