A match made in...
It looks like the Mouse's attempt to enter the YA genre is moving forward...
When something is a hit in Tinseltown, everyone wants a piece of the action. The "Young Adult" craze started with the "Twilight" franchise and has been growing (with movies like "The Hunger Games" in theaters and shows like "The Vampire Diaries" on television).
A couple of years ago, Walt Disney Pictures purchased the film rights to the Ally Condie "Matched" trilogy of novels (the second book is called "Crossed" and the third is entitled "Reached") with the intent of getting a bit of this Midas gold. Michele and Kieran Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) were hired to pen the adaptation with Offspring Entertainment producing through Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot. Now, if looks as though they are happy with the latest draft as they're now in negotiations with a director.
Jon Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) has apparently been tapped to help the first of the series according to HeatVision. The visually arresting director of the "Step-Up" films and the upcoming action sequel should be the kind of talent that Alan Horn and his Suits hope will drive many a Tween to the box office.
Let's hope this match is successful...
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Posted by Honor Hunter at 8:57 AM
Labels: Adaptation, Film, Matched, Walt Disney Pictures, Young Adult
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I read this book a week ago and am happy to say that, if script and dirction are handled correctly, the film adaption will draw more than just tweens.
Of course, once the geek-male crowd gets word that the main protagonist is a teenage girl and main plot is her struggles with a society who chooses her soul mate, they will, predictably, bash it to pieces. (After all, movies about Indians jumping trains and wearing stuffed crows on their heads is *so* much more sensible, right boys?)
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