Director Lena Dunham to Adapt 'Dash and Lily's Book of Dares'

October 27, 2010
Source: Deadline

Dash and Lily / Lena Dunham

We just recently highlighted the trailer for a little indie critics have been enjoying called Tiny Furniture from IFC Films. Now the film's writer/director/star, Lena Dunham, has lined up her next project as Deadline reports she will write and direct an adaptation of Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, a teenage romance novel from David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. The story follows two teens left alone in Manhattan for Christmas who connect when the girl leaves a notebook full of literary clues at the Strand bookstore and the boy follows the clues only to leave some of his own. No studio is involved yet, but seasoned producer Scott Rudin is behind the project.

The book itself comes from the same author's behind Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist which was also adapted into a film by Peter Sollett. Dash and Lily's Book of Dares sounds like a pseudo sequel to the aforementioned film starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings and the story itself is certainly in the same vein as the hipster-esque teen romance. Here's a more details synopsis courtesy of Amazon:

“I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Sounds interesting enough, and of course the story allows the You've Got Mail style love story to touch upon some more intimate NYC locales leading up to the inevitable meeting of the would-be lovers. With an eclectic and versatile talent like Dunham behind the camera, hopefully this will have a bit more spice and heart than Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist which seemed a little light on substance and a quality soundtrack despite the music-centric title. Any fans of the book excited about the adaptation?

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i've went blind from just reading the description of that movie. someone kill me now.

beavis on Oct 28, 2010


no way they cannot kill that book. and how is it a teen romance? PLEASE don't ruin this book by putting Selena Gomez or Miley Cyrus oe someone just as terrible as Lily, or some famous kid like Justin Beiber to play Dash just becuase they're famous and not becuase they would fit the part.

headphonegirl on Dec 28, 2010


If they kill it, i'll kill them.

Kell! on Dec 13, 2011


My standards are so high for the movie that I may not even watch it...I'm sure they'll do a good job, but even if it did turn out brilliant, the book was even more.

GraceAnne on Jan 3, 2012

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