James L. Brooks and Kelly Fremon Craig have achieved something no-one else has been able to in nearly five decades – they’ve talked acclaimed author Judy Blume into granting them the film rights to her iconic 1970 novel “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret”.
In the story, Margaret is a sixth grader who moves from New York City to Farbrook, New Jersey. Raised by a religiously indifferent Christian mother and Jewish father, she prays to a God she imagines is watching over her.
In addition to a search for faith, she is curious about upcoming changes in her own body and forms a secret club with four other girls where they discuss subjects like boys, bras, and periods. The book is considered a right of passage for generations of women.
Fremon Craig, who penned and directed the 2016 Hailee Steinfeld-led coming of age feature “The Edge Of Seventeen,” will adapt and direct the new take which Brooks will produce with Julie Ansell, Richard Sakai and Amy Brooks. Once a script is finalised, only then will a distributor be locked in.