Adaptation News, Harper Teen

‘Nimona’ Coming To Netflix June 2023

As reported by The Booked Shelf last Spring, the long-awaited adaptation for Nimona had been picked up by Netflix for a release this year and as of May 18 the trailer has been revealed by the streaming service, slated for June 30, 2023!

Anchored by the tagline “A new kind of hero takes shape,” the teaser trailer highlighted Nimona’s (Chloë Grace Moretz) mischievous chaotic persona (shapeshifting of course) and the adventures that will be underway in the “techno-medieval landscape” alongside Knight Ballister (Ahmed) and Ambrosius (Eugene Lee Yang).

The full synopsis for the film reads: A knight framed for a terrible crime turns to a shape-shifting teenage girl to prove his innocence. But what if she’s the monster he’s sworn to destroy?

Initially scrapped by Disney at 75% completion, during April 2022 it was announced that Netflix acquired the project, with plans to stream in 2023.

The film’s poster has been revealed as well:

Nimona is set to stream with with Netflix June 30, 2023!

Adaptation News, The NOVL

‘Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between’ Adaptation Headed To Netflix In July

On June 15, Netflix revealed the trailer to Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between the forthcoming YA movie adaptation based on the novel by Jennifer E. Smith, streaming July 6!

The coming-of-age romantic movie follows Claire and Aidan who make a pact to break-up before heading off to college. With their pact showcasing them as the “poster children of modern relationships” the teens go on an epic final date to relive their firsts, in addition to the special places that defined their relationship. However when Aidan reveals his feelings for Claire, the two of them are left thinking about whether the relationship is their last chance to be together or whether its time to say goodbye.

Starring Jordan Fisher (Aidan) and Talia Ryder (Claire), Ayo Edebiri and Nico Hiraga, the film is directed by Michael Lewen, written by Amy Reed and Ben York Jones, in addition to Fisher and Smith who served as executive producers.

Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between running time is 1hr and 24 minutes and produced by ACE Entertainment, the same studio behind To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this irresistible novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions.

Hello, Goodbye And Everything In Between is releasing on July 6 with Netflix!

Adaptation News, Fierce Reads, Simon Teen

The Booked Shelf Chronicle (Issue #3 ― Adaptations)

The Booked Shelf Chronicle is a monthly feature on the blog to wrap-up the fantastic YA book news of the month!

Each issue will highlight bookish news from around the Young Adult book community that may not have been covered in the previous month by The Booked Shelf.

Today’s topic is all about book-to-screen adaptations, from first looks, teasers to trailers, upcoming releases and everything else you need to know about the slate of summer projects!

Issue #3 of The Booked Shelf Chronicle is fresh off the press and is wrapping up all the book adaptation news from May 2022!

The Summer I Turned Pretty teaser & full trailer revealed for the upcoming Amazon Prime series

On May 5, the official Amazon Prime and TSITP Twitters revealed the 47-second teaser introducing Belly and the main cast, stating “I though this summer was going to be like all the other summers, but its not…because I won’t let it be.”

The teaser also unveiled a re-released song from Taylor Swift “This Love (Taylor’s version).”

Amazon Prime debuted the full trailer to the upcoming YA romance on May 31. A full summary for the series reads: Every summer, Belly and her family head to the Fishers’ beach house in Cousins. Every summer is the same… until Belly turns sixteen. Relationships will be tested, painful truths will be revealed, and Belly will be forever changed. It’s a summer of first love, first heartbreak and growing up — it’s the summer she turns pretty.

Showrunner is Gabrielle Stanton and co-showrunner includes author Jenny Han. Lola Tung stars as Belly, alongside Christopher Briney (Conrad), Gavin Casalegno (Jeremiah) and Sean Kaufman as Belly’s older brother (Steven).

The Summer I Turned Pretty is set to have eight episodes for the first season and is premiering June 17!

