CATEGORIES Drama, Thrillers, Casting, Mystery & Suspense, Celebrities and Controversy, Newsstand, Movie News, CinematicalMiley Cyrus might have a new reason to hate Twilight: she's signed on to star in an adaptation of the young adult novel Wake, the first book in a trilogy by Lisa McMann, and the movie sounds like it could be the newest spooky 'tween sensation. The Risky Business blog is reporting that Wake will be adapted by Christopher Landon, who co-wrote Disturbia, which starred Shia LaBeouf in a sort of teen-friendly Rear Window drama.
Cyrus will star as the protagonist Janie, a 17-year-old who can see into other people's dreams. As per the book description on Amazon, Janie keeps her strange talent a secret, but it becomes far more than an annoying nightly occurrence when she "sees" someone's nightmare and gets involved. The rights to the second and third books, Fade and Gone, have already been acquired by Paramount and MTV Films as well.
It's no surprise to anyone who follows the YA book market that this New York Times best-seller has been snapped up for adaptation, with plans to adapt the other two soon to come; one of the few places, it seems, that publishing is still making money is when it comes to this market, which appeals to both the typical 14 - 21 readership, as well as adults who enjoy the increasingly juicy offerings. And while wolves and vamps might be king today, book and film industry insiders are eager to find "the new Twilight."
Of course, what's really interesting is that MTV Films let the rights to Twilight lapse, and Summit Entertainment snapped them up in 2007. If you go back to Stephenie Meyer's blog archives, she laments, "The most disappointing thing for me is losing my perfect Edward. Henry Cavill is now twenty-four-years-old. Let us have a moment of quiet in which to mourn.." The perfect Edward? Surely, millions of Robert Pattinson fans around the world might disagree. In any case, what was MTV Films' loss was Summit's (huge, huge) gain. However, it's possible that this series, with plenty of Twilight-style marketing and the already high-profile Cyrus attached (and her increasingly, uh, interesting shenanigans), could leave Twilight in the dust.
I'm definitely going to put this trilogy on my reading list. Have you read the Wake triology, or know someone who has? Do you think Wake will be the next pop culture juggernaut, or will it fizzle like other movies where young Disney starlets have tried to make the leap to slightly more dramatic fare?
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