The movie adaptation of Jeanne Ryan’s YA novel, Nerve, will be hitting theaters in July, in time for teens out of school.
Even though Lionsgate has significantly toned down the promotions for this YA book-to-movie adaptation titled Nerve, it seems to have made at least a logical decision to move its originally scheduled date of September 16th to the much more teen-friendly date of Wednesday, July 27th.
A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”
Nerve stars Emma Roberts (Fox’s Scream Queens) in the lead role of Vee, Dave Franco (Now You See Me 2) as Ian who ends up being her partner, Juliette Lewis (ABC’s Secrets and Lies), and Samira Wiley (Netflix’s Orange is the New Black). The film was directed by the duo team Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman who both executive produced MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show and co-directed the horror movies Paranormal Activity 3 and Paranormal Activity 4. Needless to say, they understand the power of the internet, which is useful for a film like this.
Although I’m not expecting Nerve to be a hit like Lionsgate’s previous YA adaptations The Hunger Games and The Divergent Series franchises, I do hope it gives its intended audience something a little less serious and a lot more fun in that thrilling Fast and Furious kind of way. Not all movies have to be thought-provoking or intense in that way, but this one has the potential to be entertaining, much like a popcorn flick should be.