Lois Lowry’s The Giver movie adaptation has finally wrapped production, and it’s been a long road to get here
Originally published in 1993, this Newbery Award winning novel was an instant success with teachers and librarians, adding it to their required reading lists. As a result, thousands of young adults have grown up reading The Giver. Like Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, Lowry’s novel is remembered fondly by most as a wise, coming-of-age tale. For Jeff Bridges, to see the novel made into a movie has been a vision twenty years in the making.
News first spread back in 2011 that, with Harvey Weinstein on board, The Giver was finally getting a movie. Rumors abounded, correctly, that Bridges was being considered for the role of The Giver, but no further casting announcements were made until July of 2013 when 25 year old, Brenton Thwaites, was announced to play the role of Jonas (the Receiver).
Fans were initially uneasy about this particular casting, as Novel-Jonas is only 12 years old. Thwaites’ casting revealed that Movie-Jonas would be 16 years old instead, which inevitably creates opportunities for a romantic sub-plot that wasn’t present in the original storyline. Luckily the author, Lois Lowry, has been extremely involved in the film and has assured fans that, while small details have been changed, the spirit of the story remains and at the end of the day, isn’t that the most important part? To be fair, Cassandra Clare insisted that she was present at every part of the City of Bones adaptation and that movie was met with stark disapproval from fans (fingers crossed the sequel is better). However, between Bridges commitment to see The Giver hit the big screen and Lowry’s assurances, Larkable feels it’s safe to hope for the best.
Now in post-production, Entertainment Weekly has released new stills and fans are finally given a glimpse into this long awaited adaptation. What do you think? Will this long-awaited film exceed expectations?