Movie Update (+ Winners)

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | 137 comments

The winners from last week’s drawing are:

*** Patience *** Mia Clement *** Jamin B *** Ambri Miller ***

If you didn’t win, there are still two more chances to enter until THE SCOURGE is released, so be sure to put your comments below!



9780545284141_p0_v2_s260x420So another six months have passed, and I know many of you are curious about any developments on the movie! Well…

As I’ve warned, it won’t be much of an update. The news is…there isn’t much news.

Another screenwriter has been brought on for continuing script revisions, so although everything continues to move forward, that script is not yet ready for Paramount to make any decision.

This means the movie is not yet green-lit, but it isn’t a no either. It’s merely a “let’s see how the script looks in six months.”

So check back in with me in February and we’ll see! Fingers crossed!


Since there isn’t enough to report on there, let me update you on all other projects that I’m working on, in order of deadlines:


HORIZON 2: The first draft is done and I’m working on rewrites. It’ll be ready long before its October deadline. Book 1 by Scott Westerfeld will come out on Dec 27, and it is SO COOL. Read more about it here.

THE TRAITOR’S GAME 1: I’ve gone through several drafts, but am currently experimenting with a major rewrite idea. If it works, it’ll take me a couple of weeks to revise. I’ll be tight on my October deadline. Also, I need to decide if Traitor’s Game is a series title, or book title. If it’s the former, then I need a book title. Hmm. You can read more about this book here.

WRATH OF THE STORM: This final book of the Mark of the Thief series has my favorite ending I’ve ever written into a book. It’s 100% completed and will be released at the end of January 2017. I’ll talk more about this book soon. Read more about itΒ here:

SUPER SECRET PROJECT 1: All I can say now is that this is another 20th Century historical. I’ve started on the early research, but I’m not yet ready for an outline. I hope the deadline isn’t anytime soon.

SUPER SECRET PROJECT 2: All I can say about this one is that it exists. You can read more about this project nowhere. At least…not yet. πŸ˜‰


So in comments below, which of these projects mentioned above do you most want to hear more about? Give me your opinion, and be entered for a chance to win one of my books!



  1. I’m super excited about the possibility of a False Prince movie. I read the series and A Night Divided over spring break last year. I’d love to learn about your super secret projects, but I’ll wait. I need to read The Mark of the Thief. Can’t wait to meet you later in the fall. My reporter Emma is already preparing questions. #honorsstudents

  2. Wrath of the Storm!! Excited to see where this adventure goes!

  3. Hi jeniffer, i’m an avid fan of your books from the beautiful islands of the philippines, hearing your books becoming a movie is definitely a milestone,it is something us fans can be proud of, like a stage mom in the corner, be like: “go for it son”! Anyway i always love how you write, there’s always an attitude *ehem* “sage’s attitude” and spice that i’ve become mostly fond of! Just keep on going. Love and regards

  4. I’m most interested in The Wrath of the Storm, but that will change in time πŸ˜›

  5. I’d love to hear more about super secret project 1. I love historical fiction and you’re so good at it!! But really any of them I’m sure will be awesome.

  6. I am so very excited for Wrath of the Storm! I love that series so much the movie possibility is second most exciting. I will be watching closely! I am waiting for baited breath for the last one and to hear it is your favorite ending so far means it will be grand!!!

  7. Wrath of the Storm. I read the first and have not gotten the second yet. I am very anxious to get it though.

  8. Wrath of the Storm πŸ™‚

  9. The historical fiction book. I teach history and “A Night Dividend” was awesome. I’ve recommended it to my students and will do so again when school starts soon.

  10. Super secret project 1. You gave us a hint historical is right up our families alley. My daughter Olivia hopes you will get to come back to Heyburn Elementary this year. πŸ™‚ can’t wait to see more updates.

  11. All of them but I’m especially anxious about “WRATH OF THE STORM”. Good luck with all your new projects πŸ™‚

  12. Wrath of the storm. I hope someday I can write to people about projects I have. Too many kids and too little time.

  13. Thank you so much for the drawing! I am so excited! All of these books sound amazing and I can’t wait to read them! I hope the movie goes through!

