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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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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The Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5 movie: why they didn’t film it?

Lots of kids and parents are willing to watch the Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5 movie in theatres, a film series based on the best-selling books by Jeff Kinney. The fourth movie, The Long Haul, was released in 2017, so where’s the next one? well, it is time for you to know the truth: there won’t be more live-action movie adaptations of this series.

But why? it is time for you to discover why. But before, in case you want to keep enjoying the hilarious adventures of Greg, here goes a great alternative:

A great alternative to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5 movie

In case you haven’t read the books this may be a great time for you do to so. They are way better than the films, here you have the first five. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5 movie would have been based in the fifth volume of this series, in case you want to know what would have happened if they had filmed it:

There are lots of more books in this series, you can take a look at this post where you will find the Wimpy kid books in order. But before you start binge-reading them, let us tell you what happened with the live-action movies.

Why the Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5 movie was never filmed?

It may have occurred to you that the reason why there won’t be more films in this series might be because they didn’t perform well in the theatres. A fair assumption, given that it’s one of the main reasons why film series are canceled, such as the case of The Dark Tower 2 movie for example. But was this the reason for The Diary of a Wimpy Kid films? let’s find out.

But before, if you want to watch these movies nonstop, you can get them here:

The first movie adaptation of these books was released in 2010 and was directed by Thor Freudenthal. It had quite a decent performance, having a budget of only $15 million dollars, the film grossed $75.7 million worldwide. Quite good, don’t you think?

But what about the sequels? the other 3 were directed by David Bowers, and here’s their performance:

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules – Budget: $21 million Box Office: $72.4 million.
  • The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – Budget: $22 million Box Office: 77.1 $72.4 million.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – Budget: $22 million. Box Office: $40.1 million.

As you can see, Rodrick Rules and Dog Days had a similar performance to the first movie, despite having a slightly larger budget. The Long Haul, however, didn’t do that well. Funnily, the author of the book series was involved in the fourth movie as a screenwriter (of course, by no means this implies that his involvement was the reason why the movie didn’t work as well as its prequels).

What about the receptions?

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This might be shocking to you if you enjoyed the movies. But truth is that none of the four movies had a great score according to critics. The first movie has a score of 56 out of 100 according to Metacritic, the second and the third one have a similar score.

The last one, The Long Haul, has the worst score of all. Getting a 39 out of 100. As you can see, had not a great reception, the general opinion is that they were just decent. Therefore, the decrease in grossing seen in the last movie compared to its predecessors together with the bad scores might have been the reason why the producers decided not to film a Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5 movie.

Do you agree with these scores? leave a comment rating the movies from best to worst and tell us which scores you think each of these films deserve.

Is there any chance there will be a diary of a wimpy kid movie 5 any day?

There won’t, the last film in this series was released in 2017, therefore, the actor who played Greg Heffley in the last movie, Jason Drucker, might be a bit too old for the role since he is now 16 (he was 12 when the movie was released). However, it is true that in the first three movies the main role was played by Zachary Gordon, so they could just get a new actor.

Additionally, Disney Plus announced that they were producing a Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie. However, it will be an animated film this time. Are you excited about this news or maybe you preferred the live-action ones?

Did you enjoy these movies? leave a comment telling us which one was your favorite!

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Will there be a Dark Tower 2 movie?

We feel like talking about movies, so we are going to tell you the sad reason why The Dark Tower 2 movie will not be filmed. This was supposed to become a huge success, being starred by Idris Elba, and also featuring Matthew McConaughey as the villain of the story. With such great actors in the project, one would think that the movie would be a success, but unfortunately, it was not… but why?

First of all, surely if you were looking for the sequel of The Dark Tower movie it is because you liked the plot of the first one, and therefore since no more movies based on this dark fantasy series are going to be filmed you will be sad not to know how the story continues. And for that, we have the perfect solution.

Since there will be no The Dark Tower 2 movie check out this alternative

This is one of those cases where the original work is a thousand times better than its film adaptation, so if you liked the movie then you’ll love the books. Here you have them all in case you decide to read them, they are really worth it, seriously, in fact, you can click on each of them to read the reviews of those who have already read them:

Also, what is shown in the movie does not happen in the books. But after, that is, the movie is a sequel to the books. Therefore, by reading the books you will discover a new world that will captivate you, and the movie will not have made any spoiler about the plot. Here you will find The Dark Tower reading order.

