With the Hunger Games earning a license to print money, pretty much every studio wants a piece of that young adult book adaptation pie. It’s like comic book movies in the early 2000s all over again. The downside however, is that most of these adaptations are truly crap, on a monumental scale.
There’s still some hope however. There are some genuinely good books out there in that genre, and when enough time and effort has been spent adapting them, you could have something to rival the carefully planned work of the Hunger Games. Such as The Giver.
Written by Philip Noyce, The Giver deals with a society where war and poverty has been deleted from society and its collective memory. It’s a new utopian age for humanity, but the catch here is that someone needs to remember the past. Someone needs to bear the burden of knowing all the injustices that humanity was responsible for, the genocides and wars that defined us for milennia. Enter Jonas as played by Brenton Thwaites, who is chosen to be the next Giver and take over from Jeff Bridges.
Bridges has been working on getting this film made for years, in the before times when Harry Potter was but a napkin-penned idea and the world had yet to hear about Katniss Everdeen. EW has some pictures from one of the sets of the film, which was shot inside an old factory in Cape Town.
Some of the changes from the novel that Bridges and Thwaites discussed, was that Jonas is now 16 years old (Played by a 25 year old) instead of 12, allowing for a romantic subplot to develop, while Meryl Streep is also getting an expanded role as the chief elder of the community. Noyce has also worked closely with the crew on this film, in order for those several changes to make sense.
The Giver is out August 15, and also stars Alexander Skarsgård, Taylor Swift, and Katie Holmes.
Last Updated: January 24, 2014