Posted on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
20th Century Fox has acquired rights to Adena Halpern‘s novel 29: A Novel, and THR reports that the studio hopes to turn it into ‘an event movie for women.’ It’s basically an older version of Freaky Friday or a reverse version of Big, with a 75-year old woman who wishes to be 29 years old again. No director or writer is attached.
Here is the description from the publisher:
What if you closed your eyes, blew out the candles, and your wish came true? Ellie Jerome is a young-at-heart seventy-five-year-old who feels she has more in common with her twenty-nine-year-old granddaughter, Lucy, than her fifty-five-year-old daughter, Barbara. Ellie’s done everything she can to stay young, and the last thing she wants is to celebrate another birthday. So when she finds herself confronted with a cake full of candles, Ellie wishes more than anything that she could be twenty-nine again, just for one day. But who expects a wish like that to come true? 29 is the story of three generations of women and how one magical day shakes up everything they know about each other. While Ellie finds that the life of a twenty-something is not as carefree as she expected, the sheer joy of being young again prompts her to consider living her life all over. Does she dare stay young for more than this day, even if it means leaving everyone she loves behind? Fresh, funny, and delightful, 29 is an enchanting adventure about families, love, and the real lessons of youth.
The 288-page softcover book was released in stores on June 15th 2010 and is available on Amazon for around $20.