This is not a drill: The Wakefield twins are officially coming to the big screen.
Yet another of our favorites from decades past is getting new life. Teens in the 1980s and 1990s, who grew up on young adult fiction such as The Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High, are in for a real treat: one of these novel series is headed to a movie theater near you. Spoiler alert: the film stars your favorite blonde high school sweethearts.
Yes, identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield of the cult-classic Sweet Valley High are making their 21st century debut in a movie adaptation. The film will be based on their funny exploits and teenage struggles while growing up in sunny California. If you recall, the first book in the voluminous set was published in 1983 and written by Francine Pascal. The decades-spanning series was later turned into a successful TV show in the late ‘90s and featured real-life twins Brittany and Cynthia Daniel.
Now, Paramount Pictures is gearing up to bring their friendships and all the teen drama to the big screen. According to Deadline, Harper Dill and Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith (who is best known for her work on Legally Blonde) have been tapped as co-writers to develop the script. There’s no word yet on potential cast members, nor what time period the film will take place. With more than 600 titles and spinoffs to source story ideas from, we’re sure Hollywood will do this book-to-movie adaptation justice.
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Ready for a trip down memory lane? Head over to Amazon for individual titles, such as Double Love and the Kindle box set, to brush up on one of the literary world’s most entertaining teenage sagas—before it hits theaters.