It’s been a long time since writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) had a film in theaters — three and a half years, in fact — but THR informs us the helmer is back in Hollywood’s field of vision with a YA adaptation.
The material at hand is Lauren Oliver‘s Before I Fall, a supernatural tale that centers on a high school senior who repeatedly experiences her own death hours before the actual event occurs. Thrown in with this predicting hokum is some romance, unearthed family secrets, and a newly-formed friendship with “a depressed, bullied girl whose life she holds in her hands.” (I will bet anybody $10 in physical cash that this girl holds the secret to her survival.)
Well… at least this post-Hunger Games world is bringing to light some young adult films that aren’t about teenage warriors. Right? Sorry if that’s insubstantial; I only say that as someone who can’t formulate a coherent thought on what, overall, doesn’t sound like a terribly interesting motion picture. Blame it on personal preference. But I’ll place the ball in Fox 2000′s court, because everyone loves a) when I’m proven wrong, and, to a lesser degree, b) stories of premonition. (Unless they star Sandra Bullock. If she’s cast here, no dice.)
Have you read the original book? If so, do you see a strong film emerging from an adaptation?
With summer winding down, more often than not August has us wishing we could simply skip ahead a month to kick off the fall festival season. This year, however, there’s a handful of worthwhile options, including Marvel’s best offering yet, peculiar festival titles that are finally arriving in theaters (some 15 months later), and much […]
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. If we were provided screener copies, we’ll have our own write-up, but if that’s not the case, one can find official descriptions from the distributors. Check out […]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King, and I dive right into Richard Linklater‘s 12-year intimate epic Boyhood. After that, we take a look at the films coming to theaters and home video in the coming week, including Noah, Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery, Guardians of the […]
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