First Full-Length Trailer for the “If I Stay” Movie Adaptation

The first official trailer for the adaptation of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay has been released! This is such a great trailer and it really highlights the different emotions felt in the story.

If I Stay follows 17-year-old Mia as she goes through a strange out-of-body experience after she and her family were in a devastating car accident. There are moments where she remembers certain events about her past as she is in a coma. The question is, will she stay alive after losing everything? Watch the trailer below:

The cast includes Chloë Grace Moretz, newcomer Jamie Blackley, Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato, Lauren Lee Smith, Joshua Leonard, and Jakob Davies.

What do you think of this new trailer? Will you be seeing If I Stay when it is theatrically released on August 22?

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Movie Exclusive – First Official Still from “If I Stay”

Entertainment Weekly has officially released a new still from the If I Stay movie adaptation! If I Stay is based off of Gayle Forman’s young adult novel of the same title.

This exclusive new still gives us our first look at Chloë Grace Moretz as Mia and newcomer Jamie Blackley as her boyfriend Adam.

If I Stay follows 17-year-old Mia as she goes through a strange out-of-body experience after she and her family were in a devastating car accident. There are moments where she remembers certain events about her past as she is in a coma.

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Her boyfriend Adam tries his best to wake her up and let her know that she still has a reason to stay alive. Mia is also a very talented cellist and she must decide between a life at Julliard or a life with Adam in Oregon.

Read an exclusive interview in which Moretz talks about the film and the casting process over on Entertainment Weekly! If I Stay is directed by R.J. Cutler and also stars Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato, Lauren Lee Smith, Joshua Leonard, and Jakob Davies.

Are you a fan of Gayle Forman’s novels? What do you think of this first still? Does this sound like a movie you might want to see? Stay tuned for more exclusives as we get closer to the August 22 release date!

Sources: Entertainment WeeklyIMDbPro, and Amazon

Casting News – Actress Mireille Enos Joins “If I Stay” Cast

Production on the film adaptation of Gayle Forman’s popular young adult novel, If I Stay is finally picking up! Back in January, we reported that actress Chloe Grace Moretz signed on to the project as the female lead, Mia.

When the film shifted studios from Summit Entertainment to MGM, people were unsure if she would still be apart of the project. However, she officially signed on for the film under MGM back in June.

Well, today there was some more exciting news announced! Actress Mireille Enos has signed on to play Mia’s mother Kat. Enos is currently known for playing Sarah Linden in AMC’s The Killing and Karin Lane in World War Z.

RJ Cutler has also officially signed on as the film’s director and production is in the casting stage. There is no release date yet, but production is set to start here in Vancouver in October of this year! Stay tuned for more news about the If I Stay movie adaptation!

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Source: Deadline

Books – Cover Reveal and Excerpt from Gayle Forman’s “Just One Year”

Fans of author Gayle Forman (If I Stay, Where She Went, and Just One Day), will be excited to know that the cover and an excerpt has been released for her next novel, Just One Year.

In Forman’s first series If I Stay is told from the perspective of a female lead named Mia and then the second book, Where She Went, is told from the perspective of Mia’s boyfriend Adam. Much like the books in her first series, Just One Day is told from the perspective of 18-year old Allyson. The sequel, Just One Year, is being told from the perspective of the romantic male lead, Willem.

Below is some of the excerpt and the new cover for Just One Year. You can read the full excerpt here 

“It’s the dream I always have: I’m on a plane, high above the clouds. The plane starts to descend, and I have this sudden panic because I just know that I am on the wrong plane, I am traveling to the wrong place. It’s never clear where I’m landing—in a war zone, in the midst of an epidemic, in the wrong century—only that it’s somewhere I shouldn’t be. Sometimes, I try to ask the person next to me where we are going, but I can never quite see a face, can never quite hear an answer. I wake in a disoriented sweat to the sound of the landing gear dropping, to the echo of my heart beating. It usually takes me a few moments to find my bearings, to locate where it is I am—an apartment in Prague, a hostel in Cairo—but even once that’s been established, the sense of being terminally lost lingers.

I think I’m having the dream now. Just as always, I lift the shade to peer at the clouds. I feel the hydraulic lurch of the engines, the thrust downward, the pressure in my ears, the ignition of panic. I turn to the faceless person next to me—only this time I get the feeling it’s not a stranger. It’s someone I know. Someone I’m traveling with. And that fills me with such intense relief .We can’t both have gotten on the wrong plane.

