Judy Blume's coming-of-age classic will be adapted into a film 50 years after its release. 

By Isabel Jones
Updated Mar 04, 2020 @ 11:45 am
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“Are you there, Lionsgate? It’s me, Judy” — Judy Blume to Lionsgate, probably.

Anyway, Blume’s seminal coming-of-age novel Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret is finally being adapted into a feature film — like, it’s literally been 50 years since the book was released and Blume has been courting offers to adapt it for about that long.

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The celebrated children’s and young adult author approved director Kelly Fremon Craig and producer James L. Brooks for the project. Fremon Craig and Brooks previously worked together on another coming-of-age film, The Edge of Seventeen (which is highly underrated and very, very good!).

Naturally, the rights to such a timeless and beloved title were desired by many studios and streaming platforms. Ultimately, Lionsgate won out at auction, allotting the adaptation a $30 million budget.

“I knew when I met Kelly and Jim I was incredibly lucky to have them heading up Team Margaret,” Blume shared in a statement. “With Lionsgate’s early and continued enthusiasm for the project we all feel Margaret has found the right home. After 50 years it’s about time!”