“I adore book-to-film adaptations when they’re done well, and I’m more lenient than many readers when it comes to what counts as ‘done well.’ For me, the most important thing is that the film maintains the spirit of the original book.” -Maggie Stiefvater (Author, Shiver)
Happy New Year everyone! 2013 was a huge year for book-to-movie adaptations from The Host to The Great Gatsby, Man of Steel to Catching Fire, we were there for each and every film. Page to Premiere was created by Kimmy West in 2009 to celebrate the adventure of turning a book into a movie. Five years later, we are so ready to continue the adventure with the upcoming adaptations in 2014!
Our current staff members voiced their opinions on their most anticipated book-to-movies out this year. We have a good mix of Young Adult, Fiction, and Comic-Book based movies set to be released in the next 12 months. We know our readers are particularly excited about the Young Adult genre films all being circulated with only one to two months gap before the next film hits theaters, but we hope to have everyone excited about each film below. It’s going to be a jam-packed year for books on the big screen, we can’t wait for it to begin.
Natasha Polis – Vampire Academy February 14th
Early last year, Preger Entertainment started to get the ball rolling on Vampire Academy, a book they optioned back in 2010. My first reaction to this news was, “Not another vampire movie!” I loved Twilight, but was done with the genre, and the synopsis of Vampire Academy was not appealing to me. The premise of the story sounded ridiculous, and the book covers weren’t helping one bit. Oh boy, was I wrong.
I picked up a copy of Richelle Mead’s novel, like a good little Page To Premiere staffer, and was blown away by how captivating a book about vampires in a boarding school could be. The series revolves around two girls already born into a world where three different types of vampires exist. Rose Hathaway, played by Zoey Deutch, is a dhampir; a half-vampire mortal with super strength whose life’s ambition and career is to protect her royal Moroi – a mortal vampire who yields magic – best friend, Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry). The two girls are thrown back into their academy after a year of being MIA, and things start to get a little weird around the school. It’s a story about friendship first and foremost, and a little romance thrown in here and there, with a lot of bad ass action, high school drama, and hilarious one liners from our saucy protagonist, Rose. Daniel Waters (screenwriter, Heathers) and Mark Waters (director, Mean Girls) has adapted the book for the screen. I can’t imagine a better duo for a film that needed to be aware of it’s mockable material, and twist into something general audiences can make fun of while still being entertained.
It has the potential to be a cult movie (just like Mean Girls), and let us hope it will become a cult classic series. The books just get better and better, and I am eager to see it all unfold on the big screen this February.
Amy Taylor – X-Men: Days of Future Past May 23rd
Going into 2014 I’m excited for the new superhero films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two – Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but when it comes to the Marvel world, I’m most anticipating X-Men: Days of Future Past. X-Men: First Class was one of my favorite films of the last few years, and for me was the reboot the franchise needed after the disappointing X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I thought they couldn’t have done better bringing in Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy as the young Erik Lensherr and Charles Xavier after having Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart play the roles so brilliantly in the first three X-Men films. The idea of bringing all of these actors and others who have appeared separately in the earlier X-Men films and First Class has me fangirling hard! Have you seen the trailer where Professor X is face to face and Patrick Stewart is staring at James McAvoy begging him to “Please, we need you to hope again?” It is thrilling! My hope is that X-Men: Days of Future Past is the best X-Men film to date. I think there is strong possibility that it could be just that. X-Men: Days of Future Past arrives in U.S. theaters on May 23rd.
Christine Riccio – Maze Runner September 19th
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but at the moment, I’m most excited to see what Hollywood does with The Maze Runner movie next year! Last September I read The Maze Runner, and came out of it completely disappointed. I was expecting to be WOW-ED and ended up irritated. But, that irritation came out of my frustration with the writing. The idea was so interesting, and the story potential was there, but the dialogue and the writing style just weren’t delivering for me. A SCREENWRITER CAN FIX THIS WOES!! THE MOVIE HAS SO MUCH POTENTIAL! And then there’s the fact that Teen Wolf‘s Dylan O’Brien is playing the lead. Dylan is fantastic. He’s got phenomenal comedic timing and great acting chops.
Dylan O’Brien’s character, Thomas, is dropped in a community of boys in a post-apocalyptic world with his memory wiped, and a maze he needs to escape from. He ends up working with the other “runners” to find a way out, but an unexpected girl (Kaya Scodelario), the first girl to ever enter the Maze, makes things a little more interesting. I’ve got faith in this movie. I can’t wait for the first trailer to drop.
Soraya Bouazzaoui – GODZILLA May 16th
When people mention Godzilla, often we think of the 1998 adaptation, once described as awesome and enjoyable during your childhood, but is now looked back upon in distaste. Mostly from fans of the comics as they feel it was largely misinterpreted, but fear not, we have a new monster movie in town.
From the get go, the reboot of GODZILLA promised fans a more accurate representation of the radioactive beast, and instead has taken on a much more dark post-apocalyptic angle on the monster movie genre. The original teaser, which leaked online not too long after Comic-Con, revealed simple clips of homes, buildings, and trains completely destroyed, along with mass amounts of bodies. Although it has been kept very secret in terms of plot, and in actually seeing the beast itself, we can only assume that a radioactive lizard is created, wrecking havoc on New York City and – possibly – the rest of the world.
With new comer director Gareth Edwards, the amazing cast line-up will surely get people in the theater. Aaron Taylor- Johnson (Kickass), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcey May Marlene), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), and Ken Watanabe (Inception) dominate the title roles. .
Hold on to your butts readers, cause we’re quite possibly looking at one of the best disaster movies of 2014. GODZILLA hits theatres on May the 16th in both 2D and 3D.
