'Tiger Eyes,' to be released in June, is the first movie adaptation of a Judy Blume book(Read article summary)
'Tiger Eyes,' which will hit theaters June 7, was directed by Blume's son Lawrence.
Childrenâs author Judy Blumeâs book âTiger Eyesâ has been adapted into a movie that will be released this summer. It is the first-ever film version of one of Blumeâs books.
The movie is directed by Blumeâs son Lawrence and will be released June 7. It stars âArrowâ actress Willa Holland as protagonist Davey and Amy Jo Johnson of âFlash Pointâ as her mother, Gwen.
Blume adapted the book for the screen with her son Lawrence.
The fact that the movie is being released by an independent studio, Freestyle Digital Media, and in a fairly quiet fashion (itâs coming to theaters in a limited release and will be available on demand as well as on iTunes) has been a positive thing, Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly.Â
âThe fact that we had total artistic control is rare,â he said of the filmmaking process. âFor better or worse, itâs our movie.â
âWe were able to do this with really nobody watching,â Blume added. âAnd it looks beautiful.â
âTiger Eyesâ follows Davey and her family â mother Gwen and brother Jason â after her father, Adam, is shot in a convenience store robbery. The family goes to stay in New Mexico with Daveyâs aunt and uncle as Davey tries to recover from the death of her father.
Lawrence told EW that he first read âTiger Eyesâ when he was in college and that the book âaffected [him] deeply,â partially because he and Blume moved to New Mexico when he was a teenager after Blume and his father divorced, and he struggled there.
âThe divorce was hard, and what brought us to New Mexico was a guy,â Blume said of the time. âI donât want to get into all that â but there was the good and the bad and the evil and the ugly.â
Lawrence said it was difficult getting the film made despite Blumeâs fame and the current multiple young adult book adaptations happening at the movies.
âItâs a Judy Blume movie,â he said. âThat should be enough, you would think. What shocked me was that a big segment of the business knew who Judy Blume was but they didnât understand who she was. Part of it is that the film business is run mostly by old white men â and some young ones, too â who didnât grow up with her books.â
Blumeâs writing has been adapted for TV previously, including a version of âOtherwise Known as Sheila the Greatâ which aired on television in 1991 and the TV series âFudge,â which aired for two years starting in 1997 and was based off her childrenâs series which focused on little brother Fudge and his long-suffering older brother Peter.
The movie deal was originally with Amber Entertainment, but after filming the movie, the Blumes and the company parted ways. They eventually landed with Freestyle Digital Media.
Making the movie with Lawrence was âthe highlight of my life,â Blume said.