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"A children's story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children's story. The good ones last." --C.S. Lewis

Young Adult (YA) Adaptations: Movies & TV Shows

If you follow my bookish rounds, you know that among other YA book news, cover reveals, publishing articles and more, I cover Movie & TV show adaptation news. Well, sometimes it's hard to keep track of all the things that have been optioned week after week. So (!!!) I looked through the past six-seven months of my bookish rounds posts and sorted all the links I'd had for movie & TV show adaptations. It created a fairly concise look at things that were at the "lower" stages in development (i.e. news focused on the option, screenwriter, or director attached), things that were slightly higher in development (i.e. news that included an actor or actress now attached), things that now have a release date (i.e. actually coming soon!!), and things that have been recently released and we can obtain on DVD. I hope you find this helpful! If you ever make a list of movies or TV shows that you'd like to see, maybe this list can help you (though, also, if so, can you link back here?).


NOTE: THESE ARE NOT ALL THE YA BOOKS THAT HAVE BEEN OPTIONED, etc. These are only the ones withnews that I managed to cover in the past six-seven months (undoubtedly, I’ve missed some news articles, and also, many books that have been optioned prior to my arbitrary six month date still have news going for them – like when Wicked Lovely was assigned a director? I think it was…). Point being: just because this is a six-seven month period, doesn't mean older projects won't soon have news articles about their recent developments.


By far the largest “category” of all the news--

Here's the format: MOVIE + LINK TO OPTION (Who has optioned the movie/tv show; any other relevant information)

  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (BBC commissioned Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema for an initial eight-part TV series; executive produced by Pullman, Tranter and Gardner for Bad Wolf, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema, and Deborah Forte for Scholastic). GOODREADS.
  • Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene (TV show by CBS, but Nancy aged into a super-sleuth NYPD detective in her 30s; produced by Joan Rater, Tony Phelan, and Dan Jink; written by Joan Rater and Tony Phelan). GOODREADS.
  • (Not really adaptation --> John Green signed a first-look producing deal with Fox 2000 for whatever he writes.GOODREADS.)
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (Disney; developed & directed by Kenneth Branagh; produced by Harvey Weinstein, Branagh, Judy Huffland; Julie Oh, Tendo Nagenda, Jessica Virtue overseeing; potentially to be written by Conor McPherson). GOODREADS.
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (old news: financed and produced by Demarest Media; also produced by Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan; directed by Miguel Arteta; Elle Fanning starring as Violet; Lily Lillehaugen and Ally Israelson overseeing; new news: Jennifer Niven writing the screenplay; production to begin in Spring 2016). GOODREADS.
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Universal; produced by Jake Weiner, Chris Bender, and JC Spink of Benderspink, and Pouya Shahbazian, and co-produced by Christopher Cosmos; script written by Gennifer Hutchison; new news: potentially directed by Elizabeth Banks). GOODREADS.
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (Fox Animation; directed by Patrick Osborne; attached to write - Marc Haimes; produced by Roy Lee and Adam Stone of Vertigo Entertainment, and John Powers Middleton; Gabriel Chu, Vanessa Morrison, and Darlene Caamano Loquet overseeing). GOODREADS.
  • Trinkets by Kirsten Smith (MTV; created by Kirsten Smith & Andrea Seigel; written by Andrea Siegel; produced by Kirsten Smith, and Morgan Freeman and Dia Sokol Savage of 11th Street Productions). GOODREADS.
  • The Fever by Megan Abott (MTV; developed (and first episode written) by Megan Abott, with Sarah Jessica Parker's Pretty Matches Productions; produced by Karen Rosenfelt). GOODREADS.
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Imperative Entertainment; produced by Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Zak Kadison; Justin Catron overseeing and co-producing; new news: screenplay to be written by Stephanie Shannon).GOODREADS.
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper (EveryWhere Studios and the Gotham Group, partnered with Starlight Children's Foundation as an adviser on the project; produced by Dan Angel, Tom Mazza, Goldsmith-Vein, Lindsay Williams, and Brian Gott). GOODREADS.
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass (Warner Brothers; produced by DiNovi Pictures' Denise DiNovi and Alison Greenspan + Pouya Shahbazian; screenplay to be written by Katie Lovejoy). GOODREADS.
  • Dissonance by Erica Rourke (Envision Media Arts; produced by Jennifer Quintenz, Lee Nelson, David Buelow, and David Tish and Beaux Carson as executive producers; screenplay to be written by YA author Jennifer Quintenz). GOODREADS.
  • 13 Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman (Bold Films financing and producing; screenplay to be written by Kate Siegel and Mike Flanagan; developed and produced by Trevor Macy at Intrepid Pictures, and Michel Litvak producing for Bold Films, and Gary Walters and Marc Evans executive producing). GOODREADS.


--> These are the adaptations where at least one actor has been tapped. To me, this is probably an indication that these are further along in the stage than those listed above (though, certainly, I imagine that's not always the case).

