Hailee Steinfeld Gets Sci-Fi in 'Forgotten'

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Hollywood's hunger (games) for adapting young adult fiction for the movies isn't close to being satiated, and that's good news for fans of Cat Patrick's "Forgotten." The science-fiction novel was optioned by Paramount in February before it was even published.

Now, Hailee Steinfeld is attached to star as the 16-year-old amnesiac heroine, London Lane.

London's memory is erased every night so she has to take copious amounts of notes to remember what's happened to her the day before; instead of memories, London sees snippets of the future in "flash-forwards." Things start getting sticky when a cute new boy arrives at school but isn't showing up in any of London's premonitions.

The project's picking up speed now that Paramount's handpicked a writer for the movie adaptation, up-and-comer Oren Uziel. Uziel is currently hard at work on "Mortal Kombat," and his sizzling hot script "The Kitchen Sink" was bought by Sony earlier this year. "Sink," which is about "warring legions of teenage vampires and zombies that put aside their differences long enough to join forces in dealing with an alien invasion," has piqued the interest of Jonah Hill, who wants to direct. Sounds like "Forgotten" will be right up Uziel's alley!

It's very cool to see another YA novel with a great female protagonist making it to the big screen, especially with an Oscar-nominated star like Steinfeld attached. It's impossible to ignore the parallels between Steinfeld's growing career and that of fellow young Oscar nom Jennifer Lawrence, whose role as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games" has already made her a household name. Who will step up to the young adult plate next? We can't wait to see.