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'ghostgirl' YA books resurrected for the big screen by 'Kick-Ass' filmmaker

The filmmaker behind Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class has set his sights on a new tale of adolescent angst and otherworldly power. Matthew Vaughn’s MARV Films has picked up the film rights to ghostgirl, the globally popular series of YA novels by Tonya Hurley.

The books focus on Charlotte Usher, a teenage girl whose fears of being unseen become a reality when she dies in embarrassing manner – choking on gummy bears. But her misfit spirit continues to haunt an afterlife version of high school as she yearns for her living, breathing crush while contending with an unholy host of spectral classmates and instructors. READ FULL STORY

'Catfish' directors to adapt Jeanne Ryan's 'Nerve'


Directing duo Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman — the team behind the documentary film Catfish — have a lot of nerve. (Get it?)

EW has confirmed that the duo will direct an upcoming adaptation of Nerve, Jeanne Ryan’s hit YA novel, for Lionsgate. The novel follows a high school senior who decides to branch out by participating in an online game of truth or dare. The catch? The game is constantly being watched and commented on. Not surprisingly, she realizes it might not have been the best decision when she starts to advance to higher levels and suddenly finds herself in life-threatening situations.

American Horror Story‘s executive producer Jessica Sharzer wrote the adaptation.

'The Maze Runner': Patricia Clarkson joins cast of dystopian saga -- EXCLUSIVE

Who are these amnesiac boys, rising up each month from a rusting elevator into the middle of a grassy glade?

What is this massive stone maze surrounding them, and why does it change shape each day? How long will some unseen intelligence keep testing them as they try desperately to escape?

These are the core questions of The Maze Runner, and EW has learned Patricia Clarkson will play the character with the answers.


'Ender's Game': Harrison Ford introduces a teaser for the teaser -- VIDEO

Teasers for teasers of trailers: They’re so hot right now!

The latest YA adaptation to perpetuate this trend is Ender’s Game, the highly anticipated sci-fi adventure based on Orson Scott Card’s beloved novel. Stars Asa Butterfield (Ender Wiggin) and Harrison Ford (Hyrum Graff) are on hand to introduce this 10-second sneak peek at footage that appears in the real teaser trailer, which will on May 7. Even though it’s slight, fans will be thrilled to get a glimpse at Ford’s growling colonel, Ender and his fellow cadets, and Ben Kingsley’s Mazer Rackham in action. Battle school is in session, people. Well, almost:


'Beautiful Creatures' stars Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich on 'Twilight' comparisons and on-screen chemistry -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Whether or not you have a date this Valentine’s Day, you can live vicariously through the mysterious Lena (Alice Englert) and charming popular kid Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) of Beautiful Creatures, the latest supernatural teen romance based on a young-adult novel. The two leads visited the EW studio to talk about why their new movie, which is opening today, is not following in Twilight‘s footsteps. Keep watching until the end for some outtakes from their interview, which perfectly captures Englert and Ehrenreich’s easy, goofy chemistry from the film. READ FULL STORY

'Beautiful Creatures' cast selects their favorite witches, both wonderful and wicked

Beautiful Creatures hopes to introduce the world to a new kind of witch and warlock — or casters as they prefer to be called in the world of the Ravenwoods and Duchannes — when the movie adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s best-selling YA novel hits theaters Feb. 14. These characters join a long list of pop-culture conjurers including Disney’s many diviners and the spell-spinners of J.K. Rowling’s universe. So when the cast and crew gathered for the world premiere of Creatures last night at Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre, we wanted to find out which witch had charmed their way to favorite status and why.

While many famous folk were enchanted by Bewitched‘s Samantha Stevens, read on to see which other famous witches left them spellbound: READ FULL STORY

New 'Beautiful Creatures' trailer: Witchy women

Twilight is the gift that keeps on giving — for fans of paranormal teen novels, at least. Those who flood theaters to see Breaking Dawn — Part 2 will be treated to new trailers for two upcoming films based on beloved supernatural YA series: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Beautiful Creatures. The latter follows 15-year-old Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), a witch — sorry, “caster” — who is fated to become either good or evil on her 16th birthday. That destiny takes a back seat when Lena meets Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) — a dreamy normal kid determined to save his new love from her possibly dark future.

This new trailer reveals much more of the movie’s southern gothic plot, which was kept pretty opaque in the teaser released in September. It also introduces the rest of the film’s cast: an imposing stable of actors who look like they’re either taking this material fairly seriously (Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis) or having great fun with it (Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum). Watch Lena and Ethan’s love story bloom as Thompson chews the scenery below:


Screen Gems snatches up film rights to upcoming YA series 'Black City'


With hormone-soaked young adult novels all the rage when it comes to film adaptations (see Twilight, Beautiful Creatures), it’s no surprise that Screen Gems has snagged the screen rights to the as-yet unreleased but highly anticipated YA fantasy series Black City.

Screen Gems, the specialty production division at Sony Pictures Entertainment, announced Tuesday it’s developing the feature film based on the upcoming series by journalist and first-time novelist Elizabeth Richards. The first book in the series, Black City, will be released Nov. 13 by Penguin Young Readers Group imprint Putnam Juvenile.

According to a press release, Screen Gems “moved quickly” to complete the rights deal based on massive anticipation online and among teens, and is currently looking for a screenwriter for the film adaptation. The series focuses on a city where humans and beings called “Darklings” are separated by a wall, following a war between the two. In a classic Shakespearean Romeo and Juliet setup, 16-year-old half-blood Darkling Ash Fischer and human Natalie Buchanan, the daughter of “the Emissary,” fall for each other.

Let the potential blood bath and snogging begin.

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Jeff Bridges' movie adaptation of 'The Giver' -- will it ever happen? Lois Lowry says...

Fans of canonical children’s book The Giver were torn when word broke last year that Jeff Bridges’ big screen adaptation of the novel was finally moving forward in the development process. On one hand, Bridges’ twinkly eyes and grizzled wisdom make him a natural fit for the titular role; on the other, The Giver‘s unique, simple charms may not translate well to celluloid. But one year later, those who felt ambivalent may no longer have to worry that Hollywood will ruin their favorite story — Giver author Lois Lowry doubts that the long-incubating film will ever get made at all.

“The film rights have been out there for 15 years now,” Lowry tells EW. “And every now and then, some big studio gets involved, and some major player gets involved. And then time passes, and it all collapses again,” she says with a laugh. “So it’s out there, and I should be feeling excited, as if now is the time it’s actually going to be made. But this has happened so often before that I’ve become kind of sanguine about it.”

So why does Lowry think that the book has languished in development longer than its protagonist, 12-year-old Jonas, has been alive?  READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter' producer to make 'Shadow and Bone' fantasy for DreamWorks -- BREAKING


DreamWorks has picked up the movie rights to Leigh Bardugo’s bestseller Shadow and Bone, about an orphan girl whose ability to harness a rare magic makes her one of her nation’s most coveted warriors.

Holly Bario, DreamWorks’ president of production, will announce the acquisition later today, and although every studio would like to grab a fresh YA book series in the hope that it can be turned into the next Harry Potter-style film franchise, not every film has the actual producer of the Potter movies overseeing it.

Shadow and Bone would be the exception.


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