7 of Your Favorite YA Books Slated for Movie Adaptations in 2017

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We’re only halfway through 2016, but the box office was already packed with goodies. Deadpool! The Divergent Series: Allegiant! Captain America: Civil War! Sure, some of the most anticipated movies of the year didn’t meet standards (i.e. The 5th Wave), but, overall, things are looking up. And we can only imagine the numbers summer 2016 films, like X-Men: Apocalypse and Suicide Squad, will rake in. They’re gonna KILL it.

While there’s still plenty to look forward to in the latter half of the year, we’re also eagerly awaiting the flicks to come in 2017; more specifically, the YA adaptations. Not only are the last installments in the Maze Runner and Divergent franchises slated for release, but other brand-spanking-new-to-the-screen films await us as well. Here are seven of your favorite young adult books slated for movie adaptations next year:


The Maze Runner: The Death Cure

RELEASE DATE: February 17

February can't come soon enough for fans of the Maze Runner films. The Death Cure is the third — and final! — flick being brought to life on screen based on James Dashner's epic novels.

This story follows Thomas (played by Dylan O'Brien) as he goes on his mission to discover a cure to a disease called the "Flare."

The latest installment of the film franchise was back in September 2015, so this adaptation is taking much longer to film and finalize — you know, because of Dylan's tragic on-set accident and all — but hopefully it will come out somewhat on time. If not, it's completely understandable, given the bizarre circumstances.

Photo: Delacorte Press

The Divergent Series: Ascendant

RELEASE DATE: June 9

The Divergent book series has seamlessly made the transition into an epic movie franchise and in 2017 it will all come to an end.

Ascendant is actually an adaptation from the third book, Allegiant, but it has been broken into two films, the last one coming to theaters next June.

While fans have already added in their two cents on the film franchise's ending, we will have to wait until next year to find out the real fate of Tris (played by Shailene Woodley) and Four (played by Theo James). Fingers crossed they live happily ever after and Tris doesn't *spoiler alert* die!

Photo: Summit Entertainment

A Wrinkle in Time

RELEASE DATE: July 28

A Wrinkle in Time was actually a TV movie for Disney back in 2003, but now the production company is reviving the tale for the big screen.

The 2017 movie is set to be released in July and it will perfectly encompass everything we love about Disney, adventure films and fantasy worlds.

Variety previously reported that Selma director Ava DuVernay is on board to work on the adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's book, while Jennifer Lee, who wrote Frozen, is slated to pen the new film. The story itself follows kids as they travel through time in search of their missing father, while finding adventures along the way.

Photo: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Let It Snow

RELEASE DATE: November 22

John Green is one busy guy. The author, who is best known for The Fault in Our Stars, has another one of his books coming to the big screen. This time, however, the movie is based on his short stories that he wrote with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle.

This film will adapt the collection of three romance stories that are intertwined at Christmas time with the help of Pitch Perfect screenwriter Kay Cannon, who is set to write the screenplay. Universal Pictures will release the film, just in time for the Christmas season.

Photo: The Penguin Group

Looking for Alaska

RELEASE DATE: TBD

If you love The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, then this is the 2017 movie for you. It is an adaptation of John Green's popular YA novel by the same name and it's highly anticipated. Although there is not an official release date, the same team who worked on TFiOS is on board to work on this film, so it is bound to be another hit. The tale follows the love story between two teenagers, Miles and Alaska, and it is a must-read, so obviously it'll be a must-see as well.

Photo: Dutton Juvenile

All the Bright Places

RELEASE DATE: TBD

The best-selling novel is coming to theaters in 2017, we just don't know when and it's killing us!

Jennifer Niven's story follows a girl named Violet Markey as she befriends a boy named Finch at the top of a bell tower (as he is prepared to commit suicide) and forms a unique bond with him. What we do know about the film is that, as of July 2015, Miguel Arteta (known for Cedar Rapids) is on board as the director of the project. The other exciting news is that Elle Fanning is set to star in the upcoming film as Violet!

Photo: Alfred A. Knopf

An Ember in the Ashes

RELEASE DATE: TBD

In 2015, An Ember in the Ashes hit bookshelves and instantly became a bestseller. And in 2017, it will become a movie!

According to reports, Paramount is working on the adaptation of the book. Author Sabaa Tahir's brother, Haroon Saleem, is on board as a producer on the project, along with Mark Johnson, who worked on Breaking Bad and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Photo: The Penguin Group

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