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Warner Bros. has optioned I’ll Give You The Sun, an upcoming YA novel written by Jandy Nelson that is already generating heat in the book world.
Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan will produce the adaptation.
Sun tells of two inseparable teenage twins who are torn apart by tragedy even as they deal with coming-of-age issues such as sexuality (the boy is gay, while the girl had a horrible first experience). The two are budding artists, and the book’s chapters alternate between their perspectives, showing how their lives deteriorate and then begin to mend.
The book, from Penguin division Dial Press, will be published this September, although Publisher’s Weekly last week gave it a starred review. Foreign territories such as the U.K., France, Brazil, Germany, Spain and others are already in on the license.
Courtenay Valenti and Greg Silverman‘s former assistant, the newly promoted creative exec Julia Spiro, will oversee for the studio.
Di Novi and Greenspan are currently shooting The Best of Me, Warners’ adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel that stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan.
They also have If I Stay, the adaptation of the Gayle Forman YA novel that stars Chloe Grace Moretz, coming out August 22.
Nelson is a published poet and former literary agent who made a splash with her debut novel, The Sky Is Everywhere, which was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick. (She also has a B.A. from Cornell and MFAs in poetry and children’s writing from Brown University and Vermont College of Fine Arts.)
Nelson was repped in the deal by Paradigm, on behalf of Holly McGhee of Pippin Properties.
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