If you've been following the excitement of Marie Lu's "Legend" series, then you know that things are about to get serious leading into the third and final book. And if you're wondering just how serious, let us be the first to tell you: The epic conclusion to this dystopian trilogy is at least as serious as a guy vaulting over two concrete barriers in a row like some kind of spring-loaded monkey. How do we know? 'Cause we've got the exclusive first peek at the book trailer for "Champion"! And now, SO DO YOU.
It hasn't been an easy time for June and Day, the heroes of "Legend." For two books now, they've been in the thick of manipulation, betrayal and desperate attempts to uncover the truth about their war-torn nation and its endless conflicts with surrounding countries. But now, the pair are finally back in the good graces of the Republic: June in an elite government position, and Day in a high-ranking military role. But after so much struggle and so many secrets, don't count on a happy, easy ending just yet. Before a peace can be broached, plague sweeps through the border cities and threatens the start of a brand new war—a war that June knows how to stop, but at a terrible cost. Eeeeep! With a tease like that, it's a good thing that this book hits shelves in just five short days...and it's a good thing we didn't have any plans for next week, because we're gonna be hiding out in a blanket fort with "Champion" til the bitter end.
The bad news first, "Legend" fans: There's no updates to be had on the movie adaptation of Marie Lu's YA trilogy. The good news: You know that saying "no news is good news," right? Well, in this case, that's probably true.
When Hollywood Crush caught up with Marie at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, she told us that the film's status is the same as it was last time we updated you: Producers are hunting for a director. "I'm excited by the people they're thinking of, and hopefully it'll pan out," she said cheerfully. "I'm excited to see who they pick and excited to see where it goes from there."
As plenty of authors know, just because a production company buys the film rights to a book doesn't mean it'll get past the development process. But Marie is just happy there's the potential of a "Legend" movie. "When I first wrote the book I didn’t even know that we could sell movie rights. I didn’t know that was, like, a thing you could do, so when it happened I was so excited and I still can’t quite believe it," she said. "I definitely fantasize the possibility of going on set. I’d imagine it would be very surreal to see things that are in your brain laid out in the real world."
Some major stuff is about to go down in the world of Marie Lu's bestselling "Legend" series. The third book in the trilogy, "Champion," sees the people of the Republic, and our heroes June and Day, banding together to face a deadly plague. Not to freak you out, but some characters we know and love won't fare very well by the end of the book.
"Without giving away any spoilers, it’s probably the book that encompasses the most of the world," Marie told Hollywood Crush during a break in the action at San Diego Comic-Con. "Each book has sort of been opening up the world more and more, and this one goes out of the confines of the United States, or the broken United States."
Okay, fine. We can stay mostly spoiler free, but Marie has a few juicier details to spill. "It’s probably the most romantic of the three books, since everything’s coming to a head, and it’s probably the most dramatic of the three in terms of the types of conflicts that they’re facing and the situations that they’re in. There’s a couple of deaths and possibly some things to be concerned about."
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.
If you just can't get enough of the dystopian world imagined by author Marie Lu in her mesmerizing debut "Legend"—not to mention find yourself on tenterhooks waiting for follow-up "Prodigy," hitting bookstore shelves in January—then here's some news you can use: Marie has teamed up with developer Wicked Sweet Games to produce a free Facebook game called "Cities of Legend"!
According to Publisher's Weekly, the game—composed of puzzles, role-playing and social elements—takes place before the events of "Legend," and gamers can play as one of 10 different characters from either the Republic or the rebel faction. (Choose wisely, kids!)
The "Legend" continues January 29, 2013, when the second installment in Marie Lu's dystopian series finally finds its way to bookstore shelves and eReaders. Seeing as we still have to wait an entire six months until we can meet "Prodigy," we just had to get a tiny tease of the upcoming action from the authoress herself when we met with her at this year's Comic-Con. (Beware, spoilers lie ahead in text and video if you haven't read "Legend"!)
As readers will recall, "Legend" follows military-officer-in-training June as she attempts to hunt down her brother's alleged murderer, Day. But the two end up becoming allies...and maybe more! So where do things pick up in "Prodigy"?
"'Prodigy' takes place a few weeks after the events of 'Legend,'" Marie explained. "So Day and June are now on the run from the Republic. They're trying to escape, but they're trying to save Day's brother, so when they're trying to escape they catch up with the patriot rebels and they find out that the Elector of the Republic has died and his son has taken over power. So the patriots tell them, 'We'll help you save your brother if you help us kill the new Elector.' So that's the basic plot of book two, and there's a lot of loyalty issues tested between the two of them. We'll get to see more of the Republic and more of the colonies and find out what life's like outside of the Republic."
The last time we checked in on the big-screen adaptation of Marie Lu's engaging, entertaining "Legend," producer Wyck Godfrey assured us that the movie wouldn't disappoint and that things were moving along swimmingly.
MTV News was lucky enough to catch up with Marie herself recently at San Diego Comic-Con, where she gave us her thoughts on the screenplay, how much she plans on being involved with the film and one actor she hopes to see play Metias.
"We just finished the screenplay and passed it on to CBS Films, and it was the first time I got to see it and I'm very excited about it," Marie said. "They've been great, [producers] Wyck [Godfrey] and Isaac [Klausner] have been great about sharing the details as they went along, and we had a nice call to discuss some of the details we might want to tweak later on, but it's looking really good. I can't wait for people to see it in action."
Audiences sated their appetite for all things bleak this weekend, feasting on the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" to the tune of $155 million at the box office. And though Katniss and Peeta are leading the dystopian charge, they won't be alone in the Arena forever. Even before the film caught fire with movie-goers, prescient producers had been green-lighting movie and television adaptations based on dark-future books. To wit, here's a list of seven other YA dystopian tales in various stages of production.
Book: "Legend," by Marie Lu
Premise: A teenage twist on "Les Miserables," this Los Angeles-set tale follows military-officer-in-training June as she tracks notorious criminal Day, who's been charged with her brother's murder.
Status: "Twilight" producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey optioned the novel in February 2011—long before it even hit bookstore shelves. Wyck has gone on record saying "Legend" will "[blow] the socks off of 'The Hunger Games.'" Um, Wyck, those are some big socks to fill.
We plan on getting Breathless tonight. How about you?
Four of our favorite YA authors—Marie Lu ("Legend"), Andrea Cremer ("Bloodrose"), Beth Revis ("A Million Suns") and Jessica Spotswood ("Born Wicked")—have embarked on an eight-city book tour (aptly named Breathless Reads) to meet fans and answer your burning questions. Tonight, they'll stop at New York's famed children's shop Books of Wonder at 6 p.m., and I will have the grand pleasure of moderating their discussion. What will we talk about? Well, that's kind of up to you! Wondering how Marie dreamed up the world of dystopian L.A.? Need to know what happens next to Cate Cahill? Leave your burning queries in the comments, and we'll try to get as many of them answered as possible!
Not in New York? Be sure to check out the Breathless Reads Facebook page to see if the tour is coming to a city near you, and ollow all the fun on Twitter using the hash tag #breathlesstour.