It feels like we're somewhat overdue for a brilliant coming-of-age movie — if you count a year as being overdue (we're thinking of you Moonrise Kingdom). Deadline brings news that author-director Stephen Chbosky and Emma Watson (who worked together on The Perks of Being a Wallflower) are reuniting for a project that should satisfy your adolescents-and-rites-of-passage-narrative needs.
They're teaming up with (500) Days of Summer scribes Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter for an adaptation of Adena Halpern's novel 29, retitled While We’re Young. "A 75-year-old woman, still feeling frisky and that she has far more in common with her 29-year-old granddaughter than with her stuffy 55-year-old daughter, is granted a birthday wish. She gets to be 29 again, for a day. She uses the time to go on an adventure with her now same-aged granddaughter. The film tells the story of three generations of women," the website reports.
Perks marked Watson's foray into adult roles that weren't set in the halls of Hogwarts, so we sense her working relationship with the director is a special one. Halpern is known for writing the dreaded "chick lit" novel, but her humor and genuine characters seem to elevate the work for most readers. Her novel The Ten Best Days of My Life was being developed by director Shawn Levy, but we haven't heard anything about the project lately. The creative team behind While We're Young, arguably responsible for two of the best coming-of-age movies in the last decade, makes this an exciting project we're definitely keeping an eye on. How about you?
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