Summit Entertainment is trying to make lightning strike twice. The studio behind the Twilight movie series has plans to adapt a buzzy young-adult novel called If I Stay with Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke at the helm, EW has learned exclusively. The studio would not confirm the plan; a Summit insider said the parties are negotiating and a deal is not yet complete.Catherine Hardwicke is the talented director of Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown and Twilight. Her script for Thirteen is so powerful in its narrative that I know she will look after this novel, should everything come to pass. Catherine's visual style is very gritty (don't think of the more romantic scenes in Twilight) and her use of interesting visual elements will be key in this movie's development.
The book, from author/journalist Gayle Forman (Sisters in Sanity), doesn't hit shelves until April 2 but was scooped up by Summit last month. The project centers on 17-year old musician Mia who, after a violent car accident, finds herself watching her damaged body taken from the wreck. She must decide whether or not she has the will to live.
It's interesting that Hardwicke and Summit would team up again considering how the two parted ways after Twilight became a massive worldwide box office success. This reunion suggests that rumors of discord between the director and her studio may have been greatly exaggerated.
I am beside myself with joy for Gayle. In the interview for If I Stay that I will post closer to it's release (April 2009), she lists a Twilight cast member as someone she sees as one of the novel's key characters. Kismet! Yay Gayle.