MGM has secured the feature film rights to Jojo Moyes' critically-acclaimed, bestselling novel "Me Before You" it was announced today by Jonathan Glickman, MGM's President, Motion Picture Group.
"Me Before You" tells the story of two very different characters: Lou, a small town girl caught between dead-end jobs and Will, a high-profile, successful man who becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. Will has decided his life is not worth living until Lou is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. Worlds apart and trapped together by circumstance, the two get off to a rocky start. But, Lou becomes determined to prove to Will that life is worth living and as they embark on a series of adventures together, each finds their world changing in ways neither of them could begin to imagine.
The novel has sold over half a million copies and quickly landed on The New York Times bestseller list. Global E-book sales have crossed 250,000 and the book is now sold into thirty-one translations, including an upcoming first printing in Germany (March 2013) with 120,000 copies.
"Jojo's book is frankly one of the most unique, emotional and engaging love stories written in recent years,” said Glickman. "We're so thrilled to collaborate with her on creating a classic film romance that lives up to this exceptional novel."
Said Moyes: "I could not be more excited about MGM and their plans for 'Me Before You.' The studio is so passionate about the book and I'm thrilled that a story that seems to have come alive in so many readers' imaginations is about to have a whole new life on-screen."