‘Twilight’ Director To Helm ‘Maximum Ride?’

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 3:29 pm,

After making her mark on the Twilight franchise with the first film in the franchise, director Catherine Hardwicke is now in talks to develop and helm an adaptation of the award winning young-adult fantasy novel series Maximum Ride.

Most likely by the word “develop” they mean she will help to try and transition the fantasy series from the page to the screen, but she will not be writing the screenplay. Penning a first screenplay for the film (although most likely it won’t be the only draft) is Fantasic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer writer Don Payne (oohh, that’s not a good sign).

As has already been announced last year, the film will be produced by Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul. James Patterson, writer of the source novels, will be on as an executive producer (probably just to oversee “his baby”).

Bringing this project to cinematic life is going to be a tough job – just check out what the series of novels is all about::

The five-volume series by James Patterson chronicles six teens, known as the Flock, who are genetically altered so that they are part human and part bird. Learning to fly, they escape the laboratory where they have been housed and are pursued by a pack of creatures called the Erasers that are part human and part wolf.

That sounds like another one of those ideas that may work well on the printed page, but will need some serious brain-power to make it not come off as completely ridiculous on the big-screen. It’s obviously one of those instances where it’s just too tempting to resist making into a movie. Just as an outsider whose never heard of the source material before, this sounds like a ludicrous premise. However despite the suspect choice of getting the guy who wrote the awful Fantastic Four sequel (it was better than the first, but that’s not saying much), hopefully they can find a way to make this work.

Hardwicke did a great job with the first Twilight movie (yes, I admit it, I liked it a lot), but people often forget that she didn’t just start her career with it. She’s been making films for over 20 years now (in some capacity, anyway - she didn’t actually start directing until 2003), and doing a great job of it (if you haven’t seen Thirteen, in particular, I highly recommend it).

Looking at Twilight she’s clearly comfortable working both in the fantasy genre and working off of a published source material. So it’ll be interesting to see (providing she gets the gig that is), that with her experience of this type of thing, if she is able to successfully make this fantasy film without it coming off as, dare I say, laughable.

So are there any Maximum Ride fans out there? Do you think this will be able to successfully make the jump from page to screen?

There’s a general release date of 2010 set for Maximum Ride but no specific month/day as of yet.

Source: THR and io9

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  1. I’ve actually been a fan of the Maximum Ride books for several years now, ever since the first one came out. They’re really fun books, which I think could translate well to the screen, but not easily. It’s one of those premises that’s really cool, but could be easily screwed up. After seeing Twilight, and being pleasantly surprised with it, I feel cautiously confident that Hardwicke could do a decent job. But like I said, to make this a good movie, you can’t just do a decent job. Hopefully Hardwicke will step up her game a bit if she gets the gig

  2. I used to be a big Maximum Ride fan, but I had a falling out with the series after book 3. However, I DO still love the first one, so this movie has potential, provided they get a good director. Catherine Hardwicke would NOT be a good director for this movie. I laughed through Twilight–even the serious parts. There weren’t really that many special effects in Twilight, but what DID show up made me actually, LITERALLY cringe in my seat. By default, Maximum Ride would (or SHOULD) have many more special effects than Twilight. That being said, I personally think that we would be better off with someone who has more experience with special effects and CGI…like maybe Len Wiseman, director of the Underworld movies.

    Don’t get me wrong–Hardwicke is a GREAT director…but she should stick to all-human, real-life stories. I loved Thirteen the first time I saw it, and I like it more and more with each viewing. Lords of Dogtown was also truly EXCELLENT, but again…an all-human, real-life story.

  3. i think it has a good chance of turning out ok ,i loved the series and it has a lot of potential as a movie but it will be VERY easy for them to screw it up. i agree with megan to, len wiseman, who did Underworld would do well. there still a good chance that the eraser’s are going to be MUCH more human than wolf and will probably almost never see the flocks wing or see them flying.

  4. NOOOOOO PLEASE don’t let Cathrine Hardiwk direct MAXIMUM RIDE! She did an ok job on TWILIGHT but missed alot of the good bits like the blood/ science and meadow bit wasn’t long enough THEY SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED THE DAM BOOK!!!!!

  5. NO!!!!! Maximum Ride and Twilight do not even compare! Maximum Ride is WAY better than Twilight. Catherine is going to screw up this movie. I mean I really hope she doesn’t, but a director of Twilight CANNOT handle directing a movie based on a book like Maximum Ride. All you Twilight fans, I would suggest reading Maximum Ride. It is way better than Twilight. Twilight is centered on providing a book that is based on giving teens something they don’t experience themselves…if you know what I mean. The whole romance thing is just to get you into it. It’s like a way to be able to experience it. It’s like “Look Mom, I’m reading a book,” and it’s realy all this romance crap.
    Read something that’s worth reading!!! Don’t allow yourself to be sucked in. Read Maximum Ride by James Patterson!!! It’s worth your time.

  6. I do have to add that Max Ride does have some romance in it, but at least it isn’t centered around it.

  7. i persanolly loooooove the twilight and maximum ride series. and i think cathrine hardwickie wood b a perfect director !! shes AWESOME !!

    *and so the lion fell in love with the lamb*


  8. I am a HUGE fan of the Twilight Saga and the Maximum Ride books, I think that it would be an awesome – provided that a good director would direct it. Catherine Hardwicke would be great – she wouldn’t ruin the books. But what I want to know is who is going to play ‘The Flock’ (aka: Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, Angel) only the right actors would work. If anyone has any info on the cast of the movie PLEASE let me know!!

  9. as long as MAXIMUM RIDE SOARS above twilight ( which it will) then it is going to be AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. I absolutely love the Maximum Ride series. If they ruin this movie I will be so mad I know a lot of good actors and actresses for this movie too. I really hope they cast and make this movie well and not ruin it like they ruined most movies based on books.I am the series’ biggest fan. I am glad the are having the author look over the movie that’s a really good idea. Please don’y ruin these books!!!!!

    P.S. I <3 Fang

  11. Hardwicke is going to kill this movie. Her and Payne that is. I don’t even think I’ll go to see it in theatres because I’m expecting them to ruin the movie.

  12. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!