It’s hard to believe that more Judy Blume books haven’t been turned into films. Blume authored more than a dozen hugely influential and popular children’s and young adult books through the ’70s and ’80s, and yet this is the first time one of her books has been made into a film at a major studio.
Blume co-wrote a film version of TIGER EYES with her son Lawrence Blume (who also directed) in 2012. It did get a theatrical release, but it had a minor impact at the box office.
After years of refusing to sell the film rights, Blume finally gave permission to producer James L. Brooks 50 years after ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET, was initially published. Kelly Fremon Craig, who made the wonderful 2017 film THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN (also produced by Brooks), is on board to direct MARGARET.
This week Lionsgate announced that the film will be arriving in theaters on September 16th, and we can’t wait. So, to ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET, and to Judy Blume, we say welcome to The Quorum.