Category Archives: To the Big Screen

Certain books have the potential to take the leap to To the Big Screen. Maybe it was the plot. Maybe the appealing personality of the main character.

In this category, I will write about those stories that are going to be adapted into movies. Or have already been.

I will consider what made them successful. Why there considered being a movie, and what made them at made them so special in. I will also tell you the differences between the book and the movie in case they are.

This is a way to know if you should watch a movie. Or also, to know about the novel that inspired such movie. Who knows?

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I Am Number Four 2 movie: the reason why it was never released

Are you still waiting for the I Am Number Four sequel? then we have bad news: it was canceled. And that’s basically the reason why you can’t find the movie adaptation of the second installment in the series: The Power of Six.

You may be wondering what happened so the producers decided not to film an I Am Number Four 2 movie, were the box office numbers that awful? or was it something else? here you will find it out. But before, we are aware that you may be quite pissed not know how this story ends, and for that we have a great solution.

An alternative to watching the I Am Number Four movie sequel

Just in case you didn’t know, this film, directed by D. J. Caruso, is based on the first installment of a bestselling series known as Lorien Legacies. This means you will be able to keep enjoying the story of John Smith by reading the books. They are way better than the movie, which missed lots of details and doesn’t do justice to the novel, so here you have them all:

In case you want to read them here you have a list with All the I Am Number Four books in order. As you can see, the producers had lots of material to adapt. And yet they decided not to film an I Am Number Four sequel, but why? let’s see how the movie did.

Did the first movie flop and that’s why there’s not an I Am Number Four sequel?

There were great expectations for this movie to become a huge success, therefore being the first step to make a multimillionaire franchise. The books are bestsellers, which means the readers were more than willing to watch a movie adaptation of their favorite YA SciFi series. If that was not enough, the film was produced by DreamWorks, Michael Bay, and Steven Spielberg, quite a big deal, don’t you think?

But let’s see how the movie did in theatres:

  • Budget: $50 million worldwide.
  • Box Office: $150 million worldwide.

As you can see, the box office triples the budget. And yet, it was not enough for the producers to decide to film I Am Number Four 2, how can this be? Well, it’s not the first time we’ve seen budgets being recouped by the box office and yet the film is considered a flop, we mentioned this recently when we talked about why there was no Miss Peregrine 2 film, for example.

However, this case is very peculiar. Because it was not just that the movie didn’t do as well as expected, but it was that Dreamworks had some significant financial problems in those days: the movie was released in 2011, during the same year Dreamworks released another two movies that didn’t perform incredibly well either (Cowboys & Aliens, and Fright Night) this affected the company so much financially wise that they needed additional funding from Reliance (an Indian investment firm ).

The reviews didn’t help to decide to film I Am Number Four 2

If the economic hardship was not enough, the reviews surely didn’t help much. With a score of 33 out of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes (and similar scores on other popular review aggregators), the general opinion was that the movie had a familiar plot, with unconvincing performances.

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Too many negative reviews, so there you got it. This is why there is not going to be a sequel to I Am Number Four. So you better read the books, or just pray for the series to be rebooted.


Hope you found this post interesting. Also, have you read the Guardians of Ga’hoole series, yes! the film is based on a book series too, make sure you don’t miss it!

Are you sad that there won’t be an I Am Number Four sequel? leave a comment telling us if you enjoyed the movie, and if you’d like it to be rebooted someday.

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This is why there’s not a Miss Peregrine 2 movie

Are you still waiting for the release of the Miss Peregrine 2 film? but here’s the bad news, it was never filmed. But why? here you’ll be able to find out why there never was a sequel to the movie. Spoiler: it wasn’t because of a low grossing.

Nope, the movie did not flop at all, and yet the producers decided one movie was enough. Before we tell you why, aren’t you a bit bothered that you won’t be able to know how the story of Jake Goldman ends? well, we’ll tell you an incredibly entertaining way to find it out.

Here’s the perfect alternative to a Miss Peregrine 2 film

The film is actually an adaptation of the first novel in a book series written by Ransom Riggs. This is great news because you will be able to enjoy this story to its fullest now. Here you have the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children books in order:

You might be wondering how come there is no Miss Peregrine sequel with so much material available to be adapted. Kind of shocking, don’t you think? it’s time for some numbers.

Why is there no Miss Peregrine 2 film then?

This film was expected to become a huge success, and the first one of a more than a popular franchise. The project was very solid, not only they had Tim Burton directing the film, but the cast was also more than promising: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, (who starred in the movie adaptation of Ender’s Game book series), Chris O’Dowd… and also, let’s not forget that the book series is a bestseller, lots of green flags to become a stunner.

As said before, the movie didn’t flop at all. In fact, it delivered quite well in theatres, just see it yourself:

  • Production Budget: $110 million.
  • Worldwide Grossing: $296.5 million.

Looks like the film did great! and yet, the producers decided that making a Miss Peregrine 2 film was not a good idea, how is that so?

