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15 Young Adult Fiction Properties That Could Be The Next 'Twilight' Or 'Hunger Games'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 23, 2012 11:56 AM
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Today sees the release of "The Hunger Games," the much anticipated adaptation of the popular young adult novel series about a future in which children are forced to compete in a fight to the death for the entertainment of the overclass, and to help their district fight off starvation. The books have been bestsellers, and Lionsgate have pegged the film to be their own answer to another hugely popular teen-skewing franchise, vampire romances "Twilight." And it looks as if the gamble has paid off, with most prognosticators pegging the film to open well over $100 million in the U.S. this weekend.

Team Behind Sundance Hit 'Like Crazy' To Adapt Sci-Fi Romance 'Through To You'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 21, 2011 9:37 AM
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One of the most buzzed about films at this year's Sundance Film Festival had to be indie filmmaker Drake Doremus' "Like Crazy." Touted as the next "Blue Valentine," the mostly improvised film about a long-distance romance won the Grand Jury Prize and was bought by Paramount for the sum of $4 million. The drama stars Anton Yelchin, features a breakout performance by Felicity Jones and has "Katniss Everdeen" Jennifer Lawrence in a supporting role, so with the right marketing push the film should have no trouble being a modest hit for the studio. Our reviewer called it "a familiar tale, well told" and this writer has to agree. (The film doesn't make it clear why Jones might fall for Yelchin but if you can get past that, it really nails the pain of separation.)

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