We’ve been waiting 50 years for this!

By Meghan Overdeep
March 04, 2020

Fifty years after she published Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Judy Blume has agreed to sell the film rights to her iconic novel, Deadline reports.

The rights were acquired by James L. Brooks and Kelly Fremon Craig, who collaborated on 2016’s coming-of-age film The Edge of Seventeen. Lionsgate has committed to a green light on a film with a budget in the $30 million range. Fremon Craig is set to direct her scripted adaptation with Brooks producing.

“I knew when I met Kelly and Jim, I was incredibly lucky to have them heading up Team Margaret,” Blume said 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!”

Blume’s seminal novel about a sixth grader who prays for help as she navigates puberty is considered required reading for young girls.

“It is this rite of passage for women and girls,” Fremon Craig told Deadline. “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.”

We couldn't have said it better! This movie can't come soon enough.

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