Wednesday, May 2, 2012

You Oughta Be in Pictures Week: Our Future is Now

To go along with all the Kates/Katies/Kadys we have writing for the blog, today we have another Rachel, she's our new youth services librarian at Central. She's making her debut with Jay Asher and Lauren Myracle's newest:

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (see more on this book here)

Okay, I’ll admit it. The main reason I want The future of us to be turned into a movie is so that I can relive my high school years on the big screen. There, I said it.

The fact is, the mid-90s aren’t distant enough to enjoy the retro-cool status of the ‘80s, but just enough to be passe. But not in The future of us. Authors Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler bridge the last decade of the 20th century with the new millennium through a free 100-hour AOL CD-ROM carrying a mysterious program from the future called Facebook, which lets high schoolers Emma Nelson and Josh Templeton see their thirty year old selves.

Director/Screenwriter: This story is begging to be turned into a screenplay by the director/screenwriter team of Juno glory, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody. The duo has a knack for turning intense situations into humorous verbal parries with tongue firmly planted in cheek.

Emma Nelson is pretty, but not too pretty; friendly, but not overly popular. She’s got a sense of humor,
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though tends to hold herself back from even her closest friends. Shailene Woodley of The Secret Life of the American Teenager has the perfect blend of gravitas and youth to capture Emma’s obsession with perfecting her future, as well as her struggle to open up.

Josh Templeton is totally comfortable in his own skin. He might have Pogs collecting dust on his windowsill, but he’s not embarrassed if anyone sees them. He’s easygoing and is quintessential best friend material—which is his biggest problem with Emma. So we need someone with a skaterboy cuteness and laidback demeanor. I'm thinking Josh Hutcherson of The Hunger Games or
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Lucas Grabeel from Smallville.

Kellan is Emma’s other best friend. She’s pretty, tiny, eats French fries like they’re going out of style, and she’s in love with the fourth friend in their circle, Tyson. Funny, friendly, and precociously good at science, Kellan is a bit like a kid in a teenager’s body, but she takes care of Emma like a sister. I'm thinking Selena Gomez of Wizards of Waverly Place.

Tyson is the classic clown. He greets his friends at lunch by throwing his food at them, he’s loud, and he skates everywhere with Josh. Yes, he’s immature, yes, he’s a little obnoxious, but he’s a loyal and fun friend to Josh, Emma, and even his flickering-but-not-dead flame, Kellan. I'd love to see Nick Krause fill Tyson’s role of comic reliever.

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Cody Grainger has been admired from afar by Emma for a long time. He’s insanely good-looking and athletic—and unfortunately, he knows it. When Emma starts to see glimpses of her future on Facebook, she takes control of her destiny and steers it toward Cody. It seems like there are a ton of options for someone who can play a ridiculously attractive, cocky teenager, but we’re going  with Alex Pettyfer from Beastly.

Sydney Mills is the prettiest girl in school, she’s rich, and she’s so nice that people can’t help but like her. Every boy has a crush on her, including Josh, though he never thought he had a chance with her. Now, all of a sudden, she’s turning her wide, amber gaze on him. We need someone who’s intimidatingly beautiful but also, in an almost unfair twist of fate, incredibly kind. Who better than Blake Lively from Gossip Girl?

Doesn't this book trailer make you think a movie (or a TV Series?) shouldn't be far behind??

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