The Mortal Instruments adaptation saga of will-they, won’t-they saga is done. City of Ashes is back in pre-production.
The only worrying thing is the possibility of repeating the same mistakes twice - with Constantin Film’s Martin Moszkowicz blaming positioning and marketing for the film panning.
We are analyzing what we did wrong with the first film — particularly with the positioning and marketing — and what changes we have to make. We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise [for City of Ashes].
It had nothing to do with the terrible script and gags forced in there by Zwart? (Bach was a Shadow-Hunter, huh?)
On paper - a return makes sense, just. The film cost $60m to make, with another $60m on promotion - and has made just under $100m worldwide to date. Not the box-office smash everyone predicted so long ago, and not the train wreck that was expected not-so-long ago.
Rebecca Stead’s Liar & Spy has nabbed the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize - keeping back competition from John Green (The Fault in our Stars), David Almond (The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas) and Katherine Rundell (Rooftoppers)
Guardian children’s editor, doctor and doyenne of children’s books as well as chair of the judging panel, Julia Eccleshare said:
Liar & Spy is an incredibly sensitive book. Its central characters are all children who have complexities in their lives which they are dealing with. It’s a novel about how children have to navigate the world, and it has an open-handedness which means that readers may be surprised as to where it finishes. It’s always interesting in children’s fiction to see what’s coming from the US, and it’s appropriate that this Newbery-winning author be highly regarded in the UK too. It is a quiet book, but although the drama is finely-tuned, the overall impact is powerful, moving and surprising.
Have you read Liar & Spy yet?
(And then go read When You Reach Me, Stead’s Newbury-winning novel from 2010!!)
Photographer Jimmy Nelson has been trekking the planet taking photographs of tribes, documenting as much of their lives as he could, and collating it as Before They Pass Away.
It makes for a powerful series of pictures… but the project is not done. Next Nelson is going to return to each place he visited and show them the photographs and explain why he embarked on the project.
Allegiant - the final book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy hits today. With more questions than answers … here’s my top two:
Who/what is lying in wait in the no-man’s-land? Where will it leave the factions and factionless by the end of the series (still at war?)
Okay. GET READING!
The folks at Comixology have had an incredible run - and now they’re sharing a little about who buys digital comics. And where/how/when they’re reading them. And how much they spend.
Yes. 40% hide their spending from partners.
Ever wonder what it was like to be a movie extra in a Superman film? Wonder no more!
Check out Gotham City University playing Metropolis State University.