The young adult romance novel THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon has landed at Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM for a feature film adaptation. Tracy Oliver, the scribe behind Barbershop: The Next Cut, is set to adapt the book.
The premise of the book is simple enough, while also being timely and touching. It’s the love story of two teens set against the backdrop as the girl’s family fights their impending deportation. With similar themes to The Fault in Our Stars and Me Before You (substituting illness for deportation), both of which were successes as books and at the box office, this is an excellent acquisition for the two studios.
Oliver is set to executive produce, alongside Les Morgenstein and Elysa Dutton of Alloy Entertainment who will produce. Niija Kuykendall will oversee for WB, and Matt Dines for MGM.
This book is the second novel of Yoon’s. The first, Everything Everything, was made into a film by the same team of studios and production companies and is set for release on May 19, 2017.
Oliver not only wrote Barbership: The Next Cut, she also wrote, produced and starred in The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl. Coming up she’s working on the current draft of Universal’s Girl Trip and developing Fox’s untitled Misty Copeland ballerina drama series.
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This news was first reported by Deadline.