Dove Cameron (the upcoming live-action Powerpuff Girls series) and Jordan Fisher (Hamilton) have signed on to star in Field Notes On Love, a feature adaptation of Jennifer E. Smith‘s 2019 YA romance novel.
Smith is adapting her own book alongside Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham, and the project is being developed by Warner Bros. for HBO Max.
The novel follows Hugo, who is dumped by his girlfriend before their long-planned romantic train trip across America. She leaves him with the nontransferable tickets booked under her name. Meanwhile, Mae is reeling from being rejected from USC’s film school.
When she stumbles across Hugo’s ad for a replacement, it’s exactly the adventure she needs to shake off her disappointment and jump-start her next project. However, what starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into something more.
This is probably a smart ploy by Warner Bros. to get HBO Max to appeal to a younger demographic. Netflix have a good amount of YA content – including the To All The Boys franchise, which Fisher appears in – and Disney is obviously always going to skew younger. But HBO is usually considered more adult-orientated.
So getting two multi-hyphenate young stars from popular projects, in an adaptation of a popular YA book, is a smart move, at least on paper. We’ll see how the eventual project turns out. Warner Bros. will be crossing their fingers the film is a hit, because if so, Smith has seven other YA novels primed for film adaptations.