Happy "Prodigy" release day! How excited are you to find out what happens to our star-crossed protagonists June and Day in Marie Lu's "Legend" sequel? We've been enthused for a while now having named the book one of our most-anticipated releases of the year—even if we're pretty sure that we won't get the whole story told in this book, since trilogies are all the rage these days.
Jumping back into Marie's carefully and creatively crafted world reminds us how much we'd like to see that big-screen version of "Legend" that's cooking over at Temple Hill, the same production company behind "Twilight." Thankfully MTV News had the opportunity to score some inside info about the film from producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen recently during a press day for their next flick, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation "Safe Haven."
The good news: Things are moving along as interest in the book continues to grow, and they want to faithfully recreate Marie's vision. The bad news: It's going to be a while before we see a finished film.
"[Because of 'Prodigy' buzz], the sales of "Legend" have gone up, so back at CBS films, they’re all of a sudden going, 'Okay, now let’s push up," Wyck explained of the studio's renewed interest in getting the ball rolling on production. "We have a fantastic script, and we had Jonathan Levine who directed 'Warm Bodies,' but because he had just done a YA book, he’s kinda like, 'I’ve got to do something different.' So we’re in the process of putting a director on 'Legend.' Whoever gets that is going to be excited because the world-building for that is a blast."
Speaking of the unique futuristic setting, we asked what their vision is for the look of the film so as not to copy "The Hunger Games," but rather take cues from that film's execution.
"We talked about 'The Hunger Games' actually, the artificial creation of the place where they have the games," Wyck said. "But this is really urban decay. It’s Los Angeles in the future. It’s got a much more tangible, relatable kind of feel to it. So we want somebody who can sort of build that world, but we also wanna get somebody who gets the relationship between these two lead characters, which is really the meat of it, and the sense of feeding revolution in youth, which I feel like exists in the country right now that, 'We’ve got to change things' mentality, is what makes the book so strong."
Will you be picking up a copy of "Prodigy"? Are you champing at the bit for a "Legend" adaptation? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!