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'Me Before You,' Jojo Moyes' Bestselling Story of Love and Redemption Goes to MGM for Film Adaptation

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 29, 2013 at 3:36PM

MGM has acquired film rights to "Me Before You," Jojo Moyes' novel which has sold over half a million copies and landed on the NYTimes' bestseller list. The book is available in 31 translations. The story centers on Lou, a small town girl amidst dead-end jobs and Will, a high profile success until he gets in an accident and becomes wheelchair-bound
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Jojo Moyes
Jojo Moyes

MGM has acquired film rights to "Me Before You," Jojo Moyes' novel which has sold over half a million copies and landed on the NYTimes' bestseller list. The book is available in 31 translations. The story centers on Lou, a small town girl amidst dead-end jobs and Will, a high profile success until he gets in an accident and becomes wheelchair-bound. Lou becomes Will's caretaker, and after a rocky start she becomes determined to prove to Will that his life is still worth living. Sounds like the romance version of France's "The Intouchables," but aimed at women who love Nicholas Sparks adaptations and the likes of "Bridges of Madison County."

MGM's Jonathan Glickman states, “Jojo’s book is frankly one of the most unique, emotional and engaging love stories written in recent years. We’re so thrilled to collaborate with her on creating a classic film romance that lives up to this exceptional novel.”

Moyes adds, "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 on-screen.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.