Warner Bros and MGM have acquired Nicola Yoon’s best selling YA novel, The Sun Is Also A Star. The script will be written by Tracy Oliver with Alloy Entertainment’s Les Morgenstein and Elysa Dutton producing.
The Sun Is Also A Star is the second novel by Yoon, whose debut Everything Everything was turned into a film by MGM, Warner Bros and Alloy, set for a May 19, 2017 release. Everything, Everything 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. The new novel, The Sun Is Also A Star, was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award.
The book tells the story about two teenagers, Natasha and Daniel with completely different lives and backgrounds. Natasha is originally from Jamaica and her family is supposed to be deported soon. Daniel is Korean American and writes poetry, but his parents want and expect him to be a doctor, whether he wants to or not. Over the course of the story Daniel and Natasha’s instant, vital connection grows, and issues arise when they realize the universe has brought them together only to part them. The story is described as “an eclectic dictionary mashed up with Romeo and Juliet and the ’90s rom-com One Fine Day.”
Oliver, who will be exec producer, was the writer of Barbershop: The Next Cut, the upcoming Girls Trip for Universal Pictures, and she wrote, produced and starred in The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl. She is currently developing the Misty Copeland dance drama for 2oth Century Fox Television.