After setting an initial release date for September 22 this year, the release date for Lionsgate’s upcoming comedy-drama film, are you there god it’s me margaret has been moved from its September 22 release to a new date of April 28, 2023, according to Deadline. The change came with a recent release date push by the studio, which also set one Dirty dancing Sequel for a 2024 release.
After winning the rights in 2020, Lionsgate will distribute the film based on the Judy flower novel of the same name. are you there god it’s me margaret revolves around 11-year-old Margaret Simon (Abby Ryder Fortson), who moved from her home in New York City to the suburbs of New Jersey. In her new home, Margaret is coping with puberty as she begins to explore her religious identity, having been raised by both Christian and Jewish parents.
The book, originally published in 1970, was met with much controversy and was questioned. The controversy centered on the book’s approach to sexual and religious issues. The novel, which dealt with these issues, was labeled anti-Christian and received strong rejection from parents and schools.
Although the book was later challenged and banned upon its initial publication, it remained a bestseller and has gained modern recognition for its approach to youth and religion. Upon its publication, the New York Times recognized it as Outstanding Book of the Year, and in 2010 the novel was included in Time’s 100 Greatest Novels Published Since 1923.
Whether the film will receive the same controversy as the novel remains to be seen, but with a talented filmmaker at the helm, are you there god it’s me margaret is a film that fans of the novelist shouldn’t miss next year.
The film is written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, who previously wrote and directed the critically acclaimed film, the edge of seventeen, and is produced by Juliet AnselFlower, Amy Brooks, James L Brooks, Kelly Fremon Craigand Richard Sakai.
Produced by Gracie Films and distributed by Lionsgate‘Are you there, God? it’s me margaret will Fortson (Ant-Man and the Wasp) Next Rachel McAdams (Doctor Strange), Benny Safdie (Licorice Pizza), Kathy Bates (American Horror Story), Elle Graham (swamp thing), and Amari Alexis Price.
The film hits theaters on April 28, 2023.