Sure, you've heard all the hubbub about casting for the adaptations for "The Hunger Games" and "The Mortal Instruments," but there's a third noteworthy series that's been quiet by comparison. That is, until now.
"The Caster Chronicles," by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, certainly deserves its place in the next-big-franchise, post-"Harry Potter" and "Twilight" conversation. And today marks not only the unveiling of the cover of the third book, "Beautiful Chaos," on Hollywood Crush, but an official status check on the book-to-movie process.
And, of course, what adaptation discussion would be complete without a little fantasy casting?
If you're not already hip to the "Caster Chronicles," the story follows fated lovebirds Ethan and Lena. Ethan, the narrator, is just an average high school kid in a small Southern town until he meets the wildly unique and beautiful Lena, who turns out to be a caster (which, for simplicity's sake, is like a witch). Amidst loads of Civil War flashbacks, Southern traditions and humorous crossword puzzle references, Ethan is thrown into the mystical caster world filled with life, love or death consequences and realizes he and his family are not so average after all.
The idea of adapting the first book, "Beautiful Creatures," intrigued Academy Award-winning screenwriter Richard LaGravanese – who also wrote the script for the Robert Pattinson-starring "Water for Elephants" – and he brought it to his producer, Erwin Stoff. Eventually, they took the project to auction and landed at Warner Bros.
"Somewhere in there, Richard decided that he not only was going to write the screenplay but he also wanted to direct it," Garcia tells NextMovie. "We were doubly excited because we knew who our director is going to be and we know that he is fantastic."
Since then, the screenplay has been completed, but Garcia and Stohl have yet to get a peek.
"We have not asked for it either," Stohl explains. "We really have complete confidence in Richard and Erwin and we feel like when Richard thinks it's ready to show it to us, he will. As writers, we understand the feeling of not being ready to show it to the people yet. He doesn't interfere with us writing the books so we're not going to interfere with what he's doing."
That faith in their screenwriter comes from his demonstrated fascination with their work. LaGravanese and Stoff met the authors in South Carolina for a tour of some of the places that inspired their work.
"Richard showed up with a notebook full of questions – like rules of the universe questions," Garcia says. "He has so much interest in the intricacies of the world and even if there were things that weren't in the book he still wanted to know from us, [like] what would happen if this happened, what would be the ramifications of X."
"They also really wanted to get a feel for the exact locations we had in mind when we wrote the book," Stohl adds.
The pair is hopeful that the film will go into pre-production later this year as planned. That means it's almost time for casting...
Behold! Garcia and Stohl's Fantasy Casting Gallery!