by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Who’s ready for another young adult franchise to hit theaters? Ever since the overwhelming popularity of the Harry Potter series, every major studio is looking for the next tween book series to turn into a blockbuster franchise to milk the wallets and purses of parents nationwide. Sometimes you hit it big and get Twilight or Hunger Games. Sony is hoping for that kind of success with their choice The Fifth Wave. And with the latest news from The Hollywood Reporter, they’ve started casting like they mean it.
Ron Livingston, known for films like Office Space and Drinking Buddies, has joined Chloe Grace Moretz in the cast for The Fifth Wave.
The film is based on the young adult novel of the same name by author Rick Yancey. It tells the story of the last survivors of Earth, who have managed to live through four waves of increasingly deadly attacks from an alien race. Cassie, played by Moretz, is one of the few people left alive. She is on the run and trying to save her younger brother Sammy, played by Zackary Arthur, before the inevitable and lethal fifth wave of attacks hit. Livingston will play Oliver, Cassie’s father, who has a profound effect on Cassie and is a big part of her life.
With a cast including Moretz, Livingston, and Liev Schrieber, I’m intrigued. If you put good actors with a good story it doesn’t matter what the target audience is, the fans will come to see it.
This is the first book in a planned trilogy, which by Hollywood standards means a four movie deal (the final book is always seemingly split into two movies). The critics of the books have given it quite lofty praise, comparing it to such post-apocalyptic greats such as Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. With the first movie slated to drop in January 2016, we’ll just have to wait and see if Sony has another hit series on its hands.