Book 2 Screen: Just Announced Adaptations

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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MGM has snagged rights to Yoon’s debut novel that centers on a 17-year-old girl who is allergic to everything, like, everything everything. The book recently hit shelves earlier in September and was published by Random House’s Delacorte. Our sensitive heroine is Maddy, a girl who has severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), a rare disease that causes her to be allergic to practically everything. She’s spent her whole life hiding out in her home, only seeing her mother and her nurse. That is until Olly moves in next door. The adaptation will be written by J. Mills Goodloe who is no stranger to romantic adaptations with the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me already under his belt.

Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer

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After a long and twisty route to the big screen after its 2001 publication, Artemis Fowl is finally headed for Hollywood for certain this time. Disney and The Weinstein Company will bring the adventure to life with none other than Brit screen and stage legend Kenneth Branagh on board to direct. Previously better known for his adaptation of Hamlet in the 1990’s, Branagh was behind the camera of last year’s Cinderella live action remake for Disney, making this busy Brit the perfect choice for such and undertaking. If you’re not familiar with the adventures of Artemis, let us catch you up to speed. Twelve-year-old Artemis is a millionaire, a genius, and a criminal mastermind. But the crafty Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a very dangerous and wily fairy. The series has multiple installments which provides Disney the opportunity for a Harry Potter-like franchise, and with Kenneth Branagh at the helm, who could ask for anything more?

Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow

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Paramount has scooped up rights to the modern political novel from sci-fi author Doctorow. With a story infinitely relatable and relevant in that it feels practically ripped from the headlines, film producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford are looking to tell a realistic tale about Marcus aka W1n5t0n,  a 17 year old tech wiz who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time following a terrorist attack on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge. In pursuit of him is a crooked Homeland Security agent. Stuff gets real, leaving Marcus with a score to settle with the Department Of Homeland Security. With such an exciting plot line, if handled correctly, Little Brother could be super savvy and modern franchise for Paramount and for teens who like their heroes to exist in the modern era of reality and not in the dystopian futures of other adaptations.

NickToons Crossover Movie

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Not quite a Book 2 Screen adaptation, but more like a Screen 2 Screen adaptation, but nonetheless, YE is excited about this crazy development! All your most beloved Nickelodeon cartoon series of the ’90s could possibly be making a jump to the big screen as Paramount Pictures is rumored to be in the early stages of developing a massive live-action/animated crossover film featuring characters from Rugrats, Angry Beavers, Hey Arnold!, Rocko’s Modern Life, Ren and Stimpy etc. The crossover, if it happens, is being described as “a Justice League of NickToons.” As Paramount and Nickelodeon consort with writers from the various projects hashing out the precise tone and take of the project, YE will keep you informed on up-t0-date info as it’s available!!!

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