Jerry Spinelli’s ‘Stargirl’ Movie Adaptation Confirmed! ‘Twilight’ Director Catherine Hardwicke Heads Production
Catherine Hardwicke of the “Twilight” Saga fame is going to direct a movie based on Jerry Spinelli’s bestselling young adult novel, “Stargirl.” Read on for more details.
“Stargirl” is a story of a non-conformist girl who has strange inclinations and an exceptionally loving heart. The book was first published in 2000 by Random House. Kristin Hahn adapted the movie for the screen. Variety reported that Hardwicke was quite eager to sign on for the project after reading Hahn’s script.
“This is one of those stories and characters that stir your imagination and steal your heart and just stick with you forever. I am thrilled to have the chance to adapt this beloved novel and I can’t imagine anyone more uniquely equipped to bring this story to life than Catherine Hardwicke, a Stargirl in her own right,” Hahn told Variety.
Hahn is also going to produce the film, along with Gotham Group, Hahnscape Entertainment and BCDF Productions. BCDF is financing the movie and has plans to start the production sometime in fall this year.
The domestic sales will be handled by CAA and Red Granite will handle international sales.
Hardwicke is renowned for directing sensitive coming-of-age dramas that are targeted at young adults. Readers will remember her work from “Twilight,” “Red Riding Hood” and “Thirteen” all of which turned out to be exceptionally good movies. Hardwicke recently finished her work on production of Lionsgate’s Drew Barrymore romantic comedy “Miss You Already.” The new film will tell the story of two friends whose friendship is falling apart due to various problems.
Hahn has been producing films for many years. She has helped with the setting up of Plan B Entertainment with former Hollywood couple Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt. The said production company most recently produced “Tumbledown” and “Cake.”
“Stargirl” will see Hahn going back to her writing roots. Hahn had previously written the books “In Search of Grace” published by Harper Collins and “Anthem: An American Road Story” also published by Harper Collin, which was released as a companion book for her documentary of the same name.
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