Aussie’s The Tomorrow Series to Become Movie Trilogy

Wolver– Er, Boomerangs!!! (?) It’s like “Red Dawn”, only with Australian kids fighting some unnamed occupying force. Word from Down Under (via THR) is that writer Stuart Beattie (“30 Days of Night”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”) is planning to bring the first three novels in John Marsden’ “Tomorrow Series” to the big screen. The idea is to turn the first three books (of the 7-part series) into a movie, then spin the rest off into made-for-TV movies. If it all works out, “The Tomorrow Series” will be Australia’s version of Stephanie Meyers’ “Twilight”, being that the novels are written for young adults and apparently so popular in its native land that they are being taught in schools, which goes to show you, Aussie schools rock.

More about the first book via Amazon.com:

Australian teenager Ellie and six of her friends return from a winter break camping trip to find their homes burned or deserted, their families imprisoned, and their country occupied by a foreign military force in league with a band of disaffected Australians. As their shock wears off, the seven decide they must stick together if they are to survive. After a life-threatening skirmish with the occupiers, the teens retreat to their isolated campsite in the bush country and make plans to fight a guerilla war against the invaders. Writing in a distinct voice and showing rare intelligence and sensitivity, Ellie recounts their courageous battles against the Goliath in control of their land. She also records her feelings and observations about the romantic partnerships that develop within her small circle of friends, and shows how they mature and blossom during this time of crisis. Though readers are left wondering whether these heroes and heroines will survive (one is severely wounded at the end of the novel), Ellie’s uncommonly honest and clear narration makes this coming-of-age adventure a story they won’t forget.

Sounds exactly like “Red Dawn”, which is itself currently being rebooted in the States. Except, you know, for the Aussie accents. Also, it’ll be interesting to see who the villains turn out to be — or to be more specific, looks like, as they are never mentioned by name in the books, and you can’t get away with that in the movies. You’ll have to make them look like someone, right?



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  • Orabit

    I’m an aussie and when I first heard the news that they were going to turn the series into a movie I was estatic but then I heard what they were doing for the actors. They are getting there actor/actoress from the states, that is wrong. These books are based in rural australia in farmland country where town have a max of 200 or so people living in the town, with the MAIN character being an Aussie farm girl who has one old tv and a Fridge as the highest technonlogy in the house and knew how to drive since she was old enoough to touch the pedals. I believe it would be more beneficial if they did the audtions down here in Aussie that way they can get people that sound and act NATURALLY australian and not just some fake accented american

    • Laura77

      Hey, i know that they have auditioned some people for it, my sister is an actor and she was asked to audition for Ellies best friend (ive had a mind blank of her name sorry), but thats all she heard…seems like no one is really giving out to much information which sucks.
      i really hope they do not hire overseas actors, there is nothing worse then trying to listen to a american do an aussie accent its horrible!

    • Josie

      ITS ALL WRONG WITH CAITLIN STACEY!!!

  • Orabit

    I’m an aussie and when I first heard the news that they were going to turn the series into a movie I was estatic but then I heard what they were doing for the actors. They are getting there actor/actoress from the states, that is wrong. These books are based in rural australia in farmland country where town have a max of 200 or so people living in the town, with the MAIN character being an Aussie farm girl who has one old tv and a Fridge as the highest technonlogy in the house and knew how to drive since she was old enoough to touch the pedals. I believe it would be more beneficial if they did the audtions down here in Aussie that way they can get people that sound and act NATURALLY australian and not just some fake accented american

    • Laura77

      Hey, i know that they have auditioned some people for it, my sister is an actor and she was asked to audition for Ellies best friend (ive had a mind blank of her name sorry), but thats all she heard…seems like no one is really giving out to much information which sucks.
      i really hope they do not hire overseas actors, there is nothing worse then trying to listen to a american do an aussie accent its horrible!

    • Josie

      ITS ALL WRONG WITH CAITLIN STACEY!!!

  • Ashleigh

    I was ecstatic when I read that the books were being adapted into the movies. I also read that Caitlin Stasey will have the lead role of Ellie Linton.
    If you don’t know who she is, she is a 19-yr-old Australian actress, with her biggest acting roles to date being on Neighbours and The Sleepover Club.
    Can’t wait to find out who plays the other characters, and especially the villians.

  • Ashleigh

    I was ecstatic when I read that the books were being adapted into the movies. I also read that Caitlin Stasey will have the lead role of Ellie Linton.
    If you don’t know who she is, she is a 19-yr-old Australian actress, with her biggest acting roles to date being on Neighbours and The Sleepover Club.
    Can’t wait to find out who plays the other characters, and especially the villians.

  • Laura77

    I was hoping they would get lesser known actors for the roles… isn’t Ellie meant to be blonde? i cant remember

  • Laura77

    I was hoping they would get lesser known actors for the roles… isn’t Ellie meant to be blonde? i cant remember

  • Fishii

    oh my gosh! i only found out today that these were becooming a movie and i am reading them again at the moment for the third time. i love these books so much and i love the way john marsden writes he is amazing! but i agree they should use AUSTRALIAN actros as it is an australian series and not well known actors, actors which are lesser known try getting actors who are just beginning…give them a chance not ones who every one knows….pretty sure ellies got brown hair by the way too =D arrgh!!!! soo excited

  • Fishii

    oh my gosh! i only found out today that these were becooming a movie and i am reading them again at the moment for the third time. i love these books so much and i love the way john marsden writes he is amazing! but i agree they should use AUSTRALIAN actros as it is an australian series and not well known actors, actors which are lesser known try getting actors who are just beginning…give them a chance not ones who every one knows….pretty sure ellies got brown hair by the way too =D arrgh!!!! soo excited

  • Laura77

    yeah give other actors ago! lol…ah brown hair cool thanks. it is so exciting! please casting people get unknown actors!

  • Laura77

    yeah give other actors ago! lol…ah brown hair cool thanks. it is so exciting! please casting people get unknown actors!