The Edge of Seventeen

STX Entertainment

Judy Blume's young adult classic "Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret" was published in 1970. After all these years, Blume has never granted the rights to filmmakers to adapt the novel.

But now -- just in time for a movie to possibly hit screens 50 years after the book -- Blume has granted the rights to writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig and producer James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films.

According to Deadline, Fremon Craig will write and direct this adaptation of Blume's book. She is just getting started on the script after a meeting with Blume and producers earlier this week.

Fremon Craig made her directorial debut with the 2016 coming-of-age movie "The Edge of Seventeen," which she also wrote and co-produced. Fremon Craig reunited with actress Hailee Steinfeld for "Bumblebee," the upcoming "Transformers" spinoff that Fremon Craig co-wrote.

"I got the greatest email from Judy where she said if someone were to make a film of one of her books, she hoped it would have the same tone and feeling that 'The Edge of Seventeen' had,” Fremon Craig told Deadline. “It’s maybe the greatest compliment I’ve ever gotten, because she has always been a North star for me as a writer. What’s helpful is that everybody who reads it sees themselves in it. I read it in the late ’80s, and didn’t know it was written in 1970. She captured something universal and timeless enough that it transcends all that. What I’m going to need is a great 12-year-old actress to play Margaret.”

A 12-year-old actress counts Hailee Steinfeld out this time, but opens the door for some young star to make a grand debut.

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