Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret Movie Adaptation on the Way!

Esequiel Farfan
Octubre 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. Now, at 80 years old, Blume changed her mind, and has found what seems like the ideal team to bring Margaret to the wider world on the silver screen.

Fremon Craig is at work at the adaptation along with Brooks and his Gracie Films production company.

After agreeing to consider granting the screen rights to her books, Blume received an impassioned email from Edge of Seventeen writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig. She served as screenwriter and director for "The Edge of Seventeen" as well. Brooks and his Gracie Films will produce with Julie Ansell, Richard Sakai and Amy Brooks. Brooks told Deadline they are waiting to finish the screenplay before making a deal with a distributor. Blume has been notoriously reluctant to hand over the rights to her seminal classic, Are You There God? The book follows a sixth grade girl named Margaret who moves to the suburbs from New York City. She is being raised by a religiously indifferent Christian mother and Jewish father, she prays to a God she imagines is watching over her. Meanwhile, she and other girlfriends form a secret club to talk about issues like boys and bras.

As an adult, my favorite Blume novel is Summer Sisters, which is a beachy, frothy, ideal soap opera set mostly in Martha's Vineyard about the lifelong friendship between two women. 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 at that age, it felt like a life raft at a time when you're lost and searching and unsure.

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"So which of my books, kids and/or adult would you want to see adapted for series or movie?" she wrote. Women remember where they were when they read it. "I think the time has come".

In 2015, Blume told "CBS This Morning" that she never set out to write about uncomfortable subjects specifically, but wanted to write based on her own experiences as a pre-adolescent.

"I read this at 3 AM, and wrote my reps in the middle of the night: do whatever you can to get this", Fremon Craig told Deadline about the tweet. To celebrate Blume's 80th birthday, I attended a gathering, "Judy Blumesday", where actors read passages from her books in the author's presence. "I always say to them the reason you feel this way is because I represent your childhood, I bring back your childhood".

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