Megan Kanaisty – Divergent March 21st
The adaptation I am most excited for this year is Divergent! The series quickly became one of my favorites, and I cannot wait to see a world that I love come to life on screen! Veronica Roth’s crazy popular novel is about a girl trying to find where she fits in this one dimensional world, while trying to hide her true self. In a dystopian setting, the story that Roth weaves is sure to keep you enamored the whole way through. Neil Burger has brought some amazing movies to the big screen including Limitless and The Illusionist, making me thrilled to see what he does with Divergent. I’m sure having such a great cast helps: Shailene Woodley as Tris, Theo James as Four, Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews, and the list of amazing actors and actress’ goes on! I am so happy with all of the sneak peaks we’ve been given so far, I fangirl just thinking about it! Divergent comes out on March 21st 2014 – can’t wait.
Jordannah Simmone – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 May 2nd
An adaptation I’m really excited about in 2014 is The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I think the first film was fantastic, and I was extremely impressed with the way Andrew Garfield perfectly executed the humorous and emotional scenes in his performance as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. The movie had the perfect balance of comedy and drama. Of course, it also had a great cast – which included Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Sally Field, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen and Chris Zylka.
There are a few new additions to the cast for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the main ones being Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx (Ray, Dream Girls, Collateral, Django Unchained) as Max Dillon/Electro, and Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Place Beyond The Pines, Kill Your Darlings) as Harry Osborn.
As well as the great additions to the cast, the premise of the movie sounds interesting!
“For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.” The trailer looks amazing and action packed, and something I am very much looking forward to.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is directed by Marc Webb and is slated for release on May 2nd, 2014.
Karlee Dash – Gone Girl October 3rd
I am most excited to see Gone Girl come to theaters in 2014. The book written by Gillian Flynn was addicting and insanely good. If you haven’t read it yet it is the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, its there 5th wedding anniversary when everything goes wrong and suddenly Amy is missing. Of course Nick is suspect #1 with police, but did he do it??
One of my favorite reviews about the book says “Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.”
When I heard the movie had been cast with Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, and Rosamund Pike, to name a few, I was thrilled about the potential greatness of this film. However, when I heard David Fincher was directing it that’s when I knew it was my #1 most anticipated film for 2014. David Fincher, who I consider one of my favorite directors, has directed such films as The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, Seven, and The Social Network. The movie comes out October 3, 2014 and I cant wait!
Montgomery Jones – The Fault in Our Stars June 6th
The Fault in Our Stars was published in 2012, filmed in 2013, and the movie comes out this year (2014)! What an incredible testament to the fans of the novel that have been excited for this movie. I immediately connected to the book because like Hazel, I too grapple with a chronic illness. John Green’s best selling novel centers around two people in love, and tells a gripping story of human struggles at their highest and lowest points. So much of what John Green describes has happened to me, and as a fan I can’t wait to see the scenes in “the literal heart of Jesus” and the parts that take place in Amsterdam. I find those of us in the TFiOS fandom to be very fortunate to have an author like John Green. He truly kept us up to date with filming, and even let us get to know the cast with his weekly vlogs. I think with his input we will have a truly faithful adaption. Think of it this way, you have half of the school year left, and the prize at the end is The Fault in Our Stars in theatres June 6, 2014.
Mariyam Khan - The Hobbit: There and Back Again December 17th
After the epic Lord of The Rings trilogy from Peter Jackson, there would have always been as much anticipation for The Hobbit and now, two years on, in December 2014 the much loved three part movie comes to a conclusion with the title There and Back Again. How poignant to name the final part of this saga with the title of Bilbo’s own novel. Even though many of Tolkien’s fan’s questioned why the book was made into three parts I think it’s allowed us to follow Bilbo and company on his journey, just as we had with Frodo. The first movie allowed us to get to know the characters, the adventure and get accustomed to Middle Earth again, the second brought us closer to the action and moved the journey on with even greater action sequences, and the last will conclude what has been an epic adaptation of one of Tolkien’s best and much loved works.
Tanvi Berwah -The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 November 21st
2014 is a year of great adaptations. As excited as I am about the other movies coming out, I can’t wait to see the first of the final installments of The Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay. A lot of people think the two-part idea is overdone, but we recently got the casting of Robert Knepper as Antonius – an additional character written solely for the screen. Let’s be honest, Mockingjay was kinda rushed. It was epic and awesome and very true to the hard realities of wars, but it’s also the thinnest of the three books.
That, I believe, can be tackled in the movies. At this point, I trust Lionsgate very much with the way they are handling the movies. I want to see more of Katniss ( there can never be too much of Jennifer Lawrence’s brilliance), more of Finnick (Sam Claflin has shown us cocky Finnick, how does he bring out the more serious, forlorn one?), and I’m especially excited that they are taking us into the Capitol. It gives us a vantage point, makes the story bigger, and more real. We only see the Capitol in the books when the soldiers finally launch an offensive, before that, it’s all words and news. With this, we can see more interaction, more story of what’s going on, and how things connect in the disintegrating world of Panem. We know what’s happening doesn’t effect only a single girl, although it is her story, but an entire nation, all kinds of people, all sections of the society.
With the two parts, and with new additions, I believe this movie will be a surprise for the readers as well.
Mockingjay: Part 1 comes out on November 21.
Each and everyone one of us is excited for every adaptation hitting the big screen this coming year. In only two weeks time, the first adaptation of 2014 will hit theaters as Chris Pine takes on Tom Clancy’s most famous character in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Then, next Christmas, Into The Woods debuts with an all-star cast finishing off the year. Come alongside and experience the words as they dance off of our favorite pages to the day they premiere at the theater.
Which adaptations are you most excited to see in 2014?