After turning down many attempts over the years to turn her seminal novel into a movie, Judy Blume finally said yes. Deadline reports that Blume has granted the rights to “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” to producer James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films and Kelly Fremon Craig, who collaborated on the coming of age movie “The Edge of Seventeen.”
“Fremon Craig wrote and made her directorial debut on that 2016 film and she’ll adapt and direct Blume’s book,” Deadline reports. “Brooks and his Gracie Films will produce with Julie Ansell, Richard Sakai and Amy Brooks. Fremon Craig and Blume will also be producers.”
The report adds: “Brooks told Deadline that studios have already begun knocking, but they will wait until they have a proper screenplay before setting the film with a distributor. He and Fremon Craig were still a bit giddy about how they find themselves in the middle of this opportunity.”
Published in 1970 as a young-adult novel, “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” is on Time’s list of the top 100 fiction books written in English since 1923.