We’ve got a lot to look forward to in 2016 (Hello, 5th Wave!!!), but looking even further into the adaptation future, here’s a few books who were just announced to be coming to a theater near you soon, and by soon, we mean like 2017. Check out our list of just announced adaptations to swoon over. We wait with baited breath!!!
Middle School Series, James Patterson
While Patterson is probably better known for his non-YA thrillers and mysteries that inspired films like Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, Patterson’s Middle School series has been topping best-seller lists since 2012. Published by Little Brown Books, the seven-book series follows Rafe Khatchadorian and his hilarious and humiliating adventures at Hills Village Middle School where he faces adversity in the name of bullies, puberty, and a principal who is out for blood. The film version will be directed by Steve Carr (Paul Blart: Mall Cop), and Griffin Gluck–who you might know from his work in another adaptation, NBC’s About A Boy–will play the affable Rafe. It’s expected to start filming this fall, so look for a late 2016 release date.
The Breadwinner, Deborah Ellis
Ellis’s 2000 heart-wrenching novel is based on her own experience in Pakistan visiting refugee camps. She tells the story of Parvana, a girl who dresses as a boy in order to get a job without persecution and make money to support her family, a fictional story not unlike real stories Ellis encountered in her time in Pakistan. And now Angelina Jolie will produce an animated feature adaptation of Parvana’s story, a story familiar to girls and their families in the tumultuous region. Nora Twomey of The Secret Kills will direct. With such a powerful narrative and an empowering message of female triumph over adversity, an adaptation like this is one to keep your eye on.
Endgame: The Calling (Trilogy), James Frey and Nils Johnson Shelton
With a plot and themes that were just begging to be adapted to the big screen, a battle for the rights to the James Frey dystopian battle-for-survival series finally ended with 20th Century Fox as the victor. While no specific director or actors are attached yet, Fox did score Jack the Giant Slayer scribe Darren Lemke to craft the adaptation. If you’re not already familiar, Endgame is the story of another world and the 12 races of clans there who must train for and fight an impending battle with each other in a tradition whose roots have very little meaning in present day, but a battle that nonetheless determines which race will be the last culture standing, victor take all. Expect updates on cast and expected release date soon.
The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks
Yes, yes. I know what you’re thinking: “But there’s already been an adaptation of the romantic tear jerking Nicholas Sparks book, and I’ve already watched it…like 57 times!!!” And you’re totally right…but this adaptation is coming to the small screen, not the big screen. CW has announced plans to turn the Nicholas Sparks novel and Ryan Gosling/Rachel McAdams classic into a weekly serialized drama focusing on the beginnings of Allie and Noah’s relationship against the backdrop of social turmoil in 1940’s North Carolina. BUT this concept is only in the developmental stages as of right now, so don’t start crying tears of joy just yet. But YE will keep you posted as the series develops.
Altered, Jennifer Rush
Preger Entertainment has optioned the adaptation rights to Rush’s Altered series. Altered focuses on Anna and four genetically modified boys that live in the lab supervised by Anna’s father who works for a mysterious entity called The Branch. The unique boys escape with Anna in tow, using only their wits for survival.
And Rush is a busy busy girl with ANOTHER book series announced that is also getting attention from studios interested in adaptation rights. Expected to be published in spring of 2017, Rising Three is Rush’s newest YA series, and it follows the story of a young witch navigating the dark worlds of magic, witchcraft, and biker gangs to track down her abducted best friend. Rising Three sounds super edgy with just the right amount of goth, a formula ripe for big screen adaptation.