Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Movie Deal: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

One of my all-time favorite books has finally struck a movie deal...with DreamWorks! And I am so excited!! Read below for more information!

From Entertainment Weekly:
The studio was drawn to the teenage love story for the same reason as its legions of fans. “It’s not the typical story where the ugly duckling is in love with the hot guy,” Bario says. “They’re both trying to find their way. They’re both outcasts.”

Set in 1986, and following one school year in Omaha, the novel follows the tentative romance of two 16-year-olds: Eleanor, a somewhat heavy girl overwhelmed by insecurities and trying to survive an abusive household, and Park, the quiet, half-Korean kid who also doesn’t feel like he fits in, but finds refuge in music and comic books.

After its publication in February 2013, the book spent 12 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and has inspired a passionate, devoted following.

“The book is uniquely structured in that one chapter is told by Eleanor and one chapter is told from Park’s perspective, and they alternate,” Bario points out. “So we’re trying to figure out how to do that in a movie. There are all sorts of groovy stylistic things you could do with voice over, or words on the screen, but we want something that’s real Rainbow.”

Rainbow Rowell will also be writing the screenplay; Carla Hacken (The Devil Wears Prada) will produce; and Matt Kennedy will executive produce. If all goes according to plan, DreamWorks hopes to ti start shooting in 2015.

Are you excited to see this book on the big screen?

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