Listen up, poseurs: the jig is up. We know you 'shopped that photo. We know you cheated on that test. We know you're a big fat faker, every day, in every way. And now, everyone else is going to know, too.
...That is, if you're one of the unlucky Phoenix Five whose secret lives are about to be exposed in Lisi Harrison's new YA novel, "Pretenders." (The rest of you can relax; nobody will ever know the truth about prom night, spring break, or that thing you did to your cat last year...although for the record, it was truly disturbing and we no longer want to sit with you at lunch.) Harrison's new series is an exposé for the high school ages: the leaked journal entries of five high-achieving freshmen who thought nobody would ever uncover their web of secrets and lies. And today, we're doing a little exposé of our own: the EXCLUSIVE cover reveal of the very first book!
If you've been sobbing into your frilly pink pillows every night, wiping your nose on the sleeve of your silk nightgown and tearfully wondering when, oh when, the long-awaited movie adaptation of "Sweet Valley High" will finally see the light of day, here's the best news ever: In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Diablo Cody swears that 2013 will be the year when the Wakefield twins get their big-screen moment.
"I feel like I keep telling people it’s going to happen, and now they’re going to stop believing me," she said of the "Sweet Valley" movie. "But I’m telling the truth. It’s just that the development on a musical is longer, because you’re writing a lot of musical material and you really need to find a qualified director for something like this, so that’s what’s really dragging it out. But I’m telling you 2013 is the year I’m making it happen."
As we've mentioned before, 2013 is shaping up to be a great year for literary adaptions, particularly for YA novels. And even though there are plenty of those adaptations already in the can and scheduled to be released this year, we can't help but look forward to a few that haven't even started filming yet, like the big-screen version of John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars," which is being produced by "Twilight" and "Safe Haven" duo Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.
MTV News recently caught up with the two gentlemen during a press day for their Nicholas Sparks adaptation and persuaded them to reveal a few details about the project.
Highlights from the conversation include the following: Everyone loves the script, written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber ("(500) Days of Summer"), every actress we'd hope would be interested in the role apparently is, and they're really close to choosing a director.
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.
Among the long-gestating book-to-film projects we've been keeping close tabs on is Gayle Forman's arresting 2009 weeper "If I Stay." (We're not kidding about the tears—stock up on the Puffs Plus if you're planning to spend an afternoon with this read.) Optioned by Summit Entertainment, "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke was originally set to helm, with actress Dakota Fanning in the lead. But after a few shake-ups in late 2010, we haven't heard much about this fledgling film. Until now.
Variety has the news that "Carrie" star Chloe Moretz will now play the role of 17-year-old protagonist Mia, with "Nashville" executive producer RJ Cutler in talks to direct.
"The Selection" has received another rose from its suitor The CW. TVLine is reporting that the network has officially issued a pilot order for a revamped version of the adaptation based on Kiera Cass' debut novel.
As you may recall, The CW originally greenlit a pilot for "The Selection" last January, casting Aimee Teegarden, Ethan Peck and William Moseley in lead roles. But when the network's pick-up order came in May, the dystopian drama was nowhere to be found. Kiera took to her blog last fall to let fans know that the pilot was being re-shot with Aimee still in the lead role (though Ethan's and Williams' fates were less clear).
Stephenie Meyer is developing "Anna Dressed in Blood"! Also, "Anna Dressed in Blood" is being made into a movie by Stephenie Meyer! ...And so concludes that awkward moment when one of the best YA horror stories ever is being adapted for the big screen by the creator of the most big-deal supernatural romance in the history of histories, and you don't know which of these things to lead with because they're both so freakin' exciting. (I don't know what to do, okay? MY WHOLE BRAIN IS CRYING.) Either way, it looks like all that time spent on the set of the "Twilight" films must have given Stephenie Meyer a taste for seeing the magic of YA literature made into feature-length films—and just 'cause the "Twilight" franchise is dunzo, that doesn't mean the magic has to end!
According to the LA Times, who caught up with a knowledgeable source at the Sundance Film Festival, Stephenie (who had a producing credit on the last two "Twilight" films along with her latest book-to-movie adaptation, "The Host," and "Austenland") has scored the screen rights for last year's best ghost story about a murderous spirit in a blood-drenched dress. The book follows Cas, a ghost hunter by trade, who finds himself flummoxed by attempts to re-kill the spirit of the titular Anna. (She's a particularly recalcitrant and nasty ghost, but she inexplicably spares his life.) The title was on plenty best-of lists of 2012, and its gothic gore in combination with a screen-ready romance should make it a definite hit in theaters—and with Stephenie's company, Fickle Fish Films, already pushing development, we're thinking it won't be long before we're getting some truly juicy details about the movie-to-be.
Because we have the memory capacity of a goldfish, we'd kinda forgotten that Lauren Oliver's lovely "Delirium" series had gotten a nod from Hollywood two years ago—but if you've been waiting with bated breath ever since the announcement that screen rights had been snapped up, here's your long-awaited news about where the adaptation's at! Per a report from TVLine, the first book has been officially sent into development as a pilot at Fox, where it'll take shape alongside a few other dramas.
For those not in the know, "Delirium" centers on a 17-year-old girl named Lena, the contented citizen of a futuristic society in which love has been renamed "delirium" and deemed a dangerous sickness. Young people eagerly await their 18th birthdays, at which point they'll be given the surgical cure and live out their lives free of the dreaded "disease" alongside government-selected mates. But when Lena contracts delirium just weeks before the procedure that'll forever eradicate her feels, she starts to ask questions. Questions like, "Hey, should I really be this enthusiastic about a government-mandated lobotomy?" (It's a good question!)
We've already heard what "Divergent" star Shailene Woodley thinks about the darker elements of Veronica Roth's novel (mind control totally happens, guys!), but what does the actress have to say about the men vying for the role of Tris' love interest Four?
Well, let's back up. The last we heard, three Hollywood hotties were screen-testing opposite the 21-year-old: Alex Pettyfer, Jeremy Irvine and Lucas Till (who was called back after an earlier round of auditions). And, as it turns out, Shailene has a very particular idea about the traits an actor should (and should not) have in order to portray the Dauntless factioner.
"The thing about Four is that he has to be a man. No feminine actors, please," she said. "You cannot walk in that room in pretty little boots and pretend you're a man. I'm sorry. You need to walk in there, and you need to not have muscles that look good and not actually work. There have been a few guys that have this power about them. It's a natural masculine power that some people have and some people don't. There's nothing good or bad or wrong or right about it. This character needs to be extremely masculine, and his eyes need to scream vulnerability and sensitivity. It's really hard to find in a dude, especially a dude who can act."
With a title like "Uses for Boys," and a pretty picture of two kissing teens entwined in Christmas lights on the cover, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Erica Lorraine Scheidt's book was a sweet, fluffy, young-adult romance. But, uh, you guys? IT'S NOT.
And we think that's a good thing.
"Uses for Boys" is the story of Anna, the only child of a single mom whose only interest is finding her next husband...and the next, and the next. Left behind while her mother chases one new life after another, toted along like baggage to each new marriage and set of step-relatives, Anna grows up isolated in every sense of the word. But when she turns 14, she discovers a way to fill the emptiness: the title's useful and ever-present boys.