Summit Entertainment in Talks to Pick Up Emma Watson’s Perks of Being a Wallflower


We're pleased to report that Hogwarts grad Emma Watson's next movie appears to have found a home in Hollywood. Last May, news came that Watson would pair with Logan Lerman in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, an adaptation of the controversial Stephen Chbosky novel — since its publication in 1999, it's become one of the top ten most-banned books by the American Library Association — which Chbosky will direct himself from his own script.

The project was being independently produced by John Malkovich and it was unclear for a while if any studios were interested. But now Vulture hears that Summit Entertainment, the home of the Twilight franchise, is in talks to pick it up and plans to begin shooting Wallflower this June.

For those unfamiliar, the epistolary novel begins in Pittsburgh in August 1991 with a high school freshman named Charlie writing anonymous letters to strangers that detail his life as a social outcast, save for his friendship with two classmates — a stepbrother and stepsister — who befriend him. Watson would play the stepsister, Sam; Lerman would play Charlie.

We’re told a formal announcement from the studio could come as early as this week or next.