Is it just me, or does it seem like there are a lot of movies and TV shows being made recently that are based off of books? Well, the trend isn’t ending any time soon. In the past month or two a lot of new titles have been added to that list, and we’re happy to bring them to you in a nice, neat all-in-one post!
(keep in mind that I’m not going to be reporting on things we’ve already covered, like The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, Divergent, or even the Pern movie.)
Hammer Films just acquired the rights to Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. This fantastic steampunk novel was one of the most fun books I’ve read in recent years, and it makes me really happy to hear this. Cross Creek Pictures and Exclusive Media Group are co-producing the film (they have teamed up for other films like Ides of March, Woman in Black, and Ron Howard’s upcoming Rush), so hopefully it will be in good hands!
This news is hot off the presses. Paramount is in talks to acquire the rights to Daughter of Smile and Bone, the amazing book written by Laini Taylor. Apparently the deal is in the $700,000 range – not too shabby! The deal isn’t done, and there is talk of two other movie studios interested, but it looks likely that the film adaptation of this book is a definite go. We’ll keep you updated!
Update: Universal Pictures has officially acquired the rights to this book, so it will definitely be turning into a film. Congrats Laini!
Eve by Anna Carey came out in October, but before it was even on the shelves producers from the CW had snagged the rights to make it into a TV show. They are currently in the process of developing a pilot based off the premise of the book, which goes as such: “Set in a world in which a virus has wiped out much of the population, 18-year-old Eve is among the survivors left in the confines of an all-girl school, where she’s been taught to fear boys. But when Eve discovers her true after-graduation fate, she runs away from the only home she’s ever known—and smack dab into dreamy Caleb, who slowly earns her trust. As she and Caleb begin to be hunted, though, Eve may have to sacrifice her life for the one she loves.” Lytherus has a copy of this book and will be reviewing it sometime in the near future. I hope it’s worth all the hype, because it sounds awesome.
Also another book I have but have yet to read (I know, I know, I’m working on it!), Delirium by Lauren Oliver has been acquired by Fox 2000 movie studios. They have also acquired the rights to her other book, Before I Fall. Go Lauren, that’s pretty huge. Production is still in the earliest stages, but I’m sure there’s going to be lots of news on the horizon for this project. Here’s a delicious little tidbit of Delirium, courtesy of Amazon: “Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It’s hard to be patient. It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.”
Film producer Helena Spring has won the rights to Lauren Beukes’s novel Zoo City. Since the book was first published in South Africa, Spring (who is also South African) was determined to get her hands on this film. There was a furious bidding war, including producers from both the UK and the US, so there are high hopes for this awesome-sounding book-to-movie. Here’s the premise: “The urban fantasy is set in a futuristic, gritty and hard-core Johannesburg where the eponymous ghetto has been colonised by society’s outcasts – criminals, drug-dealers and psychopaths – and their animal companions. Zoo City slum inhabitant Zinzi is a shrewd, street-smart girl with the gift (or burden) of finding lost things, who wears her power animal, a sloth, on her back. When she is hired to find a missing teenybopper star, she hopes that it will be her ticket out of Hell’s waiting room.” As of now, Helena Spring is currently looking for directors. Click here for more info, if you’re curious.
Producer John Davis and Fox have acquired the rights to Myra McEntyre’s debut time-travel novel Hourglass. Davis is set to produce, and Magnet Management’s Mitch Solomon and Brandy Rivers are on board as executive producers. What’s it about? Here’s a summary from Deadline: “It’s a time-slip romance about a teen girl plagued by visions of the past, who meets a handsome stranger who can see the future. Together they travel through time and find action, adventure and romance.” Apparently this book is becoming a big hit with teen female readers, so the fact that this might make a great movie doesn’t seem like a far-off thought!