After almost 50 years, she finally said yes.
Do you remember this book? Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret? It was published in 1970.
I guess Judy Blume had been turning down opportunities for 50 years to turn her famous book into a film, but she finally had a change of heart and granted rights Brooks, Craig and Gracie Films.
The book was about a lot of girl stuff and I remember parents weren’t happy about it back then and they were trying to ban it from libraries. Wow, how times have changed.
The website Deadline describes it as “a novel that meant more to a generation of preadolescent girls looking for answers and a sense they weren’t alone as childhood turned into a tumultuous something else. These were real problems they couldn’t discuss with anyone: when would they reach puberty and get their periods? Should they pad their bras, and what to do about the boys they were crushing on? Margaret is a sixth grader who moves from New York City to Farbrook, New Jersey. Raised by a religiously indifferent Christian mother and Jewish father, she prays to a God she imagines is watching over her. In addition to a search for faith, she is curious about upcoming changes in her own body and forms a secret club with four other girls where they discuss subjects like boys, bras, and periods.”
There is a really good article on this on Deadline you can read. Talks about why she changed her mind after seeing the movie The Edge Of Seventeen.
No word on when it’s going to go into production or be released, but I think I’m going to see this….50 years later.