Another YA Book/Movie Franchise In the Works

Dozens of movie news sources, including Entertaiment Weekly‘s “Inside Movies”,  are reporting that Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges will star in the Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures’ adaptation of the YA series, The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney. Originally titled after the book series, the movie is now being called The Seventh Son. Moore will play Mother Malkin, “the most evil witch in the world.” Bridges plays the exorcist mentor to the young apprentice (not yet cast) in the 1700’s.

The movie, planned as the first in a series, will be based on Revenge of the Witch.

Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice)
Joseph Delaney
Retail Price: $17.99
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books – (2005-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0060766182 / 9780060766184

The next book in the series, the eighth, Rage of the Fallen, has a 4/19/11 on sale date. Series Web site:

4 Responses to “Another YA Book/Movie Franchise In the Works”

  1. Brock Martin Says:

    I would consider Last Apprentice (along with Wimpy Kid, and Rick Riordan’s series) to be “upper-children’s” or “tween” rather than YA, though I know the term YA seems to have widened in recent years. It varies from library to library and bookstore to bookstore, of course, but we don’t shelve any of the above series in our Teen (formerly YA) collections at Baltimore County PL.

  2. Nora Rawlinson Says:

    Good point. It seems that Hollywood only knows “YA” and “Kids”; there’s no “Tween” label there. In the future, we’ll be try to be more accurate about age designations.

  3. Leslie Says:

    Even though they are tween books, my high school students read them just as much as my junior high students and they are seriously some of the creepiest books I have ever read! The illustrations are even creepier!! I love these books and hope the movie is decent and am more interested in who will play the apprentice!!!

  4. :paula Says:

    I also work at the Baltimore County PL (!) and in fact I’ve always questioned Last Apprentice being shelved as J and not Teen. It’s scarier than anything else I can think of in the J section, and I wonder if the movie is going to amp that up so that it will be PG-13.