The man famous for having Jack Nicholson claim he could write women because “I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability,” will now produce a movie based on a classic children’s book about young womanhood by Judy Blume. Accomplished film producer and director James L. Brooks — famous for Nicholson’s turn in As Good as It Gets — will tackle the 1970 classic kid’s novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
If anyone is worried that Brooks is too male, too old and out-of-touch to do this Judy Blume book justice, news broke on Wednesday, that in addition to Brooks producing, Kelly Fremon Craig, who wrote The Edge of Seventeen will pen the adapted screenplay for the upcoming Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Apparently, Judy Blume has been refusing offers for decades, but finally decided to let her famous book become a movie, presumably because the screenwriter felt like a good fit.
For those who somehow missed being inside of a school library for the past thirty years, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret is primarily a book about puberty aimed at middle-grade readers. Calling it a “YA novel,” wouldn’t be wrong since it focuses on young adult themes, but the book itself is totally written on an older grade-school level. So, kiddos in 5th or 6th grade are pretty much the perfect age.
However, as many of us who came of age in the ’80s and ’90s remember, we were sometimes much younger than that when we read the book, which, was somewhat shocking considering the famous scene where the titular character stands in front of the mirror and talks about pubic hair. (Who else was scandalized by this as a kid?)
The point is, Blume’s book is a tender and helpful classic for a reason. As of this writing, a release date for the film has not been set.