First Kill 1st Look & Official trailer premiered for upcoming series releasing with Netflix

On May 5, Netflix unveiled the first look to the 8-episode series First Kill. Then on May 12, Netflix revealed the first official trailer. Inspired by a Victoria Schwab short story of the same name, First Kill was originally published in the 2020 Young Adult vampire anthology edited by Zoraida Córdova titled “Vampires Never Get Old: Tales With Fresh Bite.”

The series has been pitched by Netflix as follows: Falling in love is tricky for teens Juliette and Calliope: One’s a vampire, the other’s a vampire hunter — and both are ready to make their first kill.

Imani Lewis stars as Calliope, who comes from a lineage of monster hunters and Sarah Catherine Hook as Juliette, a vampire. The two girls, who attend the same high school, soon find themselves drawn to one another and will decide what they’re willing to risk for their first love.  Felicia D. Henderson is the showrunner, executive producer and screenwriter.

First Kill is set to stream with Netflix on June 10!

Love & Gelato gets first teaser and full trailer for upcoming film with Netflix

While around late May the first teaser was officially published to the Love & Gelato Netflix title page, a full trailer was finally revealed on June 3.

On May 26, author Jenna Evans Welch revealed the official movie poster through Instagram. Cast includes Susanna Skaggs (Lina), Anjelika Washington (Lina’s best friend Addie), Valentina Lodovini, Owen McDonnell, Alex Boniello andTobia De Angelis.

The full summary reads: To fulfill her mother’s final wish, Lina spends the summer before college in Rome, where she discovers romance, adventure — and a passion for gelato.

Love & Gelato is coming to Netflix on June 22!

Which upcoming YA adaptations are you looking forward to? 📚🎥

Adaptation News, Scholastic

‘Heartstopper’ Renewed For Seasons 2 & 3 with Netflix

On May 20, Netflix confirmed that Heartstopper, a hit series for the streamer, had a renewal for two additional seasons (Seasons 2 and 3, respectively).

Heartstopper follows openly gay over-thinker Charlie Spring and Nick Nelson, a cheerful, a soft-hearted rugby player, who meet at a British all-boys grammar school. As friendship blooms, they wonder whether there could be something more.

According to sites such as Variety and Deadline, since the series launch on April 22, it has been reaching Netflix’s Top Ten list in the global rankings of 54 countries, as well as peaking at number 5. Additionally, book sales for Oseman’s webcomic-turned-graphic novel have increased 1,700%.

As stated on Tudum, Netflix’s official blog, executive producer Mark Waters had this to say about the series and what is to come: “I’m forever grateful to Alice Oseman for entrusting us with this beautiful, unique story that at its core seeks to uplift the next generation of young LGBTQ+ people. Stay tuned!”

Main cast includes Charlie (Joe Locke), Nick (Kit Connor), Elle (Yasmin Finney) and Tao (William Gao), in addition to Tara (Corinna Brown) and Darcy (Kizzy Edgell).

See-Saw Films is the British-Australian film company behind the adaptation. While Season 1 of the series covered the first two graphic novels, no further details have been revealed about the premise of upcoming seasons.

Oseman had this to say about the news on their Twitter stating “seasons 2 and 3, here we come!! ✌🍂”

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman is out now!

Adaptation News, Simon Teen

‘Love & Gelato’ Film Adaptation Headed To Netflix Summer 2022

On April 27 it was revealed through Netflix that Love & Gelato by NYT Bestselling author Jenna Evans Welch, would be getting the adaptation treatment with a film set to stream on the platform in June!

The streamer has pitched the movie as follows: “Lina is about to graduate high school and has her sights set on her future at MIT. But when her mom gets sick, she encourages Lina to follow in her footsteps and have “the summer of a lifetime” in Rome. Using her mom’s old diary as a guide, she explores the romantic and magical city, where she just might find love… and gelato, of course.”

Cast includes Susanna Skaggs (Lina), Anjelika Washington (Addie), Owen McDonnell as Howard (Lina’s father-type figure & friend of her mother) and Alex Boniello (Fleetwood Zach).

