Schaefer to produce Forman novel adaptation

Summit has nabbed rights to Gayle Forman’s young adult novel “If I Stay.”

Story follows a young musician and her rocker boyfriend who get caught up in a tragic car wreck. Dutton Children’s Books will publish the tome in the spring.

“Not since ‘Twilight’ have we seen as emotionally moving a book for a youth audience with this kind of crossover appeal,” Summit president of production Erik Feig said.Summit’s Michael Schaefer brought in and will oversee the project. The studio’s veep of business affairs, Karen Barna, negotiated the deal with CAA and the Genert Co.’s Sarah Burnes.

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