There's a reason why YA adaptations continue to dominate the box office. Aside from taking us through things like awkward first dates and high school drama, popular gems like The Hunger Games and Divergent also gave us powerful coming-of-age stories that we can all relate to on some level. It's one of the biggest reasons why the genre has become so widely popular and why, to this day, several beloved titles are either making it to the big screen or getting adapted as TV series.
Though we're beyond excited to see how these YA adaptations will turn out, a tiny part of us is nervous about all the things that could go wrong. It's no secret that taking on any adaptation can be a tricky feat for filmmakers. Plus, we've already seen our fair share of films and TV shows that don't do the books justice at all. Still, we can at least hope that these projects will stay true to the original stories that fans already know and love. See which upcoming YA adaptations we can't wait to see.
It may have faced tons of backlash because of its mature content and profanity, but it's one of John Green's most popular novels to date. The novel centers on the geeky and teenaged Miles, who tries to discover what the labyrinth is. In the process, though, he develops feelings for the attractive but mysterious Alaska Young.
The book will be turned into a Hulu mini-series and, just a few months ago, John announced via Twitter that Alaska will be portrayed by Kristine Froseth while Miles will be played by Charlie Plummer. However, Hulu has yet to announce a premiere date. Here's hoping it'll air sometime this year.
As Amie Kaufman once put it, the Illuminae Files series is “like Battlestar Galactica meets Ten Things I Hate About You.” Set a few centuries in the future, the first book follows the recently broken-up couple, Kady Grant and Ezra Mason, as they escape from the planet of Kerenza after it's invaded. The entire story unfolds through a series of medical reports, interviews, emails, military files, and other classified documents.
Tons of readers have sung its praises, and so we can see why Warner Bros. and Plan B Entertainment (founded by Brad Pitt) would want to adapt the sci-fi story. On the downside, though this news was announced since 2015 and we've yet to hear any new developments. It's pretty unlikely that production has even started, so chances are we'll have to wait a while on this one.
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The book, which is in the form of a letter, focuses on Min's reasons why she and her ex, Ed Slaterton, broke up after dating for only about a month. And here's a fun fact: The book was written by none other than Lemony Snicket (Daniel's pseudonym), who's best known for his children's series, A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Since 2012, it was announced that the novel would be adapted as a comedy. Hailee Steinfeld was set to star and Beth McCarthy-Miller was going to direct it, but over seven years later, there's been little to no updates about it. We seriously hope that the entire thing didn't get scrapped.
Todd Hewitt lives in a place called Prentisstown, where there are no women and where everyone is infected with a germ called the Noise, which gives everyone the ability to hear one another's thoughts. But when he hears a hole in the Noise, or a silence, he comes across its true source and sees a girl for the first time in his life. Before they can even get acquainted, they find themselves on the run as they discover the truth about the town.
This is only the first installment of the trilogy, Chaos Walking, and the adaptation will take on the name of the series. The film will be released by Lionsgate on March 1 and it stars Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.
When 17-year-old Hadley Sullivan misses her flight and gets stuck at the airport, little does she know that she'll cross paths with the perfect boy. In the waiting area, she meets a British guy named Oliver and they immediately hit it off. After their flight lands, however, they completely lose track of each other... until fate brings them back together again.
In October of 2015, Hailee Steinfeld was cast to star as Hadley in the romance adaptation. But unfortunately, there haven't been any new developments since then.
The young criminal mastermind and genius will be making his way to the big screen later this year. In the book, Artemis tries to kidnap a fairy in hopes of rescuing his father and restoring the family fortune. But things go awry when he realizes that Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit isn't just any ordinary fairy.
It was announced in 2017 that the film would be released on August 9, 2019 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. A trailer for the movie came out in 2018 and the cast includes Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, and Josh Gad.
When her sister Bailey suddenly passes away, Lennie starts an unlikely relationship with Bailey's boyfriend and fiancé, Toby. But while the two bond over their grief, Lennie also meets a new guy who is pretty much the complete opposite. Unlike Toby, Joe is constantly positive and enthusiastic, which helps Lennie forget about her sister's death. Though both guys seem to offer her exactly what she needs, she realizes that she can't keep them both forever.
In 2015, Warner Bros. announced that they would be adapting Jandy's debut novel. Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan are set to produce the film while the author will be its executive producer.
Anyone who has siblings can relate to this book. It centers on twins Jude and Noah, who are practically inseparable as kids. But as they become older teens, they drift apart and they barely speak to one another. While the earlier years are narrated by Noah, the later years are told from Jude's point of view.
