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?

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?

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!

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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

Why was the Ascendant movie canceled?

Are you waiting for the Divergent 4 movie so to know how Triss’ story ends? oh, well, this is awkward then… the last movie in the series, Ascendant, was canceled! yes.. but why? keep reading to find it out!

Also, you’ll probably want to know how this story ends, right? after watching 3 movies you’ll be wondering about the ending of this tale. We have a great suggestion for you!

Given that the Divergent 4 movie will not be filmed, read the books instead to know the ending!

The books of this series are way more entertaining than the movies, therefore reading them is the perfect way to know the ending of this story. There are lots of things that are not shown in the movies, so here you have the books as an altenative to watching the Divergent 4 movie: Ascendant.

You might be wondering how come if there are 3 books in the series then there were going to be four movies. The reason is the producers decided to split the last book into two movies. A common move in the Hollywood industry, we’ve seen it too in the Harry Potter movies for example. Or worse, in The Hobbit.

There are actually more books in the series (companion novels though), you can go to this post and find out what is the order for the Divergent series.

What happened so the Divergent 4 movie was never filmed?

In order to answer this question, it is necessary to take a look at the performance of the 3 Divergent movies. So it will help you to understand why Ascendant was canceled.

  • The First Divergent movie had a budget of $85 million and grossed $288 million worldwide.
  • The second film, Insurgent, was filmed having a budget of $110 million, grossing $297 million.
  • The third and last Divergent movie, Allegiant, has a budget of 110 to 142 million, grossing 180 million.

Did you notice already? as you see, the budget for the movies in this series gradually. However, despite this increase in the budget, the grossing in the third movie is way lower than the previous ones.

Was the drop in box office revenues what caused Divergent 4 not to be filmed?

It was one of the reasons, that’s for sure. The third Divergent movie performed way below the expectations of the studio owners, Lionsgate. Additionally, when the 3rd movie of the Divergent franchise was released, this studio was yet recovering from the flop of another of their films, Gods of Egypt.

All these factors together, including the bad reviews from both the audience and the critics, whose general thought was that the plot was unoriginal, and lacked character development. lead to the project being canceled. This reminds us of another film adaptation that had a similar outcome, The Vampire Academy, yes, this project was canceled too, if you want to read these books take a look at this post with Vampire Academy series order.

Luckily, not all the film adaptations of the books in this genre were not as unfortunate. Here you have some movies that actually had a great performance in the theatres:

Back to the Divergent 4 movie drama, the producers actually wanted to give the fans of the series an ending. And, since risking on filming the Ascendant movie was out of the question, they decided a tv series would be a good idea. However, you’ve never heard of a tv series narrating the story of Divergent, have you?

The reason why Ascendant was not made as a tv series either

After the movies being canceled, some of the actors involved in the filming were not very enthusiastic about the idea of filming a tv series instead. This is the case of Theo James (Four, or Tobias) and also Zoe Kravitz, who said they were not interested in this alternative.

Regarding Shailene Woodley (Triss), she said she wanted a worthy ending for her role and the series. However, given that the Divergent 4 movie was not filmed, and neither was the tv series, her wishes were not fulfilled.

Additionally, if you have already read the books in the series then you can take a look at this list with books like The Divergent series, we hope you find a new great novel for you to enjoy!

Did you like the Divergent movies or do you think they don’t do justice to the books? leave a comment telling us what you thought of these movie adaptations, and if you would have watched the tv series or not.

This is why The Mortal Instruments City of Ashes movie was not filmed

If you are trying to watch The Mortal Instruments movie 2 it is time for you to know that it was canceled. But don’t be sad, because we will tell you a great way for you to know how Clairy Fay’s story goes on.

The reason why the sequel, the film City of Ashes, was never filmed is quite shocking, given that these urban fantasy books are really popular. Keep reading to find out what happened.

Given that you can’t watch The Mortal Instruments 2 City of Ashes movie here’s a cool alternative

It is terrible when you like a movie that is part of a series and the project gets canceled. However, you are lucky this time, because these films are a movie adaptation of a bestselling book series, so you can read them and keep enjoying this urban fantasy world! here you have them all, you can click on the cover to get them or read the reviews by those who already enjoyed this series:

In case you want to know more about the books, here you have a post with the City of Bones books in order. You might be wondering how come a film based on a book that is a bestseller can not be succesful. So, it’s time to know the boxoffice numbers that the first The Mortal Instruments movie did.

Why wasn’t the Mortal Instruments movie 2 never filmed?

The producers had planned to released at least three movies, after City of Bones it was the turn for the movie adaptation of City of Ashes. However, it was never filmed.

mortal instruments movie poster

And to know the reason, let’s take a look at the numbers that the movie The Mortal Instruments City of Bones got:

  • Budget: $60 million.
  • Worldwide boxoffice: $90 million.

In addition to this, the studios spent another 60 million on worldwide advertising. Therefore, the grossing not only was way below the expectations, but the film was not even able to recoup all the money invested on it.

As a result, the producers decided to cancel The Mortal Instruments movie 2. A sad decision, but actually pretty common, something similar happened to the Eragon sequel, another canceled project that went way below the expectations.

The reason why it failed

One of the main reasons why this film flopped is the fact that the plot is way different from the book in which it is based on. Therefore, the fans of the book series were not very pleased with this adaptation.

Because of this, the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones received negative reviews, having a score of 33 out of 100 on Metacritic. As a result, the project was canceled. However, in 2014 it was announced that a tv series would be made, rebooting the series. If you want to watch it for free you can do so, since it’s available on Primevideo.

The tv series had a better reception, and it also got numerous award nominations. Despite this, it was canceled after three seasons. Having a succesful film or tv series adaptation is not as easier as it may sound, but it can happen, take the case of Sookie Stakhouse, its tv adaptation was so popular that now lots of fan address this series as the True Blood books.

Well, now you know why there will never be a Mortal Instruments 2 movie. Quite sad, isn’t it? but at least you have the books, so you can actually now what will happen with Clairy Fay!

Did you enjoy the movie? leave a comment telling us if you liked it, and if you have read the books or plan to do so.