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H.I.V.E. is another novel that deserves the film treatment and if you have read the books then you would definitely agree. H.I.V.E is a book series written by Mark Walden, and you can probably guess why his name is important in this discussion other than him being the author. The answer is that he is also interested in the prospect of these books being optioned for a film franchise.These novels might be labeled as books for kids but there are some pretty intense scenes in these books, and the action is kinetic and highly engrossing.The characters and the story are extremely complex and multi-layered despite some of the cliches.If this film was made it would invigorate and replenish the espionage/action genre and could give existing franchises a run for their money.

Here's the plot:

HIGHER INSTITUTE OF VILLAINOUS EDUCATION

Otto Malpense may only be thirteen years old, but so far he has managed to run the orphanage where he lives, and he has come up with a plan clever enough to trick the most powerful man in the country. He is the perfect candidate to become the world's next supervillain.

That is why he ends up at H.I.V.E., handpicked to become a member of the incoming class. The students have been kidnapped and brought to a secluded island inside a seemingly active volcano, where the school has resided for decades. All the kids are elite; they are the most athletic, the most technically advanced, and the smartest in the country. Inside the cavernous marble rooms, floodlit hangars, and steel doors, the students are enrolled in Villainy Studies and Stealth and Evasion 101. But what Otto soon comes to realize is that this is a six-year program, and leaving is not an option.

With the help of his new friends: an athletic martial-arts expert; a world-famous, beautiful diamond thief; and a spunky computer genius -- the only other people who seem to want to leave -- can Otto achieve what has never been done before and break out of H.I.V.E.?

H.I.V.E. lends itself well to a film franchise for a myriad of reasons (other than the description of the first novel in the series posted above). The idea of a school that trains the villains and criminal masterminds of tomorrow is something that deserves to be explored in a feature film. It's pretty much "Harry Potter" meets "James Bond" meets "Mission Impossible". The main character,Otto Malpense,has the most unique backstory and watching his character develop throughout the books is just as exciting as it would be to see it happen over the course of a series of feature films. Oh, and let's not forget about Raven. She serves a dual role as a bit of a mentor and as an assassin/bodyguard. She's essentially Black Widow with a Katana and few interesting twists contained within her backstory. In addition to all the cool gadgetry and history of criminal organizations contained within the books, one of the more interesting aspects of H.I.V.E. is how the main characters don't feel all that villainous and feel a little bit more like anti-heroes in the way they operate and carry out missions(Spoiler: One of them even saves the president's life). So, will there ever be a H.I.V.E. movie? There's no clear or concrete answer right now. But if a film were to be made, a few things such as names and other details would have to be ironed out and changed to feel less cartoonish. Is there anyone clamoring for this film to be made? Well, if the fan-made trailer on youtube is any indication, then the answer would be 'yes'. A key bit of information to know is that Paramount pictures actually acquired the film rights to the H.I.V.E. books a while ago but no news about a film or feature has been heard since. So does this mean a film could still happen in the future? Possibly. Nothing's confirmed right now and it's not clear if Paramount still has the rights. But hey, wishful thinking helps. Make sure to stay tuned for updates about a potential H.I.V.E. feature film as they become available.

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