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Judy Blume novel Tiger Eyes set for big screen

Judy Blume with her son, Lawrence
Judy Blume with her son, Lawrence, in 2003

A popular teen novel by US writer Judy Blume is to be made into a movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Tiger Eyes, about a girl who moves in with relatives in New Mexico following the murder of her father, will be directed by Blume's son, Lawrence.

Blume and her son have written the screenplay together, the industry magazine reports.

It will be the first time that a Judy Blume novel has been adapted for the big screen.

Retailer Tesco is backing the film as part of a deal based on adaptations of best-selling novels.

"Judy Blume is already known to our customers and we sell a lot of her books, so we felt she was a good match for Tesco and the 20 million or so people that shop in our stores every week," said Rob Salter, Tesco's entertainment director.

More than 80 million copies of Blume's books have been sold worldwide, and her work has been translated into thirty-one languages.

Her other novels include Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Blubber, Forever and Deenie.

Her series of books about Peter Hachett and his little brother Fudge was made into a TV series in the 1990s.

Forever, Blume's novel about a young couple who have sex for the first time, was made into a TV movie in 1978.

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