MGM has acquired feature film rights to Jojo Moyes’ best-selling novel Me Before You.
The story revolves around 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 New York Times best-seller has sold more than 500,000 copies, with global e-book sales crossing the 250,000 mark. The book also has sold into 31 translations, including an upcoming first printing of 120,000 copies in Germany in March.
“Jojo’s book is frankly one of the most unique, emotional and engaging love stories written in recent years,” said Jonathan Glickman, MGM president of the motion picture group. “We’re so thrilled to collaborate with her on creating a classic film romance that lives up to this exceptional novel.”
Cassidy Lange will oversee the project for MGM.
“I could not be more excited about MGM and their plans for Me Before You,” London native Moyes said. “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 onscreen.”
Moyes was repped by Jessica Cooper of Curtis Brown.