I just finished UNpregnant (review to come) and it’s a pretty amazing book. So it’s not a shocker to us that the book is already being adapted.
It was announced back in June that the book had been optioned, but let’s be honest – that doesn’t always mean anything. Most of the time, it means we’ll be waiting quite some time.
But HBO Max has moved ahead quite quickly on UNpregnant, announcing that the film from Erik Feig’s Picturestart and Greg Berlanti Productions will star Five Feet Apart‘s Haley Lu Richardson and Euphoria’s Barbie Ferreira.
Seventeen-year-old Veronica Clarke never thought she would wish she’d failed a test until she finds herself holding a thick piece of plastic in her hands and staring at two solid pink lines. Even the most consistent use of condoms won’t prevent pregnancy when your boyfriend secretly pokes holes in them to keep you from going out-of-state for college.
Veronica needs an abortion, but the closest place she can legally get one is over nine hundred miles away—and Veronica doesn’t have a car. Too ashamed to ask her friends or family for help, Veronica turns to the one person she believes won’t judge her: Bailey Butler, Jefferson High’s own little black cloud of anger and snark—and Veronica’s ex-best friend. Once on the road, Veronica quickly remembers nothing with Bailey is ever simple and that means two days of stolen cars, shotguns, crazed ex-boyfriends, truck stop strippers with pro-life agendas, and a limo driver named Bob. But the pain and betrayal of their broken friendship can’t be outrun. When their fighting leads to a brutal moment of truth, Bailey abandons Veronica. Now Veronica must risk everything in order to repair the hurt she’s caused.
Greg Berlanti is producing with partner Sarah Schechter, as part of his deal with Warner Bros. If we are being honest, once you have Greg’s name attached, I tend to pay more attention. You know that the movie is going to be great and it won’t be afraid to push the boundaries.
“When the opportunity to produce a film based on UNpregnant arose in partnership with the incomparable Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Erik Feig, I knew HBO Max was the right place for this story,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max, said, “We want to create authentic, relevant films that are told with grace and humor to serve our young adult audience, and this is exactly that.”