Yahoo shared the cover for The Crown by Kiera Cass, the concluding book in The Selection series. It is expected to be on shelves May 3, 2016. You can also read the full press release below, where Cass shares some development with the film adaptation and more.
When The Hunger Games novel first became a bestseller in 2008, a flood of dystopian young-adult series followed: Divergent, Delirium, The Maze Runner, and more. And while many of those have already had their moment in the cinematic sun, another YA bestseller appears to finally be heading towards the big screen after several false starts: The Selectionseries by Kiera Cass.
Yahoo Movies hopped on the phone with Cass to get the latest on the adaptation process and to help us unveil the cover for the fifth and final book in the series, The Crown (see below).
For those not up on their dystopian teen series, The Selection which started with the first novel in 2012 is pretty much a futuristic version ofThe Bachelor. Sure, theres unrest in the novels reformed society based on an awkward caste system. But instead of high action, there are really pretty dresses and loads of nasty, Gossip Girl-style backstabbing as lower-caste heroine America Singer who already has a boyfriend is forced to battle with 34 upper-crust ladies to win the heart of Prince Maxon. In other words, its decidedly lighter than other YA series, which might explain why its on its third and hopefully final attempt at an adaptation.
In 2012, The CW attempted to turn the books into a television series, even getting so far as to shoot two different pilots (one starring Friday Night Lights alum Aimee Teegarden as America). That, Cass confesses, was a bad idea. For me, its all about the characters. So when I got the final incarnation of the TV script, and those characters had been made unrecognizable, I was crushed, she says. I feel much more confident in the team this time around, and Im looking forward to seeing where everything goes.
Cass has even bigger news about the team behind the new attempt at an adaptation. In April, Warner Bros. announced they were developing the first book as a film, and had hired Black List writer Katie Lovejoy to adapt it. I have read the first draft of the script, and Im very happy with the direction theyre heading in, Cass says. [Katie and I] had a long conversation about the story and points that we thought the fans would consider must-haves. I tried to casually ask around about that, and everything they mentioned were things Katie was already taking into account. Its one of those things that can fall apart at any minute, but if it makes it to the screen, I think the readers will be happy.
Perhaps Cass will have more updates for us when she goes on tour to promote the final book in the series, The Crown, which hits shelves on May 3, 2016. This fifth novel will pick up where The Heir left off: 20 years after Prince Maxons Selection and disbanding of the caste system. Now his daughter, Princess Eadlyn, faces her own slew of suitors while her country is on the brink of civil war. Heres our exclusive cover reveal:
“I think the purple of The Crown goes well with the gray of The Heir, making the two stories look like they go together, Cass says. I also really like Eadlyns pose. I think she looks super strong, which suits her. Shes one tough girl.