Chris Weitz's YA Novel Headed For Hollywood

Chris WeitzIf you love the idea of a ruined futureworld where everything has gone horribly wrong, society is in shambles and the responsibility for rebuilding civilization is in the hands of just a few plucky teenagers, the next few years at the movies are going to be a veritable buffet of dystopian fun for you. Consider: We've got the conclusion of the "Hunger Games" franchise, the start of the big-screen take on "Divergent" and now, perhaps most exciting of all, a plan on the table for a film adaptation of Chris Weitz's "The Young World"!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has snagged the rights to make a movie from the trilogy-to-be, the first book of which will hit stores next year.

The book centers on a group of teenage survivors in New York City, who have to start the business of humanity over from scratch after a cataclysmic event wipes out the entire population of the earth, save those between the ages of 12 and 21. (Not sure how that works; perhaps the potent cocktail of pubertal hormones creates a protective shield around all the adolescents, in addition to giving them acne and hair in strange places?) Chris Weitz, the author, will write the screenplay and produce and direct the cinematic version of his novel—because he can, because before he became a YA author, he was the big man in charge of movies like "The Golden Compass" and "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." So basically, he knows what he's doing, and you can bet he wrote his books with moviemaking in mind.

Are you excited for "The Young World"?