Jon M. Chu Gets a Young Adult Adaptation with 'Matched' at Disney
With the release of the blockbuster sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation finally upon us again (and hopefully it won't be delayed again), director Jon M. Chu is looking ahead to his next project. Heat Vision has word that Chu is currently in talks to take on his own young adult novel adaptation of Matched, based on the book of the same name by Ally Condie. The story is set in a future where people are told what to read, what to watch, what to believe and who to love, and follows a young woman who rejects an arranged romance and chooses her own path. David Slade was previously linked to the project but it sounds like he's fallen away. Read on!
For a more showy description of the story, here's a trailer for the book:
Matched is actually the first book in a trilogy. The second book Crossed and the third book Reached are available for purchase right now. It's not clear if Disney wants a franchise, or if they will throw all the books into one movie (we're betting on the former option since that's all studios want nowadays). Rock of Ages director Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot producing with a script from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows writers Michelle and Kieran Mulroney, so this is an interesting assembly of talent and will mark an interesting change for Chu who jumped from Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D to a blockbuster toy franchise. At least the story sounds like good sci-fi, even if it's geared towards a young crowd. Interested?