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EXCLUSIVE: Wyck Godfrey (Producer) Says ‘Legend’ by Marie Lu ‘Blows the Socks Off’ of ‘The Hunger Games’

November 28, 2011

We spoke to Wyck Godfrey, a major movie producer, at the premiere of ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.’ (Video available below.) Now that the ‘Twilight Saga‘ has completed filming, we discussed his upcoming projects, and a memorable day shooting ‘Breaking Dawn‘ where a cyclone hit and they had to sleep in the honeymoon house. Godfrey says, “We’re sticking with the books,” and mentioned his upcoming projects ‘Safe Haven,’ an adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, ‘Deadmail,’ a buzzy new book about a future where you can ‘email’ the dead, and he raved about ‘Legend‘ by Marie Lu. Godfrey explained, “My favorite thing coming up is Legend…which is a new book series by Marie Lu. It’s getting on all of the year’s best book lists, it’s phenomenal. She’s written to me what is like a contemporary Charles Dickens novel, and to me it blows the socks off of ‘Hunger Games.’ CBS films is making it, we’re really excited about it.” ‘Legend’ hits stores tomorrow, November 29th, 2011!

Kimmy is a 22 year old nerdfighter and artist who is the founder and editor-in-chief of Page to Premiere. When she's not writing about books and movies here or on her Hunger Games site called, she loves creating original content at her magazine and production company JØLVIE, manically Tumblr-ing, eating sushi, drinking Thai iced tea, and being lazy with her cat Rue! She hopes to be a published author one day. You can follow her on Twitter at @kimmymary.

  •!/kasatany Tanja

    Oh well, now i want to order Legend. You better not be kidding, Wyck!
    Nice interview, Kimmy :)

  • aidamgg

    Ugh, i feel like as a Twilight producer he feels threatened by HG so he’s jumping on the dystopian boat before it sails. I dislike the way he said it, like he can’t take a little competition from a different genre of a book.

    I am talking as the twihard i am, too. If it weren’t for Stephenie’s recommendation i wouldn’t have read HG.

  • Chris

    I’m really excited for this book! I’ve preordered it around 1 month ago and only in a few days it’ll finally be here :D I already read a few reviews of people who were lucky enough to get ARCs and many of them have a high opinion of this book, too.

  • Peeta81

    Show’s you what a Twilight producer knows. I’m not against Twilight or anything, but I don’t think they’re exactly wonderful movies.

  • Ellie

    Hmmm… I’ve read Legend (as an ARC) and it was good–really good– but, no, it does NOT beat The Hunger Games. I’m interested to see how it will turn out as a movie though. YA novels are being snatched up by movie producers before the books even get out on shelves lately!

  • Numra

    I doubt Legend will be as popular as THG simply because it hasn’t been released yet and THG movie has a humongous fan base just from the books. He’s taking a real risk, producing the movie adaption of a book that has not even been released yet. No one know how popular it really will be. Deadmail also, I think hasn’t been released or something, so we don’t know how popular that book will be. Nevertheless, both Deadmail and Legend sound interesting and I’ll definitely read them when I get the chance.

  • Rebecca

    This book does look/sound pretty good… gotta love young adult dystopia novels! :P

  • aida

    Agreed it is a risk like the producers did with I Am Number Four, using unpublished material and rushing it to the movies is not the safest or best idea. Had they waited for a following for the books, the movie mightve been a bit more successful.
    Though it did stand alone alright :)

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  • Keneko255

    I agree that it does seem like he feels threatened by the Hunger Games. I think its still to early to know which movie will do better. Its always about competition and comparisons with producers these day. Not to say I blame them, but I won’t know if what he says is true until I read the book. I believe that every book is unique in its own way and one is not better than the other just different.

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  • tenuinanoa

    Yes, well blowing the socks off of the ‘Hunger Games’ is a tall order from someone producing a Twilight movie. So no, not much credibility.

  • What a Lie

    Just for the record, Legend does not “blow the socks off’ Hunger Games. Not even close. To be honest, it’s not even in the same category. Too much unrealistic romance, not enough tough heroine. Wouldn’t have liked Legend even if I hadn’t had high expectations for it because of that guy’s comment.

    Oh well. Maybe this means the movie will be good.

  • J

    HAH! Jokes.