Everyone knows that The Hunger Games final film, Mockingjay Part 2, will be released on November 20. It will be a bittersweet ending to a fantastic franchise that has kept us all enthralled for the past three and a half years. Fans of the book, however, know that the book came out almost four years before it was made to film, giving it a dimension it didn't have before. Can you imagine reading the book without having Jennifer Lawrence as your Katniss reference? Yeah, me neither.
Since the first film came out, we've had a new movie to look forward to every year. We could always count on the continuation of the story, like a present right before Christmas. This last installment is going to be different. Once it's done, it's done. A part of me can't wait to see the ending on the big screen but then again I know it will mean the end of it all; the excitement for a new trailer or poster release, the way goosebumps cover your arms whenever a teaser clip comes out that only fans understand.
And then what will we have?
But! When one door closes another opens, as they say. And we have much to look forward to in the coming year. Here are three new book-to-movie fandoms to look forward to now that The Hunger Games is sadly coming to an end.
Set to release January 15, 2016, The Fifth Wave stars our favorite Hit-Girl, Chloe Grace Moretz. I've liked her ever since she kicked ass in Kick Ass and though I sometimes get her confused with Abigail Breslin ( I don't know why, I just do) I think she'll be an awesome heroine. Chloe is a great actress who always gives an authentic performance. We know from her work in Kick Ass that she can be pretty lethal when it comes to combat and handling weaponry. From the trailer you can see that she's going to be trained up as some super soldier so her prior experience is definitely a plus!
I'll be honest, I don't know a lot about The Fifth Wave. Despite my love for all things YA, I hadn't even heard about the series until I saw the trailer. Nevertheless, it did grab my attention and I'm going to read the books before the first film comes out so I'm not lost on anything. From the research I've done, I've found that the book is about a world devastated by an alien invasion. The 'waves' are different phases of attacks that will eventually lead to world domination by the Others (or aliens). The main character Cassie trusts no one as she navigates a world filled with human-hunting aliens, believing that her only hope of survival is being alone. Until she meets a guy who can help her rescue her little brother.
So far, The Fifth Wave seem like it could be a good distraction from the fact that we have no more THG movies to look forward to. Action, suspense, romance, and a dystopian society! What more can you ask for, right? It is also the first in a trilogy so it's sure to keep us busy waiting anxiously for teasers and trailers for the next two years.
If you haven't heard of the Legend series by Marie Lu, I suggest you head over to your local bookstore immediately and buy the box set. You might as well save yourself time and money because you won't want to stop once you get started.
The book is set in an America literally divided by natural disasters. What's left of the land is split into the Republic and the Colonies. Lower class children must pass a test for the chance to go to college and support their families. Those who don't pass 'disappear'. One of the main characters is Day who didn't pass the test but managed to escape before the government could get rid of him. Now he lives as a vigilante of sorts and is a famous most wanted criminal.
June is a member of the elite and a child prodigy chosen to find and capture Day. When she's injured in a street fight she doesn't mean to get into, Day is the one to nurse her back to health, mistaking her for a fellow street dweller. Soon, June figures out that she has stumbled upon the infamous Day but not before they both catch feelings for one another. June is torn between fulfilling her duty as a soldier and patriot and turning in the guy she's gotten to know as anything but a criminal.
Like THG and The Fifth Wave, Legend is a trilogy and all three books are amazing. These character face so many tough decisions and I'm not just talking about romantically. They suffer loss, growth, and the all too relatable choice of letting go.
CBS films purchased the movie rights about three years ago so a lot of us fans of the series are getting skeptical about the fact that it will ever get made. The latest and most up to date news that I've found is that the script is done and waiting to be approved for production. They're also looking for a new director since the one they had bailed out.
I don't know how much of this is true or how long ago any of this happened. It's very hard to find information on this actually. Marie Lu, the author, doesn't say much about it and it may be because she doesn't know much about the progress either or she's too focused on other projects to care about something that may not happen. There's been talk of a 2016 release but with it already being September and they haven't even picked a cast, there's no way a good movie will be done any time next year. I'm just hoping production begins soon so that we can have a movie by 2017 at the latest.
Check out one of the fan-made trailers!
I can't wait until they actually pick a cast and start filming. The world building is going to be insane! I'm so excited for this movie!
Thanks for reading my first ever blog post on Movie Pilot. I've never done anything like this but I've always wanted to and I really enjoyed it. I have a few more ideas for posts similar to this one. What books do you want to see become a movie? Let me know in the comments below.