The Giver is the first in a loosely connected series of books by American author Lois Lowry. It deals with a utopian time when everyone has plenty and a young man who slowly starts to realise the reality behind this perfect place.
That's hardly new for the genre but the book is a vividly drawn piece of young adult fiction and there's scope for a decent movie to be made out of it. And it doesn't hurt that the cast is incredible - surely a sign that the script was somewhat interesting.
So you'll see Meryl Streep as the leader of the community, Katie Holmes and Alexander Skarsgard as the parents of young man Jonas and the great Jeff Bridges as The Giver - a special man who will open up Jonas' eyes to the world which came before. Taylor Swift is in there too. For some reason.
Here's the trailer.
I like how they've had the balls to keep the black and white portions of the story - an element which Lowry brings to life beautifully in the book and it seems like they've been subtle enough with it here. At the same time, there's a lot more material here than in the original rather slight novel and definitely more of a sense of momentum and action - which is probably necessary for a big screen outing.
Lowry followed up The Giver with three other increasingly outlandish tales that were sometimes only tenuously connected. If The Giver is a hit it will be interesting to see if the studio can manage to make a franchise out of this property.
The Giver is in cinemas in the US on the 15th of August 2014, there's no UK or Irish release date confirmed yet.