On Wednesday (July 20), it was announced that the beloved “Divergent” series by Veronica Roth will be heading to the small screen. According to Variety, instead of releasing the fourth film in the series, “Ascendent,” in movie theaters, a revamped TV movie is now in the works which will lead into a spin-off TV series to follow afterwards.
While the first two movies did well in theaters, the third film, “Allegiant,” was a box-office bomb and the series in general never reached anywhere near “Hunger Games” status.
Lionsgate’s TV group is planning to introduce a brand new cast of characters, which made us at Zap2it think about what other YA books series could get an awesome TV series spin-off.
Here are five series we’d love to see make their way to the small screen.
‘The Forbidden Game’
LJ Smith has already had two TV series made out of her properties, albeit one a bit more successful than the other. But “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Secret Circle” have already made it to air on The CW, so we think another excellent choice would be her “Forbidden Game” series. Yes, it’s a close-ended trilogy, but the material from the books would make three excellent seasons of TV and there is room to finagle the ending to keep the series going.
If you haven’t read it, pick them up. They’re fun mystery-thrillers with magic, ancient runes and evil elves running around. Plus, there’s the sexy, enigmatic character of Julian to cast. We guarantee the CW would have another Spike (James Marsters) on its hands.
‘Harry Potter: Meet the Marauders’
Let’s go back to Hogwarts to see what life was like growing up at the magical school when Harry Potter’s parents James and Lily were teens. So many of our favorite characters would be back in the mix such as Dumbledore, Professor McGogenall, Severus Snape, Sirius Black … the list goes on.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan focused on Percy’s adventures, a classic Chosen One narrative that has been far too many times. We’d argue that Camp Half-Blood, or its Roman counterpart, Camp Jupiter, would make an interesting spin-off series, featuring all of the kids of the various gods.
The Sebastian Sisters
From the way-back file comes Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Sebastian Sisters series from the late 1980s. The five-book series chronicles four sisters — Evvie, Thea, Claire and Sybil — and their mother, Meg, as they navigate the tricky years of late-teens and early adulthood. Each book is told from a different woman’s point of view when she is 16 years old, which would be a cool construct for a TV series. One season = one sister, with Season 5 being the prequel season about Meg.
We’re already dying thinking about casting each of the sisters.
Honestly, a prequel series would be better than anything for this failed attempt at a YA movie. Richelle Mead’s book series set up some tragic backstories for Christian Ozera and Dimitri Belikov. Seeing all of these characters’ childhoods would make a perfect spin-off series.