Books on the Big Screen: a summer update

So many YA books are being made into movies lately! Here's the latest gossip news we dug up on the book-to-movie front:

1) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman has apparently been optioned for production by 1492 Pictures, the production company run by Chris Columbus (who directed the first two Harry Potter movies -- and Home Alone!). Word on the street is that unlike the last adaptation of Gaiman's Coraline, which was filmed in stop-motion, The Graveyard Book will be live action.

2) Beastly's release date has been pushed back from July 30th to... wait for it ... March 28, 2011! That's quite a delay! Officially, the reason for the change is to prevent competition between Beastly, starring Vanessa Hudgens, and Charlie St. Cloud, starring Zac Efron. But we think there might have been another reason.

3) Warner Bros is making a movie version of I Am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President, which we reviewed here at NOISE Online! No director yet, no casting news, and no release date, but we'll keep you posted.

4) It's official! Miley Cyrus is set to play Janie Hannagan in the movie adaptation of Lisa McMann's Wake. Exciting news, but do you think she can pull off Janie's troubled personality? Hmmm....

Finally, here are some trailers for some YA book-to-movies that are coming out this summer (the ones that don't have to do with wizards or vamps, anyway):

Flipped (based on the book by Wendelin van Draanan)

Legends of the Guardians (based on the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky)


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