Universal hires Lauren Oliver to adapt Panic for film
It was announced a couple of days ago that Lauren Oliver, author of the YA book Panic, as well as the Delirium trilogy, has been hired by Universal Pictures to adapt her own book for a movie.
YA literature is a pretty hot commodity in Hollywood these days, and many others rights have been sold to movie studios in recent years. But not all of them actually make it through the development process, and even fewer actually make it on the big screen. Even then, only a small percentage make a big enough dent for there to be more movies made, especially since most of those that are made are part of a series, or a trilogy.
As of lately, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner have been successful enough to warrant more films.
Seeing as this is a one-off novel, the advantage is that there might not be the pressure of it expecting to turn a major profit in order for the next books of the series to be filmed. However, the disadvantage is that if it doesn’t make a profit, it becomes another mediocre or bad film to add to the list of mediocre/bad films based on amazing YA books.
In hiring Lauren to write a script for her own book, this usually gives the fans of the book more reason to want to watch the movie, something that is detrimental when it comes to movie adaptations. Lauren seems to be excited about it, too. Can’t say I blame her!
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.