Paramount, seeing a potentially huge star on the rise, seems eager to stay in the Hailee Steinfeld business. Deadline reports that the studio has just obtained the rights to 'Forgotten,' a novel that will be hitting shelves this summer, and plans to build a film adaptation as a star vehicle for Steinfeld.
She can't even drive yet and a multi-billion dollar company like Paramount is planning major film productions specifically for her? Some things just make you want to change your personal definition of "success."
The debut novel from Cat Patrick, the plot of 'Forgotten' sounds a little like a teen-centric 'Memento':
"Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can "remember" are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you'd easily forget, yet try as she might, London can't find him in her memories of things to come. When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it's time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future."
So, a psychological-romantic-mystery thriller? That teasing synopsis is definitely hiding something (maybe aliens, or a government conspiracy, or vampires). Young Adult lit these days is all about vampires, after all. Vampires sell like hot cakes. Hot cakes laced with cocaine.
'Forgotten' will be produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (both of television's 'The O.C.' and 'Gossip Girl') through their new production company Fake Empire. We're too early to even begin to consider making an educated guess regarding a writer or director -- and there's a chance Steinfeld will work on something in between while this project gears up -- but when the novel arrives on June 6th, maybe we can start making a prediction or two.