Young Adult Book News Bites: Friday Edition (aka Losers Chillin at Home Edition aka Me Edition)

City of Bones Will Help Toronto Film Industry

City of Bones is coming to Toronto.

Oscar-winning producer Don Carmody (Chicago) confirmed the first book in the wildly popular Mortal Instruments urban fantasy book series will begin shooting in the city around Aug. 20.

“We’re very, very pleased and looking forward to working in Toronto again,” said Carmody, who is teaming with his partners from the highly successful Resident Evil film franchise, which had four installments earning more than $675 million worldwide.

“It is a great series,” said Carmody of the six-book Mortal Instruments, adding his daughters are huge fans of the fantasy books involving demon hunters and vampires in the mean streets of modern-day New York by author Cassandra Clare.

Variety has reported the film’s budget at $60 million, a figure Carmody would not confirm. But he said the film would be a big boost for Toronto’s film production industry, especially for visual effects companies.

While a small portion of filming will take place in New York City, the lion’s share will be in Toronto, Carmody said.

Lily Collins, who recently starred in Mirror, Mirror and is the daughter of U.K. rock legend Phil Collins, has been cast in the lead role of Clary Fray and U.K. actor Jamie Campbell Bower (Caius in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) will play Jace.

Other major roles, Alec and Isabelle Lightwood, Simon Lewis and Magnus Bane, have yet to be cast.

Carmody said the film has the potential to have the same cachet among young audiences as the Twilight series, based on the vampire novels of Stephenie Meyer.

The film comes with the backing of Screen Gems, a subsidiary of Sony’s Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. Screen Gems has hired Norwegian Harald Zwart, who helmed the reboot of The Karate Kid (2010), to direct.

The film is slated for release in August 2013.


Divergent to Start Filming Later this Year

Lionsgate and Summit, companies built on the novel adaptations of The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga, are staying on their bookish paths. So much so that the combined entity has a hold on the latest New York Times bestseller lists that the company’s betting will turn into box office success down the line. Divergent, written by Veronica Roth, tops the Children’s Paperback books list this week. Lionsgate-Summit’s feature adaptation of the dystopian teen tale, with screenplay by Evan Daugherty, is in pre-production now with plans to start filming later this year. If that proves a hit at theaters, the company also holds rights to the twentysomething author’s sequel Insurgent, which currently sits No. 1 on the Children’s Chapter Books list.

The release of the trailer for The Perks Of Being A Wallflower earlier this month came as the teen-angst novel sits No. 3 on the New York Times’ Children’s Paperback Books. This puts the debut book by Stephen Chbosky, who wrote and directed the film version that comes out September 14, on the bestseller list for this first time in the 13 years its been in print. Emma Watson and Logan Lerman star in the movie.

Teen isn’t Lionsgate-Summit’s only literary genre. Coming out October 26, the White House thriller Alex Cross, starring Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Ed Burns, and Jean Reno, is based on James Patterson’s Kill Alex Cross. The D.C.-based novel sits at No. 11 on the Paperback Trade Fiction list this week. Over on the Paperback Mass-Market Fiction list, Ender’s Game is at No. 26. Lionsgate-Summit also has the Orson Scott futuristic adventure slated for a November 1, 2013 release with Gavin Hood directing.

And after 94 weeks on the NYT list, The Hunger Games remains No. 1 on the Children Series top 10.

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Peep The Cover For 'Shatter Me' Sequel, 'Unravel Me'!

When we last saw Juliette, she was killing people with a touch of her hand, breaking free from the evil Reestablishment and its nefarious plan to weaponize her, and falling hard into love where she never expected to find it...which is to say, we have been dying—DYING!—to know where she is now!

After the cliffhanger ending to last year's "Shatter Me," Tahereh Mafi's breakout novel about the girl whose touch is deadly, readers have been eagerly awaiting the sequel to this intoxicating series debut. And... alas, we don't have it. Yet. (It doesn't come out 'til February.) But! BUT! Y'know what we do have? The first, EXCLUSIVE look at the cover for "Unravel Me."

And oooooooooooh, it is amaaaaazing. This is an aesthetic change-up for the series, and we're digging it! And with that strikeout tagline—a clever throw to Juliette's inner monologue from the first book—there's no doubt that "Unravel Me" will open up a whole new world for the heroine as she finds her new home at Omega Point, meets other people with gifts like hers, and struggles to focus on her love for Adam even with the villainous Warner still out there. (And speaking of Warner: Don't miss the digital novella, "Destroy Me," (out in October) that offers a scary-sexy peek inside the mind of the man who tried to claim Juliette for his own...and that might just have you rethinking how you want this story to end.)


So is Chuck Bass still slated to play Alec in City of Bones?