Film Production Wraps for Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Books / Film & Animation / July 1, 2011

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“Everyone else is either asleep or having sex. I’ve been watching cable television and eating jell-o.”

If you’re a Stephen Chbosky fan, then you probably just cracked a smile at one of my favorite quotes from the 1999 best-selling novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

And if you’re smiling, your grin is sure to widen with news that film production has just wrapped for the motion picture version of the critically acclaimed Chbosky novel.

Slated to hit theaters in 2012, this angst filled coming-of-age drama has a cast brimming with young Hollywood’s elite. Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Rudd are only a few names filling the cherished roles.

Despite recent drug charges for one of the stars, Ezra Miller, who plays Emma Watson’s older brother Patrick, the cast seems high-spirited.

Dobrev tweets,”Its official… that’s a wrap (for me) on Perks! 🙁 … What an incredible experience… I’ve made great friends, such a talented wonderful group, Brought together by such a special story. Thank you for bringing me into your family, and welcoming me with such open arms.”

While the hype behind Perks is tremendous, there’s already a lot of anticipation for the soundtrack, which is sure to be a stunner—at least we all hope so.

As Chbosky so eloquently put it, “Patrick actually used to be popular before Sam bought him some good music.”

The book is not explicitly musical, but there’s something about it that’s just begging for a good soundtrack.

Although there is no word yet as to which artists will be gracing the coveted album, it surely won’t be short on angst, and hopefully it will leave you feeling as infinite as the novel does.

If you’re worried about another botched movie made from a novel, never fear!

Chbosky wrote the screenplay and directed the film.

He produced a book that inspired so many; let’s hope Chobsky’s film lives up to the fans’ high expectations.

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Saron Olkaba
Saron Olkaba
Saron is a writer and student born in Ethiopia and raised in Washington, DC. She is incapable of keeping a phone for longer than a few months, exclusively wears Miss. Dior Cherie, and her guilty pleasures include any novel written by V.C. Andrews (don’t judge), Essie’s “Little Brown Dress", and Stoli. She is currently obsessed with the poetry of Edmund Wilson and The Arctic Monkey’s latest album “AM”.

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