Catherine Hardwicke Adapting Gayle Forman's If I Stay
by Alex Billington
February 24, 2009
Apparently Summit Entertainment and Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke have resolved any major issues that originally arose during the shooting of Twilight, because Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Hardwicke has signed on to direct an adaption of Gayle Forman's forthcoming young adult novel "If I Stay" for Summit. The book is about a 17-year-old girl name Mia who gets in a car accident and in the blink of an eye finds herself watching her damaged body being pulled from the wreckage. She must decide whether or not she has the will to live. No screenwriter is officially attached to adapt yet either.
Before directing Twilight last year, Hardwicke previously directed Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown, and The Nativity Story, a diverse line-up of films. While she didn't exactly do well enough with Twilight to continue working on that series, she will still most likely be remembered as the director who brought Stephenie Meyer's vision to life. Hence why I'm sure she seems like a good fit, in theory, for "If I Stay". Unfortunately, I already get the feeling that this is going to be one of those annoying "young adult" movies that is catered to a very specific demographic - one which I am not a part of. I could be wrong, but I doubt it. Thoughts?