YA Novel Bones & All May Be Director Luca Guadagnino’s Next Film

It’s not the most expected reunion for Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino and actor Timothée Chalamet, but that’s what makes it so intriguing: Deadline reports that Guadagnino and Chalamet may be teaming up with actress Taylor Russell for Bones & All, an adaptation of Camille DeAngelis’ YA novel about a girl who devours the people she loves.

Reports say everything is “in talks,” but DeAngelis seemed excited when the news broke yesterday:

Bones & All was an Alex Award winner, and had glowing reviews. Here’s the full summary:

Maren Yearly is a young woman who wants the same things we all do. She wants to be someone people admire and respect. She wants to be loved. But her secret, shameful needs have forced her into exile. She hates herself for the bad thing she does, for what it’s done to her family and her sense of identity; for how it dictates her place in the world and how people see her–how they judge her. She didn’t choose to be this way.

Because Maren Yearly doesn’t just break hearts, she devours them. Ever since her mother found Penny Wilson’s eardrum in her mouth when Maren was just two years old, she knew life would never be normal for either of them. Love may come in many shapes and sizes, but for Maren, it always ends the same—with her hiding the evidence and her mother packing up the car.

But when her mother abandons her the day after her sixteenth birthday, Maren goes looking for the father she has never known, and finds much more than she bargained for along the way.

Faced with a world of fellow eaters, potential enemies, and the prospect of love, Maren realizes she isn’t only looking for her father, she’s looking for herself.

Camille DeAngelis’ Bones & All is an astonishingly original coming-of-age tale that is at once a gorgeously written horror story as well as a mesmerizing meditation on female power and sexuality.

Presumably, Russell—who is excellent on Lost in Space (pictured above)—would play Maren.

Chalamet, who will also be starring in Dune (pictured above), isn’t Guadagnino’s only returning creative partner for the film; the screenplay is by David Kajganich, who has written two of Guadagnino’s films (A Bigger Splash and the 2018 version of Suspiria). The film doesn’t have a distributor or start date, though the Hollywood Reporter says the filmmakers are hoping to begin shooting this spring.

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