Judy Blume’s ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ movie in development at Lionsgate

Lionsgate is developing a movie based on Judy Blume’s novel “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret” with “The Edge of Seventeen” director Kelly Fremon Craig helming from her own script.

The company announced Monday that it bought the novel’s film rights and plans the movie to be “event moviegoing for women of all ages.” James L. Brooks, who teamed with Fremon Craig on “The Edge of Seventeen,” will produce through his Gracie Films banner. Julie Ansell, Richard Sakai, Amy Brooks, Fremon Craig and Blume will also produce.

Lionsgate said that several key senior executives passionately pitched the project to Blume, Fremon Craig and Brooks by transforming their conference room into an 11-year-old girl’s bedroom.

The iconic novel, published in 1970, centers on a sixth grader who moves from the city to the suburbs and prays to God to watch over her and help her through her anxieties, including puberty and its changes to her body and her emotions.

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MAR 2 1977; Writer Of Children's Books Visits Sixth Graders At Swanson Elementary; Judy Blume, author of 12 children's books, including "The Fourth Grade Nothing," stoped in for a visit at the school, recently. Her nephew, Darryl Kitchens, is 6th grade pupil there, and she took time for the visit as a special birthday favor for him, and other students. She answered questions and autographed several books for youngsters.; (Photo By Jane Tarbox/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Author Judy Blume, most noted for her children's books like Superfudge, also writes for an adult audience with Wifey, Smart Women, and Summer Sisters.
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Author and producer Judy Blume attends 'Tiger Eyes' New York Premiere at AMC Empire on June 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Author and producer Judy Blume attends 'Tiger Eyes' New York Premiere at AMC Empire on June 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21: Author Judy Blume speaks at the 17th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books - Day 1 at USC on April 21, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 8: Author/activist Judy Blume attends the 15th Annual Glamour "Women of the Year" Awards at the American Museum of Natural History November 8, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Author Judy Blume, right, and actress Willa Holland sit for a portrait May 29 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 11: Judy Blume attends The 2020 MAKERS Conference on February 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for MAKERS)
CORAL GABLES, FL - JUNE 15: Author Judy Blume In Conversation With WLRN's Alicia Zuckerman about Judy Blume new book "In the Unlikely Event" at Temple Judea on June 15, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 13: Writer Judy Blume signs copies of her new book 'In The Unlikely Event' at Book People on June 13, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
THE VIEW - Raven-Symone and Molly Sims are the guest co-hosts. Guests include Judy Blume and Jim Parsons today, Tuesday, June 2, 2015 on Walt Disney Television via Getty Images's "The View." "The View" airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo Credit by Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 25: Judy Blume books shot loose to crop as desired. (Chris So/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Writer Judy Blume attends "Listen Up Phillip" during the 52nd New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on October 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19: Author Judy Blume attends the National Coalition Against Censorship's 35th Anniversary Free Speech celebration at the City Winery on October 19, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Novelist Judy Blume poses for a portrait on September 29, 2006 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Karjean Levine/Getty Images)
Judy Blume, 2004 Women of the Year honoree during 15th Annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards - Show at American Museum of Natural History in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
MARTHA'S VINEYARD - JUNE 27: Author Judy Blume dockside at her summer home on Lake Tashmoo. (Photo by Tom Herde/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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“This title was an anthem when we first read it as teens, and it remains timeless and relevant because nothing has captured the coming-of-age experience with the same authenticity, truth and respect. For that reason, Judy Blume is a beacon for women and girls. Kelly Fremon Craig is a filmmaker we have adored and chased for years, and James L Brooks is a hero to us all,” said Lionsgate’s president of production Erin Westerman.

Meredith Wieck and Chelsea Kujawa are overseeing the project for Lionsgate. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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