Author Judy Blume’s beloved 1970 novel “Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret” is heading to the big screen.
The book came out over 50 years ago, and Blume admitted that the movie “is better than the book.”
The Lionsgate movie boasts a star-studded cast, featuring Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates and more. Abby Ryder Fortson, who also starred as Paul Rudd’s daughter in Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” plays 11-year-old Margaret in the film adaptation.
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The story follows Margaret, as she is uprooted from her life in New York City for suburban New Jersey while going through the messy and tumultuous times of puberty with new friends at a new school. McAdams plays Margaret’s mother and Bates plays her grandmother.
After turning down several offers to turn the book into a movie over the years, Blume said this opportunity felt “right” to him.
“It was the right team,” Blume noted during an appearance on “Today.”
She went on to say the pitch came to her after she told her agent to relay the message “in Hollywood country” that the book was “off the table”.
Blume changed her mind when she received a “remarkable…passionate and funny, intimate letter” from Kelly Fremon Craig – the film’s writer and director.
The famous author added that Craig was “very persuasive” and that Blume was a fan of his previous work. She was also won over to the idea when Craig mentioned that producer James L. Brooks would also be working on the film.
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Meanwhile, Blume opened up about his book being banned in the 1980s for covering the subject of menstruation.
“It’s like, ‘If my kid doesn’t read about it, it’s never gonna happen,'” Blume laughed in disbelief.
The author went on to say that “book banning is back in a huge…scary…destructive way”, and noted that it has become “ultra-political”.
Although “Are You There God?” It’s Me, Margaret” was a hugely popular book, Blume admitted she “didn’t know what she was doing” when she wrote it.
“It came out spontaneously,” she happily expressed.
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“I never imagined it would reach so many people or mean so much.”
“Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” hits theaters on April 28, 2023.
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“Are you there God? by Judy Blume. It’s Me, Margaret’ Gets Film Adaptation Starring Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates – Up News Info