Emma Watson & Stephen Chbosky Reteam for 'While We're Young'
by Ethan Anderton
October 10, 2013
Author Stephen Chbosky directed the adaptation of his own The Perks of Being a Wallflower, featuring a stellar performance from Emma Watson as she stepped away from the Harry Potter franchise. Now they will reunite for a new adaptation as Deadline reports Chbosky will direct While We're Young, an adaptation of 29: A Novel by Adena Halpern, which has a script from (500) Days of Summer and The Spectacular Now writers Michael H. Weber & Scott Neustadter. The story features the familiar fantastical body switch trope, this time with a 75-year old woman who is granted her birthday wish of being 29 again.
Her wish comes when she realizes that she has much more in common with her 29-year-old granddaughter than her 55-year-old daughter, and with her returned young age, she decides to go on an adventure with her granddaughter. The plot device is familiar, but for some reason, I'm a sucker to see how they play out with completely different characters. We haven't seen a female take on this kind of story for awhile with the more recent stories including the remake of Freaky Friday and 13 Going on 30. This time taking a much older woman and putting her in a twentysomething body is certainly different. Plus, with a group like Chbosky, Weber and Neustadter working together, this is bound to be something great.