Germ will be making its big-screen debut in the movie adaptation of All the Bright Places, the New York Times bestselling novel where Germ originated. In the book, main character Violet Markey is reeling after the recent death of her sister. She meets a boy called Finch and, along the way, creates Germ Magazine.
Elle Fanning (Maleficent) will be starring as Violet. (!!) The novel debuted this January, but the story was optioned by Hollywood producers Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan months before its publication.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Leif Lillehaugen will oversee the project for Demarest and Ally Israelson for Mazur/Kaplan.
Arteta’s deal was negotiated by WME, Management 360 and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman.
Fanning’s deal was hammered out by WME, Echo Lake Management and Hansen Jacobson, and Niven’s by RWSG and Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary.
From Entertainment Weekly:
All the Bright Places’s move to the screen has a director on board. Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids, Youth in Revolt) was announced Monday as the helmer of the project, starring Elle Fanning as Violet.
All the Bright Places traces the relationship between two completely different teenagers, Violet and Finch, that begins when each contemplate suicide. Written by Jennifer Niven, the heart-wrenching book currently sits at No. 5 on the New York Times best-seller list.
“Violet and Finch’s achingly heartfelt and authentic story is the most convincing portrayal of teenage life I have ever come across,” Arteta said in a statement. “It’s such a privilege to bring it to the screen with the help of its engaging author and the great support of Demarest Media and The Mazur Kaplan Company, who couldn’t be more passionate about Jennifer’s book and this adaptation.”
Arteta will direct a script written by Niven. Production is scheduled to begin in spring 2016.