Rainbow Rowell, a YA and adult fiction author whose name rivals Justine Larbalestier’s in terms of epic, has been touted as a name to watch for the past couple of years since her novel Attachments hit the scene, but it was the arrival of Eleanor & Park that cemented her status. The New York Times best-seller and Printz Honour novel came with huge critical acclaim as well as big name support from fellow contemporaries John Green and Gayle Forman. The 80s set tale of romance and nostalgia between two outcast teenagers certainly follows those authors in terms of style and content, and so it all made perfect sense for the book to be optioned.
Dreamworks were the lucky studio, as reported by Entertainment Weekly, and Rowell herself has been hired to tackle the script. While Suzanne Collins showed the benefit of keeping the adaptation close to the creator’s heart, she had previous film experience where Rowell has none, so only time will tell if this was a smart move. No casting has been announced, nor is a director as yet attached to the project, as the studio are waiting for a draft of a script before going forward. Here’s hoping the heavy set redheaded heroine and her half-Korean love interest aren’t Hollywood-ized in any manner as the industry is prone to doing.