With the Harry Potter movie franchise wrapped-up, The Twilight franchise following suit with their final installment coming out in November, and The Hunger Games’ second film starting production, Hollywood has ramped up two new franchises to feed the lucrative YA fantasy/supernatural market.
The supernatural phenomena that Harry Potter and Twilight spawned is still a lucrative business for Hollywood so it’s no wonder movie studios are on the lookout for the next big franchise. Harry Potter’s seven films became the highest-grossing film series of all-time with worldwide receipts totaling $7.7 billion. The Twilight franchise with four films released and the fifth film coming out this year has, to date taken in a total of $2 billion in worldwide receipts.
With no more Harry Potter films left and the last of the Twilight movies coming out this year, The Hunger Games trilogy is poised to fill the void left by these two mega-hit franchises. The first Hunger Games movie took in a total of $78 million and there are at least two more movies underway.
Hoping to capitalize on the success of the YA fantasy market, Warner Brothers Studio is adapting Beautiful Creatures, the first book in the best-selling Caster Chronicles series by authors, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The studio is betting the series has all the ingredients for a successful franchise: forbidden romance, fantastical scenarios and otherworldly elements such as witchcraft.
Beautiful Creatures follows Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), a Caster with magical abilities. Coming-of age for Lena means being claimed by Light or Dark once she reaches 16-years-old. Many of the elder casters has an interest in seeing Lena claimed for one side or the other and they hope to influence the outcome. The narrator of the story, Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) has an unexplained connection with Lena and has dreams about his mystery girl before he even meets her. He tries to help Lena from being claimed by the Dark side and unravel how they are connected. The movie also stars Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis and Margo Martindale.
Sony Screen Gems is adapting The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the first book in the best-selling six part series by Cassandra Clare. The series follows a secret society of demon-hunters known as Shadowhunters whose magic is based on tattooed runes. The movie stars Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland, an orphaned Shadowhunter and Lily Collins as Clarissa (Clary) Fray. The movie also stars Kevin Zegers, Aidan Turner, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Jared Harris.
Both films are set to come out in 2013.