Books into Movies: If I Stay Casts Lead, City of Ashes Production Updates, and more!

Books into Movies news today will feature lots of casting updates, including some notable ones for The Fault in Our Stars and Mockingjay. Also is some surprising news about the fate of City of Ashes

Here are some of the books discussed in the post:

The Fault in Our Stars If I Stay (If I Stay #1) Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

Continue reading for all the juicy details!



This movie looks so profound. I haven't read the book yet, but I may have to pick it up before November. 



Chloe-Grace Moretz has already been cast as Mia, so all that's left is the casting for Adam. And now...we have our Adam. Relatively unknown actor -- Jamie Blackley.
Jamie Blackley (Snow White And The Huntsman, The Fifth Estate) has snagged the male lead in MGM‘s book adaptation If I Stay. He’ll play Adam opposite Chloe Moretz in the pic directed by R.J. Cutler, based on Gayle Forman’s YA novel about a comatose teenager who has an out-of-body experience in the hospital and is faced with choosing between living a difficult life or giving up altogether. Blackley, an Isle of Man native, next stars in the Bryan Singer-produced uwantme2killhim?
I watched his trailer in an indie flick with Kate Bosworth, and I must say that he looks awesome. And I totally love when unknowns are cast in a YA adaptation. I haven't read If I Stay so I can't tell you if he resembles Adam, but Gayle Forman approves! 


This has been the most controversial casting lately. Dakota Johnson will play Anastasia Steele and Charlie Hunnam will play Christian Grey. Super fans petitioned for Matt Bomer after the news. Honestly, I'm not too concerned about this casting. But I do think the producers did a disservice to cast it so late after the buzz died down.
The film will be released by Focus Features on August 1, 2014 in North America. It is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside author E L James, whose erotic novel trilogy has sold over 70 million books worldwide. Kelly Marcel wrote the script. 
Charlie Hunnam sat down with the Hollywood Reporter to talk about his role as Christian Grey. As far as his casting goes, it makes lots of sense, especially as he explains why he chose the role.

About the chemistry with Dakota:
“As soon as we got in the room and started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it, because there was a tangible chemistry between us,” Hunnam told The Hollywood Reporter and a handful of reporters. “It felt kind of exciting and fun and weird and compelling, and so that was it.”
About the book:
Before that electrifying reading, Hunnam spoke at length with director Sam Taylor-Johnson about her thoughts on the role. After their first meeting, he “felt really intrigued and excited about it.” “I went and read the first book to get a clearer idea of who this character was and felt even more excited about the prospect of bringing him to life.”
About the sex scenes:
“My first job was on a Channel 4 miniseries called Queer as Folk. [There were] incredibly explicit sexual scenes with a man,” Hunnam said. “I mean, I’m 16- and 17-years wiser now. So if I could do it when I was 18 with a guy, I can certainly do it at 33 with a lady.” 


First news is that John Green will make a cameo in The Fault in Our Stars!

The second bit of news is that Peter Van Houten has been cast and it is the best casting yet! Willem Dafoe will play the novelist in the movie.
Patrick, the leader of the support group, had also been cast. Mike Birbiglia will helm the role.


Some casting updates for Mockingjay are here. For any Game of Thrones fans Natalie Dormer will play Cressida. She's a character from the Capitol that joins the rebellion.
Stef Dawson will play Annie Cresta, a District 4 victor, in the last two films.
And Messalla was also cast. I'm not sure who the character is, so take to the comments if you know!



Filming for The Fault in Our Stars is going strong and John Green has been spotted on set. Below is a picture of the support group.
And this is my favorite tweet of the main cast:
For more pics and updates, I'd suggest following John Green's twitter. He's keeping everyone up to date on the filming.



A banner of all the tributes has been released! It's pretty cool and it should get you excited for the movie. Only a few months to go!

