Maggie Stiefvater’s ‘Shiver’ To Hit The Big Screen
There’s a new werewolf book that has a rapidly growing fan base, the book – Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. This young adult werewolf romance has become so popular in fact that it appears it’s now getting its own movie. Good news for werewolf loving teens!
The novel itself is about Grace, who for years has watched the wolves behind her house. There’s one yellow-eyed wolf, her wolf, that she seems to have a chilling connection with. Meanwhile, Sam lives two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. Then one day, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human–or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
When it comes to the movie – “Catatonic” is how author Maggie Stiefvater described her reaction to the news that Shiver had been optioned for a movie just a month after the book’s August release. “There was a lot of staring at the wall and blinking,” said Stiefvater.
Like I’m sure most authors do when their book gets transformed into film, Stiefvater has some ideas of how she would like to see her book on the big screen, saying, “I’d love to have a director who would do it at a slow pace, more Benjamin Button than Tomb Raider. More of a mood piece, just because I think so much of Shiver’s action is more internal in setting.”
When it comes to the actors she likes, “I do like Rachel Hurd-Wood, she was in Peter Pan, and I love the girl who was in Inkheart (Eliza Bennett),” said Stiefvater. “I get tons and tons of reader suggestions for Sam, but they’re all really Hollywood. I picture a more indie actor for him,” she said.
Now, if you have seen New Moon then you have seen the big CGI wolves in it, Maggie doesn’t want that for her own book-turned-film saying, “It would definitely be better with real wolves as opposed to CGI,” she said. “There’s not too much savaging going on, so all they have to do is sit around and look beautiful, right?”
Not much else is known about this new movie, but hopefully we’ll hear more soon.
More good news- Linger, the sequel to Shiver, is due to come out next fall.
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