Deadline New York is reporting Paramount has optioned screen rights to the forthcoming Young Adult novel Forgotten by Cat Patrick. In a move similar to the upcoming film I Am Number Four, rights have been purchased prior to the book hitting the shelves. Paramount is clearly showing a lot of confidence in the project to offer it as a follow-up for this bright teenager.
In a plot that at first sounds similar to Drew Barrymore’s 2004 wreck 50 First Dates, Forgotten sees 16-year-old London Lane have her memory erased at 4:33am every day. Whereas the aforementioned film deviates into silly rom-com misadventures, Forgotten sounds to be a biting psychological drama. Instead of memories of her past, London has recollections of future events and people.
With the help of a trusted friend and reminder notes, she can make it through the day, but complications arise when new boy at school, Luke Henry, doesn’t appear in her future visions. In order to make it to her future, London must investigate why it is she can’t remember her past.
Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will produce, with no word on when production will start. Early reviews of the book have been positive and we’re sure that Steinfeld, paired with a hunky male co-star, can make Forgotten work and prove that she will be a Hollywood staple for many years to come.