Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, continuing efforts to ramp up its slate, has grabbed the feature film rights to British writer Jojo Moyes’ bestselling novel Me Before You, the studio announced Tuesday.

The book follows a small-town girl named Lou caught between dead-end jobs, according to an MGM press release, and a high-profile guy named Will who becomes wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will, despondent about his situation, is paired with Lou as his new caretaker, and they affect each other’s lives.

A The New York Times bestseller, the novel has sold more than 500,000 copies, and has been translated into 31 languages.

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

Added author Moyes, a former journalist who grew up in London, “I could not be more excited about MGM and their plans for Me Before You. 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.”

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