Now that The Hunger Games has been released and we know the success of a well-done adaptation, which will be the next book to make it big on the big screen?  There are already several adaptations in the process of being made. Check out the list below!

It is no secret that Hollywood has a love affair with books, especially of the young adult variety. The success of Harry Potter, Twilight, and most recently The Hunger Games has drawn attention to young adult literature and its built-in fan base. A well-done adaptation gains the respect and attention of the fans, which translate at the box office.

These books have actors, directors and scripts attached.  Many already have release dates for 2013.

City of Bones by Cassie Clare

Without a doubt, this film is one of the most anticipated adaptations. Cassie Clare’s Mortal Instruments series has been sold in over 30 countries. In 2010 Screen Gems announced it was beginning production on the film shortly after Lily Collins was cast as Clary Fray, the main character. In the summer of 2011 Jamie Campbell Bower was cast as Jace Wayland. On March 16, 2012, Harold Zwart was announced as the new director for the film, and pre-production on the film is still scheduled for August 15, 2012.  This adaptation has seen multiple screenplays written, a change in production company, and a new director. While all of these things have slowed down the filming process, the fans are still clamoring for the film version.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game was published in 1985 and has been in the process of being adapted since the 2000’s.  With the current interest in young adult novels being adapted, the Ender’s Game has many appealing qualities.  First, the casting for this film is quality. Asa Butterfield will play Ender and is joined by Viola Davis, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, and Ben Kingsley, just to name a few.  The story’s roots are in science fiction, but at the heart is a story of a boy trying to find his place in a world that expects him to grow up too quickly, all while worrying about an alien invasion. Ender’s Game will appeal to generations of readers and moviegoers. Ender’s Game is set for a March 2013 release.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host is currently being filmed and we have even been treated to a teaser trailer. The cast is filled with talented actors from Saoirse Ronan to William Hurt.  The novel is the first of an intended series by Stephenie Meyer, who has had some success in book-to-film adaptations. While The Host is very different from Twilight, it is likely to pull in some of that fan base, but it will also appeal to a wider audience. The story focuses on an earth that has been overrun by aliens who live within the human body. Melanie Stryder fights the parasite alien living inside her and both shares her body while they search for the human rebellion where Melanie’s family is hiding. The Host is set to release in late March 2013. Clearly March is shaping up to be the month of the aliens.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures is a New York Times bestselling novel with an avid fan following and is published in over 30 countries. The film was optioned by Warner Brothers in 2009 and has just recently entered pre-production. The cast is a mix of experienced award winners like Emma Thompson and Viola Davis, as well as relative newcomers Jack O’Connell and Alice Englert. This story, while considered supernatural and gothic, has a male narrator who is not only unusual but appealing. What makes this adaption most appealing is the story itself. Beautiful Creatures is unique. The casters have an interesting background.  There is no clear delineation in good or evil and at its heart, the story centers on family. Beautiful Creatures is set to start filming in New Orleans this spring and will be released in February 2013.

Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

This adaptation has a lot to prove after The Lightening Thief failed to deliver in 2010. The adaptation failed to live up to the fans’ expectations by deviating too much from the source material. The question is, can they fix it for the second film? Rick Riordan has said he has never seen The Lightening Thief and probably won’t. With the lack of love from both fans and the author, it will be interesting to see what happens with the second installment. The cast remains mostly intact from the first movie with the exception of Chiron, who will now be played by Anthony Head.

This is by no means a complete list of adaptations. Tomorrow we will look at books that have been optioned but are not yet in production. There are some seriously good books waiting to be made into movies.

Which adaptation are you most looking forward to?

Sherlock finally made it to Hall H at Comic-Con and the creative team brought a few surprises. Steven Moffatt, Sue Vertue, Mark Gatiss, Amanda Abbington, and Benedict Cumberbatch were on hand to the thrill of fans.

Benedict Cumberbatch and crew definitely know how to work a crowd. Here are the top highlights of the panel that played to a crowd of thousands.

