Best-selling author Judy Blume hits big screen, finally

Thu Jun 6, 2013 4:45pm EDT
 
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After numerous starts and stops by Hollywood executives to project Judy Blume books onto the big screen, the best-selling author and her filmmaker son decided to make it happen.

The film adaptation of her 1981 young adult book "Tiger Eyes" opens in theaters on Friday and simultaneously on iTunes, DirecTV and On-Demand.

It was a family project, with Blume and her son, Lawrence Blume, writing the screenplay and producing the film. Lawrence directed the movie and Blume's husband of 26 years, George Cooper, was executive producer of the independently financed $2 million project.

"Tiger Eyes" is about a teenager named Davey, whose family moved from New Jersey to Los Alamos, New Mexico, to start a new life after the murder of her father.

"It sort of mirrored my own story of being pulled away from my life, my friends and my father in New Jersey and moving to this strange town of Los Alamos, New Mexico," said Lawrence, who directed the 2002 comedy film "Martin & Orloff."

Blume divorced his father, remarried, and moved Lawrence and his sister to New Mexico in the late 1970s.

The New York-based filmmaker collaborated with his mother, who lives in Key West, Florida, mainly by email and telephone.

"The biggest challenge was taking the book's first person inner monologue narrative and figuring out how to turn that into an actionable behavior that actors can play," he added.   Continued...

 
Author Judy Blume poses for a portrait in Santa Monica, California, May 31, 2013. After numerous starts and stops by Hollywood executives to project Judy Blume books onto the big screen, the best-selling author and her filmmaker son decided to make it happen. The film adaptation of her 1981 young adult book "Tiger Eyes" opens in theaters June 6, 2013 and simultaneously on iTunes, DirecTV and On-Demand. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson