HBO Max added another film to the platform’s schedule. The company announced plans to release “UNpregnant,” an adaptation of the HarperCollins novel from Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan. The movie comes from Picturestart and Berlanti Productions, and the film tackles complicated friendships and the difficult road to adulthood, all while in a stolen El Camino. Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira will star in the movie.
The movie is starting production in New Mexico this fall, with Emmy winner Rachel Lee Goldenberg set to direct.
“UNpregnant” tells the story of seventeen-year-old Veronica (Haley Lu Richardson), who never thought she’d want to fail a test—that is, until she finds herself staring at a piece of plastic with two solid pink lines. With a promising college-bound future now disappearing before her eyes, Veronica considers a decision she never imagined she’d have to make. This tough and never-taken-lightly decision leads her on a 900+ mile road trip to New Mexico over three days with her ex-best friend Bailey (Barbie Ferreira), where they discover that one of the most important factors in your life is who your friends are.
“When the opportunity to produce a film based on UNpregnant arose in partnership with the incomparable Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Erik Feig, I knew HBO Max was the right place for this story,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. “We want to create authentic, relevant films that are told with grace and humor to serve our young adult audience, and this is exactly that.”
Berlanti Productions, led by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Michael McGrath will executive produce alongside Erik Feig, Lucy Kitada and Jessica Switch. The new project is the inaugural film within Berlanti’s overall HBO Max film deal.
Other HBO Max deals include a “Gossip Girl” reboot, the new “Doctor Who” series, “The Flight Attendant,” “Love Life,” “Station Eleven,” “Made for Love,” “Dune: The Sisterhood,” and an animated “Gremlins” show.
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