New Line Options Gayle Forman’s I Was Here

i_was_here_coverWhen her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, and some secrets of his own. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.


New Line is reuniting with Gayle Forman, the author behind the company’s adaptation of If I Stay, optioning the movie rights to Forman’s latest best-seller, the mystery romance I Was Here.

Forman is attached to exec produce. New Line’s Andrea Johnston is overseeing.

The book’s optioning continues Forman’s Hollywood hot streak. New Line partnered with MGM on If I Stay, released last August. In that movie’s wake, the book hit  No. 1 on the Times’ best-seller lists, and a sequel, Where She Went, also became a hit.

In the fall, Universal picked up Forman’s Just One Day and its follow-up, Just One Year with a plan to combine both into a single-feature love story. Fake Empire heads Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are onboard to produce.


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