James Patterson

Minimum budget yields minimal originality for young adult adaptation 'Maximum Ride'

Minimum budget yields minimal originality for young adult adaptation 'Maximum Ride'

In the pantheon of young adult book-to-film adaptations, not every entry is going to be “The Hunger Games,” and “Maximum Ride” falls into that category. Based on the James Patterson series of novels and directed by Jay Martin from a screenplay by Angelique Hanus and Jesse Spears, this is “Hunger Games” on a budget, with shades of the Netflix series “Stranger Things” and the recent sci-fi film “Morgan” running throughout.

The story concerns a group of winged avian-human hybrid teens who have been kidnapped from “The School,” a secret laboratory facility where they grew up, and abandoned in a remote wooded house...

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