For nearly fifty years, Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret has been placed in the hands of young girls like an instruction manual at a time when they needed it most. The young adult novel about a sixth-grade girl questioning everything from religion to the changes in her body has become a rite of passage, handed down like a precious heirloom to every new generation.
Judy Blume has been enriching the lives of children with her stories for decades. From Freckle Juice and Deenie to Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, her books have become a staple on the shelves of every child’s bedroom. In Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, she captured something timeless and essential about the pre-teen female experience with her frank discussion of subjects like boys, bras, and periods. So when the beloved author tweeted back in August to ask her fans which book they’d most love to see adapted as a movie, it was obvious that something big was in the works.
So which of my books, kids and/or adult would you want to see adapted for series or movie? I ask because I’m in LA meeting with many talented people. I think the time has come.— Judy Blume (@judyblume) August 2, 2018
Although "all of them" was the consensus, Deadline reported yesterday that it's the universal tale of Margaret that will hit the big screen first:
Blume has granted the rights to producer James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films and Kelly Fremon Craig, who collaborated on The Edge Of Seventeen, the coming of age film that starred Hailee Steinfeld.
Fremon Craig wrote and made her directorial debut on that 2016 film and she’ll adapt and direct Blume’s book. Brooks and his Gracie Films will produce with Julie Ansell, Richard Sakai and Amy Brooks. Fremon Craig and Blume will also be producers. 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.
Anyone who had the pleasure of seeing The Edge of Seventeen will agree that this is an ideal team to bring this cherished story to life. Like most of us, Fremon Craig was ecstatic to see Blume's tweet revealing her long overdue interest in adapting more of her work (2012's Tiger Eyes is the only feature film adaptation to date). Having her own treasured history with the novel, the writer/director had this to say about what the book has meant to women since its publication in 1970:
“It’s rare for me to run into a woman or girl who hasn’t read it and every time I’ve mentioned it to a woman, they clutch their heart and let out this joyful gasp. There’s something so timely and full of truth and I remember for me that at that age, it felt like a life raft at a time when you’re lost and searching and unsure. This book comes along and tells you you’re not alone. Women remember where they were when they read it. I can’t think of another book you can say that about.”
She gets it, and after meeting with Blume and Brooks earlier this week, Fremon Craig began the arduous task of writing the script. We can't wait to see how this narrative translates from page to screen, and we'll keep you posted on all the incoming news.
Meanwhile, let's chat all things Judy Blume in the comments! Are you as excited as we are to see Margaret's story brought to life? What other books by Blume would you love to see on the big screen?