MGM Picks Up Rights to Jojo Moyes’ Romance Novel ‘Me Before You’

MGM president Jonathan Glickman announced the acquisition on Tuesday

Last Updated: January 30, 2013 @ 7:37 AM

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios has secured the feature film rights to Jojo Moyes' novel "Me Before You," MGM announced Tuesday.

“Jojo’s book is frankly one of the most unique, emotional and engaging love stories written in recent years,” said MGM president Jonathan Glickman.  “We’re so thrilled to collaborate with her on creating a classic film romance that lives up to this exceptional novel.”

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The best-selling romance follows a small-town girl caught between dead-end jobs. She becomes a caretaker for a successful, but newly-paralyzed man who has given up on life as a result of his sudden disability. The two bond over a series of adventures.

Moyes, a British journalist-turned-author, has written 10 novels since her first, titled "Sheltering Rain," was published in 2002. "Me Before You" has sold more than half a mllion copies since its release in 2012.

“I could not be more excited about MGM and their plans for ‘Me Before You,'" Moyes said in a statement. "The studio is so passionate about the book and I'm thrilled that a story that seems to have come alive in so many readers’ imaginations is about to have a whole new life on-screen.”