Sometimes being profitable is just not enough. And this is one of those cases. It might be worth mentioning that the movie was not as successful as it may seem, and to explain this we’ll have to talk a bit about the film industry:

First of all, distributors (20th Century Fox in this case) do not collect the full gross. And second, distribution and marketing costs are not included in the production budget, and sometimes those are way more costly. All costs considered, the Miss Peregrine movie might not be as profitable as it seemed at first glance, don’t you think?

The reviews

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While there’s no confirmation, it seems quite likely that the reviews had a lot to say in the decision not to film a Miss Peregrine 2 movie. While not bad, they are not good either.

With a score of 64 on Rotten Tomatoes (and a similar score on the most popular film review aggregator websites), most reviews agree on the fact that the movie had great visuals, but the script lacked emotion, causing disappointment to the fans of the book series.

In a similar way, the film was nominated for some awards, but didn’t win any. Now you understand why there is no Hollow City movie.

Also, if you enjoyed this film, then you should take a look at the Fairy Tale Reform School series, this story has a great plot, so make sure you don’t miss it!

Is there any chance they will decide to film a Miss Peregrine 2 movie?

The movie was filmed in 2016, and several years have passed since then (the very same reason why there won’t be an Aquamarine 2 movie by the way). Therefore, it is unlikely that there will be a sequel.

However, they might decide to reboot the franchise, would you like that? leave a comment telling us if you liked the movie.

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Is there a sequel to Aquamarine?

A long time has passed since this film, directed by Elizabeth Allen, was released, but is there going to be an Aquamarine 2 movie? well, let’s find out if we will be able to see Claire, Hailey, and Aquamarine together again, it would be great, wouldn’t it?

This movie is based on a novel by the same name, written by American author Alice Hoffman. In short, the main reason why there’s no sequel to the Aquamarine movie is that this wasn’t based on a book series, but just a standalone novel. But it´s not that simple, and here’s why:

Can the Aquamarine 2 movie happen despite the fact that the book is a standalone?

You may believe that given that this film is based on a novel by Alice Hoffman, and since she didn’t write a sequel for it, the case may be closed.

But that’s not true, and this is why: the movie is significantly different from the book, and while this may have annoyed all those who went to the theatre because they were anxious to watch a movie adaptation of this novel, it also means that there’s no reason why screenwriters couldn’t just make up a new story that serves as a sequel. Then, why didn’t they do that?

Before we discuss this, here you have the film and the book on which it’s based. As said before, the novel is way different, so fans of the movie will really enjoy this different take of this story:

The reason why the Aquamarine 2 movie was never filmed

You might find it shocking that there might be a chance of having a sequel despite the fact that there is no book on which to be based. But this happens more often than you would think, take The Hobbit movies, for example, most of the plot was made up, these are based on a short book with the same name written by J.R.R. Tolkien, and all the events in the book were already was already told in the first movie (and the first 30 mins of the second one), therefore, they made up an entire movie and a half.

In a similar way, Amazon Video made an adaptation of Good Omens, a standalone novel written by Neil Gailman and Terry Pratchett, which fully covered the events in the book in one season.

It was such a success that there is going to be a second season, based on what you ask? in this case, they will take unused story ideas from the original book, but still, most of it will be made up by the screenwriters.

Haven’t watched Good Omens yet? oh my! you can watch it for free on Amazon Prime video, you’ll be able to watch again Aquamarine there too!, with this 30-day trial (and you can unsubscribe whenever you want):

Where is the Aquamarine sequel then?

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When a movie adaptation, or a tv series, is successful producers are more than willing to invest their money in filming a sequel. So you might have noticed where this is going, these are the numbers of the Aquamarine movie:

  • Budget: $12 million
  • Worldwide grossing: $23 million

While it’s true that the grossing almost doubles the budget of the movie, it was still not enough for the producers to make a sequel.

It may be frustrating for us, as content consumers, but it makes sense that investors don’t want to risk their money on projects that they don’t think are solid enough. And this happens even with bestselling book series, in fact, that’s why there’s is no sequel of the Darkest Minds movie.

Similarly, the reviews of this movie are far from good, take a look:

As you can see, the ratings are not very good, so this is why the sequel was not filmed. In addition, the movie was filmed in 2006, given that 15 years have passed since then, so the actresses that starred in this film are around 30 years old, so maybe they are not willing to be part of a sequel anymore.

Would you like the movie to be rebooted or you’d prefer the same actresses to star in a sequel? leave a comment telling us your preferences!

Here you have some movie alternatives!

Also, we don’t want you to be sad just because the Aquamarine 2 movie was never filmed, so here you have some movies that are quite similar:

There are many series that don’t perform well in theatres, the Guardians of Ga’hoole series is another case, there were lots of expectations with these movies, but they didn’t perform as well as expected.

Have you read the book or maybe you will after knowing the movie was based on it? leave a comment telling us!

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Will there be a Black Dagger Brotherhood tv show or a film?

You probably heard the rumors, but is there actually going to be a Black Dagger Brotherhood movie? we’ll discuss the possibilities of an adaptation to J.R.Ward’s most prominent work. This bestselling series definitely deserves to be on theatres or on the most popular streaming platforms, don’t you agree?

