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'Secret Life of Bees' Director Tackles Best-Selling 'Before I Fall'

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Apr 06, 2012 | 6:47am EDT

Gina Prince-BythewoodThe Secret Life of Bees director Gina Prince-Bythewood has signed on to bring the best-selling novel Before I Fall to the big screen.

Lauren Oliver's 2010 book centers on a high school senior who has it all but dies tragically in a car crash. Well, sorta: She gets a chance to relive her final day "during one miraculous week" — and in the process solve the mystery surrounding her death ... and make to some startling realizations about her life.

Prince-Bythewood — who also helmed the 2000 romance-drama Love & Basketball — will rewrite the script originally penned by Maria Maggenti (Monte Carlo), while Jon Shestack (Dan in Real Life) is set to produce.

Young-adult-novel adaptations are kinda 'in' at the moment; just a tad. Could Before I Fall be the genre's next big hit?

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