Wednesday, June 19, 2013

NEWS! BOOK TO TV - DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver

DELIRIUM is being made into a TV SERIES!

DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Garcia
WRITERS: Lauren Oliver (novel) and Karyn Usher (script)
STATUS: Post-production

NOTE: After the list of stars there is a note from author LAUREN OLIVER!

Emma Roberts Picture Emma Roberts as LENA HOLOWAY

 Billy Campbell as THOMAS FINEMAN

 Gregg Sulkin as JULIAN FINEMAN

 Daren Kagasoff as ALEX

 Ian Anthony Dale as LIAM

 Michael Michele as ELYSE HARGROVE 

 Erin Cahill as RACHEL
 Melinda McGraw as Lydia
 Jeanine Mason as HANA
 Corey Reynolds as TACK
 Brenda Koo as REN
 Melinda Y. Cohen as LENA'S MOTHER
 Michelle Alvarado Martins as TEENAGER
 Link Baker as COP
 Tim Mikulecky as DAVID HOLOWAY
 Santiago Segura as BILLY
 Melanie McComb as JANICE
 Lauren Neal as TAYLOR

and Jasons Sims-Prewitt as C.O.

and a note from Lauren!

Hey all—

Wow! I’m amazed by how many passionate and dedicate fans have reached out to me to express their feelings about the fact that Delirium is being turned into a TV series. I know a lot of you are really disappointed; TV series, unlike movies, take place over many, many seasons, and require an immense amount of plot material—far more than a single book trilogy can provide. 

This means that as Fox begins to translate and transmute the material, we can expect a lot of changes.

I admit, I was really worried at first.Yes, the TV series will probably change many plot elements of the book. But the truth is, my book, translated 100 percent faithfully, would not MAKE for very good small- (or even big- ) screen entertainment. It is meditative and quiet and fairly slow-moving. Characters critical to the overall series arc don’t appear until Book 3—and some critical characters drop out for all of Book 2. 

Any intelligent, creative person preparing to launch a series based on Delirium, a series that might potentially last for years on TV, would make changes to the structure of my books, to the romantic entanglements and the pace at which we learn information. I would, if I were a TV writer.

 But, of course, I’m not a TV writer. I write books, and Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem are my books. They will not vanish from shelves when the TV program is released. They will not spontaneously combust. Their life on the shelves, and in the world, might even be prolonged, meaning that more people will find their way into my world and my words.

I’m grateful for this. Authors want their books, like their children, to have very long and happy lives. To make an adaptation of a book, you necessarily have to adapt. This means that the story and the characters might have to change… but also that it helps to change the way that we think about the show. Instead of a xerox copy of the books, where we know everything that will happen, we get to embark on a new exploration of the world and its characters, one that will remain faithful to thespirit and the message of the story.

In the meantime, I’m excited that Fox believes there’s enough interesting material in the world of Delirium to generate a rich, detailed, long-lasting TV program. I have faith that it will be a great show. I hope you will keep the faith with me.

xo Lauren