Summit may have found a director for the supernatural drama, If I Stay. The film adaptation of Gayle Forman's young adult novel did, at one point, have Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) attached to direct, but she wound up helming Red Riding Hood instead - which shows just how long Summit's been working on If I Stay. Now word comes from Variety that Chloe Grace Moretz is set to star and director R.J. Cutler could be making If I Stay his next project.
Back in 2010 it was Dakota Fanning who seemed to be ready to take on the lead role and Heitor Dhalia (who wound up doing Gone for Summit) subbing in for Hardwicke. The current line-up has Moretz set for the lead and Denise DiNovi and Alison Greenspan producing. Cutler's a documentary filmmaker who's currently working on TV's Nashville as executive producer and director.
The synopsis, courtesy of the book's website: "In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck... A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make--and the ultimate choice Mia commands."
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