First off, let Catching Fire director Frances Lawrence assure the ardent fans of Suzanne Collins Hunger Games series that their sacred text will always be honored: “The movie is very, very true to the book,” he says. But when he first met Collins last spring, the two hunkered down and hammered out a new beat sheet for the sequel. And together they were merciless about what wouldn’t serve the screenplay adaptation. Here’s three changes readers should expect in the film (in theaters November 22): READ FULL STORY
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Fans finally have a little something to sink their teeth into, a new motion poster to promote next year’s Vampire Academy movie. But the poster takes an untraditional twist on typical movie promotional art by using a cryptic animation element.
“The poster’s brilliant. That bold, striking art will grab newcomers’ attention, but is also laced with secrets and symbols that those who know the story will immediately recognize. I love that it’s so clean and simple at first glance but still gives a nod to all the complexities built into the book,” author Richelle Mead told EW in an exclusive statement. READ FULL STORY
The movie adaptation of 2006 bestseller The Book Thief will be released November 15 of this year. Previously, the Fox movie adaptation of Markus Zusak’s story was expected to be released sometime in 2014; the earlier date suggests studio confidence and a possible awards-season bid.
The Book Thief, which in the novel form is narrated by “Death,” will star newcomer Sophie Nelisse as the titular heroine Liesel, a young girl who is shipped off to live with a foster family in Nazi Germany. With the help of her foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors as well as with the Jewish man her parents are hiding in their basement.
The movie, directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey), will also star Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.
After news outlets reported Wednesday morning that a deal had been reached for The Fighter scribes Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy to adapt the forthcoming book Boston Strong, about the Boston Marathon tragedy, for the screen, there were immediate questions about the fast turnaround from a national tragedy to perceived “entertainment” in the form of a film.
Casey Sherman is a true-crime writer (his book The Finest Hours is also in development with Johnson, Tamasy, and producer Dorothy Aufiero) who is currently co-reporting and writing Boston Strong, one of three books in development about the bombing. Boston Strong, which will hit bookshelves next April, will take readers from April 15, 2013, the day of the bombing, to Patriots Day 2014, “which is going to be a completely emotional and inspirational day that is going to show the world that Boston and the United States can’t be defeated by either homegrown terrorists or terrorists from other countries,” Sherman explained on the phone with EW this afternoon.
Sherman understands the concerns many have expressed about how quickly it all seems to be coming together, but points out that even though a film deal is now in the beginning stages, it’ll still take years for the movie to hit the screen. “What I want to clarify to people that don’t understand is this [movie option] wasn’t a query that came in from some Hollywood executive in Los Angeles that had their interest piqued by national news. The lead producer on this project is Dorothy Aufiero, who produced The Fighter. Dorothy is a Watertown, Massachusetts, resident. Dorothy Aufiero was in lockdown with the rest of us while this was all happening. She’s as much part of the story as anybody. This was incredibly personal to the filmmakers, and incredibly personal to the writers.”
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Attention all you Divergent fans! The movie may still be shooting in Chicago, but if you are lucky enough to be in San Diego during this year’s Comic-Con, you’ll get to see the first bit of footage ever shown from the film.
On Thursday, July 18, cast members from the film—including Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lamb, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, and Christian Madsen—will all be in the ginormous Hall H for a panel that will include Veronica Roth and director Neil Burger. READ FULL STORY
• Helena Bonham Carter will play the part of the fairy godmother in Kenneth Branagh’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella. According to reports, this is a slight re-imagining of the classic character and will find Bonham Carter in disguise as a beggar at first. In the oh-too-predictable version of the world, Bonham Carter would have been the wicked stepmother, and Cate Blanchett would have been the fairy godmother. Whether it’s Branagh, Disney, or the actresses (especially Bonham Carter) looking to branch out a little, we’re pleasantly surprised by the news. The project is set to begin its shoot this fall in London.
The first rule of modern moviemaking: If you’re adapting a bestselling YA book, you must — I repeat, must — cast Secret Life of the American Teenager refugee Shailene Woodley as your star.
The Fault in Our Stars did it. EW’s current cover star Divergent did it. And both are following in the celluloid footsteps of The Spectacular Now, a Sundance darling based on Tim Tharp’s eponymous 2008 novel. The story follows the romance between charming, popular, happy-go-lucky teenage alcoholic Sutter (Miles Teller) and shy, wise, pretty-but-doesn’t-know-it Aimee (Woodley, naturally), whom he meets after passing out on her lawn.
Though the plot may sound predictable, there’s more to Now than meets the eye — EW’s Owen Gleiberman praised the film’s “rich and exploratory psychological texture” in a Sundance review, as well as its talented cast, which includes heavy hitters like Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Attention all you Four fans: here’s an exclusive reveal of Theo James as Tobias “Four” Eaton, the mysterious–and rather dreamy–Dauntless leader that takes a special interest in Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley).
For those of you who haven’t read the Veronica Roth books, Divergent takes place in a dystopian future where all of society is divided into five factions: Amity (peaceful), Abnegation (selfless); Candor (honest, Erudite (intelligent); a nd Dauntless (brave). Our heroine, sixteen-year-old Tris, chooses the Dauntless faction. READ FULL STORY
More Divergent news! We’ve already showed you what it looks like when you’re a Dauntless initiate and now can show you the symbol for the Dauntless faction.
For those who haven’t read the Veronica Roth books, Divergent takes place in a dystopian future where all of society is divided into five factions: Abnegation (selfless); Erudite (intelligent); Candor (honest); Amity (peaceful) and Dauntless (brave). Sixteen-year-olds get to choose their faction, and our heroine, Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley), chooses to go Dauntless. (No easy feat.) READ FULL STORY
Afraid of heights? Let’s just say you probably wouldn’t make it in Dauntless.
The highly anticipated adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best-selling Divergent is still filming in Chicago, but EW has gotten this exclusive first look of Tris (Shailene Woodley) out on a ledge and perched to jump as part of initiation into her faction. For those of who haven’t read the books, in the dystopian world of Divergent, all of society is divided into five factions: Abnegation (selfless); Erudite (intelligent); Candor (honest); Amity (peaceful) and Dauntless (brave). Our heroine, sixteen-year-old Tris Prior, has chosen the Dauntless faction which involves a lot of very scary initiation tests—like the time she stood still while knives were thrown at her head. READ FULL STORY
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