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In continuation with The Hunger Games week, let's do a special edition of My Take On...
Now that The Hunger Games has become a box office smash, it's pretty clear that Hollywood is already shopping for the next big book-to-movie hit. Universal's got Fifty Shades Of Grey for Focus Features and are hoping that it will be the next big thing and Open Road Films just put out a teaser for The Host, from the writer or Twilight, set for release next year.
But after that, what else is there to transition from book to screen and make it just as successful. For one thing, it's got to have a story that appeals to all audiences just like Hunger Games did. So, where do you go from here?
Well, I did some research over at Amazon.com under the teen books and looked to see what books could be just as successful than The Hunger Games that could make a decent translation to the big screen.
Here's my thoughts just by looking at the descriptions.
AIREL is a young adult paranormal story about an angel who falls so deeply in love with a woman that he chooses to fall from heaven to be with her. She gives birth to a daughter in Arabia, 1250BC. The girl is pursued ferociously, relentlessly by an enemy in the deepest darkness.
In present day, Boise, Idaho is just a girl: Airel. She's just your average high school student...who turns out to be anything but average. It's because of who she is, because of her ancestry, because of her lineage. Past and present crash in on each other in the final pages as what has been twisted comes dangerously unraveled.
Kind of the same plot that Twilight has except that if done right could have strong potential. Get a good female director that can also direct action well like Kathryn Bigelow or Lexi Alexander and it could work.
In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving.
In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived
and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade for food and other items essential for survival. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true, where there are real houses, barbecues, a school, and even baseball games. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing forever.
Of all the teen books that I looked up, this one has the most potential to be the most entertaining. It's an interesting story and like with Airel, get the right director to do it and it would be something intersting. Get somebody like Nick Cave, who did The Road, or even George Miller, people who've directed post-apocalyptic films before and it could be great.
Sixteen year-old, Skyla Messenger is a dead girl walking.
When her newly remarried mother moves the family to Paragon Island, to a house that is rumored to be haunted, Skyla finds refuge in Logan Oliver, a boy who shares her unique ability to read minds.
Skyla discovers Logan holds the answers to the questions she’s been looking for, but Logan’s reluctance to give her the knowledge she desires leaves her believing Logan has a few secrets of his own.
Skyla’s bloodlines may just be connected to the most powerful angelic beings that roam the earth, and the more she knows, the more danger she seems to be in.
Suddenly an entire faction of earthbound angels wants her dead, at least she still has Logan, or does she?
This one's more for the hardcore Twilight fans and the story sounds eerily similar to that. Catherine Hardwicke seems like a good enough director to make the film and here's hoping the story isn't as ridiculous as Twilight is.
4. The Uglies
Playing on every teen’s passionate desire to look as good as everybody else, Scott Westerfeld (Midnighters) projects a future world in which a compulsory operation at sixteen wipes out physical differences and makes everyone pretty by conforming to an ideal standard of beauty. The "New Pretties" are then free to play and party, while the younger "Uglies" look on enviously and spend the time before their own transformations in plotting mischievous tricks against their elders. Tally Youngblood is one of the most daring of the Uglies, and her imaginative tricks have gotten her in trouble with the menacing department of Special Circumstances. She has yearned to be pretty, but since her best friend Shay ran away to the rumored rebel settlement of recalcitrant Uglies called The Smoke, Tally has been troubled. The authorities give her an impossible choice: either she follows Shay’s cryptic directions to The Smoke with the purpose of betraying the rebels, or she will never be allowed to become pretty. Hoping to rescue Shay, Tally sets off on the dangerous journey as a spy.
But after finally reaching The Smoke she has a change of heart when her new lover David reveals to her the sinister secret behind becoming pretty. The fast-moving story is enlivened by many action sequences in the style of videogames, using intriguing inventions like hoverboards that use the rider’s skateboard skills to skim through the air, and bungee jackets that make wild downward plunges survivable -- and fun. Behind all the commotion is the disturbing vision of our own society -- the Rusties -- visible only in rusting ruins after a virus destroyed all petroleum.
The premise has a kind of sci-fi feel to it that if it's done right and do what The Hunger Games did to appeal to teens and adults, it could be something great. Get a director like Alex Proyas or Joe Cornish, the director of Attack The Block, somebody who could combine sci-fi and comedy and make it work and it has the potential to be really good.
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
Kind of a mix between Lost, Lord Of The Flies, and Shutter Island, this has the potential to be a good young adult thriller. Some directors that could make this work well include Tim Burton, J.J. Abrams, or even Tarsem Singh, seeing as how visual he can be. It could even be a Hammer film that could appeal to the regular Hammer fans and bring in the younger audiences too. It has a great premise and could have a good movie life if done right.
In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party--her body will commit murder, if her mind can't stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first--the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie's neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It's a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body Bank's horrible plan. . . .
Sounding a lot like Surrogates, the story does sound very interesting. Only snag is that I would wait until this series gets further in its' run or we'll see what happened with I Am Number Four all over again.
Those are just my personal guesses on what I believe has potential to be just as successful as The Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter. I doubt anybody important will look at this list but it's fun to try and guess the next big thing.
But keep in mind, I still haven't seen the movie, The Hunger Games, yet...but Sunday, I will. So come back on Sunday for the conclusion of Hunger Games week where I review the movie.