10:43 pm EDT, October 8, 2019

Disney Channel options Julie Murphy’s ‘Dear Sweet Pea’ for DCOM slate

Looks like Dear Sweet Pea will be the next of author Julie Murphy’s novels to get the adaptation treatment.

The Disney Channel announced on Tuesday (October 8) that it has officially optioned the rights to New York Times bestselling author Julie Murphy’s brand new book.

Titled Dear Sweet Pea, Murphy’s novel serves as the highly anticipated follow-up to her previous bestseller Dumplin’, which was recently turned into a movie over at Netflix.

Read the official synopsis for the novel below!

Set in the colorful small town of Valentine, Texas, the story follows 13-year-old Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco whose life begins to change when her parents announce they’re divorcing and her father is moving to a nearly identical house two doors down the street. When her next-door neighbor, a famed local advice columnist, heads out of town, Sweet Pea is tasked with collecting her mail. When one letter catches her eye, she starts secretly answering the letters meant fo the column. This sets off a chain of events that will forever change the lives of many readers of the advice column, Sweet Pea’s family and friends and herself, as she learns things she never knew about the people in her life.

In optioning the rights to the novel, the Disney Channel plans to add their Dear Sweet Pea adaptation to their Disney Channel Original Movie development slate.

In a statement provided via a press release announcing the news, vice president of Original Movies at Disney Channel, Lauren Kisilevsky, spoke of why Murphy’s book is such a good fit for the company’s DCOM slate.

“The emotional journey that Julie Murphy takes readers on in Dear Sweet Pea has all of the elements that deliver authentic and relatable storytelling for today’s kids and families,” said Kisilevsky. “The themes of self-discovery and navigating the new normal of a non-traditional family echo Disney Channel’s commitment to entertaining and inspiring programming.”

Meanwhile, Murphy herself took to Twitter to spread the good news with fans far and wide.

“I’ve been obsessed with @DisneyChannel content since I was a kid and could not be more excited about this news,” tweeted Murphy. “The only thing that could possibly make this better would be a Sweet Pea/Lizzie McGuire mashup! (Universe, hear my wish!)”

There’s currently no word on when we can expect the adaptation to hit the Disney Channel, but we’ll be looking forward to keeping up with production news about the project going forward!

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