'Eleanor & Park' Being Adapted into a Film by DreamWorks


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Another best-selling, young adult novel is coming to a theater near you. Rainbow Rowell’s novel Eleanor & Park sets its sights on Hollywood.

Set in 1986, Eleanor & Park follows two outcast 16-year-olds as they navigate life and love. What makes this novel different from many teen romance novels is that it doesn’t airbrush young adulthood. Eleanor, a somewhat overweight girl, wants to escape an abusive home situation and overcome her insecurities. Park, a half-Asian quiet guy, uses music and comic books to escape his life. Their outcast statuses give them common ground and helps thrust their romance into the realm of transcendence.

After the book was published in February 2013, it spent twelve weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Entertainment Weekly just announced that DreamWorks bought the rights to create a movie version of Eleanor & Park. DreamWorks president of production Holly Bario had this to say about the book, “Every girl who has read it says, ‘That was me in high school, or that was me in 7th grade. It reminded all of us of our own sort of awkwardness, or family dysfunction.”

To ease some fans' worry about the movie not living up to the magic of the book, Rowell has been hired to write the script, which she may find difficult, considering the novel's shifting perspectives.

“The book is uniquely structured in that one chapter is told by Eleanor and one chapter is told from Park’s perspective, and they alternate, so we’re trying to figure out how to do that in a movie. There are all sorts of groovy stylistic things you could do with voice over, or words on the screen, but we want something that’s real Rainbow,” Bario stated.

Rowell is currently writing her latest novel, so the project cannot begin until she finishes it. However, DreamWorks hopes to start filming the movie in 2015.

Rowell took to Twitter today to express her excitement about the future Eleanor & Park movie.



Image via Rainbow Rowell, Facebook