The Twilight Saga's screenwriter, Melissa Rosenberg, is producing and adapting the first book in Sargent's beloved sci-fi trilogy, available in paperback from Tor. ''We're right at the beginning [of the process],'' says Rosenberg, who says she's moving with care because ''you have to think of it in terms of not just one movie'' but an entire franchise.
Twihards in withdrawal will be happy to learn that Taylor Lautner is attached to star in the film version of this futuristic, prison-set series, which was published last year by Dial. ''I'm not really familiar with [Lautner's] work, to be honest,'' laughs Fisher. ''But I gather he's very popular with the young ladies. I'm sure he's wonderful.'' The sequel to Incarceron, Sapphique, came out late last year; Fisher says she doesn't have more volumes planned, but she's not ruling them out.
Matched may be getting the Disney treatment, but the books aren't just for kids. ''They're about fighting a restrictive society in a quiet, subversive way,'' Condie says. Husband-and-wife writing team Kieran and Michele Mulroney (the Sherlock Holmes sequel) are working on the screenplay. Dutton Children's Books, which published Matched, will release the next book, Crossed, in November.
A bidding war broke out over the film rights to Pure, the first book in a trilogy, before Grand Central even bought the series. It's easy to see the book's cinematic potential: An apocalyptic event has divided the world into two castes the Pures, who live under a protective dome, and the scarred survivors, who exist in an ash-filled wilderness. ''The people at Fox are excited, and their enthusiasm is contagious,'' says Baggott. The novel goes on sale in February 2012.
At first, Stiefvater worried that Hollywood would turn her subtle romantic trilogy into ''Terminator with werewolves.'' But with a screenplay by Nick Pustay (Ramona and Beezus) finished, she feels more confident. ''I think that they're going to put a nice indie spin on it,'' she says. Forever, the series' final volume, comes out in July from Scholastic.
A brain-munching zombie as romantic hero? Why not? Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) has been tapped to direct, and Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy) will star in the film version of Marion's book, just published by Atria. The author hasn't committed to any sequels...yet: ''To me, what a franchise means is if you care what happens to these characters after the story ends,'' says Summit's Feig. ''If the answer is yes, you have a franchise.''