1. Season 4

They are currently two weeks from finishing Sherlock season 4. Cumberbatch said that “a lot comes home to roost this season… it’s ballsy.”

They have 26 pages to film this Tuesday. Cumberbatch states that the monologues are very challenging and take a lot of work.

As for actors’ favorite lines this season:

Gatiss: “Sherlock.”

Abington: Not a line but a beckoning gesture.

Cumberbatch: Can’t say.

Key names for next season (change from doing key words):

  • Moffat: Smith
  • Gatiss: Thatcher
  • Vertue: Sherinford

2. Keeping the show fresh

By not making as many episodes, the creators feel they actually keep the quality. They joked that under normal standards they’ve actually made about half a season of a standard TV show, or 13 episodes.

There are no plans for any other Victorian Era shows. Moffat feels that it would be less interesting if the mind palace returned there.

3. Learning curves and drugs

Gatiss stated that with 90-minute episodes you “really have to put [Sherlock and Watson] through the ringer.” Moffat added that because of this, Watson has to evolve. Watson can’t keep being amazed by Sherlock. As for Sherlock, “he can’t be the weird scary amoral man we met in the first episode… geniuses learn… he has to learn.”

Sherlock’s drug addiction comes back when he is not working. It’s hinted that the addiction will be a bigger issue this season than in the past.

4. The coat and the hair

There is apparently a big debate every year over changing the iconic coat. Sue Vertue wants to change it, and Steven Moffat wants to keep it. Benedict Cumberbatch dove into the debate stating, “I’m quite hung up on the coat…. but sometimes it has to come off.” The audience reaction was predictable.

Cumberbatch joked that he loved playing Sherlock in the Victorian era because of the slicked back hair. In the modern era it takes forever for his hair to get done. On a serious note, he loved the more straight-laced, clipped version of Sherlock.

5. First ‘Sherlock’ season 4 trailer

The teaser trailer featured this phrase over and over: “Something’s coming. It may be Moriarity, maybe not.” Literally every character we know and love looks like they are scared, angry, or worried on an epic scale.

One of the best moments is Mrs. Hudson saying with supreme venom to Mycroft, “Get out of my house you reptile.” Watch below:

6. Improv and family

There is actually, according to Cumberbatch, very little improvisation on set. It’s about how to do what’s there, and not messing with the script. He firmly believes that what is there is what is needed for the show.

Cumberbatch genuinely loves having his mom and dad play his TV mom and dad. Every now and then he can see his mother struggle to call him “Sherlock” and not “Ben.”

7. Mary in the know

Abbington didn’t know she was an assassin until well into the last season. When she found out, she told partner Martin Freeman, “My God, [the fans] are going to hate me.” Despite this, she loves the flawed characters of the series.

8. When will the series return?

No date was given for either the BBC release date or the PBS release date. We only know that it will premiere in 2017.

9. The dog photo

According to Cumberbatch the dog (depicted above) was a nightmare. “The dog wouldn’t fucking move,” he said. The companion was supposed to drag Sherlock all over London, but the dog didn’t like people, concrete, crowds… really anything about an urban setting.

Moffat and Gatiss resorted to writing a new scene on the spot to account for the lack of the dog’s interest in roaming. According to Gatiss all it did was drool on the concrete.

10. Future seasons?

Touching on the future of the series, Moffat stated, “Why is everybody assuming they survive season 4?” Gatiss joked, “We’re skipping season 5 and doing season 6.”

Moffat clarified that — contrary to recent reports — he never said that this season would be the last one (He’s right: All he said was the schedules of Cumberbatch and Freeman are only getting more difficult to work with). Gatiss added that they want to do more seasons, and they hope that they are able to.

Sherlock will be back in 2017. What do you think of the first season 4 trailer?

Marvel presented at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday evening and offered new looks at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and more.

“We only want to come to Hall H when we have a lot to show you,” teased Marvel’s Kevin Feige at the start of the panel. Indeed, they had a ton to offer — including news of a new Marvel theme park attraction!

