For all of you out there preparing your bingo cards for Dystopian YA Movie-Palooza as the release of Divergent nears (currently sitting at 25% on Rotten Tomatoes), 2014 promises to be chock full of films to keep you amused. Adaptations of both The Maze Runner and The Giver wait on the horizon.
While the former, the first in the series of New York Times best-selling novels by James Dashner, is full to the rafters with up and coming young stars, from Will Poulter to Kaya Scodelario, the adaptation of Lois Lowry’s much beloved classic is a star vehicle in every sense of the word, with Jeff Bridges, on acting and producing duties, and queen of the planet Meryl Streep in a fetching grey wig. The Giver opens August 15th, a month before The Maze Runner, although both have pretty plum release dates for YA movies, something Vampire Academy and Beautiful Creatures weren’t given.
Both trailers are action packed and suggest very polished productions, ones the studios will be hoping pay off handsomely (and perhaps the headlines about YA being dead in the water will die off as a result. We can but hope).
The Maze Runner centres on a young man who wakes up in a lift that takes him to a mysterious maze no boy has ever escaped. When the lift drops off a young woman who recognises the boy, they realise they must figure out not only how to escape but who put them there in the first place. The Maze Runner will be released in USA on 19th September.
In The Giver, the world of young Jonas (played by Brenton Thwaites, aged 24 – the character is 12 in the book) is one supposedly free of the hardships of life but one also drained of colour (yet the trailer seems pretty colourful for some reason). When Jonas is trusted with the duty of Receiver of Memory, he becomes one of the only people to see what the world was like before the ‘Sameness’, and realises just how much the world lost. The Giver will be released in USA on 15th August.