In addition to the film announcement, Netflix’s official blog, Tudum, also revealed an exclusive still of the film featuring Lina (Skaggs) and Addie (Washington) enjoying gelato on the streets of Rome.

As mentioned in Deadline, the project has been directed and written by Brandon Camp, alongside producers Viola Prestieri and Davide Bertoni, shot on location in Italy.

Other YA adaptations headed to the streaming service include: Along For The Ride (based on the novel by Sarah Dessen) and Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between (based on the novel by Jennifer E. Smith).

“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is go back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires her, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

Love & Gelato is premiering on Netflix June 22, 2022!

Adaptation News, Epic Reads

‘Nimona’ Streaming With Netflix in 2023

As of April 11, news broke that the film adaptation for graphic novel Nimona, which was formerly scrapped, has now been picked up by Netflix and is set to stream in 2023.

The summary for the animated project, with the novel having been written by ND Stevenson, has been pitched as follows: “A Knight is framed for a crime he didn’t commit and the only person who can help him prove his innocence is Nimona, a shape-shifting teen who might also be a monster he’s sworn to kill.”

Chloë Grace Moretz (Nimona), Riz Ahmed (Knight Ballister Boldheart) and Eugene Lee Yang (Ambrosius Goldenloin) are attached to voice the main cast which was originally reported through Collider in an exclusive back in early 2021. Netflix is joined by Annauprna Pictures (co-producer) and with animation from DNEG animation.

Nimona (2015), which was formerly cancelled by Disney with the closing of Blue Sky Studios at 75% completion, is now being helmed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane (Spies In Disguise).

Stevenson had this to say about the announcement via Twitter alongside a first-look still,”Nimona’s always been a spunky little story that just wouldn’t stop. She’s a fighter…but she’s also got some really awesome people fighting for her. I am excited out of my mind to announce that THE NIMONA MOVIE IS ALIVE…”

Producers for the project include Roy Lee, Karen Ryan and Julie Zackary alongside Robert L. Baird, Megan Ellison and Andrew Millstein serving as executive producers.

Stevenson’s webcomic, which began in 2012, was later picked up by Harper Collins for publication in 2015 having now gone on to win an Eisner Award, a Cybils Award and a Cartoonist Studio Prize.

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

Adaptation News, Scholastic

‘Heartstopper’ Netflix Trailer Revealed

On March 16, Netflix dropped the first official teaser trailer for the highly-anticipated series Heartstopper, which has a release date of April 22!

Based on Alice Oseman’s 2018 webcomic, the series has been pitched as following Charlie Spring, Nick Nelson and their circle of friends “navigate the ever-relatable journey of self-discovery and acceptance, supporting each other as they learn to find their most authentic selves.”

The trailer presents Charlie (Joe Locke) and and rugby-playing Nick (Kit Connor) meeting at their secondary school discovering that their new-found friendship blossoms into an unexpected romance. Presenting their lives both in and outside of school, the trailer puts a focus on Charlie, his perspective in addition to that of his friends as he slowly begins falling for Nick.

An exclusive first look of stills from the series we’re posted by Netflix UK & Ireland on Twitter as of March 1.

On March 20, Oseman also revealed the tie-in cover for Volume one of the graphic novel alongside the original photoshoot. According to the thread, the tv tie-in edition will include “some excerpts of the TV scripts…”

Heartstopper’s adaptation will consist eight episodes for the first season, each episode at 30 minutes. Oseman has penned the series as screenwriter with Euros Lyn and production company See-Saw Films behind the project.

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

Heartstopper Volumes 1-4 by Alice Oseman are out now!

Adaptation News, Penguin Teen

‘There’s Someone Inside Your House’ Trailer and First Look

As of September 13, EW revealed a first look into the upcoming adaptation of Stephanie Perkins’ 2017 YA Horror novel There’s Someone Inside Your House which is set to stream with Netflix this October.