Larger image HERE



Sorta Like a Rock StarMatthew Quick has already had a book adaptation success in Silver Linings Playbook. Now his YA novel, Sorta Like a Rockstar has been optioned.
In Sorta Like A Rock Star, the protagonist is Amber Appleton, a high school senior who secretly lives in the back of a school bus, a situation that arose when her mother’s boyfriend kicked them out. The bus (they call it Hello Yellow) is the same one that her mother uses to drive kids to school, and despite the adversity, Amber is a self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism. A fatal tragedy puts her optimism to the test. The deal comes with a script that Laura Sandler and Amanda Harlib wrote on spec, but it’s likely the studio will seek out a director to guide how the project takes shape.
I'm super excited for this one!


Gallagher Girls

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series has been optioned by producers Tony Lewis Lee and Nikki Silver, the same producers working on The Giver.
“It’s an incredibly readable young-adult series about a spy school for girls. We love it because it’s totally about girls and girl empowerment, and it's very international,” says Silver. Adds Lewis Lee, “It’s important for us to have things that are about diversity and empowerment -- and it’s kick-ass and fun.”
The series has six books and the producers are eying a franchise. I'm not sure how it will pan out with the mainstream crowds but I think it's exciting nonetheless.



Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)

The classic Anne of Green Gables is becoming...a musical! Awesome news becuase, really, who doesn't love musicals?
Canadian indie film producers The Film Farm and Side Road Media are to turn the long-running Anne of Green Gables -- The Musical into a feature written by actor and playwright Kristen Thomson.



The CW is our favorite television station here at Nawanda Files. The Wizard of Oz is our favorite children's book. Combine those two and what do you get...epicness!

There's not much that can beat dancing Batman and Robin -- but this can!

The show was sold to the CW and it will be based on the upcoming 2014 Harper Teen title Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page.
It is a revisionist take on the classic tale set in present day, 80 years after Dorothy Gale supposedly came home. In reality, the magically-ever-youthful Dorothy has stayed in Oz, presiding over a now fascist fairyland with her perfectly manicured iron fist and the help of her henchmen – the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.  But when another young woman from Kansas is swept up in a tornado and magically dropped into this war-torn Oz, our hero discovers a revolutionary underground of witches and enchanted beings only to learn that she is destined to lead their people in the fight to reclaim Oz from a power-hungry Dorothy’s ruthless clutches.
Yeah, that sounds awesome! I think retellings are difficult to make succeed, and I hope this is one of the good ones. There are plenty of other TV projects being bought based on The Wizard of Oz so it will be a toss up to see if The CW goes ahead with the pilot.




Usually we don't have an OMFG section, but this news warranted the F. Filming for City of Ashes has already been scheduled and the movie was ready to go into production. But the lukewarm reception of City of Bones has halted production. Read the press release below
LOS ANGELES (September 10, 2013) - Constantin Film announced today that it has postponed the start of principal photography of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF ASHES. 

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES opened on August 21 and has a $70M worldwide box office take after 3 weeks in release. The book series is currently #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for children series. 

The push of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF ASHES allows Constantin Film to analyze the results to date and reposition the franchise in order to maximize the results for future installments.

Said Martin Moszkowicz of Constantin Film and an executive producer on the franchise: "Constantin Film has a long tradition of adapting books to the big screen. Pushing back the start of production of CITY OF ASHES was a decision we did not take lightly. But after speaking with all of our partners on the creative and distribution side, it was clear that it will be beneficial to have more time to reposition the film in the current market place. THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series has an incredibly loyal and ardent fan base and is a bestselling book series. While taking Cassandra Claire’s vision to the screen we want to make sure to draw on the full potential of the franchise."

It's no secret Becca and I didn't like the movie. I gave it a C+ and Becca gave it a C- in our Twin Takedown. But I was hopeful that the sequel would redeem the first movie, fix the mistakes, and work on character development more. The postponement makes me worried that City of Ashes may not even happen. If that's the case, then it's sad news indeed.


Ender's Game: November 1st 2013
The Book Thief: November 15th 2013
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire:  November 22nd 2013
The Maze Runner: February 14th 2014
Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters: February 14th 2014
Divergent:  March 21st 2014
Fifty Shades of Grey: August 1st 2014
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1: November 21st 2014
The Fault in Our Stars:  2014
The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes: 2014
Chaos Walking: 2014
Fallen: 2014
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: July 31st 2015
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2: November 20th 2015


My personal favorite news: Jamie Blackley is cast in If I Stay. An unknown actor gets a chance to breakout in a YA Adaptation. Yes!!

