Though we remain skeptical of anyone saying that Lily Collins is about to become "the next Jennifer Lawrence," we will say this: The new trailer for "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" is actually pretty awesome.
Lily Collins carries the movie as Clary Fray, a teen who discovers she is half-angel and can see between two worlds. This makes her part of a special group of warriors called "Shadowhunters," who protect the human world from demons. The new trailer, above, shows a darker side to the film than the first trailer, as well as the faces of a few new characters (oh hey, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers).
If the teasers are any indication, the film does seem like it will fall closer to "Hunger Games" than "Twilight" on the YA book-to-movie-adaptation scale (Collins even wields a crossbow at one point). And if you need another reason to get behind it, the author of the book series also has some pretty cool things to say about the importance of diversity when casting the film.
That said, let's take a moment to remember "Beautiful Creatures," a similarly popular YA adaptation that came out in February. To the surprise of many, particularly considering its "Twilight"-esque themes and supposedly rabid teenage fan-base, it failed to impress at the box office.
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The film drops on August 21.
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Originally a YA fantasy novel <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/15/beautiful-creatures-14-notable-differences-from-the-book-to-the-screen.html" target="_blank">published</a> in 2009, "Beautiful Creatures" was released in movie-form this past February. It will be hitting DVD on May 21, 2013. The story follows high schoolers Ethan and Lena from a small town in South Carolina, who fall in love and try to stay together despite evil/magical forces in a "Romeo and Juliet"-style romance.
<em>The Host</em> -- a novel by <em>Twilight </em>author, Stephanie Meyers -- was turned into a major motion picture and <a href="http://movies.nytimes.com/2013/03/29/movies/saoirse-ronan-in-the-host-from-a-stephenie-meyer-novel.html?_r=0" target="_blank">came out in theatres</a> in March. The plot involves alien parasites (otherwise known as "souls") that threaten the future of human existence. Sadly, even though the book was popular, the film wasn't a big hit at the <a href="http://insidemovies.ew.com/tag/the-host/" target="_blank">box office</a>. It will be hitting DVD on July 9, 2013.
The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones
<em>City of Bones</em> is the first book in the bestselling series <em>The Mortal Instruments</em>, and the <a href="http://videos.huffingtonpost.com/entertainment/cassandra-clare-on-the-mortal-instruments-517354480" target="_blank">film</a> will hit theaters this August. With a <a href="http://www.cassandraclare.com/books/book-one-city-of-bones/" target="_blank">total</a> of six novels in the whole series (only five have been published so far), "City of Bones" is only the introduction to a fantasy world filled with demons, werewolves and "mundanes." Lily Collins ("Mirror, Mirror") is set to play the novel's protagonist, Clary Fray.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Eager Tributes will have to wait until November to see "Catching Fire," the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/14/hunger-games-catching-fire-trailer_n_3081617.html" target="_blank">film</a> based on the second novel in Suzanne Collins' <em>Hunger Games </em>series. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) continue their journey in the post-apocalyptic country of Panem after winning the 74th Hunger Games. President Snow is less than thrilled with their rule-breaking in the previous movie, and both characters find themselves in big trouble with the Capitol. To say the least.
The film, based on the 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card, <em>Ender's Game</em>, <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2013/05/07/first-enders-game-film-trailer-goes-online-what-about-a-video-game/" target="_blank">is due</a> in November, with the first trailer dropping this week. Asa Butterfield (from "Hugo") stars as Ender Wiggin, the main character who is being trained to be the next great leader in the International Military after aliens (called "Buggers") attack Earth.
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Published in the 1930s, <em>The Hobbit</em> is the children's prequel to the hugely popular <em>The Lord Of The Rings</em> trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. After the worldwide success of "The Lord Of The Rings" films by Peter Jackson, "The Hobbit" is also going to be a 3-movie franchise. The<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/11/the-hobbit-length-hampers-film-peter-jackson_n_2277805.html?utm_hp_ref=the-hobbit" target="_blank"> first film</a> was released December 2012, with the next installment coming out in <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1170358/" target="_blank">December 2013</a>.
The Fault In Our Stars
John Green's heartbreaking novel <em>The Fault in Our Stars</em>, originally published in January 2012, is being turned into a film starring <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/19/shailene-woodley-in-fault-our-stars-lead_n_2909862.html" target="_blank">Shailene Woodley as Hazel, a teen girl battling cancer.</a> It's currently in pre-production, according to <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2582846/" target="_blank">IMDB</a>, and the release date -- as well as the name of the actor who will play the coveted role of Augustus, the love interest to Hazel -- is still TBD.
<em>Divergent</em> by Veronica Roth has similar themes to <em>The Hunger Games</em>: it's set in a dystopian future, where Chicago is divided into different factions based on humanity traits determined by aptitude tests. Beatrice Prior challenges all of this when she turns 16 and it's time for her to take an aptitude test. The <a href="http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/04/24/shailene-woodley-divergent-first-look/" target="_blank">movie</a> is set to be released in March 2014, starring Shailene Woodley in the lead role.
Lois Lowry's classic sci-fi young adult novel, <em>The Giver</em>, has been talked about as a film for over a decade, the author <a href="http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/10/02/the-giver-movie-jeff-bridges-lois-lowry/" target="_blank">told</a> Entertainment Weekly, but it seems like development is finally moving forward since award-winning actor Jeff Bridges got involved in <a href="http://www.studio360.org/blogs/studio-360-blog/2012/dec/20/lois-lowry-confirms-jeff-bridges-to-film-the-giver/" target="_blank">producing</a> the project. The film hasn't reportedly started shooting and there isn't a release date yet, but Lowry says they're in the process of auditioning actors.
Delirium (kind of)
<em>Delirium</em> -- Lauren Oliver's 2011 <a href="http://www.laurenoliverbooks.com/delirium.php" target="_blank">novel</a> about a dystopian society where love is considered a "disease" -- was turned into a <a href="http://tvline.com/2013/01/22/pilot-greg-kinnear-rake-sleepy-hollow-fox-dramas/#more-399203" target="_blank">pilot</a> starring Emma Roberts. Unfortunately, despite fans' social media campaigns, it <a href="http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/05/08/delirium-pilot/" target="_blank">looks like the series was not picked up by Fox</a>. :(