You know how it goes: a trailer drops for a movie based on a book and then suddenly everybody’s reading it. Don’t you love being the person who gets to say, “Yeah, I read that forever ago, it was awesome. Glad you’re finally catching up.” We definitely do! Here are 11 books that are making their way to Hollywood–now’s the time to get in on the ground floor.
Just this May, Universal Pictures announced that they won the rights to produce Ruta Sepetys historical fiction Salt to the Sea. The writers will be Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, the men who wrote The Fault in Our Stars and 500 Days of Summer!
In April, it was announced that Willow Smith’s MSFTS Production and Cartel Entertainment are partnering to produce Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands trilogy. It’s also rumored that Willow Smith could star as Amani, and we are here 👏 for 👏 this 👏.
Also in April, Warner Bros acquired rights to Jonah Lisa & Stephen Dyer’s novel The Season, which came out last summer. It’s Pride and Prejudice meets She’s the Man, and we cannot wait to see this on the big screen!
Earlier this year, Universal optioned City of Saints and Thieves, Natalie C. Anderson’s debut that published merely weeks before the deal was announced! The movie will be produced by none other than KERRY. WASHINGTON. Plus, Melina Matsoukas, executive producer and director of the HBO series Insecure is being sought as director.
In December, Warner Bros. decided that the best person to adapt Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere is the author herself! Jandy will be writing the big-screen translation of her YA debut about a girl dealing with the sudden loss of her sister.
This collection of interconnected holiday stories from three bestselling–and beloved–YA authors is getting closer to the silver screen every day! In late March of last year, the studio developing Let It Snow announced a director for the film.
Jandy Nelson’s second novel isn’t just a critical darling, New York Times bestseller, and multi-award-winner–although it is all of those things, for sure. It’s also on the road to becoming a major motion picture, thanks to Warner Bros. We could not be more excited about this! You might want to buy multiple copies now, because your friends are going to be borrowing and then “forgetting” to return them.
Not all amazing page-to-screen adaptations are happening in your local AMC. This year, a startup called Canvas Media Studios announced they were building a slate of digital series adapted from YA series, including April Genevieve Tucholke’s first two novels! These books are big fan favorites, full of imagination, atmosphere, romance, and a touch of magic. We can’t wait to see who they cast as River West, and we bet we’re not alone.
Legend and The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Temple Hill Entertainment thinks Marie Lu’s so nice, they’ve optioned her books twice! The production company owns the film rights to Legend with CBS Films, and last year they optioned The Young Elites with Fox. Which will make it to theaters first? We don’t know, but we’re glad we don’t have to choose–we love them both equally!
You know a book is something special when the film rights get sold before the book does. Paramount bought the rights to Sabaa Tahir’s instant bestseller with plans for Mark Johnson (who’s also behind the successful Chronicles of Narnia film series) to produce. An Ember in the Ashes will make for some truly sweeping cinema, and with sequel A Torch Against the Night on the way, it’s time to start reading.
You’re going to want to read Aaron Starmer’s combustive (see what we did there?) new novel that debuted last august, because Awesomeness Films has just acquired film rights for the book! We’re so excited, we feel like we’re going to, ahem…explode.
In March 2016, Lionsgate announced that they picked up the rights to Emily Henry’s debut, and the YA world cheered! Billed as Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Love That Split the World is full of romance, intrigue, and Henry’s witty writing voice. Clearly, Lionsgate was as charmed as we were.
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