EXCLUSIVE: Filmmaker Unjoo Moon has signed on to direct book adaptation Alloy Entertainment Frankly in love for Paramount players, Deadline has learned.
The film project is inspired by the novel of the same name by David Yoon, which Time magazine called one of the best YA books of all time.
The book follows high school student Frank Li, who, in an effort to get the girl of his dreams without upsetting his traditional Korean-American parents, concocts a plan to pretend to date his parent-approved friend Joy, but ultimately wonders whether he ever really understood love – or himself – at all.
Allison Lee (Maxillary) and Evan Dodson (Lee Daniels’ Terms of affection) adapted the scenario. Leslie Morgenstein and Elysa Koplovitz Dutton will produce via Alloy. Taylor Tang will oversee the project for Paramount Players.
Moon’s credits include I’m a woman, the story of legendary award-winning singer-songwriter Helen Reddy, and Bennett’s Zen, a feature-length documentary about Grammy and Emmy winner singer Tony Bennett. It is replaced by the CAA.
Frankly in love served as Yoon’s first novel and was the subject of an intense bidding war when Alloy Entertainment granted the rights to the book to Penguin Young Readers in 2019.
In addition to Alloy’s successful TV franchises—Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, You, The 100, Pretty Little Liars—Alloy has produced five feature films in the past four years, including Purple hearts, with Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine, currently in production for Netflix.