The novel follows Makani Young who leaves her life in Hawaii to live with her grandmother in Nebraska. When students at her high school start dying brutally at the hands of a mysterious killer intent on revealing their deep secrets, Makani knows she’s carrying something too and wonders whether she’ll be next.

Cast includes Sydney Park (Makani), Asjha Cooper (Alex), Jesse LaTourette (Darby), Théodore Pellerin (Oliver Larsson), Diego Josef (Rodrigo), and Dale Whibley (Zach).

At 2 minutes and 28 seconds, the trailer introduces the main conflict and the killer targeting students, but its clear that secrets are the underlying complication delivering an air of mystery for the cast, especially Makani. In addition, five stills and the official poster were also revealed.

The film is a combination of two beloved genres: the slashers of the 80’s mixed with coming-of-age and character-driven classics like John Hughes.

The screenplay is written by Henry Gayden and the director is Patrick Brice. This project is produced through Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and James Wan’s Atomic Monster.

According to EW, Brice and Gayden have been speculating ideas for a sequel stating, “I think we landed on one that expands on the characters and the themes of the universe and also weaves in some contemporary issues. We’re definitely talking about it. Fingers crossed, enough people watch this.”

There’s Someone Inside Your House is premiering on Netflix October 6.

A heart-pounding page-turner with an outstanding cast of characters, a deliciously creepy setting, and an absolutely merciless body count.” –Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie and The Project

Love hurts…

Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins is out now!

Adaptation News, Fierce Reads

‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ Headed To Netflix

On July 19, it was announced exclusively through The Hollywood Reporter that Maurene Goo’s I Believe In A Thing Called Love has not only been acquired by Netflix, but in addition actor Byung-hun Lee will also star.

The novel follows Desi, a talented and overachieving high school senior who, after being inspired by the K-Dramas she and her widower father watch together, follows their formula to try and find love. Lee will play the role of Desi’s father.

Mary Lee, principal leader of A-Major Media said “Maurene found a way to tap into the fun world of K-dramas through the perspective of a girl who learns that life is something that you can’t control, and Yulin’s voice was perfect for the adaptation.”

Goo’s 2017 YA novel was originally optioned as a film back in February of 2020, where it was revealed that Yulin Kuang and Byung-hun Lee would be attached to the project (screenwriter and producer/actor respectively).

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends.

So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study.

Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo is out now!

Adaptation News, Harper Teen

‘Blackout’ To Be Developed As Film and TV Series For Netflix

On July 12, it was announced through The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline that Blackout, a YA anthology edited by Dhonielle Clayton which released back in June, has been acquired by the Obamas’ for film and television event.

Alongside the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions, Temple Hill will also be collaborating as an executive producer on the project. Each of the six critically acclaimed, bestselling and award-winning authors who wrote for the anthology will take part in adapting their own story.

According to THR Blackout is “being developed concurrently as a TV series and film adaptation. That means that some of the six stories could wind up in the film, while others are in the TV show.”

Blackout is set in New York during the summer and centers on six interconnected stories focused on Black teen love during a power outage. The anthology features authors Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon.

Higher Ground Productions was founded in 2018 by Barack and Michelle Obama. Temple Hill is a production company known for YA adaptations such as ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, ‘Twlight,’ ‘The Maze Runner’ in addition to ‘The Hate U Give.’

Six critically acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning authors bring the glowing warmth and electricity of Black teen love to this interlinked novel of charming, hilarious, and heartwarming stories that shine a bright light through the dark.

A summer heatwave blankets New York City in darkness. But as the city is thrown into confusion, a different kind of electricity sparks…

A first meeting. 

Long-time friends. 

Bitter exes. 

And maybe the beginning of something new.

When the lights go out, people reveal hidden truths. Love blossoms, friendship transforms, and new possibilities take flight.

Beloved authors—Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon—celebrate the beauty of six couples and the unforgettable magic that can be found on a sweltering starry night in the city.

Blackout edited by Dhonielle Clayton is out now!