inkpop Fundamentals: March 24, 2011
Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on March 24, 2011
★ Katniss is in the bag…who should play Peeta and Gale? Casting the role of Katniss Everdeen was certainly the most difficult part of getting the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games well underway; it, by no means, was the final hurdle for Director Gary Ross to overcome. Now he faces the task of casting the two male leads – Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne. As we told you last week, the front-runner for the role of Peeta is Bridge to Terabithia alumni Josh Hutcherson; but he still hasn’t been offered the role, and now he’s facing competition from actor Hunter Parrish, whom has met with producers of the film in regards to the role of Peeta. As for Gale…no names have been released for contenders; but many are vying for the role. Entertainment Weekly.
★ Before ‘The Boxcar Children’ Though new books from The Boxcar Children series continue to be published to this day; only the first nineteen titles in the series were written by the original author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, before her death in 1979. Now, more than half a century later, as a tribute to the 70-year-anniversary of the first title published – The Boxcar Children – Albert Whitman & Company have recruited Newbery Award-Winning author Patricia MacLachlan to pen a prequel to the bestselling children’s series. The book, which is currently untitled, is scheduled for a September 2012 release. Says MacLachlan of the series, “Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are kind to one another and embody the true sense of family. They are resourceful and positive. I find them both true children and true heroes at the same time. It occurs to me that perhaps their parents were the same. I’m looking forward to exploring that idea and more.” GalleyCat.
★ HarperTeen’s unpublished YA ‘Shatter Me’ on its way to the big screen! Shatter Me, the first title in 23-year-old author Tahereh Mafi’s debut YA trilogy, won’t hit bookstores until November 15, 2011, but already the dystopian tale has been snatched up by Twentieth Century Fox, and is on its way to becoming adapted into a big screen feature. Shatter Me tells the story of seventeen-year-old Juliette, a girl who is “imprisoned for possessing a fatal touch. As she watches everything crumble around her, she must choose between relinquishing her power or use it to save the world.” No word on when casting or production will begin. Variety.
Over to you…who do you think would make the perfect Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne? Did the casting of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen cause you to rethink your dream cast? Why or why not? Were you as a child, or are you currently a fan of The Boxcar Children series? Are you excited to see what MacLachlan cooks up for the prequel? Will you be picking a copy of Shatter Me up when it hits bookstores in November?
Share your thoughts in the comments section!
Erika (aka inkpoperika)