Judy Blume’s iconic book, “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” will finally be made into a movie after the author agreed to sell the film rights, nearly 50 years after it was first published.
According to Deadline, the producers James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films and Kelly Fremon Craig bought the rights to turn the book into a movie. At the moment, a Hollywood movie studio is not yet tied to the project, however, Brooks and Fremon Craig plan to have a full screenplay before they sell it to a distributor.
Speaking with the media house, Fremon Craig spoke on why she thinks the book has been so popular among young women for many generations. She said:
“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.”
Brooks added that he got the idea to turn the book into a movie because his granddaughter had just read it, and the storyline still resonated with her. He said.
“It definitely won’t feel like a period piece,” he said. “People have read at various stages and it felt present and immediate.”
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret follows the life of an 11-year-old girl named Margaret Simon who is in the sixth grade. She forms a secret club with three girlfriends, in which they talk about adolescent issues many young women go through, including getting her first period, liking boys, and buying her first bra.
The book also sees Margaret exploring her faith after being brought up in a home with a Christian mother and Jewish father.