Update on ‘LEGEND’ Movie

legendThe buzz has been quiet for a while what with other movies, including YA movies, coming out and the producers and such having to deal with all that along with the awards ceremonies this time of year, but luckily MTV’s Hollywood Crush was able to get at least some kind of new information from producer Wyck Godfrey on what’s going on with the development of Marie Lu‘s ‘Legend‘ going to the big screen.

The good news: Things are moving along as interest in the book continues to grow, and they want to faithfully recreate Marie’s vision. The bad news: It’s going to be a while before we see a finished film.

This is not surprising.  It can take several years before a book actually turns into a movie.  The idea is to come out with the movie sometime during the peak of it’s growth.

“[Because of ‘Prodigy‘ buzz], the sales of “Legend” have gone up, so back at CBS films, they’re all of a sudden going, ‘Okay, now let’s push up.  We have a fantastic script, and we had Jonathan Levine who directed ‘Warm Bodies,’ but because he had just done a YA book, he’s kinda like, ‘I’ve got to do something different.’ So we’re in the process of putting a director on ‘Legend.’ Whoever gets that is going to be excited because the world-building for that is a blast.”

That’s also understandable to an extent, which is fine.

So, what are they planning to make this film into something different from what’s already been out?

“We talked about ‘The Hunger Games‘ actually, the artificial creation of the place where they have the games,” Wyck said. “But this is really urban decay. It’s Los Angeles in the future. It’s got a much more tangible, relatable kind of feel to it. So we want somebody who can sort of build that world, but we also wanna get somebody who gets the relationship between these two lead characters, which is really the meat of it, and the sense of feeding revolution in youth, which I feel like exists in the country right now that, ‘We’ve got to change things’ mentality, is what makes the book so strong.”


June and Day, drawn by author Marie Lu.

There you have it.  The ideas are coming, but the development is slow, as it always is in Hollywood.  There are some books that are lucky enough to gain popularity so fast that the movie gets made right away (The Hunger Games, pub. 2008), and then there are those that can take even decades to be made (Ender’s Game, pub. 1985).

via HollywoodCrush.

Lena Duchannes, Melanie Stryder, & June Make the List of The 13 Heroines Who’ll Make 2013 Kick Ass

It’s not like we don’t know this already, but since it’s being posted from VH1, maybe more people will take notice.  I’m pretty happy with who they’ve picked, but I think there’s at least one more that easily should’ve made the list.  But hey, I could make my own list I suppose.  Anyway, here’s what VH1 had to say about Lena Duchannes, Melanie Stryder/Wanderer, and June Iparis, as well as the other girls on the list:

Meet Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert, the Stars of 'Beautiful Creatures' | TeenVogue.com

Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) from ‘Beautiful Creatures’

It’s going to be a great year for heroines in movies, on TV and in books — but not necessarily the easy-to-love/worship kind. Jennifer Lawrence‘s Katniss Everdeen (this year in Catching Fire), The Americans‘ Elizabeth (Keri Russell), Beautiful CreaturesLena [Duchannes] (Alice Englert) and The Great Gatsby’s Daisy (Carey Mulligan) are complex women and girls who don’t automatically know what’s right, and sometimes they have to choose saving themselves over saving the world.


Shadow and Bone features Alina Starkov

The Mortal Instruments‘ Clary Fray (Lily Collins), Shadow and Bone’s Alina, Delirium’s Lena [Haloway] and Warm Bodies‘ Julie (Teresa Palmer) have a little self-discovery to do before they become full-fledged heroines.


June Iparis from Legend – art by author Marie Lu

The Legend Trilogy’s June and The Host’s Wanderer/Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) have to navigate between worlds to figure out whom to fight for. And Oz‘s Glinda (Michelle Williams) and Ender’s Game’s Petra [Arkanian] (Hailee Steinfeld) are ladies whose strength is obvious, but whose roles in the bigger picture remains to be seen. As for Chloe Moretz’s Hit Girl, who returns in this summer’s Kick-Ass 2 — she’s always going to be in a category all her own.

Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder

Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder

2013 will certainly be a big deal for female protagonists.  And I’d also like to add in Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices trilogy.  Sure, she’s not the kick-ass in the general sense, but she definitely has some turmoil ahead of her, both in finding out what she is and in love.  Not easy.  

via VH1 Celebrity.