‘Twilight’s’ Catherine Hardwicke to Direct YA Novel Adaptation ‘Stargirl’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Catherine Hardwicke is on board to direct an adaptation of the bestselling YA novel “Stargirl.”

Kristin Hahn adapted Jerry Spinelli’s book and will produce the film, along with Gotham Group and BCDF Pictures. BCDF is financing the movie with plans for a fall production start date.

Hardwicke was quick to sign on for the project after reading Hahn’s script, sources tell Variety.

First published in 2000 by Random House, the critically acclaimed story follows a homeschooled teen who enrolls in an Arizona high school, altering the ecosystem of the student body with her nonconformity.

“This is one of those stories and characters that stir your imagination and steal your heart and just stick with you forever. I am thrilled to have the chance to adapt this beloved novel and I can’t imagine anyone more uniquely equipped to bring this story to life than Catherine Hardwicke, a Stargirl in her own right,” Hahn said.

CAA will handle domestic sales while Red Granite handles international ones.

Hardwicke just wrapped production on Lionsgate’s Drew Barrymore romantic comedy “Miss You Already.” She directed one of the biggest YA novel adaptations of all, “Twilight,” in 2008.

Hahn has been producing for many years, she helped Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt with the founding of Plan B Entertainment most recently produced “Tumbledown” and “Cake”. “Stargirl” sees Hahn going back to her writing roots, having previously written the books “In Search of Grace” (Harper Collins) and Anthem: An American Road Story (HarperCollins) which was the companion book for her documentary of the same name.

Hardwicke, Hahn and Gotham Group are are all represented by CAA. BCDF Pictures is repped by Sheri Jeffrey at Hogan Lovells, while Spinelli is repped by William Reiss, John Hawkins & Associates, Inc.

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  1. Good for her. Say what you want about Twilight, but that first movie was a major blockbuster. YET this woman did not get another chance to direct one. That would NEVER EVER happen for a male director. Yes Twilight wasn’t a good movie but there are TONS of male directors that made crappy movies that became blockbusters and have worked again. Good for you Catherine.

  2. gary stein says:

    My #1 literary character of all-time FINALLY getting what her 3 million books in circulation deserve! Congrats to Jerry Spinelli. A fabulous YA author and a great guy! Let’s hope they pick the perfect actress to play my fave girl, Stargirl Caraway!

  3. Blah says:

    Why would anyone allow her to make more films?

  4. Lisa Gottlieb says:

    Do you know who is casting “Stargirl”?

    Also….how would an actor who was written about in Variety get a spelling correction? As is it is ungoogleable

    “A Rising Tide” with *Caroline Gottlieb
    Was misspelled as Caroline Gotleib

  5. sony employee says:

    Couldn’t love either Katherine or Kristin Hahn more. GO GIRLS! xoxoxo Lynda

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