By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 1, 2012 at 2:42PM
The Alice Nella Cita independent section of the Rome Film Festival (November 9-17) unveils one of its most anticipated highlights of the fest: "The End of the Saga, and the Beginning of Another," a day dedicated to fans awaiting the final "Twilight" installment (November 16), and the launch of potential new young adult fantasy franchise "Beautiful Creatures."
"Beautiful Creatures" is based on the first novel in the NY Times bestselling book series "The Caster Chronicles," by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It centers on Southern small-town teen Ethan and his mysterious, curse-afflicted love interest Lena, who together uncover the dark secrets of their family histories. The film, which is slated to open wide February 13, 2013, is directed by Richard LaGravenese ("P.S. I Love You"), and stars Jane Campion's daughter Alice Englert ("Ginger & Rosa") as Lena and Alden Ehrenreich ("Tetro") as Ethan. It also stars Viola Davis, Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons.
Could "Beautiful Creatures" be the next "Twilight"? Or has the YA romance fantasy trend already been usurped by the colder, kick-ass sci-fi realism of "The Hunger Games"?
The Alice Nella Cita section, which runs parallel to the Rome Film Festival's programming and is aimed at a younger generation of moviegoers, is certainly situating "Beautiful Creatures" as the next reigning champ.
Below, the November 13 "Saga" program in detail: