Variety reports that Chloe Moretz is in talks to star in “If I Stay,” an adaptation of the novel by Gayle Forman. The project has been around since 2009, before the book was even published, with Catherine Hardwicke attached to direct. However, now R.J. Cutler, the documentary directory, is considering making the film his narrative debut.
Here’s an excerpt from Publisher’s Weekly review of the book, as seen on Amazon:
The last normal moment that Mia, a talented cellist, can remember is being in the car with her family. Then she is standing outside her body beside their mangled Buick and her parents’ corpses, watching herself and her little brother being tended by paramedics. As she ponders her state (Am I dead? I actually have to ask myself this), Mia is whisked away to a hospital, where, her body in a coma, she reflects on the past and tries to decide whether to fight to live. Via Mia’s thoughts and flashbacks, Forman (Sisters in Sanity) expertly explores the teenager’s life, her passion for classical music and her strong relationships with her family, friends and boyfriend, Adam. Mia’s singular perspective (which will recall Alice Sebold’s adult novel, The Lovely Bones) also allows for powerful portraits of her friends and family as they cope: Please don’t die. If you die, there’s going to be one of those cheesy Princess Diana memorials at school, prays Mia’s friend Kim. I know you’d hate that kind of thing. Intensely moving, the novel will force readers to take stock of their lives and the people and things that make them worth living. Ages 14–up.
Ah, melodrama and romance, found high on the list of a teen girl’s favorite things.
Moretz stars in “Kick-Ass 2″ and “Carrie” this year (she also has a bit in this week’s “Movie 43,” but it sounds like no one involved wants to talk about that). She has a million movies in pre-production as well, including “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” “The Rut,” “The Drummer,” and “Dance of the Mirlitons.” Cutler’s most recent movie is “The World According to Dick Cheney.” He’s also a producer for the TV series “Nashville,” and has directed a few episodes of that show as well.