The film rights to Rainbow Rowell’s bestselling novel Eleanor & Park have been acquired and pre-production is already underway.
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The 2012 novel is about two misfit teenagers, Eleanor and Park, living in Nebraska in 1986 who find a connection thanks to comic books and mixed tapes and soon fall head over heels for each other. It’s a story of the the high school experience as well as the wonders, and horrors, of first love with themes of domestic abuse, child abuse, bullying, and body image.
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The book received critical acclaim upon release with Kirkus Reviews calling it, “Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy and tear-jerking, this winning romance will captivate teen and adult readers alike,” and The Boston Globe and The Horn Book Magazine noting it as “an honest, heart-wrenching portrayal of imperfect but unforgettable love”.
Awards were aplenty. The American Library Association gave the book a 2014 Michael L. Printz Award Honor for excellence in young adult literature, it received the Rowell the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for fiction, NPR put the book on their list of the Best Books of 2013, and the audio book received a 2014 Odyssey Honor, and those don’t amass to half of the awards it rhas eceived.
To make things interesting, Deadline reported that “Plan B will produce with PICTURESTART’S Erik Feig, whose upstart production company has committed to finance the film. The author is writing the script and will be exec producer.”
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Erik Feig has produced, supervised and originated the production of Academy Award-winning films such as La La Land and The Hurt Locker, along with book adaptations such as The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games series, and the Divergent series.
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Rowell herself has trusted them to be a great team. She told Deadline:
I really feel like I couldn’t have found a better group of people to trust with Park and Eleanor — and I can’t wait to see this project come to life.
Neither can we!
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