Lauren McLaughlin's Cycler Novels Are Headed to the Big Screen
by Alex Billington
November 19, 2009
Another adaptation of a "young-adult" book - does this one also include screaming girls? Angryfilms, run by Don Murphy and Susan Montford, has picked up the rights to Lauren McLaughlin's Cycler series of novels, which tell the story of Jill, a suburban teenager who for four days each month turns into Jack, complete with male anatomy and 17-year-old-boy fantasies. Jill has maintained her life of ordinary teenage worries, such as going to the prom and dealing with crush, but that changes when Jack, tired of being locked in his room, begins to escape, causing damage to her social life. Now that sounds like it could be quite an intense movie.
Cycler was first published last year and was followed by a sequel, Re-Cycler, with more sequels on the way. The books have won praise for their unique handling of teen sexuality, with the second being nominated for the American Library Association's Rainbow List. I haven't really read any of these, so I can't speak to their story, but it sounds like an interesting concept. However, I have a feeling that this is just another Twilight wanna-be project. And since this doesn't seem to have the following that Twilight does, maybe they can find a good writer and director to actually do a good job bringing this to the big screen. Anyone interested at all?