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Not only are the releases for The Giver, The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 fast approaching, but there’s also a slew of YA-to-film material flooding the Web courtesy of Divergent’s DVD and Blu-ray release. On top of that, the Vampire Academy series is still clamoring for attention and if it doesn’t get it this time around, perhaps the film franchise really will be dead.
The Frostbite Crowd-Funding Campaign Is a Go
The producers of Vampire Academy are about to take another step towards making Frostbite happen. We’ve already told you about their plan to get a little crowd-funding going and now it’s about to happen. Leading up to today’s launch of the Frostbite IndieGoGo campaign, the producers tried to rile up some hype by teasing the initiative over at MTV and Teen.com.
The team of producers broke down the process and explained that if Vampire Academy fans raise $1.5 million, they’ve got folks to cover the rest of the production costs. Producer Deepak Nayar further explained, “Our financiers were willing to move forward ONLY if we could show them the fans would support us. It’s not an exaggeration to say that we would not be here without them.”
$1.5 million seems like a bit of a stretch when Vampire Academy only made $7.8 million during its entire domestic run, but perhaps the campaign rewards will get the die-hard fans to shell out far more than what a movie ticket costs. For example, if you hand over $250, you get the VIP package and that includes a nice looking St. Vladimir hoodie, a T-shirt, a digital download of the film, a PDF of the script and exclusive updates.
That’s a nice assortment of stuff right there, but I’m still having a hard time warming up to the idea of crowd-funding a sequel when the first film performed so poorly and now the second probably doesn’t have a shot at the box office because of it. On top of that, what are the odds the original actors would even return? Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Cameron Monaghan in particular are already attached to quite a few projects now.
If you’re still holding out hope click here to check out Teen.com’s preview of the rewards and also keep an eye on the Vampire Academy Facebook page if you’d like to know when the campaign goes live on IndieGoGo.
The Very First Clip from The Maze Runner Has Arrived!
We’ve seen loads of promo art and also a couple of trailers for The Maze Runner now, but nothing gives you a clearer sense of tone and cast chemistry than a clip from a film, and now we’ve got one. It comes from HeyYouGuys and features Thomas’ (Dylan O’Brien) first conversation with the leader of the Glade, Alby (Aml Ameen), and for a 57-second clip, it says quite a bit about the style of the film.
It quickly conveys that this situation is no joke. The Glade may be home to a bunch of boys, but they know what they’re doing, have made decent lives for themselves given the circumstances, and plan on sticking to them. Some of the details are conveyed via some very expository dialogue, but what makes the lines more than just some lifeless Maze Runner 101 is Ameen’s conviction paired with the appropriate shot selection. Check it out for yourself below.
Edward’s Eye Stabbing Revealed!
If you’ve read Divergent, there’s no doubt that you noticed a certain pivotal scene missing from the book – Edward’s eye stabbing. However, the thing is, the moment wasn’t cut from the script during the adaptation process. They actually shot it and now, in honor of the August 5 release of the Divergent DVD and Blu-ray, it’s available online to watch as much as you want.
When we visited the set back in May of 2013, Ben Lamb was there and spoke quite a bit about shooting Edward’s big moment, even going as far to call it his favorite scene to film. However, when you watch it and then think back to what you got in the final cut of Divergent, it’s pretty obvious it just wouldn’t have worked. There’s nothing wrong with it, but, in the book, a big reason the scene is so important is because Tris thinks about it so often. The problem is, the film is already dense enough. There’s no way Woodley could have conveyed the effect Edward’s stabbing has on Tris on top of everything else and without that, the moment would be reduced to shock value and nothing more.
The District 13 Rebels Are Taking Over
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’s immersive marketing campaign continues! Now that Beetee has hacked President Snow’s Capitol TV transmission, he’s moving on to the social media accounts, too. And not only did the TheCaptiolPN Twitter page rock the District 13 logo for awhile, but the rebels have also altered TheCapitol.PN, too. If you head over to the website, click on “One Panem” and type in the following – OLTM – a secret message from the rebels will appear.
Lionsgate wins again. Admittedly, this might be too much for some, but if you’re not into it, you can just hang around until the next trailer drops. However, for those interested in having a little extra Hunger Games in their lives leading up to the November 21, 2014 release of Mockingjay – Part 1, this is a clever way to both keep your attention and make you feel involved.
YA News at a Glance
(1) ICYMI: The brand new Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer is out and it’s incredible.
(2) Lorde spoke to Billboard about curating the Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack at Lollapalooza.
(3) There’s some never-before-seen Divergent concept art floating around that’s well worth checking out.
(4) Watch The Giver’s Jeff Bridges throw a super-silly opening pitch at the Dodgers game last week.
(5) In case anyone still cares, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is finally getting off the ground. Deadline is reporting that principal photography is due to start in September with Lily James, Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote stepping in front of the lens for director Burr Steers.
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