Judy Blume Novel ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ To Become Movie From Lionsgate

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BY March 4, 2020

Judy Blume is getting the big screen treatment after years of writing best-selling young adult novels, one will finally become a movie. Her seminal coming of age novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret has been officially optioned by Lionsgate for adaptation into a feature film.

Judy Blume Has Kept Her Novels Away From Potential Movie Adaptations For Years

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret first published in 1970. It is a frank and honest portrayal of a young woman going through puberty. And it encompasses all of the humor and drama that comes along with that stage of life.

“Margaret Simon, almost twelve, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. She’s just moved from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friends—Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie. When they form a secret club to talk about private subjects like boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong. But none of them can believe Margaret doesn’t have religion, and that she isn’t going to the Y or the Jewish Community Center. What they don’t know is Margaret has her own very special relationship with God. She can talk to God about everything—family, friends, even Moose Freed, her secret crush.”

James L. Brooks of Gracie Films will produce the movie. Edge of Seventeen director Kelly Fremon Craig is onboard to write and direct an adaptation of the book. Craig reportedly reached out to Blume directly to ask her blessing to take on the project. This was an important step, as Blume had spent years trying to keep her books away from the Hollywood adaptation machine.

“For years, I never wanted to see Margaret adapted,” Blume once said in an interview. “Even when I went out to LA, I thought, ‘Nobody can do Margaret.’ And by the end of week, I was like, ‘Wait a minute. I would love to see Margaret done well.’ Why not? What am I waiting for? I’m 80 years old. If I want to see it, I better hurry up.”

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This Is Only The Second Blume Novel To Make It To The Big Screen

Although Blume’s work is incredibly popular, only one of her books have been translated into movie format. Her son Lawrence Blume directed the 2012 film Tiger Eyes, an adaptation of her 1981 novel. Aside from Tiger Eyes, there was a brief television series based on the Fudge books that aired in 1995.

Blume’s prolific body of work is ripe for adaptation, and to see Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret become a movie makes sense. The novel is one of Blume’s best regarded works, and influenced a generation of young readers.

“I knew when I met Kelly and Jim I was incredibly lucky to have them heading up Team Margaret,” Blume said in a statement. “With Lionsgate’s early and continued enthusiasm for the project we all feel Margaret has found the right home. After 50 years it’s about time!”

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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