  14. The Traitor’s Game! It sounds so interesting!

  15. I’ll most want to hear about the “Super Secret Project 2” because… Well, it’s super secret and no one(except you of course) knows anything about it!

  16. OMG!!! I cannot WAIT till Wrath of the Storm!!!! THe ending of Rise of the Wolf made me want to throw the book against a wall! I am counting down the days!! :O
    Also, I’m intrigued about secret project #2… πŸ˜‰

  17. Secret Project 2 intrigues me the most mainly because all we know is it exists. Kinda bummed there’s no movie news but can’t wait to check out Horizon.

  18. I’m excited about everything really hahaha.

    I think a movie would be great, specially if they keep the essence of the book because it is amazing!

    OMG the ending for Wrath of the Storm! I need to know!!

    Super excited about the secret projects too!!

  19. Traitor’s Game! I want to hear all about your thinking process and the emotions involved in the decision to do a major rewrite. I believe this is exactly what readers and writers need to hear about. What ends up on the shelves is always fantastic, and as readers it is hard to imagine you had to struggle. But I feel like the process is where it is at!

    • I can talk about that in a future blog, definitely. In this case, the rewrite is because I felt the ending was a bit predictable, and so I’m looking at changing a main chapter’s whole backstory and trying to figure out how that has reverberations throughout the plot. It’s pretty comprehensive, but I think it will pay off.

  20. Fingers crossed that the movie gets the green light. And you’ve been super busy. Awesome.

  21. Definitely the Traitor’s Game.

  22. I want to hear about Wrath of the Storm, the False Prince movie, and the super secret projects! January 2017 seems so far away… The movie would be epic. Having read the books you’ve already written, I know I’ll most likely love the new projects. I can’t wait to hear more about everything!

  23. I am really excited for Wrath of the Storm, to read your favorite ending.

  24. I would most like to hear about The Traitor’s Game because the title is so enticing!

  25. I really want to hear more about Wrath Of The Storm! i recently just got to read Mark of the Thief (hoping to get Rise of the Wolf soon) and i’m super excited for what’s to come next!

  26. I am so excited about the 20th century historical. I am a huge fan of history. A night divided is my favorite historical fiction. The character’s completely pull you into the story and they really bring history to life. Cant wait to find out more about this book!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  27. Super Secret Project 1. A Night Divided was so interesting; I am excited to hear you are writing another historical!

  28. Hoping so much that itll someday be a movie!! So excited for all the new books!

  29. I want to hear more about wrath of the storm! I just finished Rise of the wolf and am ecstatic about this next book to Mark of the thief!! πŸ™‚

  30. Wrath of the Storm and the super secret projects. Plus the False Prince movie. Thank you for the updates! The ascendance trilogy’s my favorite series you’ve written so far and I want lot’s of people to know how awesome it is. But hopefully if it becomes a movie they won’t mess it up. Like Percy Jackson, that was the worst movie ever. Anyway soooo excited for the new books coming out that you’ve announced!

    • So excited!!! Only less than two weeks and The Scourge comes out!!!!!

  31. Super secret project 2! I am very curious now. I don’t want to know about wrath of the storm, I want to be surprised.

  32. Probably Super Secret Project 2 and the Horizon books.

  33. I’m really looling forward for the wrath of the storm. I’ve been waiting for this book ever since the rise of the wolf came out. The cliffhanger in the last book was something I can’t forget. Can’t wait until 2017.πŸ˜‘(Trying to be patient and wait)

  34. The Movies delayed! NO! Oh wait, its yeah more work for me in the music department πŸ˜€ Also means more time to get those compositions done and sent in.

    Mrs. Nielsen, who is the new screenwriter who’s been brought on to help adapt The False Prince?

    • I think until the studio publicly announces the screenwriter’s name, it’s not my news to give. But it’s someone I have a lot of confidence in to continue to strengthen the screenplay.

      • Ah makes sense. That’s ok.

        Thank you!

