Last fall, Paramount made headlines for announcing plans to turn Anna Todd’s After –– originally One Direction fanfic — into a movie.
On Wattpad, the popular fanfic website, the story had more than 1 billion pageviews. There’s also a paperback book version of the tale, which centers on a naive college girl falling in love with a rough British boybander who is not-so-subtlely based on Harry Styles. It’s all very Fifty Shades of Grey lite. (Remember: Fifty Shades was Twilight fanfic before it became its own kinky phenomenon.)
It was announced Friday (June 5) that the project is moving forward, with a script that will be penned by Mom‘s Susan McMartin, who is tasked with turning the following plot description into a workable film.
“Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home,” the plot intro on S&S’s website reads. “She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way. But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.”
The casting game begins now.
h/t The AV Club