Film of Judy Blume's classic novel Are You There God?... in development

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 19, 2018

It's Me, Margaret. This marks the first time that Blume has ever approved the rights to her novel due to her previous strong opposition to having any of her works adapted to the screen.

Fremon Craig tweeted the announcement, saying: "Thrilled is an understatement". Promise I'll let you know more when I do. "Then I wrote a long and passionate email to her, telling her what her books meant to me, particularly Margaret, how it came along at a time when I needed it most". Academy Award-winner Brooks (Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets, The Simpsons) will serve as producer through his Gracie Films banner along with Fremon Craig, Blume, Julie Ansell, Richard Sakai and Amy Brooks.

Seeing Fremon Craig's comments on the book leads me to believe that it has landed in the right hands.

Blume's classic book has been treasured by generations of girls seeking answers about all the tricky parts of puberty that aren't taught in sex-ed classes. The story follows a sixth-grader named Margaret, who has big questions about life and what it has in store for her ― like "Is it OK to pad your bra?" and "Why haven't I gotten my period yet?" Born into an interfaith household, Margaret is also trying to figure out if she should stick to one faith tradition. She prays to God in her own way, and completes a school project to learn about different religions.

In the 1970s, the book stood out among others published for young girls because of how honestly it dealt with matters like religion and sex. It met with controversy and calls for censorship and bans over the decades, since anything straightforward about female sexuality is risky indeed, but now is regarded as a treasured classic. Whatever she said worked, because Blume became excited to work with Craig after watching The Edge of Seventeen. Margaret is a guidebook through a twisty-turvy time of adolescence whose issues, especially where girls and their development are concerned, had never been addressed in such a frank and honest manner before Blume. I'm so grateful to all of you.

She said her theory is that children tend to read about things they aren't yet able to understand.

The time came because of a ideal storm of talent.

"It is this rite of passage for women and girls". There's something so timely and full of truth and I remember for me at that age, it felt like a life raft at a time when you're lost and searching and unsure.

Blume tweeted in August that she was in Los Angeles meeting about film and series adaptations of her books after years of turning down offers.

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