  35. Wrath of the Storm!

  36. I’m most interested in The Traitor’s Game and Secret Project 1. Thanks for the update!!

  37. False Prince movie and Traitor’s Game updates are what I’m most excited about, but Wrath of Storm is bound to be exciting!


  39. I am very excited to hear more about The Wrath of the Storm, but I am also interested in Super Secret Project 1. (:

  40. Hmm, I think that the two ‘projects’ I would like to hear about the most are either the False Prince movie or Super Secret project #1. The 20th century is a super cool time period to read about! (Plus, I just love reading your new books!)

  41. I’m a huge fan of the Ascendance Trilogy, I even won arc copies of the first two books before they came out. I’m currently writing my first book and you’re a huge inspiration for that. I’m most excited for your secret projects and the False Prince movie. I hope they do it justice, the more time you take with it the better. I’ve waited this long for it just like everyone else, and we know it’s best to take your time. I just want to thank you for your inspirational words you left in my book all those years ago, it’s made me the writer I am today:)

  42. Traitor’s Game please! Definitely would like more info on what’s to be expected for this book, maybe you’ll think of an official title while talking about it πŸ˜‰
    Sometimes I wonder why we must suffer and wait forever to read a book that hasn’t been released yet but then I remember that for it to be amazing it has to go through lots and lots of drafts and then the wait is worth it!
    Do you struggle a lot when rewriting drafts? Is there a process you follow to make it less stressful?

    • Do I struggle when rewriting? Not always – sometimes the necessary rewrite is so clear in my mind that it’s just a matter of going through the pages. But sometimes it’s like solving a jigsaw puzzle without a finished picture to look at and with half the pieces missing. The Traitor’s Game rewrite I’m doing right now is in the middle of that. I know the problem and I think I have the solution, but it’s requiring some major change ups in the last third of the story. And that’s okay – in the end it will be much stronger. But you’re right – it does take time.

  43. I would love to hear more about Wrath of the Storm. I’m reading Shadow Throne now and loving it. It’s hard to imagine a book with more twists and surprises than the Ascendence Trilogy!

  44. I would like to learn more about The Traitor’s Game and the Super Secret Project 1.

    I would also like to say thank you for being active on your website. I really appreciate it πŸ™‚

  45. Thank you so much for your updates! My name is Max and I’ve emailed you before about your writing process. I had one more questionβ€”what goes into the idea/concept of a book. You chose another 19th century historical (my favorite period), but what made you choose this period, let alone this idea?

    Thank you so much,

    • Hi Max – with historicals, I’m just looking for the time period I want to explore, and a story that has not yet been told. I feel like if I keep my eyes open, the right story tends to find me.

  46. Wow! Cannot wait to read all these new books!!!!! Waiting for a new book to come out is so hard! But it makes it even more exciting when it finally does come out! I want to hear more about Traitors Game! That sounds so good! Thanks!
    P.S. I had one quick question..I’ve read all of your books (and I love them!) and I am trying to find others authors/books like you/yours. Do you have any suggestions? I am a teen. Thanks again!

    • That’s a hard question for me to answer, Angelina. I can recommend other books I’ve loved, though they’re not necessarily similar to mine. These include “Zeroes” by Scott Westerfeld, “Woven,” by David Powers King and Michael Jensen, and “Blackhearts” by Nicole Castroman.

      • Thank you! I will definitely look into those!

  47. Hey again! I was also wondering if the main character will be a girl in any of your new books? Thanks!

    • Traitor’s Game features a MC heroine. The Super Secret Historical has two female main characters.

      • Cannot wait to find out more about those! And read them!

  48. I’m really intrigued by the super secret projects!!! I hope to hear more about them soon!

  49. I’m really excited to hear more about wrath of the storm. And I can’t wait for it to be out!!!! πŸ€“

  50. Super Secret Project 2!!! That looks amazing. When can we expect to find out the secret? πŸ˜‰

    • Hmm…when I decide for sure if I’m going to write it! Right now it’s in the pondering stage.

      • Whatever it is, if you write it, it will be amazing! I love all your books. πŸ™‚

  51. I personally would love to hear more about Traitor’s Game!! It sounds like the place to find another hair-raising twist in the story πŸ™‚

  52. I’m really excited about The False Prince movie. I am also looking forward to reading Wrath of the Storm and all of your other books!

