New Line has picked up the movie rights to Gayle Forman’s novel “I Was Here” after releasing its adaptation of the author’s teen drama “If I Stay” last summer.
New Line has not set up the project with a producer. Forman will executive produce. New Line’s Andrea Johnston is overseeing.
“I Was Here,” published a month ago by Viking, centers on an 18-year-old dealing with her best friend committing suicide without warning. She discovers many secrets after traveling to her friend’s college town to pack up the belongings.
New Line teamed with MGM on “If I Stay,” which grossed $78 million worldwide on an $11 million budget. Chloe Grace Moretz starred with R.J. Cutler directing.
Universal picked up rights to Forman’s romancer “Just One Day” and sequel “Just One Year” in November. The studio plans to make a single feature with Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage producing.
Forman was repped in the deal by Paradigm on behalf of Michael Bourret of Dystel & Goderich. The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.