Netflix has purchased the rights for Wish You Were Here, the upcoming novel from bestselling author Jodi Picoult, and plans to turn it into a feature film. Liza Chasin for 3Dot Productions and Jennifer Todd for Jennifer Todd Pictures will produce.
The book, which arrives at the end of November, focuses on Diana O’Toole, who’s climbing the professional ladder in New York City and is about to embark on a romantic getaway to the Galápagos Islands where she is certain her boyfriend will propose.
However, when events out of her control require him to stay back in the city, she reluctantly heads to the Galápagos alone. As she falls deeply in love with the place, and the people who live there, Diana wonders if she’ll be able to go back to her old, perfect life.
Picoult has written 27 novels, with 40 million copies sold worldwide. Her last 12 books have debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List, so the popularity is there. It’s easy to see why Netflix would be interested in adapting any of her novels. Her 2004 book My Sister’s Keeper was previously adapted into a film starring Cameron Diaz.
There’s no word yet on who will be involved in the adaptation. Other upcoming Netflix adaptations of novels include Dakota Johnson starring in a modern take on Jane Austen‘s Persuasion, Jeremy Irons leading a film version of Robert Harris‘ 2017 novel Munich, and David Ayer writing and directing a take on Harlan Coben‘s book Six Years.