Welcome back to the YA Movie News Roundup, in which we deliver the scoop you crave from all of your upcoming YA film adaptations.
Ender's Game, the highly anticipated/crazy controversial adaptation of talented writer/homophobic nutbar Orson Scott Card's classic sci-fi book, hit theaters last weekend, and the reviews are...okay. "Hard to comprehend and even harder to endure," says The New Yorker's Anthony Lane. "Works as a contained story and as a table-setting first chapter," says Richard Roeper, formerly of Ebert and Roeper. Its box office returns are decent. Did you guys see it? What did you think? Gimme your reactions in the comments.
This is actually YA TV News, but ABC is developing a series based on Alexandra Robbins's The Secrets of the Tomb, about Yale's Skull and Bones secret society! Please cast Joshua Jackson, okay?
Also in ABC YA TV News (letters!!), I guess the alphabet network is staying in the young adult game, as they're working on a series with About a Boy director (and YA writer) Chris Weitz based on the first book in Rachel Cohn's series Beta. Beta...
is set in the near future when clones have become the enslaved work force for the wealthy. But when a new Beta model is introduced and discovers the dark truth about her own origins, she also begins to uncover secrets and lies within the utopian island community she’s serving.
Rhianna Pratchett, daughter to Terry, is adapting her father's Discworld book Wee Free Men, about a 9-year-old girl who sets out to rescue her brother from The Queen of the Fairies. Sam Raimi was originally attached, and as much as I love Sam, I think it's very cool that Pratchett's own daughter is adapting his work.
Veronica Roth tweeted a pic of Maggie Q as Divergent's Tori, obviously looking like a complete badass because that's what Maggie Q does. “The hawk symbolized the sun...if I always had the sun on me, I wouldn’t be afraid."
That's all for this week, folks! Thanks to the great Mandy C for covering for me while I was taking a hike down Fear Street, and we'll see you back here next Tuesday for all the news you can use! If you've seen Ender's Game, don't forget to give us your thoughts downstairs.