Bron Animation is adapting Lois Lowry's popular children's book, The Willoughbys. Lowry, whom many will recognize as the author of The Giver, plays with tropes in children's literature (bad parents! a nanny!) in this story about four old-fashioned siblings.
B-but it's change! I fear that!
Being the author of a book that's being made into a film must be a really weird feeling, especially when it's a formative book that influenced a lot of young readers, and all the trailers make those readers super concerned and uncomfortable with how the movie's gonna end up. But Lois Lowry wants you all to know that The Giver isn't as bad an adaption as you're worried it will be—heck, there's even some stuff in there that she wishes she'd thought of first.
Including Yvonne Strahovski talking about Captain Marvel, oh goodness.
SDCC isn't the only place you can catch the stars this weekend in San Diego - Zachary Levi is doing his usual awesome thing over at Nerd HQ for Operation Smile, and they've kindly been posting all their excellent panels online for the world to enjoy.
Good News Everyone!
' long awaited adaptation
of Lois Lowry
's The Giver
has its first good sign that it's actually happening: a major Hollywood star (other than Bridges himself) is in talks to participate.
These days, it seems like Hollywood has finally discovered that dystopian young adult fiction is a trend that can make bunches at the box office, thanks to The Hunger Games
. We can also look forward to The Host
and the long awaited advent of a big budget Ender's Game
adaptation. But older young adults in their twenties and thirties can sit around saying "In my day, we walked fifteen miles to the library to pick up copies of Garth Nix
's Shade's Children
and Lois Lowry
's The Giver
. And then we wrote our book reports with pencil and paper! And then gave it to our parents to spellcheck!"
But I actually had The Giver
read to me at bedtime before I was ever assigned it in school, so I guess I have the most hipster dystopian YA cred of all.
Anyone else get the feeling that Hollywood is out of ideas? Take a look at this summer’s studio releases. What do you see? A lot of entries into pre-existing franchises (The Avengers
, The Amazing Spider-Man
), a sequel or twelve (Men in Black III
, Madagascar 3
), some additions to the “edgy kid’s story” genre that’s refused to die since Tim Burton
’s Alice in Wonderland
made bank, two movies based on self-help books (Think Like a Man
, What to Expect When You’re Expecting
), and one that draws its inspiration from a board game (Battleship
). Look, I’m not here to pooh-pooh the idea of sequels, prequels, reboots, remakes—there are some ridiculously unnecessary ones, sure, but if I told you my level of anticipation for The Dark Knight Rises
is not positively stratospheric I’d be lying.
I’m not asking that Hollywood start coming out with original content or anything, because A) that’s what indie movies are for, and B) it would be unrealistic. Hollywood exists to make money. If people pay to see Madagascar 3
, they’re going to make Madagascar 4
. That’s how it works. But still. Movie versions of Candy Land (and Adam Sandler
is attached, oh goodie!), Stretch Armstrong, and the Ouija board are in the works. Hollywood, I implore you: If you’re going to adapt something, can’t it be something good?
And So It Begins
In 2006 Jeff Bridges and director Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) came very close to producing a film adaptation of Lois Lowry's classic The Giver. The film never got off the ground, however, and in 2007 Warner Bros. took over the rights. Now, Bridges and producer Nikki Silver have re-acquired the rights and are planning to try again.