From Book To Film James Patterson’s “Middle School” Coming to Theaters This Fall

by Marilyn Roca Enriquez in


LOS ANGELES -- The theatrical motion picture adaptation of James Patterson’s award-winning, bestselling series “Middle School” will be arriving in theaters this October.

The cast will include Griffin Gluck (“About a Boy,” “Red Band Society”), Andrew Daly (“Review,” “Blackish”), Lauren Graham (“Parenthood,” “Gilmore Girls”), Rob Riggle (“22 Jump Street,” “Hotel Transylvania 2”), Thomas Barbusca (“Preacher,” “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”), Adam Pally (“The Mindy Project,” “The To Do List”), Efren Ramirez (“Constantine,” “Napoleon Dynamite”), Isabela Moner (“100 Things to Do Before High School,” “Dora and Friends: Into the City!”), Alexa Nisenson (“Constantine”), Retta (“Parks and Recreation,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”) and Jacob Hopkins (“The Amazing World of Gumball,” “The Goldbergs”).

The film was directed Steve Carr and written by Chris Bowman (screenplay), Hubbel Palmer (screenplay) and Kara Holden. Patterson and Steve Bowen are executive producing for James Patterson Entertainment.  Patterson will co-finance the film with Participant Media and CBS Films. The first entry in the series, 

“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life,” was written by Patterson and Chris Tebbetts and chronicles the trials and triumphs of Rafe Khatchadorian (Gluck) as he uses all of his wits to battle bullies, hormones and the tyrannical, test-obsessed Principal Dwight (Daly).  Graham co-stars as Rafe’s mother Jules along with Riggle as her boyfriend Carl (aka Bear); Nisenson as Rafe’s sister Georgia; Barbusca as Rafe’s best friend and “partner in crime” Leo; Moner as Rafe’s crush Jeanne; Ramirez as the school’s groundskeeper Gus; Pally as Rafe’s favorite teacher, Mr. Teller; Retta as Principal Dwight’s sidekick and rule enforcer Ida Stricker; and Hopkins as school bully Miller the Killer.

James Patterson is one of the most successful authors of all time with more than 300 million books sold, ranging from Alex Cross to “Zoo,” the basis for the hit CBS series. To date, the six-book “Middle School” series has sold nearly seven million copies worldwide and ranked on “The New York Times” bestsellers list for a combined 68 weeks, including seven weeks at number one.  The series has received numerous awards and accolades including recognition from the Children’s Choice Book Awards, National Parenting Publication Honors and Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.  

“Over the years, I have had the privilege to meet countless ‘Mid-dle School’ fans, and I know that today they are just as excited as I am by this incredible cast,” Patter-son said. “Speaking for everyone involved in this project, we are going to give those fans the movie that they deserve.”    

“Middle School” will be dis-tributed in partnership with Lions-gate on October 7, 2016.