Upcoming Kids Book-to-Movie Franchises

Catherine Hardwicke, the director of the first in the Twilight series (as well as Lords of Dogtown and Thirteen), has just finished Red Riding Hood, a movie that looks like it will have as much in common with the folktale as the song by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs.

Little, Brown’s Poppy imprint is doing a novelization.

Red Riding Hood
Sarah Blakley-Cartwright, David Leslie Johnson
Retail Price: $9.99
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Poppy – (2011-01-25)
ISBN / EAN: 0316176044 / 9780316176040

Hardwicke’s next project will be based on James Dashner’s first book in the Maze Runner trilogoy, according to The Wrap.

Meanwhile, another dystopian YA book, The Hunger Games. is being adapted by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit), with plans to begin shooting in 2011.

And, according to Deadline, the search is on for a British kids fantasy franchise to replace Harry Potter. Among the candidates are Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking series and  Joseph Delaney’s The Spook’s Apprentice. Unfortunately, Artemis Fowl, is hung up in legal issues.

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