Kelly Fremon Craig will direct for Lionsgate, while James L. Brooks will produce the studio’s big screen treatment for Judy Blume’s novel.
Lionsgate has tapped Ant-Man star Abby Ryder Fortson and Rachel McAdams to star in Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, an adaptation of Judy Blume’s classic novel of the same name.
Ryder Fortson will play Margaret Simon and McAdams will play Margaret’s mother, Barbara, in the studio’s book-to-screen adaptation. The film, which begins production in April, is written and will be directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, who is reteaming producer James L. Brooks and his Gracie Films banner. They collaborated on the film The Edge of Seventeen.
“Abby is the kind of extraordinarily rare talent that comes along once a generation. The minute she walked in the room, she knocked us off our feet with her humor, vitality and instantly lovable presence. We knew we’d found Margaret. Together with Rachel McAdams’ exceptional talent for creating indelible characters that make you laugh out loud, bawl your eyes out, or both — there couldn’t be a better combination to bring Judy Blume’s much-beloved characters to life on screen,” Fremon Craig said in a statement.