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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  • Lia

    I’m really looking forward to this movie coming out!!
    I studied ‘Tomorrow when the war began’ in year 8 at school…
    I’ve read the books three times each, and i still love them to bits!
    Although Caitlin Stacey does sound like a weird choice for Ellie.

  • Lia

    I’m really looking forward to this movie coming out!!
    I studied ‘Tomorrow when the war began’ in year 8 at school…
    I’ve read the books three times each, and i still love them to bits!
    Although Caitlin Stacey does sound like a weird choice for Ellie.

  • sera

    what they are having some girl from neibors to play ellie thats horrible it should be someone whos unknown and has an aussie experiance of the country not someone who has been in neibors and lives the life of a girl in luxury the movie is ruinied im an aussie and love the outback and stuff and this girl will never pull it off what they should do is go to differnt states in australia and hold audtions for unknown teens who whold pull it off geeze these people are going to ruin the book

  • sera

    what they are having some girl from neibors to play ellie thats horrible it should be someone whos unknown and has an aussie experiance of the country not someone who has been in neibors and lives the life of a girl in luxury the movie is ruinied im an aussie and love the outback and stuff and this girl will never pull it off what they should do is go to differnt states in australia and hold audtions for unknown teens who whold pull it off geeze these people are going to ruin the book

  • tayz

    argh man i dont wanna be mean but caitlin stacey is beautiful but ellie is not glamourous and so they need to cast realy australian actors and they sould b a bit younger 2 coz their still in skool……i cant wait 4 the movie though

  • tayz

    argh man i dont wanna be mean but caitlin stacey is beautiful but ellie is not glamourous and so they need to cast realy australian actors and they sould b a bit younger 2 coz their still in skool……i cant wait 4 the movie though

  • hayley7878

    we think that the actors do not suit the characters in the books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    the movie will be crap compared to the books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hayley7878

    we think that the actors do not suit the characters in the books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    the movie will be crap compared to the books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jen

    I’ve just seen the movie and I thought it was fabulous. Sure, they may have changed a few things but it still works. If you go into into a movie expecting the book well of course you’re not going to like it. As for the actors, you never know how well they’re going to play the part until you see them try. If you hate tthe choice in actors so much, don’t see it! But you’d be missing out.

  • alex

    ive seen it and i agree with jen, ive loved the books since year 7 and thought the actors did a really good job, yes even caitlin. and kevin was perfect. i knew exactly what was going to happen in every scene but i was still completely terrified, as were the people i went with. go see it, it’s good for you.