Chloe Moretz to Lead Young Adult Adaptation 'If I Stay' from R.J. Cutler
Audiences probably best know director R.J. Cutler for his work on documentaries like The September Issue, or TV shows like "The Freshman Diaries" and most recently a couple episodes of "Nashville." Now the filmmaker has lined up his first narrative feature film as Variety reports Cutler is wrapping up a deal to direct the adaptation of If I Stay, based on Gayle Forman's novel of the same name. In addition, Chloe Moretz (Let Me In, Hugo) is slated to star in the story that follows a relationship between a young classical musician (Moretz) and her indie rock boyfriend. Hopefully it's a more sophisticated young adult romance.
For a more detailed rundown, here's the official synopsis for the book:
While out on a drive with her family, 17-year-old Mia is suddenly separated from her body and forced to watch the aftermath of the accident that kills her parents and gravely injures her and her younger brother. Far from supernatural, this shift in perspective will be readily accepted by readers as Mia reminisces about significant events and people in her life while her body lies in a coma.
Alternating between the past and the present, she reveals the details and complexities of her relationships with family and friends, including the unlikely romance with her punk-rock boyfriend, Adam. An accomplished musician herself, Mia is torn between pursuing her love for music at Julliard and a future with Adam in Oregon. However, she must first choose between fighting to survive and giving in to the resulting sadness and despair over all she has lost.
Moretz has the potential to bring a lot of gravitas to a story that sounds like it's being made for the teen romance crowd (after all it's from Summit Entertainment, the company behind The Twilight Saga). But maybe the music angle will have something that interests everyone. If anything, it will be interesting to see how Cutler adapts to the non-documentary feature world. Cutler currently has his doc The World According to Dick Cheney here at Sundance, so we might see it in these last few days at the festival. Stay tuned for our Sundance coverage and updates on this story.