Is Gayle Forman’s If I Stay finally making its way to the big screen with Chloe Grace Moretz in the starring role of Mia? It looks like the answer is, yes! That may be hard to believe for some, who have been excited about talks of this book to movie adaptation in the past, only to be let down as directors and actors fell through.
An If I Stay movie adaptation has been in and out of the works since 2009, with Twlight’s Catherine Hardwicke originally attached to direct. She eventually left the project. Then Heitor Dhalia was in talks to direct with Dakota Fanning headling as the film’s star, but again the adaptation never came to fruition. According to Variety, the third time is a charm for If I Stay, which has itself a new director in R.J. Cutler (Nashville, The September Issue) and a new star in Chloe Grace Mortez (Dark Shadows, Movie 43, Carrie).
If I Stay follows the thoughts of 17-year-old Mia, who must choose life or death after a fatal accident (read the book review here). While in a coma, Mia has an out of body experience that allows her to observe not only herself lying in her hospital bed, but the interactions of all those around her including her boyfriend, Adam. Forman has written an equally succesful follow-up entitled Where I Went from Adam’s point of view that could spell sequel potential depending on the first film’s success.
The Summit Entertainment adaptation of If I Stay will be produced by Denise DiNovi and Alison Greenspan of DiNovi Pictures. No production date or release date has been set.