Sara Shepard's popular series Pretty Little Liars was conceived as Desperate Housewives for teens, which got me thinking about other programming and properties that have been successfully re-imagined and reshaped for a younger audience.
Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall (which has been optioned for a film adaptation) is sort of like Groundhog Day for teens, and Carrie Ryan's dystopian future / zombie novel Forest of Hands and Teeth mixes elements of Cormac McCarthy's The Road with M. Night Shymalan's The Village for teens.
It works the other way, too. What is Lev Grossman's The Magicians if not Harry Potter for grown-ups?
Here's my (admittedly bizarre) wish list of projects I'd like to see redone in YA style:
1) Lost (Not in a Lord of the Flies or Survivor way, though -- I'm more interested in seeing the metaphysical aspects, the sense that certain people are destined to affect one another throughout their lives, plus time travel, obvs)
2) Inception (Entering people's dreams and altering their daylight decisions? Yes, please)
3) Prime Suspect (How this would even remotely work I have no idea. But it'd have a strong heroine and be awesome)
Are there any films, TV shows or adult books you're dying to see adapted into YA format?