Jonathan Levine Will Direct Sci-Fi Adaptation 'Legend' for CBS Films
by Alex Billington
May 12, 2011
Great news for one of my favorite up-and-coming directors - Jonathan Levine. Ever since first seeing his film The Wackness at Sundance years ago, which I loved, I've been a follower/supporter. His latest film is 50/50 (formerly known as I'm With Cancer) and I must say that it's actually a great film, don't miss it later this year, but he's already lined up another project. CBS Films has formally announced that Levine will direct an adaptation of Marie Lu's upcoming novel Legend, a sci-fi story set over a hundred years in the future in Los Angeles when North America is split into two warring nations. Read on for more story details.
Legend focuses on Day, a Robin Hood figure who happens to be the nation's most wanted criminal, and June, a teenage prodigy who is hired to hunt him down. The pair are caught in a game of cat and mouse until an impossible truth about their totalitarian leaders forces them to work together. So it's much more of a young adult sci-fi story (thanks to The Playlist for that) than it is a gritty, edgy sci-fi, but it's sci-fi nonetheless and I can't wait to see Levine dive into that. I hope there's more substance to this story than the bland I Am Number Four, which this sounds similar to, but I'm hoping for the best as I really want Levine's career to continue to be successful. Marie Lu's book won't be released until November 29th later this year.