Jandy Nelson to Adapt “The Sky Is Everywhere” for Warner Bros.
Jandy Nelson’s 2010 book “The Sky Is Everywhere” is headed for the big screen, and the YA author has been hired to pen the adaptation for Warner Bros., The Hollywood Reporter writes.
Translated into more than a dozen languages, “The Sky Is Everywhere” “tells the story of a high school student who is dealing with the sudden loss of her sister. In her grieving state, she finds herself drawn to two men: her sister’s boyfriend, where the shared loss binds them in ways she doesn’t understand, and a new arrival who offers a bright hope for the future,” THR details.
Nelson, a poet and former literary agent, is set to executive produce. She’s joined by producers Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan. The project doesn’t have a director yet.
“I actually got tricked into writing my first novel ‘The Sky Is Everywhere’ (after not having written one word of fiction in my whole life) because I thought I was writing a novel in verse,” Nelson has revealed. “When I realized [the] story would be better told mostly in prose, I flipped, was completely terrified. I did not see myself as a fiction writer. Luckily for me, I was in graduate school at the time for children’s literature and the amazing author Deb Wiles was my mentor and she was unfailingly encouraging so I kept at it. But I love poetry and my favorite novels are those where there are some real pyrotechnics happening at the level of the line.”
Nelson’s advice for aspiring writers is to “read and write constantly. Live and breathe words.” She continued, “There’s one really simple idea that changed my life as a writer: Without reservation, you have to get yourself, your personality, your everything on the page,” she shared. “What makes your voice as a writer unique is simply the fact that you’re you, so be yourself completely, fearlessly, recklessly in your work.”
Warner Bros. also has the rights to Nelson’s 2014 book “I’ll Give You the Sun.”