Monday, December 31, 2012

2013: The Year of the Literary Movie?

MTV previews movies that have their origins on our bookshelves.

From the story...

The young-adult demographic has been of particular interest to producers of late. Thanks to the wild successes of "Harry Potter" and "The Twilight Saga," studios are scrambling to fill the void with fledgling franchises like "Beautiful Creatures" and "The Mortal Instruments."

"In terms of 'Beautiful Creatures' and 'Mortal Instruments,' it couldn't be more obvious they're going for the 'Twilight' crowd," Contrino said. " 'Hunger Games,' to me, is closer to 'Harry Potter' to how big it is. If you compare the first 'Hunger Games' to the first 'Harry Potter,' it's bigger. I think 'Mortal Instruments' and 'Beautiful Creatures' would fit the 'Twilight' mold."

Fairy tale re-imaginings comprise another family-friendly category that has seen a lot of action recently. You'll recall the dueling Snow Whites of 2012 ("Mirror Mirror" and "Snow White and the Huntsman"), and thankfully, 2013 promises a bit more diversity in its re-tellings, with "Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters," "Jack and the Giant Slayer" and "Oz: The Great and Powerful" set to lead the imports from a land far, far away.

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