Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber to Adapt Yet Another Bestseller

By October 23, 2013
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Hollywood’s hardest working pair of screenwriters have now added yet another literary adaptation to their very full plates, impressing book nerds with both their apparent taste for good work and their ability to actually read books. Books are cool, you guys.

Deadline Hollywood reports that Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (of (500) Days of Summer fame and, to a far lesser extent, The Pink Panther 2) are now signed on to adapt Jojo Moyes’ bestseller “Me Before You” for MGM. The book is not yet a year old, but MGM snapped up the book’s rights in February. Perhaps that gave some solid lead time to Moyes, who has reportedly penned her own draft of the screenplay, which the writers will work off of when it comes to their version.

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Moyes’ book centers on “a young English woman hired as the caretaker for an affluent Londoner paralyzed in an accident. Both are surprised by how the relationship blossoms.” Predictably, young Louisa and wheelchair-bound Will are polar opposites, but Moyes’ novel doesn’t take the easy (or safe) way out when it comes to anything else. The book has been described as both “a Love Story for this generation” and “heartbreakingly romantic,” so ready your handkerchiefs now.

The pair has also adapted Tim Tharp’s “The Spectacular Now,” John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” and are on board to adapt both Amor Towles’ “The Rules of Civility” and Maria Semple’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.” Do you have a book? Do you want it to be adapted for the big screen? You gotta get Neustadter and Weber.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.