I spent the other night planning out what movies are premiering every weekend from now until mid-July. I’m obsessed, but I thought I had my movie going adventures all figured out for the next four months. Well, I just learned I have to make a new addition.
Entertainment Weekly got the exclusive scoop that the movie Tiger Eyes – based on the book of the same name by Judy Blume - will be released on June 7! This is now moving to the top of the list for that weekend.
The book originally came out in 1981 and it’s about Davey Wexler, who moves with her family to New Mexico in the wake of her father’s death. In the movie, Davey is played by Willow Holland, who you may know from her TV roles on The OC, Gossip Girl and now Arrow). Also, Kimberly the pink Power Ranger (aka actress Amy Jo Johnson) plays the lead character’s mom. This seriously just keeps getting better.
After reading this EW scoop, I’m pretty excited for a couple reasons. First, can you believe this is the first book of hers to be made into a feature movie?! I can’t! She’s one of our most well-known writers going, so I think that’s pretty shocking. Second, Judy Blume co-wrote the screenplay, so my fears that this could end up like a bad TV movie have been cast aside. And how’s this for a fun fact? She co-wrote it with her son, and he directed the movie, too. Neat, huh?
Judy Blume was recently featured in the PBS Makers special (seriously, catch a re-run) and her books have tackled all sorts of “taboo” topics (periods, sex, masturbation, take your pick!). She had four books on the ALA’s Most Banned/Challenged Books list from 2000-2009, which in my eyes, makes her a a rockstar.
I will admit that Tiger Eyes is actually one of the Judy Blume books that I never got around to reading, but based on her other ones I’ve read, I have no doubt it is top quality. I actually re-read Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret about two years ago. While I had remembered it as “that book about periods,” taking a second look at it revealed so many additional layers about religion and family dynamics. It just speaks to Judy Blume as a writer that she can make a story that really connects with readers on a number of topics and at different points.
I have high hopes for this one because I would love to see some of her other great books made into quality movies in the future. Perhaps Here’s To You Rachel Robinson? Maybe Forever? The point is there are a lot of choices, and I feel like when I go get Tiger Eyes at the library to prep for the movie, I’m going to end up checking out a whole bunch of other Judy Blume favorites.
Have you read Tiger Eyes? Are you excited to see it become a movie? What are some of your favorite Judy Blume books? Do you think they would make good movies? Tell me in the comments!