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Dystopian YA Book Matched to be directed by G.I. Joe and Step Up Director


David Slade Out, 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Director Jon Chu In For Young Adult Adaptation 'Matched'


Studios continue to hunt the great white whale of the young adult franchise. With "Twilight" over, "The Hunger Games" is the only player in town, but 2013 brings two contenders to the fore: "Beautiful Creatures" which we're only watching because of Emmy Rossum and "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" whose title we don't understand. "Divergent" with Shailene Woodley will get in front of cameras later this year, and now Disney is eager to get into the ring.



Originally assigned to David Slade last fall, the studio's adaptation of Ally Condie's "Matched" now has "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" helmer Jon Chu to direct. Sounding like your typical YA fare, the story takes place in the future (of course), where society is like, totally uncool, and you're told what to read, what to watch, who to believe and even who to love, with arranged marriages the norm. But one girl rebels against the system man, because of course she does.

All of these YA stories seem to be written off the same template, and we wonder how long it is before movie audiences figure out. Michelle and Kieran Mulroney ("Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows") penned the script, so maybe this will be more explosion-y that the competition, but we're kinda bored by the story already. But then again, we're not thirteen. [THR]

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spartacus 31st-Jan-2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
I get that love interest sells these books b/c teenagers love that shit but for once I want to see a YA book where romance isn't a driving force, esp for women but lol society.
xxxquothxxx 31st-Jan-2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
guardians of childhood series! :) no romance in it whatsoever yet. the main character is katherine (well okay she shares it with north but she is obviously the most important) and shes rly great
nothingcleva89 31st-Jan-2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
Is that YA or a children's series?
xxxquothxxx 31st-Jan-2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
it's a mix of both really. the storyline may seem childish but its so so much darker than it lets on.

it revolves around characters like santa, easter bunny, tooth fairy, boogey man (its the prequel to rise of the guardians but so much better tbh) and new characters. pitch (the boogey man) for example was a hero once, a hero who loved his daughter more than all the stars in the sky. fearlings used his greatest fear, losing his daughter, against him, and turned him into a monster who literally feeds on the dreams of children. santa was a bandit who grew alone and was one of the greatest and merciless thieves in the world - but gave all that up to save the lives of children.

the books are about loss and wonder and hope and one of the main themes is parents and how losing someone can affect you so deeply. they're wonderful :)
ladybozi 1st-Feb-2013 12:08 am (UTC)
To me honestly... I didn't think The Hunger Games had this weird love interest focus.

I didn't see any romance, it all seemed forced upon the heroine even up until the end. It was more of a story of survival, blah blah. It all seemed one sided (Peeta)

I did notice that when I spoke to different people who read them, anyone over the age of 23 pretty much shared my opinion, while younger people like my sister were all TEAM PEETA and TEAM GALE!
prettywitch 1st-Feb-2013 12:51 am (UTC)
True, but the movie will change that for so. And because Collins is so money hungry she won't say anything about it.
r_a_black 1st-Feb-2013 04:34 am (UTC)
Rumor has it that her editor insisted on the romancey bits when Collins wanted to focus on the war part. I believe it, because it does feel tacked on.
vervain 1st-Feb-2013 08:34 am (UTC)
well she said in an interview way back then that her editor encouraged her to create a character as katniss love interest because it would be a big draw.
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