Welcome back to the YA Movie News Roundup, where sometimes the news is good and sometimes it's THIS.
THIS being that there will be an animated feature film made of The Diary of Anne Frank. Now granted, as The Mary Sue points out, this could be more Persepolis and less Titanic: The Legend Goes On, but it still feels like an endeavor that risks a pretty alarming lack of nuance in such an important story. But The Congress and Waltz with Bashir director Ari Folman is tapped to direct, and he's pretty serious business, so we'll give him some room to breathe. THR writes:
The filmmakers have been granted complete access to all of the archives of the Anne Frank Fonds Basel, founded by Anne’s father Otto Frank as well as to all the branches of the Anne Frank Fonds worldwide.
Divergent hasn't even hit screens yet but they've already announced a director change and release date for its sequels. Neil Burger won't be returning to direct Insurgent, set for March 20, 2015 or Allegiant, scheduled for March 18, 2016. Summit Entertainment is currently searching for a new director, which makes me wonder if Burger didn't get along with some of the cast or studio heads, because it feels a little surprising to announce his departure before Divergent is even released on March 21, 2014.
Director Ridley Scott has nabbed the rights to Colet and Jasmine Abedi's YA fantasy hit Fae, in which:
Protagonist Caroline Ellis reaches 16, a birthday that triggers the battle fated for centuries between the Dark and Light Fae, forcing her to confront who she is and discover whether her tumultuous relationship with Devilyn Reilly, who’s battling the power of the Dark within him, will destroy them both along with humanity.
Siobhan Vivian's The List, about "the fateful ranking of the ugliest and prettiest girl in each grade at Mount Washington High" has been optioned as a television series for MTV. Liz Maccie, screenwriter of The Thirst and Make It or Break It, will adapt the book into a teleplay, and her husband Stephen Chbosky (oh, a little something called The Perks of Being a Wallflower!!!) will executive produce the series and direct the pilot. This sounds good!
Check out the trailer for the live action version of Kiki's Delivery Service, the adaptation of Eiko Kadono's kids' lit novel that was first adapted as a Studio Ghibli animated film in 1989 by Hayao Miyazaki. There aren't any English subtitles, however:
Not quite YA, but I did read these books as a teen, so maybe it counts: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is definitely attached to Neil Gaiman's Sandman adaptation as a producer and probably as a star and/or director. I'd be very happy if he produced, pretty happy if he directed and sort of stymied if he stars, because I can't quite picture him as Morpheus. But hey, JGL's a great actor who contains multitudes, so I'm sure he can do a serviceable-to-terrific job.
Disney has revealed its live action feature Descendants about the offspring of notorious villains, and yesterday they started with the casting announcements.
Breaking Bad writer Gennifer Hutchinson has been tapped to take on the adaptation of Victoria Aveyard's YA fantasy thriller The Red Queen.
That's it for this week, folks! Lay your thoughts on Anne Frank, Sandman and more on me in the comments!