Principal photography has commenced on the highly anticipated motion picture The 5th Wave, Columbia Pictures' adaptation of the bestselling young adult novel. The action-adventure film is directed by J Blakeson, with a screenplay by Susannah Grant, based on the book by Rick Yancey. The producers are Tobey Maguire, Graham King, Lynn Harris, and Matthew Plouffe. Denis O'Sullivan and Richard Middleton are the executive producers.
Slated for domestic release on January 29, 2016, The 5th Wave stars Chloe Moretz as Cassie, Nick Robinson as Ben Parish aka "Zombie," Ron Livingston as Dad/Oliver, Maggie Siff as Mom/Lisa, Alex Roe as Evan Walker, Maika Monroe as Ringer, Zackary Arthur as Sam, and Liev Schreiber as Vosch.
In The 5th Wave, set in the present day, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, 16-year-old Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie meets a young man who may become her final hope.
Throughout photography, fans will have unrivaled access to the production, including a wealth of behind-the-scenes photos, interaction with cast and crew, and on-set updates via social media. Here's what Dwight Caines, president, Theatrical Marketing for Sony Pictures, had to say in a statement.
"One of the ways Rick Yancey made The 5th Wave so special is that it feels like it's happening right now - and the characters react as teenagers today would react. To stay faithful to that, we are making sure fans are on the inside from Day One."
Blakeson's production team includes Enrique Chediak as the Director of Photography, Jon Billington as the Production Designer, Paul Rubell as the Editor, and Sharen Davis as the Costume Designer.
The 5th Wave is a phenomenon in young adult literature, with 21 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list, nearly 300,000 hardcover units sold, and 80,000 e-books sold. The novel, which has also had tremendous crossover appeal with adults, was honored with the 2014 Red House Children's Book Award in the UK. The second book in Yancey's planned trilogy, The Infinite Sea, was published last month.
Hannah Minghella and Andrea Giannetti will oversee the project for the studio.