Blake Lively to make directorial debut with 'Seconds' novel adaptation
After directing Taylor Swift's music video I Bet You Think About Me, Blake Lively is now set to make her feature directorial debut. The Gossip Girl actor will be directing an adaptation of the graphic novel Seconds created by Bryan Lee O'Malley. British filmmaker Edgar Wright has joined the upcoming Searchlight Pictures project as the writer. Read on for more details.
Why does this story matter?
Lively co-wrote and directed I Bet You Think About Me, which was released in November 2021. It had received an Academy of Country Music Awards nomination for Video of the Year, too. And, the adaptation of Seconds will mark Lively's first big directorial debut and we are excited to see what she brings to the screen!
Here's what the novel is about
The novel revolves around chef Katie Clay, who acquires the power to fix past mistakes by writing them in a book, eating a mushroom, and then going to sleep. She tries to fix every little thing from her past which only leads to more problems. Her old life slowly starts to fade, threatening to alter the fabric of time and space as well.
Second adaptation of a novel by O'Malley
The graphic novel Seconds was published by Random House's Ballantine Books imprint in 2014. Wright—who's penning the Seconds script and co-producing the project alongside Marc Platt—previously helmed Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. It was the first adaptation of a novel by O'Malley and was inspired by Scott Pilgrim. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a cult-classic romantic comedy, starred Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
A look at the Lively's career so far
Lively made her film debut with The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) when she was still in high school. She later garnered popularity for portraying the character of Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl from 2007 to 2012. The actor has also appeared in notable films like The Rhythm Section, The Town, The Age of Adaline, The Shallow, and A Simple Favor.Share this timeline