HBO Max has confirmed production of UNpregnant, an adaptation of the HarperCollins novel of the same name by Jenni Hendriks (How I Met Your Mother) and Ted Caplan (music editor for The Hate U Give, The Greatest Showman).
From PICTURESTART and Berlanti Productions, the film offers a mix of humor and grounded human emotion as it tackles complicated friendships and the difficult road to adulthood, all while in a stolen El Camino. Starting production in New Mexico this fall, Emmy winner Rachel Lee Goldenberg (Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, The Mindy Project) has signed on 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 (Love, Simon, Arrow, Riverdale, The Flash), Sarah Schechter (Supergirl, Riverdale) and Michael McGrath will executive produce alongside PICTURESTART’s Erik Feig (The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games franchise, La La Land), Lucy Kitada (The Babysitters Club) and Jessica Switch (Nerve). This is the inaugural film within Berlanti’s overall HBO Max film deal.