It can’t really be said that young adult novel adaptations are currently dominating the box office, but it’s certainly not for lack of trying. With The Hunger Games taking the genre lead after the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises came to a close, just about every major studio is throwing YA sci-fi and fantasy adaptations at the wall in the hope that something will stick.
There have been some moderate successes (Divergent being the most recent example) and quite a lot of failures (Ender’s Game, The Host and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, to name just a few), but with the final entry in Hunger Games series out next year, the race to find the next big teen franchise seems to be getting more frantic by the day.
This week Sony is taking a turn, as THR reports that the studio is producing an adaptation of Arwyn Elys Dayton’s upcoming novel Seeker. According to the synopsis, Seeker is a sci-fi/fantasy tale about a young girl called Quin Kincaid who has been through years and years of brutal training under the belief that she is being prepared for the “noble purpose [of] a revered Seeker.” Too late, she discovers the true task that she has been training for: to catch the Golden Snitch, thereby ending the game and winning 150 points for her team.
Oh wait, that’s a different franchise. No, actually Quin’s been groomed to become a deadly assassin, which some people (mainly assassins) would argue is still quite a noble profession. Seeker is being adapted for the screen by newcomer Callie Kloves, who also recently penned an adaptation of The Jungle Book and is the daughter of Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves. Little is currently known about the source material since the book won’t be published until 2015. It is, of course, the first installment in a trilogy.
This is probably an unfairly cynical take on what could very turn out to be a perfectly good film, but cynicism is one of the unfortunate effects of over-saturation, and the current fashion for YA sci-fi/fantasy movies with extraordinary teens going through training montages and rebelling against oppressive systems probably has a lot to with why Seeker got a green light. For another example of this, see the upcoming adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel The Giver, which has been widely read since its publication in 1993 but only recently got picked up for the big screen.
With only a brief synopsis and the attachment of an as-yet untested screenwriter, there’s too little information to judge how much potential Seeker has. We’ll give it a chance – even if we have to start using Post-It notes to tell all these YA sci-fi/fantasy adaptations apart.
We’ll keep you updated on Seeker as development continues.