Later for ENDER’S GAME



If schedules hold, next year will be crowded with movies vying to follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter, Twilight or The Hunger Games. Release dates have been set for six new films (with a possible seventh, based on Meg Rosoff’s How I Live Now) plus three sequels to established series, all based on books.

The early spring is particularly crowded, which may be the reason that Summit just moved Ender’s Game, based on the Orson Scott Card book, from March 15 to Nov. 1, 2013, putting it just a few weeks ahead of Catching Fire, the second in The Hunger Games franchise. As Entertainment Weekly comments, the studios apparently “think there’s room in the same month for two dystopian literary adaptations about a group of adolescent children rounded up by a totalitarian government to do battle with each other.”

After the jump, the schedule at this point (for a list of at all the upcoming movies based on books, click on Upcoming Movies Based on Books— with Tie-ins) :

FEB  1, 2013

Movie Title: Beautiful Creatures

Starrring :

Emmy Rossum –Ridley Duchaness

Jeremy Irons — Macon Ravenwood

Emma Thompson — Mrs.Lincoln/Sarafine

Viola Davis —  Amma

Based on: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown BYR 12/1/09); the first in a series of four titles.

Predictions: “The next Hunger Games” (The Hollywood Reporter)

FEB  1, 2013

Movie Title: Warm Bodies

Director:  Jonathan Levine


Analeigh Tipton … Nora
Teresa Palmer … Julie
Nicholas Hoult … R
John Malkovich … General Grigio

Based on: novel by Isaac Marion. Kirkus said it “… hits the pulse of the Twilight crowd.”


Feb 15, 2013

Movie Title: The Seventh Son

Director: Sergey Bodrov

Starring: Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges

Based on: Revenge of the Witch, Joseph Delaney, Greenwillow, 2005; first in the Last Apprentice series.


Mar 27, 2013

Movie Title: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Director: Thor Freudenthal

Starring: Logan Lerman … Percy Jackson

Based on: Second in the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan


Mar 29, 2013

Movie Title: The Host

Director: Andrew Niccol


Saoirse Ronan … Melanie Stryder
William Hurt … Jeb Stryder
Max Irons …Jared HoweJake Abel …Ian O’Shea

Based on: novel by Stephenie Meyer


AUG 23, 2013

Movie Title: Mortal Instruments

Director: Scott Charles Stewart

Cast:  Lily Collins… Clary Fray

Based on: City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass by Cassandra Clare, the first two titles in the Mortal Instruments series.

NOV 1, 2013

Movie Title: Ender’s Game

Director: Gavin Hood

Starring:  Asa Butterfield (Hugo) and  Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), with Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Viola Davis

Based on: Sci Fi novel by Orson Scott Card


NOV 22, 2013

Movie Title: Catching Fire (the second in the possible 4-film Hunger Games series –two films are planned for the third book)

Director: Gary Ross directed the first in the series, but announced that he will not direct this one.

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth

Based on: Second title in Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games series


Dec. 13, 2013

Movie Title: The Hobbit: There and Back Again — sequel to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Dec 14, 2012

Director: Peter Jackson

Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett

Official Site:

Based on: Novel by J.R.R. Tolkien

In pre-production, with a tentative release date of some time in 2013

Movie Title: How I Live Now

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Starring: Saoirse Ronan

Status: In an interview, director Macdonald said he was hoping to begin shooting in June, but is having trouble finding a male lead (HitFlix, 3/16/12)

Based on: YA novel by Meg Rosoff

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