The Hunger Games
Premise: Every year, one boy and one girl must fight to the death in a televised event, brought to you by the Capitol, the evil government in charge of the land of Panem.
The movies: The first is filming now. Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar-nominee, will play our hero, Katniss Everdeen.
Chances of it taking off: High. It’s not corny, but clever.
Snow White and the Huntsman
Premise: Inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the plot finds our heroine cast out by a wicked witch, and ordered to die at the hands of a hunter. Then she meets midgets. It’s the first of a planned series.
The movies: Kristen Stewart leaves one franchise for another, playing a tough version of Snow White.
Chances of it taking off: Fair. Do young audiences really care about classic fairy tales?
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Premise: A kid discovers his dad is the Greek god Poseidon — and mythological creatures are on the attack. Rick Riordan’s series has five books so far.
The movies: The first — subtitled The Lightning Thief and directed by Potter vet Chris Columbus — was released last year. The second is in the planning stages.
Chances of it taking off: Despite a lack of buzz, the first film made more than $200 million worldwide.
Premise: The prequel to Lord of the Rings finds Bilbo Baggins battling orcs and spiders to save a kingdom.
The movies: Director Peter Jackson is back. Ian McKellan is back. Orlando Bloom is back. Gollum is back. And The Office star Martin Freeman stars.
Chances of it taking off: Men are weak. The Blood of Numenor is all but spent. But this movie will be a massive success.
What’s the next big series?
The Hunger Games