Paramount picks up rights to “Forgotten”; to be set up as Hailee Steinfeld vehicle

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
February 18th, 2011

More often than not, a casting story is remarkable because it tells us what an actor or actress will not be doing. Apparently, we can count Hailee Steinfeld out of the running for the HUNGER GAMES films, because the TRUE GRIT star (and Oscar nominee) is set up for her own film adaptation of a soon-to-be-published young adult book with a sci-fi bent.

Paramount has just picked up the screen rights for Cat Patrick’s debut novel, Forgotten. The book will hit shelves on June 7. Steinfeld has been chosen for the lead role already, as Paramount is envisioning the film as a “star vehicle” for the young actress. This marks Steinfeld’s first post-nomination deal.

Steinfeld’s role will be that of London Lane, a sixteen year old with a sort of reverse-MEMENTO memory affliction. The book’s official synopsis on Amazon describes it as such: “Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can ‘remember’ are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you’d easily forget, yet try as she might, London can’t find him in her memories of things to come. When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it’s time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.” Yeah, so it’s a love story.

The book is already getting some very good advance buzz, so I hope it delivers on the sort of promise this news hints at. Steinfeld proved her natural talent with her work in TRUE GRIT, and I hope that FORGOTTEN ends up being a good next role for the actress, other than another entry in the seemingly endless parade of YA adaptations.

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