Also, if you enjoy comic books there is another alternative because there’s also the Dark Tower graphic novels, which tell the same story as the books, but they have great illustrations as well.

What happened for the producers to cancel The Dark Tower movie 2?

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The Dark tower film poster

The first thing you think when a franchise of this magnitude gets canceled is that the box office underperformed. But the truth is that this adaptation did not do too bad. Its numbers are quite decent in fact:

  • The Dark Tower movie budget: $60 million.
  • Gross: 113 million dollars.

These results, although positive, are not exaggeratedly high. But, are they so bad as not to record the movie 2 of The Dark Tower? Well, they are if the critics think that the adaptation was bad, the same that happened to the Darkes Minds 2 movie for example.

On the one hand, fans of this series by Stephen King were not amused that the film was not an adaptation of the first volume in the series, but instead was a sequel to the original material. In addition, those who had not read the books felt that there were many elements that were not well explained, since they made reference to the books. And if that were not enough, the story was considered to be very boring, lacking action and adventure.

Thus, the film has a rating of 34 out of 100 on Metacritic, and a 4.6 out of 5 stars on Filmaffinity (with almost 12 thousand votes on this website). Therefore, it can be categorically stated that with such poor reviews the producers are not going to risk filming a sequel to The Dark Tower movie.

An unexpected box office bomb

The film looked very good at the beginning. And of course, having Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, and Matthew McConaughey as the villain, Walter Paddick, was a good indication that this was a major project. However, not even the great performances of these two Hollywood superstars are enough to save a film whose starting point was perhaps not the most appropriate: people wanted an adaptation of the book series they love so much, not a sequel to it.

the dark tower sequel

It is not common for movies based on this author’s books to go wrong, in fact, that is why there are so many adaptations of his novels. However, it is quite usual that film adaptations do not do well, something similar happened with the sequel The Golden Compass for example.

Are you glad that The Dark Tower 2 movie will not be filmed or are you sad that the project did not go ahead? Tell us what you think about the cancellation of the sequel of this saga and if you are going to read the books to know more about this story.

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The Darkest Minds sequel

If you are still waiting for The Darkest Minds 2 movie to be released we have bad news for you: this sequel will never be filmed. It has not yet been confirmed, but it’s almost a fact. Why? keep reading to find out why there won’t be a second film in this series.

On the other side, you might be kinda frustrated right now, because you will obviously want to know how Ruby Daly’s story ended. Don’t worry, we have a perfect solution for you.

Since The darkest Minds 2 will not be filmed, here goes a cool alternative

In case you didn’t know this, this film is based on the first volume of a book series written by Alexandra Bracken. This is great news because you can read the books to know how the story ends. Also, the books are way better than the film, so if you enjoyed it then you will love the novels. There are four volumes, and you can get any of them by clicking on their cover:

Also, if you want to know more about this series here goes a handful post with The Darkest Minds reading order. And now, that we solved the sour problem of knowing how the story went on, let’s discover why there won’t be a sequel of The Darkest Minds.

Why won’t they film The Darkest Minds 2 movie?

the darkest minds film poster

The first film was released in 2018, was directed by
Jennifer Yuh Nelson (who you may know by directing some of the Kung Fu Panda movies), and was produced by 21 Laps Entertainment together with TSG Entertainment. How did it go? let’s take a look at the numbers:

  • Budget: $34  million.
  • Worldwide box office: $41.1 million.

As you can see, the movie was barely able to recoup its production costs. Additionally, it may be important to say that advertising costs are never included in the budget (and these numbers are not known), so it is fair to say that it was a box office bomb.

You might be wondering how come that a movie adaptation of a bestselling series didn’t perform well in the theatres. We’ll discuss this now, but this is actually more usual than you would think it is. In fact, the same happened with an adaptation of one of the most popular series by Stephen King, another project that will never have a sequel, we talk about this in this post about The Dark Tower 2 movie.

Is there any chance there will be a sequel to The Darkest Minds movie?

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As said before, the project is not yet officially canceled. But everything leads to thinking that given how badly the film performed in theatres the producers won’t risk their money on a sequel.

