It’s been a long time since writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) had a film in theaters — three and a half years, in fact — but THR informs us the helmer is back in Hollywood’s field of vision with a YA adaptation.
The material at hand is Lauren Oliver‘s Before I Fall, a supernatural tale that centers on a high school senior who repeatedly experiences her own death hours before the actual event occurs. Thrown in with this predicting hokum is some romance, unearthed family secrets, and a newly-formed friendship with “a depressed, bullied girl whose life she holds in her hands.” (I will bet anybody $10 in physical cash that this girl holds the secret to her survival.)
Well… at least this post-Hunger Games world is bringing to light some young adult films that aren’t about teenage warriors. Right? Sorry if that’s insubstantial; I only say that as someone who can’t formulate a coherent thought on what, overall, doesn’t sound like a terribly interesting motion picture. Blame it on personal preference. But I’ll place the ball in Fox 2000’s court, because everyone loves a) when I’m proven wrong, and, to a lesser degree, b) stories of premonition. (Unless they star Sandra Bullock. If she’s cast here, no dice.)
Have you read the original book? If so, do you see a strong film emerging from an adaptation?
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