Here’s what I know about a few popular YA projects. I’ll be writing about this issue often, so if I didn’t mention a book today, I’ll get to it eventually.
1. “Where She Went”: Even though “If I Stay” received mixed reviews and made $49 million in the U.S. ($60 million worldwide), it’s still a modest box-office success, since the movie itself had a pretty frugal budget (reportedly only $11 million). That means the studio did make more than double its money back (if the reported budget is accurate). But, there’s still no word that “Where She Went” will get made, particularly because star Chloe Moretz is so busy with other upcoming roles, any “If I Stay” sequel would need to be greenlit and locked down fairly soon to make sure the young actors could reprise their parts. I actually loved “Where She Went” and would be so excited to see Jamie Blackley play broody rockstar Adam for two hours, but I think the chances for the movie are a maybe but probably not.
2. “The Fifth Wave”: Speaking of Chloe Moretz, her big next role is playing main character Cassie Sullivan in “The Fifth Wave” adaptation, which is currently filming and set for a Jan. 29, 2016 release. In addition to Moretz, the cast includes Liev Schreiber as Col. Vosch, Nick Robinson (“Kings of Summer”) as Ben, and newcomer Alex Roe as Evan Walker. Coming soon, in Jan. 2016.
3. “Paper Towns”: Since “The Fault in Our Stars” was an unqualified hit (it made $125 million on a $12 million budget), it’s no surprise that another John Green-penned novel got immediately green-lit. It was adapted by the same screenwriters who wrote “FiOS” and stars Nat Wolff as Quentin Jacobsen and Cara Delevingne as his neighbor/crush Margo Roth Spiegelman. Coming soon, June 19, 2015
Sequels definitely happening (not going to bother mentioning “Mockingjay, Part 2,” since we all know about it):
—“Insurgent”: “Divergent” fans have plenty to be happy about, because this trilogy will definitely finish getting adapted (unlike, say, “Beautiful Creatures’). This installment is already in post-production and will be released early next year, on March 20, 2015.
–“The Scorch Trials”: After “The Maze Runner” outperformed at the box office (it’s still finishing in the top 2 at the box office and has made over $150 million worldwide), the sequel was fast-tracked and is already in pre-production with the same filmmakers and stars. Coming soon, in Sept. 2015.