Author Judy Blume, Stars Rachel McAdams and Abby Ryder Fortson, Director Kelly Fremon Craig and Producers James L. Brooks and Julie Ansell Talk Bringing the Iconic Novel 'Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret' To The Big Screen
In a recent episode of Pop Culture Weekly, iconic author Judy Blume and the cast of the highly anticipated film adaptation of her seminal novel "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret" joined myself, Kyle McMahon, to discuss the original novel, the new film and their cultural impact.
In case you've lived under a rock for the last 50 years, "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret" is a beloved coming-of-age novel, which was first published in 1970 and tackles such sensitive topics as religion, puberty and identity and has resonated with generations of readers. Despite the book being frequently banned in America due to its controversial themes (it's actually one of the most banned books in America), the film adaptation is finally coming to the big screen, featuring an incredible cast including Abby Ryder Fortson (as Margaret), Rachel McAdams, and Kathy Bates.
During the exclusive interview, Judy Blume, director Kelly Fremon Craig, and stars Abby Ryder Fortson and Rachel McAdams, as well as producers James L. Brooks and Julie Ansell, discuss the challenges of bringing these beloved characters to life and the importance of addressing real issues faced by young women through storytelling and filmmaking. The film, like the novel, aims to spark open and honest discussions about often uncomfortable topics, highlighting the significance of Blume's novel in today's world.
Additionally, Deadline Hollywood Senior Editor Dominic Patten joins me to discuss Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his losing battle with Disney over his alleged personal vendetta against the company in the wake of their outspokenness on his "Don't Say Gay" bill.
I think this Pop Culture Weekly episode serves as a really intriguing exploration of the intersections between entertainment, politics - and sadly, classic novels and their film adaptations, proving that stories like "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret" continue to carry a huge cultural impact, even 50 years after its publication. Be sure to catch the film adaptation out in theaters now and join in on the conversation on the importance of addressing real issues faced by young people through the power of storytelling and how we may be failing them by banning access to art that reflects them.