Movie News: The Jungle Book, The 5th Wave, Child 44, Mr. Holmes, & More

Neel SethiYoung Neel Sethi here will play Mowgli in Jon Favreau’s version of The Jungle Book.

The Fifth Wave will hit theaters on January 29th, 2016.

And Child 44 will be released on April 17th, 2015.

Here’s a look at Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes (a.k.a. A Slight Trick of the Mind). In addition, Hiroyuki Sanada has been cast in the movie.

And here’s a glimpse of Chris Hemsworth in In the Heart of the Sea, courtesy of Ron Howard.

David Heyman will produce and James Schamus will write the adaptation of Reza Aslan’s Zealot.

Book Review: The 5th Wave

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother – or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

This was a very quick, action-packed read, but I found it to be pretty predictable. I kept waiting for something to happen that would show something wasn’t as it seemed – or, preferably, someone‘s motivations weren’t clear – but it never really did. (Maybe in the second book?) The writing was very cinematic, and though the characterization was done pretty well, I never felt like I really got into it or was affected the way other readers have said they are. It was fine and I don’t regret reading it, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it, either. I know a lot of people loved it, though, so maybe it’s just me. As I told a friend after reading it, “maybe I’m just over apocalypses for now.”

As I mentioned last month, The 5th Wave is already being adapted for the screen, and despite my somewhat lukewarm feelings on the book in general, I think it will transition well to the screen. As I mentioned, the writing is very cinematic, and there were definitely times when I felt like Yancey was writing with a movie in mind. (Whether he actually was or not, of course, I have no idea.) It has many elements of a successful teen franchise – lots of action, a love triangle, a “regular” girl forced to become a heroine – but those same things will draw easy comparisons to The Hunger Games and Divergent, which may make this one seem derivative by the time the movie comes out.

Anyone else read this? Did you like it better than I did?

Susannah Grant to Write The 5th Wave Movie

According to a Hollywood Reporter exclusive, Sony has hired screenwriter Susannah Grant (Party of Five, Erin Brokovich) to adapt Rick Yancey’s popular young adult novel The 5th Wave. THR’s description: “The story follows a 16-year-old heroine who survives an alien invasion only to search for her brother, who might have been abducted by human-looking extraterrestrials. The girl is helped by a boy who also might be an alien in disguise.” I actually have this one out from the library right now – I’ll have to move it up on my reading list!