Perhaps not the most popular movie, The Giver based off the world renowned 300-something page novel was recently made into a movie.
Being made on the small budget of 25 million, the movie was able to make it's money back around the world with ease, however did it really hit home or connect with people around the world in the way that the book has? Does the film establish a world which will be liked enough to be revisited by audiences?
More than likely not, with most of the audience being students, that only knew about the film from studying the book. The movie was not adequately advertised to reach the broader audience. A typical problem of the Weinstein Company.
That being said the film did introduce new talent, while uniting great forces.We had Phillip Noyce directing (a very hit or miss director in my opinion), Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges opposing each other on screen, and Brenton Thwaites with Odeya Rush. It sounded like the perfect cast for a perfect book, however all the film really did was show the potential the movie could have reached, then fall short of it...and this was just to fans of the book.
I asked a couple of my friends who hadn't read the book but saw the movie what they thought of it, and all in all, their reviews were that the world building was insubstantial and the pace of the film felt rushed.
Reviews from critics and audiences alike felt that the film was mediocre at best, with beautiful cinematography but flimsy concepts. And although the film wasn't a flop, it wasn't a masterpiece or blockbuster. What's more the film received back-lash for being a second-rate "Pleasantville" mixed with aspects from Divergent.
Personally, the film was not descicive in it's nature, did it want to be action packed, thought-provoking, a fresh new perspective in the cluttered YA-dystopian genre. By pursing all of these concepts, the film fell short of blitzing any one of them.
It sounds almost doomed to just stay a single story doesn't it?
But that's for those who do not know the source material. Seven years after the publication of "The Giver" author Louis Lowry decided to once again visit this world. Only in the following book "Gathering Blue" Jonas and the rest are not heard of until an ambiguous ending, hinting at the survival of our main protagonist from "The Giver".
In this story-line we are stuck in a steam-punk world, where a crippled girl learns of her dystopian community, where talented and gifted people are kept under tight control of "the council".
The material has almost no ties to the first film, and will require a new cast. It could be seen as an opportunity to start over again and learn from the mistakes of the first film.
The Weinstein Company might also want to consider this film due to it's material being worthy of competing with the latest young-adult dystopian themed films, such as the Divergent Series, and the Hunger Games, which have driven the current movie-going market into a frenzy.
Watching and reading interviews and articles with the actors of "The Giver" it was clear that most had not read any other books in "The Giver Quartet" which is a set of four books with their own story line tying into the world we were introduced with The Giver. However this news was not detrimental to the continuity of the series on screen, as Jonas' story and more importantly Gabriel's stories are not revisited until late into third and fourth installment of the series.
There is quite the opportunity to have the Giver sequel with "Gathering Blue" to even up until "Son" the last installment of the Giver series. The movie would almost certainly make it's money back, while also having the ability to introduce and unite new and great talent, just like the first film.
MTV recently conducted an interview with Brenton Thwaites, asking him about a Giver sequel, and it came clear that both cast and crew have not read further books in the series. However, Brenton Thwaites character and the baby are the only characters revisited from Book One, and Book Two is completely independent (excepted for a small allusion near the end) of Book One.
SO the only real deciding factor in the making of this sequel will be whether or not The Weinstein Company thinks a sequel would be worth producing
Would You want A Giver Sequel?