‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ ... on a movie set
Coming-of-age classic at last coming to the big screen
The renaissance of romantic comedy and female-centric films has paved the way for a coming-of-age classic to finally be adapted for the big screen. Judy Blume, author of classic young adult fiction such as Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Forever and Tiger Eyes, has granted the rights of her groundbreaking 1970 novel Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret to producer James L Brooks and director Kelly Fremon Craig, who worked together on 2016's The Edge of Seventeen, starring Hailee Steinfeld. The timing could not be more perfect. The bounty of The Kissing Booth, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Crazy Rich Asians and Sierra Burgess is a Loser in the past year has renewed interest in films featuring female protagonists. Netflix stated in their third-quarter earnings report that these films were watched by a staggering 80 million subscribers.
Blume had resisted offers for nearly 50 years to turn her book into a film, but tweeted in August that she could be tempted to change her mind. Sensing a golden opportunity, screenwriter Fremon Craig reached out and wrote a long and heartfelt e-mail to the 80-year-old author explaining what Blume's books meant to her growing up. The partnership of Brooks, who produced The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jerry Maguire and As Good As It Gets, and Fremon Craig, whose hilarious, uncomfortable and heartwarming The Edge of Seventeen was lauded as one of 2016’s best films, would have been extra assurance to Blume that the adaptation could be in good hands.
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