Danny Strong on a panel at the 2004 Moonlight Rising convention. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Fresh off his Emmy win, Danny Strong (“Game Change”), is set to write the film adaptation of “Mockingjay”, which is the last book in “The Hunger Games” trilogy. The film will be split into two parts. According to Variety.com, the first part is scheduled for release on Nov. 21, 2014, and the second part will open on Nov. 20, 2015.
Frankly, I don’t think it is necessary to split the final book into two films but it seems like this franchise is following the same trend as the Harry Potter and Twilight films.
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“The Hunger Games” is the best-selling YA book series by Suzanne Collins. The titles the make up the trilogy are “The Hunger Games”, “Catching Fire”, and “Mockingjay”. As a whole the series is quite gripping and it is definitely one of those series that draws you in, so much that you need to know how it ends.
To describe “The Hunger Games” trilogy think “Lord of the Flies” meets “Gladiator” with an essence of “Harry Potter” and “Percy Jackson”. The Heroine of the novel is Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year old girl, who basically is the “chosen one”. In a time where poverty is high, the Capitol, which is the governing body hosts annual games where children/teens compete from different Districts for food for their Districts and riches for their families. There only can be one winner, as they would be the sole survivor…literally. Also the competition is a reality show and each competitor, called tributes in the novel, gets their own team of stylists and coaches, whom all strategize to promote their tributes and try to keep them alive. While the competition is underway, the tributes who become popular may receive gifts from sponsors and these gifts received during the games can be the key(s) to their survival.
Click to Continue Reading: “The Hunger Games” Trilogy Rundown
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**UPDATE 6/27/11: The release date for this film has been pushed back. It will now open on August 19, 2011.**
Anne Hathaway (“Love and Other Drugs”) and Jim Sturgess (“Across the Universe”) star in the book to screen adaptation of “One Day” written by David Nicholls.
Here’s a synopsis from IMDB.com:
After spending the night together on the night of their college graduation Dexter and Em are revisited each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together, sometimes not, on that day.
The film opens in theaters on July 8, 2011. For more information on the movie, visit the “One Day” official website.
Nicholas Sparks is writing the script for the big screen adaptation of his book, “The Last Song”, which will star Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana”), Greg Kinnear (“Baby Mama”), and Kelly Preston (“The Cat in the Hat”). According to an article from Variety.com, this latest book by Sparks will be released this Fall. I find it interesting that this book is being made into a movie when it hasn’t even been published yet.
Here is the plot outline (of the book) from Amazon.com:
Seventeen year old Veronica “Ronnie” Miller’s life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father…until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church.
The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story of love on many levels–first love, love between parents and children — that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that love can break our hearts…and heal them.
I’m starting to see a trend in Hollywood now. Plenty of films are based upon books, but it seems like film companies are trying to turn a “Best Selling” Author into a “Best Selling” Movie. I can understand the appeal because in theory tapping into the fans of the author and/or books “should” attract more box office numbers. The “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” franchises have had tremendous success in both the box office and the bestselling book charts but not all bestselling books can be great movies. In fact the box office numbers for movies based upon Nicholas Sparks’ books are not that promising with the exception of “The Notebook”. The numbers don’t seem to deter film companies from making these films. It seems like when a best selling author’s name is attached – the film is just green lit. Perhaps we should all be inspired to get a computer and start writing a book. 🙂
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