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'Shine' Director Scott Hicks To Tackle YA Adaptation 'Fallen'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 5, 2013 at 3:37PM

Last spring, when did our 15 Young Adult Fiction Properties That Could Be The Next 'Twilight' Or 'Hunger Games' feature, one title that wasn't on our list but that a reader offered up as a potentially good vehicle was Lauren Kate's "Fallen." Well, somone in Hollywood must have been paying attention as it's the latest YA offering headed to the big screen.
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Fallen Scott Hicks

Last spring, when did our 15 Young Adult Fiction Properties That Could Be The Next 'Twilight' Or 'Hunger Games' feature, one title that wasn't on our list but that a reader offered up as a potentially good vehicle was Lauren Kate's "Fallen." Well, somone in Hollywood must have been paying attention as it's the latest YA offering headed to the big screen.

"Shine" director Scott Hicks will helm the movie from a script by Kathryn Price and Nichole Millard, who both paired up on that Dwayne Johnson comedy "The Game Plan." So... yeah. Anyway, this storyline is about as young adult as you can get. A Southern gothic romance, it centers on the 17-year-old Luce who essentially becomes the point in a love triangle between two fallen angels, which puts the fate of the world in her hands or something because of course it does. But we're sure fourteen year-olds love this stuff, so more power to them.

Anyway, the project already gained buzz at the American Film Market in the fall, and heads to Berlin with an Academy Award nominated director attached. Granted, his work since has been spotty (for every "Snow Falling On Cedars" and "Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts" there's a "No Reservations" or "Hearts In Atlantis") but having helmed the Zac Efron weepie "The Lucky One" last year, he knows how to work those mawkish heartstrings.

No word yet on when this will roll, but we're sure it's only a matter of time before financing and all that fun stuff comes together for the book series that has been translated into over 30 languages. In short: there's an audience for this.

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