 What movie are you dying to see? What's your favorite piece of books into movies news this week?  Sound off below!


  1. Haha, I can do it at 33 with a lady. Well put, Hunnam. It's cheesy, but I'm totally looking forward to the movie adaption. Christian Grey is one of the most effed up characters in romance/erotica/whatever that I had read and wanted to know more about. I hope this female actress can bring a bit more depth to Anas character, because it's almost non existent anyways. Also, Natalie Dormer is every where! Love it. She's got skills.

    1. I'll be seeing Fifty Shades because I'm sooooo curious how they're going to adapt it to film. I agree that Anastasia needs more depth, hopefully the actress will succeed! You're so right about Natalie Dormer. She's breaking out for sure. That bow and arrow scene in GoT with her and Joffery *shivers* She deserves an Emmy for that! Thanks for stopping by, Sallie!!

  2. So much news! I am so excited about THE FAULT IN OUR STARS! The picture of all of them! I'm not too thrilled with how Ansel's looking in that picture though :/

    I am now excited about Dorothy Must Die!

    Ah! The Catching Fire poster!

    Honestly, I think that the mortal instruments isn't going to have the best reception. I was talking to a lot of other fans and they said that they enjoyed the series when they were younger...before they realized what good writing could be. I think that says a lot, which sucks. I've yet to see the movie because it came out when I was about to leave for college.

    As for 50 shades, ugh. Will not be seeing that one.

    1. Yeah, I think the TMI movie would have done much better if it was released during the Twilight era. But nowadays we need more than the tropes to get by. It basically played like a movie for the super fans, otherwise it was not good at all. If you read City of Bones, you should check the movie out at least. You may end up liking it. I know some fans that thought it was great. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I freaking love The book thief. I'm very scared and excited for the movie. The casting looks promising so far and I got some good vibes from the trailer. Let's hope they can translate his beautiful prose on the screen.

    I have a secret girl crush on Natalie Dormer, haha. I'm not sure what it is, but boy, I find her very pretty :)

    1. The cast for The Book Thief looks stellar! I can't wait for it too. Natalie Dormer...LOVE. I totally agree, she is gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. AHHHH! ADAM WILDE. I just cannot even describe how incredible that casting is! JUST AH. I'm so excited!!

    And then TFIOS! I may or may not stalk Ansel Elgort online ALL of the time. SO Yeah. I'm obsessed.

    And then Dorothy Must Die?! SOUNDS FREAKING AMAZING!

    Can't wait for all of these!!

    1. Ansel Elgort was cast perfectly. I'm obsessed as well :) And yes, I'll read/watch anything where Dorothy bites it, lol. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. The Insignia series is SOO underrated! It is very JK Rowling-ish. I think Tom/Vik have the best brotp since Harry/Ron. It would actually make a great TV series too!

  6. City of Bones was lazy. A thousand times better than I expected, but still a BAD movie. & obviously since fandoms are huge & loyal they must have thought whoever would like it because FAN.
    Well, HA-HA. NO.
    It backfired.
    I think they will film City of Ashed. That is, after making it more attractive & somewhat acceptable. Better than CoB, at least.

    1. Yeah, City of Bones was not good at all. They were totally banking on the fandom carrying that movie. I wish producers would not even think about the fans of the books when they make a film. I know that sounds bad, but the movie has to stand up to mainstream crowds (and ppl who haven't read the book) for it to have good storytelling.

      I honestly don't know if they'll make City of Ashes. The overall speculation from other sites is that they probably won't. I hope they do too though.

  7. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS! and Mockingjay Movie. HG has the best adaptation. TMI was a bit over the top. Thanks for another interesting post :D


    1. Hunger Games is definitely the best adaptation since Harry Potter (those movies are in their own category). I thought TMI was too campy and definitely over the top.

      And I'm so glad you're excited for TFiOS! I think that one will be amazing. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Yay! I'm so excited that Gallagher Girls may become a movie! Now that is one movie I will definitely watch. ;D<3
    As for the City of Ashes movie, why do I have a feeling that it won't be continued and would be cancelled?