  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (Breakthrough Entertainment; script written by Susan Coyne; executive produced by Kate Butler; Martin Sheen to play Matthew Cuthbert while Ella Ballentine plays Anne Shirley, and Sara Botsford plays Marilla Cuthbert). GOODREADS. IMDB (& the article) suggest an early 2016 release date.
  • Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Septys (which is called Ashes in the Snow for the movie -- Bel Powley is going to play Lina. Directed by Marius Markevicius. Produced by Markevicius, Jonathan Schwartz of Super Crispy Entertainment and Zilvinas Naujokas of Taurus Films; adapted by Ben York Jones). GOODREADS. IMDBsuggests 2016.
  • 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (13-episode, straight-to-series order from Netflix; Selena Gomez is executive producing along with Mandy Teefey, Kristel Laiblin, and Anonymous Contest; pilot written by Brian Yorkey).GOODREADS. IMDB.
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (other article here, here, and here; Awesomeness Films. cast includes: Zoey Deustch (Samantha), Jennifer Beals (Sam's mom), Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, and Liv Hewson (Anna Cartullo); and also Diego Boneta and Elena Kampouris; directed by Ry Russo-Young; script by Maria Maggenti, and revised by Gina Prince-Blythewood; produced by Brian Robbins, Matt Kaplan, and Jon Shestack.). GOODREADS. IMDB suggests 2016; article said production started last month.
  • Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman (Johnny Depp, Edgar Wright, and Bret McKenzie adapting; collaborators to make live-action/animation hybrid movie; Depp as producer and maybe actor; Wright directing; McKenzie writing the script). GOODREADS. IMDB
  • Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle (Warner Horizon Television -- ABC Family/Freeform; casting includes: Bella Thorne (Paige), Carter Jenkins (Rainer), Jesse Henderson (Jake), Keith Powers (Jordan), and Niki Koss (Alexis). TV pilot directed by Miguel Arteta; executive produced by Arteta, Marlene King, and Dan Farah, and co-executive produced by Rebecca Serle; written by Rebecca Serle and Marlene King). GOODREADS. IMDB.
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (directed by Catherine Hardwicke; screenplay written by Kristin Hahn; produced by Gotham Group, Hahnscape Entertainment, and BCDF Pictures; starring Joey King & Charlie Plummer as the leads, Stargirl and Leo.). GOODREADS. IMDB suggests 2016.
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (Kate Maberly's and Chester Semel's Hetherwood Productions, and Doug Liman's and Dave Bartis's Hypnotic production company; Maberly adapting, directing, and producing with Liman (also a producer); Maisie Williams is attached as the lead, Mary). GOODREADS. IMDB. Article suggests sometime in 2016.
  • Death Note, a Japanese manga series (Warner Brothers; script by Jeremy Slater; directed by Adam Wingard; Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs, and Masi Oka producing; Doug Davison and Brian Witten executive producing; casting: Margaret Qualley and Nat Wolff as the female and male leads). GOODREADS. IMDB.
Anything that has a concrete release date is reported here--

When reporting the actual cast, I've only included people who have been cast as characters who have actual names. If it says "lawyer," I'm not including that individual. I'm also not including the people who are the "full cast" list, only the ones that make the front page.
Also organized according to release date; soonest is first.

