Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke has signed on to helm Summit Entertainment's If I Stay, based on Gayle Forman's novel of the same name which will be published spring of 2009 by Dutton Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.
Erik Feig, Summit's President of Production, stated, "When we were thinking of the perfect director to capture the emotion, grace, and passion of this beautiful book, one filmmaker became the clear and only choice: Catherine Hardwicke. Summit and Catherine have had enormous success working together on 'Twilight' and we cannot wait to bring 'If I Stay' to vivid life together as well."
If I Stay is the story of the gifted classical musician Mia and her boyfriend, Adam, an up and coming indie-rock star. Torn between two paths in life, her art or her relationship, Mia is forced to make an even starker choice between life and death when she is caught in a fatal car accident with her family one snowy morning in Oregon.