Let’s talk about this series and about what would be the best way to adapt J.R. Ward’s novels. Maybe a movie is not a great idea? yeah, we have some buts…

Is there going to be a Black Dagger Brotherhood movie?

So far there is no news about a movie adaptation of this series, author J.R. Ward has not mentioned any projects related to a film franchise yet.

However, is a film project the best way to adapt the Black Dagger Brotherhood books? think about it, this is an ongoing series that consists of more than 20 volumes (and that without considering the Legacy ones).

If the producers decided to make a movie adaptation of this series it would be quite likely that not all the volumes would be adapted. 20 movies? unlikely to happen.

A movie adaptation would also mean that there would be a lot of changes, the script would look way different from the original content, and we know that when this happens neither the fans of the books or the newcomers are pleased with the results, this is why there was never Maximum Ride movie sequel for example.

Is a tv show a good alternative to a Black Dagger Brotherhood movie?

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Definitely. Long book series are easier to adapt in a tv series format, notice that movies are usually about 2 or 3 hours long, while a tv show season composed of 10 chapters of one hour each would equal 60 hours of content.

This is why Game of Thrones was not made into a movie, and the same happens with the adaptation of the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (which consists of 14 volumes) that is being produced by Amazon.

A Black Dagger Brotherhood tv show sounds like the perfect way to adapt this paranormal romance story written by author J.R. Ward. Having more hours of content would allow the screenwriters to make a faithful adaptation to the original source.

We need more vampire stories

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Let’s not forget that fans of vampire stories are in need of a new tv series starred by some powerful creatures thirsty for blood. Now that both The Vampire Diaries and the Sookie Stackhouse adaptations came to an end it’s time for a good replacement. And The Black Dagger Brotherhood, while a bit more steamy than the aforementioned, might be a good replacement for those.

It is kinda shocking that the Black Dagger Brotherhood does not have an adaptation yet. Streaming service platforms such as HBO, Amazon Prime Video, or Netflix are seemingly looking for book series to be adapted by their studios so they become fresh content in their platforms; so the fact that they have not reached an agreement with J.R. Ward is kinda unexpected, don’t you think?

Which actors do you think would be great for a Black Dagger Brotherhood movie (or a tv show)? leave a comment telling us your suggestions!

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Maximum Ride sequel movie

Are you still waiting for the Maximum Ride 2 movie to be released? then we have bad news for you, the sequel was canceled and so far there are no plans to make a reboot of this series. The film was released in 2016, what happened so they decided not to film a sequel? keep reading to find it out.

However, this doesn’t mean that you will never know how the story continues, because this film is actually based on a book series by the same name.

Since you can’t watch the Maximum Ride 2 movie here’s an alternative

The Maximum Ride movie is based on the first volume of the book series by the same name written by author James Patterson. Therefore, you can know how the story continues by reading the books. Here you have the novels, so you can know how Max’s story ends:

We’ll stop talking about the books here, in case you want to know more about them here you can find the Maximum Ride books in order and lots of interesting info about this series.

Why there won’t be a sequel?

In order to know why there’s not a sequel, we have to talk about the first movie adaptation of the book series. The film, released in 2016 and directed by Jay Martin, was a small project and was not even available to be watched in cinemas (or, rather, it was available in some select theatres). Instead, it was released on Digital HD (which is an alternative format to Bluray or DVDs).

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There is no info about the budget for this film. However, we know that it grossed $138 million worldwide. The average budget for a movie like this is around $80-90 million.

The film, starred by Allie Marie Evans, performed quite poorly. Nevertheless, those numbers are quite decent if we consider the fact that the movie was not released in theatres.

The reason why there’s not a Maximum Ride 2 movie

There are many reasons that explain why there won’t be a Maximum Ride sequel. Aside from its underperformance, which as we said is understandable, the movie was not well received.

The movie was way different from the book on which it’s based, a fact that did not please the fans of the book series, who expected the film to be as similar to the original content as possible.

Together with this, the acting is considered to be quite poor and unconvincing, while the dialogues sound very unnatural. And speaking of the special effects, they weren’t great either…

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Also, we must mention that the Hunger Games movies were released a few years earlier. This franchise, being so successful and profitable, made some studios try to copy their formula, which meant that lots of series were completely restructured and modified in order to look more similar to The Hunger Games. An attempt that didn’t work in most of the cases, as is the case of the Ascendant movie.

So far, there is no news that this series will have a reboot. Do you think there should be a new film or do you think it’s better that Netflix, HBO, or Amazon Prime Video develop a tv series? leave a comment telling us what would you rather prefer.

This is the case of the books by Cassandra Clare, the first volume of her popular urban fantasy book series had movie adaptation, which flopped, and therefore The Mortal Instruments 2 movie was never filmed, instead, it was rebooted as a tv series.

Did you enjoy the film? would have loved if they filmed the Maximum Ride 2 movie? then leave a comment and tell us what you enjoyed the most about this movie adaptation, also, tell us if you have read the books or if you plan to.

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