Gayle Forman Adaptation Nabs 'About a Boy' Writer-Producers (Exclusive)

Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage of Fake Empire are producing the adaptation.

Screenwriting team Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger have been tapped to write the adaptation of Gayle Forman’s best-selling YA books Just One Day and Just One Year.

Universal is combining both books into a single-feature love story to be produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage of Fake Empire.

Just One Day and Just One Year, published in 2013 and 2014 respectively, follow the story of a young couple who meet and share one incredible day (and night) together only to be separated, spending the next year looking for each other and finding themselves while on that journey.

The tone is said to be in the vein of Before Sunrise and 500 Days of Summer.  

Fake Empire head of motion pictures Lis Rowinski will executive produce alongside Forman. Fake Empire’s creative exec Lynley Bird originally brought in the project.

Schwartz and Savage are writing and producing Universal’s live action feature Monster High, based on Mattel’s billion dollar franchise of the same name. On the television side, Fake Empire is in production on ABC’s 10-episode drama Astronaut Wives Club.

Aptaker and Berger already have their toes in the YA field, having recently adapted the YA novel The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. They also worked with Fake Empire on the company’s pilot First Timers.

Currently, the duo are writer-producers on NBC’s About a Boy and were previously writer-co-producers on Dan Fogelman’s ABC series The Neighbors.

Aptaker and Berger are repped by Verve and Management 360.