  53. Oooh the traitors game is what I’m most excited to hear more about…:)

  54. Oooh the traitors game is what I’m most excited to hear more about….:)

  55. Traitor’s Game. It sounds awesome.

  56. It’s such a difficult decision! I’m excited for all of them, but I especially can’t wait for the secret 20th century historical, because I loved A Night Divided so much. I can’t wait to find out the title, what it’s about, and the cover!
    Congratulations to the winners and good luck to everybody entering! Thanks for hosting!
    – Loreley

  57. It’s so hard to pick what I’m most excited about! I really hope The False Prince gets turned into a movie because it’s one of my all-time favorite books, but at the same time I worry that they’re not going to do the book justice. I’m also excited for The Wrath of the Storm because I’m very curious about the ending now, plus I’m also excited for The Traitor’s Game. It sounds amazing! Can I just say I’m excited for everything? : )

  58. The Traitor’s Game.

  59. I think I’m the most excited for The Traitor’s Game because it’s going to be a new series so I can’t wait to meet new characters because your characters from your other books are so unique and so fun to read about!

  60. Ms Jen!!!! Before anything else, I would like to congratulate you for all the projects that you have and currently working on! I am really a proud fan.
    Well, what I am excited about is the Super Secret Project 1 that has to do with a 20th century historical. I also am excited about the Wrath of the Storm! I love Nicolas Calva and would like to find out what is going to happen to him and even to his wonderful abilities. I am curious as to what twists would transpire in the ending. I pray for success and for great ideas especially wisdom for all of your projects!!!!

  61. I think I’m the most interested by Super Secret Project 1 because I really like historical fiction. A Night Divided was super good, by the way.

  62. Have you chosen an actor for the character Imogen, yet?

    • There won’t be any casting on the movie until Paramount decides for certain if they are going to make the movie. So casting is still a ways off.

  63. Im most exited about wrath of the storm because the last to books of this series were amazingly awesome and I really want to find out if Nic unleashes the power of the malice.

  64. I am most excited for the False Prince movie! I bought the book 4 years ago when I was 9, and I never read it until yesterday. I so regret it. The book blew my mind. The first thing I did today was check out the Runaway King at my schools Library. I hope the screenwriters stay true to the actual book, and it’s a shame you can’t contribute to the script, though the authors rarely get too. I really hope they turn it into a movie. I also would like to audition for Sage but just it getting turned into a movie would make me happy!

    • Hi Dylan – I’m so glad that you finally got to the book, and that you enjoyed it! So far, I think the screenwriters have stayed true to the original story – where there are differences, they are consistent with the world and the plot. For auditions, if the movie goes forward, then I think it’d be awesome if you got the chance to audition! Fingers crossed!

      • I’m so relieved that the screenwriters are staying consistent to the book! The book is so great, I want the movie to be very similar. And it would be awesome to audition! I think the movie would be so much more genuine if fans of the series got casted in the movie! Assuming it will become a book. I’ll have my fingers crossed!

  65. Hope the movie continues to go forward! πŸ˜€ My brother and I are still really hoping for Tom Hiddleston as Connor. And Sebastian Stan as Mott. *tries to stop scouring the MCU for actors*

  66. EEEKKKK!!!! Sorry I can’t help it I’m just so excited to see this as a movie!!! It’s in my top three books I want to see as movies. Oh and does anyone else think of Sage when they heard Grace Vanderbilt’s song “I don’t Know my Name”? Seriously it could be a great credit song. Oh and is it just one movie or more?

    • Cool song – great suggestion!

      • Thanks, and I sorry it’s Vanderwaal not bilt opps ;{)

  67. I hope that they make a movie and it does the book justice! I tell everyone I can to read The False Prince. My mom calls me The False Prince evangelist.

    I was wondering if The False Prince has been translated into German. I looked at the page with all the languages that it has been translated to, but I didn’t see German there.

    • I hope that too, Larissa. Fingers crossed! And thanks for being an evangelist for this book.

