Writer/director Stella Meghie (Jean of the Joneses) has been tapped by MGM and Alloy Entertainment to direct an adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s debut novel titled Everything, Everything. The novel was released September 2015, and debuted at the number 1 spot on the New York Times YA bestseller list. It was sold in 33 territories and 21 languages and has been on the New York Times best-seller list for six consecutive months.
Everything, Everything revolves around Maddy, a teen who has severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), a rare disease that causes her to be allergic to practically everything. She has spent 17 years hiding out in her home, only seeing her mother and her nurse, Carla. But when a boy named Olly moves in next door, Maddy begins to fall in love.
J. Mills Goodloe (Age of Adaline) wrote the script, and Les Morgenstein and Elysa Dutton of Alloy Entertainment Features will produce.
Meghie is certainly an up and coming director on the fast track. She recently screened her debut feature film, Jean of the Joneses at SXSW, and it will make a Los Angeles debut at the LA Film Festival (LAFF) next week. Jean of the Jonses is loosely based on her personal experiences, and follows 25-year-old Jean and her multi-generational dysfunctional, middle-class Jamaican-American family of women.
In 2010, Meghie made the decision to leave her career in fashion/beauty and attended The University of Westminster to pursue her passion in screenwriting. During her first year, she wrote the first draft of the semi-autobiographical feature Jean of the Joneses. Prior to SXSW, the screenplay won the 2012 Showtime Tony Cox Feature Film Screenplay Competition, and Meghie earned a joint fellowship between Tribeca and Canadian Film Centre in 2014.
Meghie recently signed with CAA and currently has a blind script deal at Warner Bros., a pilot in development with John Wells Productions, a comedy optioned by BET titled Funny Woman (a rom-com about trying to remain friends with your ex while looking for new love), and a deal to pen a feature script for VH1, which is being produced by Alicia Keys’ production company AK Worldwide. She is also a Tribeca Film Institute fellow and Showtime’s Tony Cox Award recipient.