Colin HooverBest-selling romance novelends with usThe movie is modified with Blake Lively And Justin Baldoni attached to the star, variety He made sure.
The film is in development at Sony Pictures, with Baldoni set to direct, produce and executive produce under his Wayfarer Studios banner, which is co-financing. Lively is also an executive producer along with Hoover, Steve Sarowitz, and Andrew Calof. Alex Saks will produce for the Saks Picture Company, along with Jamey Heath who will produce on behalf of Wayfarer Studios. The current script was penned by Christy Hall (“I’m Not Okay With This”) and is also slated for production.
“It Ends With Us” follows small town girl Lily, who moves to Boston to start her own business. Sparks immediately fly between her and neurosurgeon Ryle, but his “total aversion to relationships is irritating”, Read the description of the book. Even when Lily finds herself the exception to the “don’t date” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made it this way in the first place. As she is overwhelmed by questions about her new relationship, she is also overwhelmed by thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her good spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappeared, everything Lily had built with Rayle was threatened.”
Hoover is currently the best-selling novelist in the United States, writing five of the top 10 best-selling books of any genre last year, with more than 20 million books sold. It Ends With Us finished in 2022 as a bestseller in print and has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 90 weeks. Baldoni and Wayfarer are working closely with Hoover as a consultant on the film.
Best known for her work on the TV series “Gossip Girl” and films like “A Simple Favor” and “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” Lively made her directorial debut last year with the music video for “I Bet You Think About Me” by Taylor Swift. She’s set to make her directorial debut with “Seconds,” an adaptation of the graphic novel by Brian Lee O’Malley, written and produced by Edgar Wright alongside Marc Platt.
Former “Jane the Virgin” star Baldoni is the co-founder of Wayfarer Studios, whose mission is to “create purpose-driven, multi-platform film and television productions that elevate and speak for the human spirit,” according to the press release. Through the banner, he recently directed the films Five Feet Apart and 2020’s Clouds.
Hall co-developed and executive produced the Netflix series I’m Not Okay With This and is set to make her directorial debut with “Daddio” starring Dakota Johnson and Sean Penn, which is currently in post-production. She is also writing the screenplay for the Sony film adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s “Husband’s Secret”, starring Lively.
Lively is represented by WME, Entertainment 360, Vision PR, Sloane, Offer, Weber, and Dern. Hall is represented by CAA, Grandview, and attorney Miles Metcoff in Yorn Levine. Baldoni is represented by WME and Jonesworks.
Deadline was the first to report the news.