Everything we’ve learned at Marvel’s SDCC panel

  1. Marvel kicked off their panel with a new logo and updated fanfare by composer Michael Giacchino.

  2. Black Panther had some casting news to share: Lupita N’yongo will be playing one of the guards at Wakanda named Nakia. Meanwhile, Michael B. Jordan will be playing Erik Killmonger. We also received brand new casting news: Danai Gurira has joined the movie — She’ll play Okoye, head of Dora Milaje! Finally, a new logo for the film was revealed:

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  3. Thor: Ragnarok unveiled a behind-the-scenes look at the new film which included a look at Cate Blanchett as Hela. They also showed a documentary-style clip (think The Office) explaining where Hulk and Thor were during the events of Captain America: Civil War! In it, Thor had a tiny bed for Mjolnir and a crime board that tried to connect the Infinity Stones and discover their purpose. There is also mugshot of Loki. Like Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok had a new logo to show off with a retro looking subtitle:

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  4. Doctor Strange’s portion of the panel kicked off with a smoke and laser show to introduce Benedict Cumberbatch.

    Tilda Swinton was also at the panel and spoke about the Ancient One. “The truth is, anyone can be The Ancient One,” she said. A clip from Doctor Strange was also showed in which Steven Strange meets Tilda’s character (It won’t be online).

  5. Thankfully, a brand new and wholly epic Doctor Strange trailer was released. Watch below:

    A new poster was also unveiled:

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  6. Next up was Spider-Man: Homecoming. Director Jon Watts described the film as a high school movie about a 15-year-old Peter Parker who’s in the 10th grade. A new clip was unveiled and had a strong John Hughes vibe — Peter Parker is just your average high schooler trying to get through the day. There was also this great moment:

  7. Next up: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which kicks off a few months after the first movie. The entire cast was there to introduce a new scene in which a very adorable Baby Groot helps Yondu and Rocket break out of prison. Baby Groot even has a little outfit! Adorably, the Ravengers — who captured Yondu and Rocket — refuse to hurt Baby Groot because of how cute he is.

    This movie got a new logo as well.

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  8. Speaking of Marvel’s space dramedy, the studio also confirmed rumors of a Guardians of the Galaxy theme park attraction. It’s called Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and debuts Summer 2017 at Disneyland’s California Adventure theme park. Sadly, it’s replacing the classic Tower of Terror ride. Check out a behind the scenes video of the attraction:

  9. Marvel ended their panel by confirming that Brie Larson will play Captain Marvel, as was previously rumored. She took the stage to say hi to the adoring audience, and participated in a giant Marvel selfie:

All in all, Marvel had a ton to share. What do you think of all the developments?

DC kept the trailer train trotting along today with an all new trailer for Suicide Squad!

Though Suicide Squad is just a few weeks away from hitting theaters, DC kept the momentum going today with an all new trailer featuring music from the soundtrack, new footage, and a better look at what exactly we can expect from the upcoming villain-focused super hero movie. Check it out below.

The new (and likely final) Suicide Squad trailer comes after surprise premiere of the Wonder Woman trailer and an even bigger surprise with our first look at the Justice League trailer. As with the other trailers today, this one debuted publicly alongside its Comic-Con Hall H premiere.

In this trailer, we hear a lot from Will Smith who plays Deadshot and arguably the most decorated and respected actor among the cast. “They’re gonna blame us for the whole thing. We’re the patsies, don’t forget. We’re the bad guys.” The trailer is jam-packed with all of the villains and their powers and skills on full display.

We also get a better look at the leader of the pack, Jared Leto’s The Joker. “I can’t wait to show you my toys,” Leto’s Joker says while slapping around a man.

Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn also gets a lot of screen time in this trailer. Though, most of it features close ups of her back side, which stays close to the adult, rugged tone of the other trailers we have seen thus far.

There’s no doubt that fans will be flocking to theaters rooting on the bad guys when Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5th. Suicide Squad features

What did you think of the thrilling, action-packed trailer for Suicide Squad?