      It hasn’t been translated into German. Perhaps one day!

      • Is there any False Prince merchandise, like t-shirts, or bookmarks, or posters or something like that?

        • I used to have some bookmarks, posters, and t-shirts, but they’re all gone. If a movie gets approved, I’ll start reprinting that stuff.

  68. So far the only books of yours I have read are the Ascendance Trilogy, which I love dearly. I read it once roughly when it was released if I recall correctly, and read the series again over the past day. I am really looking forward to the movie/s and will definitely be seeing them in the cinemas, then probably buying them on AppleTV so I can watch them at home as well :D. But something that I want even more than the movies, is more information about post-The Shadow Throne stuff. Nothing big enough to write a book about, but I’m looking for answers to what happens to many of the characters which is left rather unfinished aside from Tobias/Amarinda get married and Jaron/Imogen get married. Although I have sent you a personal email detailing all of my questions πŸ˜›

  69. Thank you for putting out quality audio a along with your books. I have a difficult time getting to book reading. Thankfully, with all the time I have in my car, I can enjoy your books by audio.

    Funny though. Given how many of your books I own, no one would guess I have listened to most of them on audio!

    😊 June

    • Ha – that’s funny, June. I do think with as busy as so many of us are, audio books are a great way to access stories and manage our daily lives!

  70. Hello. I am a middle school students and I absolutely love your books so far! Last year I got recommended the Ascendance Trilogy by my brother. I don’t usually like to read unless I find a really good book and I usually never read at home. Only in school. But when I got a couple pages into the False Prince, I just couldn’t stop reading! It was all I wanted to do. When I finally got on the third book,I read for about 2-2 1/2 hours everyday just at home. I just finished the first and second book of the Mark of the Thief series and I am disappointed that my schools library doesn’t have the third book.Last year, I read the Ascendance trilogy twice and I am now reading it again. The False Prince is my number one favorite book of all time and that’s saying something considering I have troubles finding books that I like. I plan to read all of your books soon. P.S. Sorry for the really long post πŸ™‚

    • Thank you very much – I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed these books. No worries on the third book of the Mark of the Thief series. That one (Wrath of the Storm) doesn’t come out until the end of January, hence, their delay in getting it! But it’s one I hope you will think was worth the wait!

      • Ok. thanks for the info! It will be worth the wait for me. I’m so excited to read it

  71. Hey,
    Could you possibly put an audition link to auditions for your movie if you decide on it. I would really like to try for it. I sent you an email about it.

    From Scully

    • Yes, if the movie goes forward, any audition information I have will go up on the blog, I promise!

  72. Can’t wait for another book. I loved The Scourge and hope there could be a spin off book where the Scourge is back. That would be hilarious

  73. I absolutely adore the Ascendance Trilogy! I cry every time I finish reading the books! If the books do become a movie, I hope the movie is well written. I know of many books that were made into movies that didn’t turn out well. I would be extremely disappointed if the movie did not represent the book well.

    Anyways, I love your books!! Thank you for being an amazing author!

  74. I would love if the false prince became a movie the Ascendance trilogy is my favorite series ever! Thanks for being a fabulous writer.

  75. Hey,
    Me again (I’m pestering you, aren’t I?)
    I was wondering, would people from different countries (UK, New Zealand etc.) be able to audition? Or is it just a one country thing? I’m from New Zealand and I’m scared your going to reject me, (if there even is a movie) in the auditions. I can do an American and British accent, if that helps.

    From Scully

    • Hi Scully! Until the movie gets approved, they won’t make any decisions about casting or the parameters for any actor they might be looking for. If they do decide, however, I won’t have any role in the casting process. All I’ll be able to do is pass on what I know from the people who are going to decide. I expect that they won’t care where a person lives as long as they seem right for the part. But again, until the movie gets a green light, casting and auditions are all waiting in the background.

  76. I just started reading The False Prince! It is such a great book, I really hope they will make it into a movie!

  77. I love The Ascendance Trilogy so much! I have read the books several times. I remember how I had waited for ‘The Shadow Throne’ to come out, and it definitely wasn’t easy. I hope that ‘The False Prince’ can become a movie soon. I’ll be waiting πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Zoe! The next movie update will be in February – fingers crossed!