  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (<-- one of the trailers, which you can access at the IMDB link). GOODREADS.IMDB reports that it's being released January 15, 2016. It was written by Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner, and it's directed by J Blakeson. Among the cast: Chloë Grace Moretz (Cassie), Nick Robinson (Ben Parrish), Liev Schreiber (Colonel Vosch), Maika Monroe (Ringer), Maria Bello (Sergeant Reznik), Ron Livingston (Oliver/Cassie's dad), Maggie Siff (Lisa/Cassie's mom), Tony Revolori (Dumbo), Alex Roe (Evan Walker), Terry Serpico (Hutchfield), Nadji Jeter (Poundcake), Zackary Arthur (Sammy Sullivan), and more.
  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant (part I) by Veronica Roth (<-- one of the trailers that'd been released, but you can also access on IMDB). GOODREADS. IMDB reports that it's being released on March 18, 2016, and it's been written by Noah Oppenheim, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, and Stephen Chbosky, and directed by Robert Schwentke. In terms of new main cast, they have: Jeff Daniels (David) & Bill Skarsgård (Matthew). Returning are Shailene Woodley (Tris), Theo James (Four), Zoë Kravitz (Christina), Naomi Watts (Evelyn), Miles Teller (Peter), Ansel Elgort (Caleb), Maggie Q (Tori), Jonny Weston (Edgar), Keiynan Lonsdale (Uriah), and more. They’ve changed the title of the final Divergent movie from Allegiant to Ascendant. You can read Veronica Roth’sthoughts here.
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (optioned for Broadway; cast includes Broadway veterans Carolee Carmello, Fred Applegate, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, and Terrence Mann. Newcomer: Sarah Charles Lewis as Winnie Foster). Opening in April at the Broadhurst Theatre under "the direction and choreography of Casey Nicholaw." Story by Claudia Shear, music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen. GOODREADS.
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (<-- the international trailer; you can find on IMDB too). GOODREADS.IMDB reports that it's being released April 15, 2016. It's directed by Jon Favreau, and is written by Justin Marks. Among the cast: Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Jamie Dornan (Colonel Hathi), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Bill Murray (Baloo), Giancarlo Esposito (Akela), Christopher Walken (King Louie), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Lupita Nyong'o (Raksha), Hannah Tointon (Winifred), Emjay Anthony (Gray), Ralph Ineson (Rama), Neel Sethi (Mowgli), Ritesh Rajan (Mowgli's father), and more.
  • The BFG by Ronald Doahl (<-- the news there had been that Disney was joining Steven Spielberg).GOODREADS. IMDB reports the movie as slated for July 1, 2016. The screenplay has been written by Melissa Mathison, and it's directed by Steven Spielberg. Among the cast: Rebecca Hall (Mary), Bill Hader (Giant), Mark Rylance (The BFG), Penelope Wilton (the Queen), Marilyn Norry (Matron), Ruby Barnhill (Sophie) & more.
  • Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson (& other here. CBS Films, Participant Media, and James Patterson Entertainment. Directed by Steve Carr; screenplay by Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer, and Kara Holden. Leopoldo Gout and Bill Robinson producing; executive producers include James Patterson and Steve Bowen for James Patterson Entertainment, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King of Participant Media, & Michael Flynn; Robert Kessel and Scott Shooman overseeing; distributed by Lionsgate as well. Cast includes: Robb Riggle (Jules's boyfriend), Lauren Graham (Rafe's mother Jules), Jacob Hopkins (Rafe), Thomas Barbusca, Andrew Daly, Adam Pally, and Efren Ramirez). GOODREADSIMDB (& the article) reports that it's being released October 7, 2016.
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (<-- the new news was the teaser trailer). GOODREADS. IMDB reports A Monster Calls as coming out October 14, 2016. It is starring: Liam Neeson (The Monster), Felicity Jones (the mother), Sigourney Weaver (the grandmother), Toby Kebbell (the dad), Lewis MacDougall (Connor), Frida Palsson (Lily's mum), Jennifer Lim (Miss Kwan), James Melville (Harry), Lily-Rose Aslandogdu (Lily), Max Gabbay (Steven), Joe Curtis (Peter), Oliver Steer (Sully), and more. It has been written by Patrick Ness, and it's being directed by J.A. Bayona.
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Peculiars) by Ransom Riggs (<-- teaser trailer; movie changed 'Peculiar Children' to 'Peculiars). GOODREADS. IMDB reports that the release date is December 25, 2016. It's being directed by Tim Burton, and is written by Jane Goldman. Among the cast: Eva Green (Miss Peregrine), Samuel Jackson (Barron), Allison Janney (Dr. Golan), Judi Dench (Miss Avocet), Asa Butterfield (Jacob Portman), Chris O'Dowd (Franklin/ Jacob's dad), Ella Purnell (Emma Bloom), Milo Parker (Hugh), Terence Stamp (Abraham/Jacob's Grandpa), O-Lan Jones (Shelley), Pixie Davies (Bronwyn), and more.

*I got rid of the individual links for these, and instead linked to IMDB. Since they've been released, you can find information about the trailers, posters, and so on there.

  • Goosebumps by R.L. Stine. GOODREADS. IMDB. (And remember, from above, that they may be adapting his Fear Street books as well. It was also suggested that they'd be making more Goosebumps films, but I haven't seen much news on that account.).
  • You can find out more information about the Twilight Stories: New Voices of the Twilight Saga clips here. Stephenie Meyer & Kristen Stewart honored the women who won the Twilight Shorts. GOODREADS. (Not an actual film - but clearly an expansion off already released content.).
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. GOODREADS. IMDB.
  • Jem and the Holograms by Kelly Thompson & Sophie Campbell. GOODREADS. IMDB.
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner. GOODREADS. IMDB.
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II by Suzanne Collins. GOODREADS. IMDB.
Phew! If there's anything I've learned in looking through all these articles, it's that it takes A LOT OF PEOPLE to get one of these films off the ground! Although this list looks long, I realized too that this is a very select portion of kidlit. Think of how many books got published in the past 6-7 months, and then look at this list. Still! Really exciting to see the number of news articles! Hurray for YA & MG!!
Of the ones with release dates, I'm personally most excited for A Monster Calls and the Broadway production of Tuck Everlasting. I'd honestly forgotten about the adaptation of A Monster Calls, and that teaser looks beautiful. Tuck Everlasting is one of my favorite MG novels, so of course I'm excited.
What are you most excited to see soon or see adapted sometime in the future? Have you watched all the adaptations that have already been released? Disagree/agree with some casting choices? Let me know!

P.S. - Apologies in advance if I mispronounced someone's name.
P.P.S. - Looks like I missed this from my last bookish rounds --> "Debby Ryan will be executive producing the adaptation ofMegan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling’s It List. Chloe East is playing Jessica Darling, and Blair Fowler is playing Bethany." Should have been under Casting.