‘The Testing’ To Be Put Through The Big-Screen Paces

The doctor is in! This won’t hurt a bit. Promise. We just need some information for your chart. Specifically, have you been displaying any of the early symptoms of mild dystopian fatigue—including but not limited to intense Peeta Cookie cravings and the urge to leap from a speeding train? Yes? Well, unfortunately, we have no cure at the moment. In fact, your symptoms may get worse before they get better as yet another just-published young-adult novel centered around a war-torn society has been optioned for a big-screen bow.

Deadline reports that Paramount has bought the screen rights to Joelle Charbonneau’s “The Test,” published this week by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. The story picks up during the aftermath of the Seven Stages War, which has left the Earth a pretty big mess. Civilization’s only hope is to train its teens to lead the rebuilding process; candidates are selected through the rigorous Testing. Readers follow 16-year-old Cia Vale as she seeks to prove her mettle, but on the eve of her departure, her father warns that all is not as it seems. Intrigue! Adding to the drama is dreamy childhood friend Tomas, who offers to be her ally. But is he to be trusted? Is anyone?

The project is obviously in the very early stages of development, with no producer, director or stars attached at this point. But we recommend you come back for a check-up, as Dr. Hollywood Crush will soon have more dystopian developments to report. You can bet on that.

Are you intrigued by “The Testing”? Have you had a chance to read it yet? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!

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