  78. I really hope your movie will work out! Praying for it! And I can’t wait for the last Mark of a Thief book to come out! I loved both that series and the False Prince series. Both were incredible. I hope to someday publish a book like that-or more. πŸ™‚

    I have a question: Are you a Christian?

    • Thank you very much, Kari. The way to get published is to decide now that it’s a goal and then never give up on your writing. And yes, I am a Christian.

      • I have one more question. How can I subscribe to your blog?

        • Hmm, I don’t think there is a subscribe button, Kari. I’ll work on that!

  79. Thank you!

  80. I REALLY hope this happens!!!!!!!πŸ˜‚

  81. Any more news on the movie?

  82. Why did you write The False Prince?

    • Hi Claire – from my FAQ page: Where did you get the idea for The Ascendance Trilogy?
      Sage came to me in a song by Eddie Vedder (lead singer for Pearl Jam) called β€œGuaranteed.” The lyrics said, β€œI knew all the rules, but the rules did not know me, guaranteed.” I loved those lines and the more I turned them in my head, the more Sage’s character became clear. And once I had Sage, I had the story.

  83. Can you tell me when-or if-auditioning starts for The False Prince? I know it hasn’t started yet, I just don’t want to miss it.

    • Hi Carrie! Until a movie is approved, no decision will be made about auditions. But I promise, if the movie gets a green light, it will be my first question to the producers, and I’ll post any info I have on my website. Fingers crossed!

  84. About what time in February will we find out about the movie?

    • Mid-February, another 2-3 weeks, I’d guess, though of course, the update could be “no news to report.” But I will let everyone know what I know as soon as I hear it.

  85. Hi Jennifer my name is Josie and my English teacher hooked me into the false prince and I’m really really am excited that paramount hasn’t given up on the false prince movie, and if it does get to the point of casting I’d love to play the role of imogen but I haven’t had any experience acting but you know I do look the part and I could be considered for the role and I just would love it if you made like another series like some years later for everyone who wanted more. Hope you have some great times with all of this stuff happening.

    • Hi Josie! Thank your English teacher for me for keeping you updated. So here’s the deal on movie casting. If the movie is approved, I won’t have any input on who gets cast, BUT one of my first questions to the producers will be how kids can get an audition. I will pass any information that I receive along here on my blog. So fingers crossed for the movie, and for you to get the chance to audition!

  86. I’m a huge fan of the series and I hope that it gets approved. I do however have a completely unrelated question that I figured you could answer. I love the way you wrote the ascendancy triligy, and was wonder if it was possible to write a book in the first person with multiple points of view. And, if so, how would I go about doing that?

    • The timing of your question is pretty funny, Brianna – I’m attempting to do just that with my next series, launching next winter. So whether it’ll work? Hmm, I hope so! If you have multiple 1st person voices, each voice needs to be very distinct. For example, one uses a ton of slang, maybe another is shy and their sentences often drift off into ellipsis. It’s tricky to make each voice distinct because they all come from you, so treat each character like you were portraying them as an actress on stage. How would you personally portray each character? Make sure each chapter gets only one character viewpoint and put that character’s name at the top of the chapter so the reader always knows whose head they’re in. Good luck!

      • Thank you. I will.

  87. Hi, it’s March now so I was wondering if there was an update on the movie yet.

  88. I have only read the second book 5 times and I have decided to name my child Fink.

  89. hey, you spoke at my school, RMSA, the other day and I came up to you after and I told you I was very interested in the movie. well, my name is Skylar and I never really had any time it introduce my self but I go to RMSA for acting and I still would very much like to hear news about the movie and was wondering if this was the correct place to check monthly? if not it would be grate if you could tell me where else to check but I am very excited for more news in the future. I also have some questins about the movie when you find out more info.
    thanks alot!
    -Skylar Blackburn.

  90. Hi, I love the Ascendance Triology and False Price/Runaway King/Shadow Throne are my favorite books and I think you are the best author ever. I can’t wait for the movie.

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