Another Futuristic Young Adult Novel 'Insignia' Gets Film Adaptation
With all of the highly anticipated films left to debut in 2012, it's easy for us to put The Hunger Games in our rearview and set our sights toward the next big thing. But Hollywood studio heads aren't as interested in what might become a phenomenon as in what already has, and it's hard to ignore the financial results of what the film based on Suzanne Collins' book was able to achieve, especially with younger audiences. So not that this is much of a surprise, but Variety is reporting that 20th Century Fox has scooped up the film rights to a planned trilogy (of course it is) based on Insignia, the futuristic young adult novel by S.J. Kincaid.
The story follows a 14-year-old gamer named Tom Raines who is recruited into an elite military training academy that wants to hone his skills for use in World War III. He's got girls, tech, and the life he's always wanted, but when Tom discovers the military intends on implanting a computer in his brain, he may have already gotten in too deep to do anything about it. I haven't read Ender's Game yet (I have a copy sitting on my desk right now), but it sounds like Insignia shares some elements with Orson Scott Card's story as well.
Seems like Hollywood is racing to produce stories about young heroes in order to make a more targeted effort at teenage audiences, which makes sense considering they're the ones most likely to spend money at the theater. Here's hoping half of these projects actually turn out as good as The Hunger Games and don't come off as sad recreations of a formula.
But trilogies, to a certain extent, mean that if the first movie is a success, the follow-ups are likely to do just as well if not better. So the industry will take its chances on the beginning of trilogies in hopes of a long-term financial gain. And as much as I adore Philip Pullman's novels and was in love with the cast for the Golden Compass, it was not the best film adaptation I've ever seen (in addition to having a lot of controversy surrounding it). Financially, it didn't do well, either. Although it does make me sad, as the series is phenomenal and is entertaining for both adults and YA - and having dark subject matter clearly isn't an issue anymore for Hollywood.
Emma on Jun 4, 2012
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