The director of the first film, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, was asked about the odds of filming the sequel. For which she said that she would be happy to direct it. However, it seems more than unlikely that this happens, since 3 years have passed since the first movie was released, and there is no production in development.

Therefore, everything seems to point out that The Darkest Minds 2 movie will never be filmed. Unless the series gets rebooted, would you like that? if it makes you feel better, remember that the Divergent film franchise was canceled after having released three out of four films, yes, they canceled the fourth and last film, so the audience would never get to know how this story ended (unless they read the novels of course), this is why Divergent 4 was canceled, in case you are curious.

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Why didn’t the movie work?

The general opinion is that the movie lacked personality. Both critics and audience felt that it was just a generic SciFi film just trying to copy the successful formula from other movies in the genre like the ones based on The Hunger Games books, or The Maze Runner. Which, in case you haven’t watched those:

During this process of scripting something similar to those movie adaptations, the film lost its soul. As a result, the film got a 15% rating on the Tomatometer by Rottentomatoes, similarly, the film has a score of 39 out of 100 on Metacritic.

Are you sad that The Darkest Minds 2 movie will never be filmed? leave a comment telling us if you enjoyed the first film and if you hope it gets rebooted someday. Will you read the books to know how the story goes on? tell us too!

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Is there a Vampire Academy 2 film?

If you are awaiting the Vampire Academy 2 movie we have terrible news for you: it was canceled. The film was supposed to be a huge success since it is based on a bestselling book series. Instead, the first movie adaptation didn’t perform as expected, do you want to know what happened? then keep reading to find out the sad reason why there is no sequel!

Also, you might be wondering how Ane Hathaway’s story goes on, will she and Dimitri end up together? lots of questions yet to be answered. Don’t worry, we have a great alternative for you to discover all the answers.

Since the Vampire Academy 2 movie was canceled, read the books to know how the story ends!

As said before, the movie is based on the first novel of a paranormal romance book series. Therefore, you can read the novels to know how the story ends! the books are way (by far) better than the movie adaptation, so you will really enjoy them:

If you want to know more about this series you can take a look at this post, in which you will find The Vampire Academy series order. Now, let’s get back to the movie, now it’s when it gets interesting…

Why was the Vampire Academy 2 movie canceled?

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It is quite usual that bestselling book series get a movie adaptation. The Vampire Academy has sold millions of copies worldwide. Having such a huge fanbase willing to watch movie adaptations of the novels they loved, the producers thought it would be easy to get some profit from this series. However, let’s take a look at how the first Vampire Academy movie performed in the theatres:

  • Directed by Mark Waters and released in the USA in 2014.
  • Budget: $30 Million.
  • Box office: $15.3 Million.

Box office bomb. Yes, it was a total failure. With such a low performance, it makes sense that the producers decided not to risk filming a sequel. And, seeing they didn’t even recoup their investment, it is more than understandable that the Vampire Academy 2 movie was never filmed.

But why was the first movie a failure?

Firstly, the Vampire Academy movie has significant changes from the original source. This is usually a bad idea because all the fans who are going to the theatres who want to watch a movie adaptation of the novel they loved will find out that the film does not resemble at all the story they enjoyed, therefore, they will not want to watch the sequel.

It is understandable that the movie adaptation is not 100% the same as the novel it’s based on. However, when these changes are quite notable, as is the case, it is usually not a good start. The same happened with The Mortal Instruments 2 movie, being canceled because of the low performance of its predecessor film as well.

But not only the script was the reason The Vampire Academy movie flopped and got negative reviews, a 3.5 score on Filmaffinity for example. The CGI effects and the action sequences were not as good as they were expected to be. Similarly, the movie has lots of jokes that are just not good.

Any chance the Vampire Academy 2 movie will ever be filmed?

Not at all. After such a bad reception, and given that several years have passed since the first movie was released, there is no way there will be a Vampire Academy sequel. Would you like this franchise to be rebooted? leave a comment telling us your thoughts.

The problem with the movie was, that it looked like a mashup of Mean Girls with Twilight. Which makes sense, because the director of this film was also in charge of filming Mean Girls.

So now you know why there is not a Vampire Academy 2 movie, did you enjoy this post? then you can check out this other post when we tell you why there is not a Divergent 4 movie.

Did you enjoy the movie or you think it could have been better? leave a comment and tell us if you liked it or not.