- Coming Soon March 19
Lois Lowry's Newberry Medal-winning YA novel The Giver has sold millions of copies over its 21 years in print — but despite its enduring popularity, a film adaptation has been slow to come. But the current boom in the YA adaptation market has led Hollywood to plumb the depths of the genre — and when it comes to the upcoming film adaptation of The Giver, fans are hopeful that it's better late than never.
The Giver follows Jonas, a young boy who begins to question the values of his seemingly utopian society. His quest for knowledge is sparked by the Giver, a person whose job it is to remember everything society has forgotten. Unfortunately, it looks very, very familiar — if only because so many subsequent, popular YA franchises have drawn inspiration from its story.
A formidable cast has been assembled to tell this story, including Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and noted thespian Taylor Swift. But will The Giver's dark philosophical narrative still resonate in a world of Divergents and Hunger Games? We'll find out when it hits theaters in November. --Scott Meslow
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The U.S. is about to sell weapons to Vietnam. That's bad news for China.
- What the Middle Ages can tell us about the GOP's big charity myth
- Why is the Pentagon stuffing caves in Norway full of tanks?
- The most sensible GOP alternative to ObamaCare comes from a Senate candidate who is almost sure to lose
- 10 things you need to know today: October 23, 2014
- The one thing the New Atheists get right about religion
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Did Republicans overshoot on the Ebola panic?
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
Subscribe to the Week