Eleanor & Park Movie: What We Know

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell has had some stops and starts in getting a movie adaptation, but there’s been a flurry of activity lately. Here’s what we know about the Eleanor & Park movie adaptation so far:

What’s it about? What’s the plot?

From IMDB: “Eleanor Douglas and Park Sheridan are two star-crossed teens living in 1980s Omaha, trying to get through their own struggles while figuring out the complicated matter of first love.”

Eleanor & Park was released in April 2012 and has since sold over a million copies.

What format will it be? Will the Eleanor & Park adaptation be a Movie or a Series?

It’s planned as a feature movie.

Who’s behind it?

As of May 2019, Picturestart currently owns the rights to the movie, with Plan B on board to produce. Hikari is attached to direct. Author Rainbow Rowell will pen the script as well as executive produce.

Dreamworks originally purchased the rights in 2014, but didn’t end up getting the project in motion and didn’t renew it. In April 2016, Rowell confirmed that the rights had reverted back to her in a (now deleted) tweet. Rowell had been working on the script after it was initially optioned, so she has likely made pretty good progress on it by now.

Rainbow Rowell on Eleanor Park rights

From Rowell: “I’m very protective of Eleanor and Park because they’re the easiest to hurt,” she said. “Those two characters would be the easiest to get wrong.”

What’s the status of the Eleanor & Park adaptation?

The adaptation is currently in development with producers Plan B. The script is in motion and a director is attached.

You can also follow along on the movie’s Instagram account (@eleanorandparkmov).

Who’s in the cast?

No casting details have been released yet.

When will it be released?

Currently unknown.

Is there a trailer or teaser available?

Not yet! Stay tuned.

Eleanor & Park Movie Development Timeline

April 12, 2012 Eleanor & Park (novel) is released.

May 14, 2019 Picturestart, Plan B Team For Film Adaptation Of Rainbow Rowell Bestseller ‘Eleanor & Park’

July 5, 2020 Rainbow Rowell announces that Hikari has signed on to direct the movie in a tweet.

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