Warner Bros. purchased the movie rights in 2015 and Natalie Krinsky signed on as the scriptwriter. Like Jandy's other adaptation, The Sky is Everywhere, Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan are set to produce the film, but there haven't been any other updates so far.
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Though the novel isn't technically labeled as YA, the story is told from the point of view of 15-year-old Bee. Her mom, Bernadette, isn't exactly a people person and she isn't happy with her life. So when she suddenly disappears after a school fundraiser, Bree makes it her mission to find out what really happened.
The movie's cast includes many well-known names, like Troian Bellisario, Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, and Judy Greer. It was scheduled to be released on May 11, 2018, but then it got pushed back a few times. Now, it's set to be released in theaters on August 9 by Annapurna Pictures.
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The book was already made into a short film in the past, but this time, it'll be remade into a full-length feature film. It follows 16-year-old James Whitman, who lives with an abusive dad and struggles with anxiety and depression. However, with his humor and imagination, along with the help of his big sister, James is determined to heal.
The second remake will star Lucas Jade Zumann, Lisa Edelstein, and Jason Isaac, but no one knows yet when it'll hit theaters.
Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
In the book we meet Stella Grant and Will Newman, two teenage patients with Cystic Fibrosis who fall in love. This, however, proves to be a challenge because they can never touch or be within six feet of one another. If they break these rules, they risk death. But as they spend more time together, they realize that abiding by these rules is only robbing them of their chance to be truly happy.
The screenplay for this emotional story was sold to CBS Films in 2017. Jane the Virgin's Justin Baldoni produced and directed the film, and it stars Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse. It'll be released on March 15.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
The gripping story follows a teen named Alyssa, who has to deal with the California drought along with her family. However, when the tap runs dry, everything spirals out of control as people are desperate for water. Plus, when her parents fail to return home, she's forced to step up and make difficult choices so that she and her brother can survive.
There was a multi-studio action to acquire rights to the novel and Paramount Pictures came out on top. This happened in 2018, but since then, there's been no news. Hopefully, more details will emerge soon because we're dying to see this one!
Theodore Finch and Violet Markey are like opposites on the surface, but they have quite a lot in common. Though Violet is popular, she's suffering from survivors' remorse after her sister's passing. Meanwhile, Theodore, who's an outsider, has an obsession with death. When they meet, they grow close and they bring out the best in each other. But it seems like only one of them is getting their happily ever after.
It's hard to read this book and not dissolve into a puddle of tears - and we imagine that the film will be just as heart-wrenching. The movie is set to release later this year on Netflix and it stars Elle Fanning, Justice Smith, and Alexandra Shipp.
Stargirl Caraway, aka the character that taught us all to embrace our uniqueness, will be brought to life through Disney's new streaming service and we could not be more excited. In the book, Leo Borlock is fascinated by the new girl, who effortlessly stands out with her bold style and ukulele music. Still, Stargirl's popularity quickly fades. But it doesn't stop Leo from falling head over heels for her.
The film will be released later this years and it stars singer Grace VanderWaal, Graham Verchere, Karan Brar (Jessie), and Darby Stanchfield (Scandal).
Dutton Books for Young Readers
Well, this should make for an interesting film. When high school senior Mara Carlyle sees her classmate literally explode during class, it's only the beginning. As more and more seniors continue to spontaneously combust without explanation, the FBI is brought in to investigate the matter.
Awesomeness Films acquired rights to the film back in 2016 and it'll be distributed on Hulu. There's no release date yet, but the film's cast includes Katherine Langford, Charlie Plummer, and Hayley Law.
Margaret K. McElderry Books
If you love dark and twisted fantasy stories, then this one's right up your alley. The book tells the tale of a village that's haunted by soul eaters - aka twin sisters who actually devour human souls. When disaster strikes in her village, Alys must use her powers to help rescue her home.
Ridley Scott (known for Gladiator and Alien) will be producing the adaptation while Bert and Bertie will be directing it. It'll premiere on Amazon, but aside from that, no other details are known at this point.
For the record, this book is a must-read for hopeless romantics. Natasha and Daniel, who come from completely different backgrounds, can't seem to avoid each other because they keep meeting accidentally. Daniel is smitten and he believes that fate has brought them together. However, Natasha believes in hard facts and science. Plus, she's way too preoccupied with her own family issues to think about falling in love.
In the upcoming film, which was directed by Ry Russo-Young, Yara Shahidi will star as Natasha and Charles Melton will star as Daniel. It's set to hit theaters on May 17, so mark your calendars!