“Do you know where we’re going?” I ask. I lean closer. I’m just about there, just about to see a face, just about to get an answer, just about to find out where it is I’m going.

And then I hear sirens.

It was in Dubrovnik I first noticed the sirens. I was traveling with a guy I’d met in Albania when we heard a siren go by. It sounded like the kind they have in American action movies, and the guy I was traveling with said how each country had its own siren sound. “It’s helpful because if you forget where you are, you can always close your eyes and let the sirens tell you,” he told me. I’d been gone a year by then, and it had taken me a few minutes to summon the sound of the sirens at home. They were musical almost, a down-up-down-up, la, la, la, la, like someone absentmindedly but cheerfully humming.

That’s not what this siren is. It is monotonous, a nyeah-nyeah, nyeah-nyeah, like the bleating of electric sheep. It doesn’t get louder or fainter as it comes closer or grows farther away; it’s just a wall of wailing, and as much as I try, I have no idea where this siren is, have no idea where I am.

I only know that I am not home.

I open my eyes. There is bright light everywhere, from lights overhead, but also light coming out from my own eyes, tiny pinprick explosions that hurt like hell.I close my eyes.

Kai. The guy I traveled from Tirana to Dubrovnik with was called Kai. We drank weak Croatian pilsner from the ramparts of the city and then laughed as we pissed into the Adriatic. His name was Kai. He was from Finland.

The sirens blare. I still don’t know where I am.

The sirens stop. I hear a door opening. I feel water on my skin. A shifting of my body. It is better to keep my eyes closed. None of this is anything I want to witness.

But then my eyes are forced open, and there’s another light, harsh and painful, like when I spent too long looking at a solar eclipse. Saba warned me not to, but some things are impossible to tear yourself away from. After, I had a headache for hours. Eclipse Migraine. That’s what they called it on the news. Lots of people got them from staring at the sun. I know that, too. But I still don’t know where I am.

There are voices now, as if echoing out from a tunnel. I can hear them, but I cannot make out what they’re saying.

“Comment vous appelez-vous?” someone asks, in a language I know is not mine but that I somehow understand. What is your name?

“Can you tell us your name?” The question again in another language, also not my own.

“Willem de Ruiter.” This time it’s my voice. My name.

“Good.” It is a man’s voice. It switches to the other language. French. It says that I got my own name right, and I wonder how it is he knows this, and for a second I think it is Bram speaking, but as muddled as I am, I realize this is not possible. Bram never did learn French.”

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What do you think of this excerpt? Have you read any of Forman’s novels? What do you think of the cover? As of right now, Just One Year is going to be released sometime this October.

Source: USA Today 

Casting News – Chloe Grace Moretz to Star in the Film Adaptation of “If I Stay”

Production of the film adaptation of Gayle Forman‘s young adult novel If I Stay has gone on quite a journey since it began in 2009. In 2009, Catherine Hardwicke was going to direct, but then in 2010 Hardwicke backs out of the project. Then director Heitor Dhalia signs on as director the director and it is rumored that Dakota Fanning is set to star as the lead, Mia. Now heading into 2013, Dhalia and Fanning also back out of the project.

However, the production on If I Stay has had some recent exciting developments. To begin with, Chloe Grace Moretz has signed on to play the lead and it is rumored that RJ Cutler is going to sign on as director.

Here is an official synopsis (via Amazon) for the book by Gayle Forman:

“While out on a drive with her family, 17-year-old Mia is suddenly separated from her body and forced to watch the aftermath of the accident that kills her parents and gravely injures her and her younger brother. Far from supernatural, this shift in perspective will be readily accepted by readers as Mia reminisces about significant events and people in her life while her body lies in a coma.

Alternating between the past and the present, she reveals the details and complexities of her relationships with family and friends, including the unlikely romance with her punk-rock boyfriend, Adam. An accomplished musician herself, Mia is torn between pursuing her love for music at Julliard and a future with Adam in Oregon. However, she must first choose between fighting to survive and giving in to the resulting sadness and despair over all she has lost.”

Have you read Forman’s book? Will you be looking forward to the film? If you have not read this book, does this sound like a book you may be interested in reading?

Chloe Grace Moretz.
Chloe Grace Moretz.
The book cover of "If I Stay."
The book cover of “If I Stay.”

Source: Collider