EXCLUSIVE: Sofia Alvarez, the screenwriter behind the Netflix hit To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, will reteam with the streamer to write and direct a feature adaptation of the YA novel Along for the Ride, from New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen.
Emma Pasarow (Am I OK?) and Belmont Cameli (Saved by the Bell) star alongside Kate Bosworth (Wild Indian), Laura Kariuki (Black Lightning), Andie MacDowell (Ready or Not) and Dermot Mulroney (Deadly Illusions).
The pic, which will mark Alvarez’s directorial debut, centers on Auden (Pasarow), who during the summer before college meets the mysterious Eli (Cameli), a fellow insomniac. While the seaside town of Colby sleeps, the two embark on a nightly quest to help Auden experience the fun, carefree teen life she never knew she wanted. Rounding out the cast are Genevieve Hannelius, Samia Finnerty, Paul Karmiyran, Marcus Scribner and Ricardo Hurtado.
Screen Arcade’s Bryan Unkeless and Eric Newman are producing the project, which is slated to shoot in North Carolina. Executive producers are Screen Arcade’s Alyssa Rodrigues, Sian McArthur and Erika Hampson.
Along for the Ride was the winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Best YA Fiction. Netflix has optioned a number of YA novels from Dessen including This Lullaby, Once and For All, and, most recently, The Truth About Forever. Her books have been translated into 35 languages, with more than 10 million copies in print worldwide. Dessen was repped in the current deal by the Gotham Group on behalf of Leigh Feldman Literary.
Alvarez, who was a writer on the FXX series Man Seeking Woman and USA’s Sirens, is repped by UTA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman. She’s also written a number of plays including NYLON (BTP / Theaterlab), Friend Art (Second Stage Uptown), The Fish Bowl (Juilliard) and Between Us Chickens (SCR / EST LA).
Pasarow is repped by Clear Talent Group and Grandview; Cameli by Stewart Talent and Industry Entertainment; Bosworth by APA and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine; Kariuki by A3 Artists Agency and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; MacDowell by Gersh and Thruline Entertainment; and Mulroney by Paradigm and Luber Roklin Entertainment.