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5:29 pm - 01/31/2013

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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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 :)
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