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Jon Chu might direct Disney's adaptation of the young adult novel Matched

Feb. 1, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

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Something about the term "young adult novels" rubs me the wrong way. Maybe it's because so many ACTUAL ADULTS read these books. Sure comics are suppose to be for "kids" too, but clearly stuff like DMZ, Irredeemable, or Nemesis are geared more towards adults. Another reason is that most of the young adult novels released now just simply shrivel like a cold sack in the Arctic tundra in comparison to classics in the past. The Outsiders, The Catcher in The Rye, and The Giver are just three that have more substance in their book jackets than Twilight has in its entire series. Yes I am exaggerating, but only slightly.

THR is reporting that G.I. JOE: RETALIATION and STEP UP 3D director Jon Chu is in talks to direct MATCHED for Disney. The book series of the same name is by Ally Condie and is "set in a future society where people are told what to read, what to watch, what to believe and who to love, the story centers on a young woman who rejects an arranged romance and chooses her own path." The adapted screenplay comes from Michele and Kieran Mulroney (SHERLOCK: A GAME OF SHADOWS.)

I have not read the books so I have no idea how fully realized this "futuristic society" is in the novels. The only thing hotter than YA adaptations is a YA adaption that's set in a dystopian future so I'm sure news will be coming out fast and furious if Jon Chu does sign on.

 

Extra Tidbit: A film version of The Giver was green light back in December with Jeff Bridges attached to star. Now that's one adaptation I can definitely get behind. What books from your middle school/high school years would you want to see adapted?

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9:19PM on 02/01/2013
I have read all three books and this is a series that does not need to make it to a film adaptation. It is trying too hard to not be a young adult series, especially the second book. I avidly read most YA novels, but this material is so bad. I don't think any of the Joes will like it.
I have read all three books and this is a series that does not need to make it to a film adaptation. It is trying too hard to not be a young adult series, especially the second book. I avidly read most YA novels, but this material is so bad. I don't think any of the Joes will like it.
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10:48AM on 02/01/2013
I'd love to see Lily Collins stars in this movie.
I'd love to see Lily Collins stars in this movie.
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