Disney has acquired the production rights for the brand new young adult novel, 29 Dates by author Melissa de la Cruz. The story will be developed for Disney’s streaming service Disney+ and will be produced by The Gotham Group.

What’s happening:

  • With just days before the release of Melissa de la Cruz’s new novel, 29 Dates, Disney has won a bidding war for the production rights to the story.
  • Deadline reports that The Gotham Group will produce the novel for Disney+. They recently wrapped production on the film Stargirl based on the young adult novel of the same name. Stargirl will debut also on Disney+.
  • De la Cruz’s novel will be published by Inkyard Press/Harlequin on December 18.
  • De la Cruz has written over forty novels, including The DescendantsBlue BloodsWitches of East End and the Alex and Eliza trilogy.
  • Disney fans will recognize her work from on the The Descendants books published by Disney Hyperion.
  • Her upcoming projects include an adult suspense thriller The Birthday Girl, and a graphic novel, Gotham High, which will feature DC Entertainment characters in high school.
  • 29 Dates marks another collaboration between The Gotham Group and Disney+ following the feature film version of Stargirl.

About 29 Dates:

29 Dates

  • “Ji-su’s traditional South Korean parents are concerned by what they see as her lack of attention to her schoolwork and her future. Working with Seoul’s premiere matchmaker to find the right boyfriend is one step toward ensuring Ji-su’s success, and going on the recommended dates is Ji-su’s compromise to please her parents while finding space to figure out her own dreams. But when she flubs a test then skips out on a date to spend time with friends, her fed-up parents shock her by shipping her off to a private school in San Francisco. Where she’ll have the opportunity to shine academically—and be set up on more dates!”


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