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Summit Writing “Divergent” Script

It doesn’t take long these days for books to be made into movies, it seems. What this says about the movie industry, I’m not sure, but what it does say about the book industry is that there are a lot of books written recently that have the appeal of possibly translating well to the screen.

The newest book to add to this list is newly-released, already best-selling Divergent, written by 22-year-old first time author Veronica Roth. Summit Entertainment (who we know as being the people behind the Twilight Saga movies) has hired a writer to create a script for them from this dystopian YA novel.

The mastermind behind the Divergent script is Evan Daugherty, the creator of the screenplay for Snow White and the Huntsman, which is currently in pre-production and is set to star Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor), among other top stars.

What’s Divergent about? Here’s the summary from Amazon:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

Lytherus will be bringing you a book review of Divergent in the near future, so stay tuned to hear a little more detail about the story. Divergent hit stores on May 3rd, 2011.

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The Ender’s Game Movie Finds a Home with Summit Entertainment

The Ender’s Game movie has been shopped around to different studios recently, and it looks like it has finally found a home: Summit Entertainment. Summit, as many of you surely know, is the company that is bringing the world the Twilight movies. 

There are some interesting theories as to why this company snagged the rights to this movie, and leading the pack is the fact that they are looking for something big to follow up the massive success the Twilight Saga has brought them.

The other theory is that they want something that will compete with the already-predicted success of The Hunger Games movie trilogy, which is currently being produced by Lionsgate.

Production is set to begin soon, and Gavin Hood (of X-Men: Wolverine fame, among others), will be directing.

This news brings with it mixed emotions for me. Yes, Summit has done quality films, but to acquire this movie just to off-set the success of others makes me a bit wary. However, Orson Scott Card has said from the beginning of this round of submissions for the film that he’s behind this version and believes they will do it justice, so that makes me feel a little better.

What do you think? Will Summit Entertainment give Ender’s Game the justice it deserves?