While we, the fans, are occupied with the current obsessions like Twilight or The Hunger Games, Hollywood production companies are always at least two steps ahead hoping they will be the lucky ones to bring us the next big thing.
IGN asks the question and gives us a look at a few of the good possibilities. Among the listed book-to-movie projects in the works, EARTHSEED by Pamela Sargent has enlisted the talent of Twilight Saga screenwriter, Melissa Rosenberg who is no stranger now to being part of a highly successful box office franchise.
However, as IGN points out, Hollywood’s adaptations can be hit or miss, as was the case with the Lemony Snicket books and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
Plenty of studios have attempted to adapt various young adult novels and fantasy series in hopes of finding the next Hunger Games or Twilight. Looking at films like The Golden Compass, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, it’s clear that literary success doesn’t always translate to big box office numbers. (Percy Jackson is at least getting a sequel, which is more than can be said for Golden Compass or Lemony Snicket.)
But that won’t stop studios from trying. With that in mind, we’ve decided to pick out a handful of popular novels that have the potential to become the next big thing in Hollywood. The list includes not just young adult franchises, but series that have the ability to appeal to wide audiences. We tried to avoid too many examples of teen vampire romance or young wizarding heroes, as both originality and sheer, dumb luck play big roles in whether these films skyrocket or crash and burn.
Read the list and let us know what you think? What did they forget?