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Are You There, God? It's Me Margaret | Lionsgate | April 28, 2023 | Kelly Fremon Craig directs. Based on the Judy Blume novel

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https://deadline.com/2020/03/judy-blume-movie-deal-are-you-there-god-its-me-margaret-lionsgate-kelly-fremon-craig-james-l-brooks-1202872233/

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate won a multi-studio and streamer auction for the film rights to Judy Blume’s classic novel Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. Essentially, Lionsgate has committed to a green light on a film with a budget in the $30 million range, with Kelly Fremon Craig directing her scripted adaptation and Gracie Films’ James L. Brooks producing. Those two teamed up on The Edge of Seventeen, a movie adaptation that very much pleased Blume, who for decades turned down offers to film a seminal book that has been considered a right of passage for young girls.

 

Julie Ansell, Richard Sakai, Amy Brooks, Fremon Craig, and Blume will join James L. Brooks as producers. Deadline revealed that Blume had granted rights and approved Craig and Brooks, after they visited her in Key West. Lionsgate has been all over it since the author first mused on social media that the time might be right for her to finally see a film made. Lionsgate made a blind green light commitment as far back as a year ago.

 

A sixth grader who moves from the city to the suburbs, Margaret prays to God to watch over her and help her through her anxieties, including puberty and its changes to her body and her emotions. Blume’s frank, loving narrative has struck a chord with generations of readers, and the book was on Time magazine’s list of the top 100 works of fiction since 1923.

 

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Will it be set in current times or 1970? Adolescent naivete about puberty is fairly timeless, though an inquisitive 11 year old girl now would hopefully get a decent/good sex education by then (IIRC, the story takes place in New Jersey, not some "abstinence only" hotbed) and Google the stuff her friends might be telling her that doesn't sound right. 

 

Religion is another big factor in the story, and for a contemporary adaptation the particulars would have to be tweaked. But The Baby Sisters Club show worked surprisingly well as a modern show, so it's not impossible here, just tricky. 

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Oh well I guess Turning Red might help some scenes from the book (published in the 1970s) make it into this movie.

 

With the whole puberty thing. Well if Pixar did it, so can this movie.

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I continue to think Lionsgate is having financial troubles getting marketing together, or even more likely they are holding their film inventory for a potential buyer.  

 

This is the 4th movie they have moved or sold off in the last few months.  The Devil's Light moved very late from February to October, The Unbreakable Boy disappeared from the schedule, Shotgun Wedding was sold, and now Margarent is moving.  Still haven't set a date for Expendables 4 and Dirty Dancing won't be ready until 2024.  

 

They are asking for White Bird to trailer on films, so maybe that won't move. 

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