Excellent news for Judy Blume fans! EW has exclusively learned that the big-screen adaptation of Blume’s 1981 YA classic Tiger Eyes has gotten a theatrical and V.O.D. release date of June 7.
This is the first time that any of Blume’s popular books — which in total have sold more than 80 million and been translated into 31 languages — have gotten the feature film treatment. Of course, this production had the advantage of keeping it in the family: Blume co-wrote the script with her son, Lawrence Blume, who also directed the coming-of-age drama. “For years and years people would tell me they wanted to do something but they never know what they wanted to do,” Judy told EW last year. “I wanted someone to feel passionately about it.”
Lawrence, who first read the novel at 18, has said it’s his favorite of his mother’s books. “It always resonated with me,” he told EW last year. The story revolves around a teenager (Arrow’s Willa Holland) who moves to New Mexico with her mother and younger brother after a family tragedy. Said Judy Blume, who stressed how terrific Holland is as Davy, “I’m embarrassed to say it, but every time I see the movie I cry my eyes out.”