Lionsgate and Summit, companies built on the novel adaptations of The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga, are staying on their bookish paths. So much so that the combined entity has a hold on the latest New York Times bestseller lists that the company’s betting will turn into box office success down the line. Divergent, written by Veronica Roth, tops the Children’s Paperback books list this week. Lionsgate-Summit’s feature adaptation of the dystopian teen tale, with screenplay by Evan Daugherty, is in pre-production now with plans to start filming later this year. If that proves a hit at theaters, the company also holds rights to the twentysomething author’s sequel Insurgent, which currently sits No. 1 on the Children’s Chapter Books list.
The release of the trailer for The Perks Of Being A Wallflower earlier this month came as the teen-angst novel sits No. 3 on the New York Times’ Children’s Paperback Books. This puts the debut book by Stephen Chbosky, who wrote and directed the film version that comes out September 14, on the bestseller list for this first time in the 13 years its been in print. Emma Watson and Logan Lerman star in the movie.
Teen isn’t Lionsgate-Summit’s only literary genre. Coming out October 26, the White House thriller Alex Cross, starring Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Ed Burns, and Jean Reno, is based on James Patterson’s Kill Alex Cross. The D.C.-based novel sits at No. 11 on the Paperback Trade Fiction list this week. Over on the Paperback Mass-Market Fiction list, Ender’s Game is at No. 26. Lionsgate-Summit also has the Orson Scott futuristic adventure slated for a November 1, 2013 release with Gavin Hood directing.
And after 94 weeks on the NYT list, The Hunger Games remains No. 1 on the Children Series top 10.
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