Catherine Hardwicke Plans Love Letters to the Dead


Catherine Hardwicke is set to direct an adaptation of the novel Love Letter to the Dead.

Twilight‘s Catherine Hardwicke has a new young adult adaptation on the way as The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that the Thirteen director is in talks to helm Fox 2000’s big screen take on Ava Dellaira’s novel, Love Letters to the Dead. Published in 2014, the book is described on Dellaira’s official site as follows:

It begins as an assignment for English class:

Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead. People like Janis Joplin, Judy Garland, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and most importantly, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn someone when you haven’t forgiven them? And how do you find your true identity when so much of who you were died with the person you loved? It’s not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself can she finally begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was—lovely and amazing and deeply flawed—can she truly begin to discover her own path.

Hardwicke’s next feature, a dramedy called Miss You Already, has finished production, but is, at the moment, without a release date. Starring Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper, Jacqueline Bisset and Paddy Considine, that film follows two lifelong friends whose friendship falls apart when one gets pregnant and the other becomes ill.

Love Letters to the Dead reteams Hardwicke with Twilight’s Temple Hill Entertainment. Dellaira herself will be adapting the novel for the screen.

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