Can you believe it was over 2 years ago that ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ came out and broke our hearts?
I know Augustus, but it’s true! It feels like just yesterday that these beautiful souls burst onto our screens and tore our hearts out. The feels are still very real *sobs*. It was categorically one of the best movies of the past few years and is sure to be one of the most quoted movie of all time!
The YA genre has a tonne of incredible material out there just screaming to be made into movies. And thanks to the success of this and other YA blockbusters (Divergent, Hunger Games, The Maze Runner etc), Hollywood has sat up and paid attention.
There are so many amazing adaptations to look forward to! We’ve broken down some of the ones we’re the most excited about. Make sure you read the books before the movies come out – you know it’s the best way!
Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff
Heralded as one of the most feminist YA books of recent times, Film4 have optioned Maresi for film, and we couldn’t be happier about this! Film4 has a great film pedigree, including Ex-Machine, 12 Years a Slave and Slum Dog Millionaire. Here’s hoping it will pass the Bechdel test!
Maresi came to the Red Abbey when she was thirteen, to escape the famine. In a world where girls aren’t allowed to learn or do as they please, an island inhabited solely by women sounded like a fantasy. But now Maresi is here, and she knows it is real. She is safe, or is she?
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman
This New York Times runaway bestseller tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school.
There is also a pretty huge Hollywood star attached to this movie already – Hugh Freaking Jackman! Wolverine is on board to produce the movie and possible to take a role at some point… we’ll see.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Another huge Hollywood name has sat up and taken notice of the amazing stories in YA – this time it’s Brad Pitt! Brad is on board to produce this sci-fi thriller alongside Warner Bros (creators of Harry Potter no less!)
Illuminae is the the first in a trilogy (“The Illuminae Files”), which follows a hacker and her ex-boyfriend in the year 2575 with two rival megacorporations warring over a planet at the edge of the universe. With a plague breaking out, the duo is forced to evacuate the planet with a hostile warship in pursuit.
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
This book had a lot of hype when it first came out (not only because the writer is the man behind Lemony Snickett’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’). And now it’s being made into a movie with none other than our fav Hailee Steinfeld!
The story follows Min (Steinfeld), a high-school sophomore who falls for Ed, a senior and captain of the basketball team. It’s a poignant and powerful tale of heartbreak and we can’t wait for all the feels!
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Hailee Steinfeld is racking up the YA roles, as she takes on another contemporary role in this YA adaptation. She’s going to be starring alongside the Misfits and City of Bones star Robert Sheehan. Not jealous at all!
The book is set over a 24 hour period, so we’re hoping to see something akin to One Day.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
One of the biggest YA fantasy releases of 2015, we’re not at all surprised that’Red Queen’ has been snapped up to become a movie. The book follows Mare, a girl from the Red blooded side of town who serve the ruling Silver blooded class. Only when Mare’s hidden powers are revealed does she enter a world of royal politics that will put her life in mortal peril.
‘Pitch Perfect’ and ‘Hunger Games’ actress Elizabeth Banks is set to direct this, and quite frankly, we cannot wait. Can it be 2018 already please?!
The Merciless by Danielle Vega
This year we’ve seen a huge wave of popularity for all things occult. Witches in particular. So it’s great to hear that the creator of Pretty Little Liars Marlene King is going to be adapting this witch novel for the silver screen.
Sofia is new in town, desperate for a fresh start at her new school. On her first day, she meets three seemingly perfect girls who invite her into their circle. But after she witnesses them kidnapping a school mate and performing an exorcism, Sofia will learn more than she ever bargained for about friendship, secrets, and the terrifying darkness of the human soul.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Last but certainly not least is the adaptation we’re the most excited about! Jennifer Niven’s heartbreaking tale of Finch and Violet is going to be the next The Fault In Our Stars. You heard it here first!
With the stunning Elle Fanning on board to play Violet, we know it’s going to be incredible.
We had a great chat with Jennifer earlier this year, and she reveals some secrets about where they are with the casting of Finch…
So which movie are you most excited to see? Got any casting ideas? Let us know in the comments below!
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