Blake Lively Directing Bryan Lee O’Malley Adaptation Seconds

Blake Lively

by James White |
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Blake Lively is more known for acting, though she has directed a music video for Taylor Swift. Now, though, she's making the jump to feature film directing with an adaptation of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World creator Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novel Seconds. And the Pilgrim connections continue via Edgar Wright, who famously adapted that run into his 2010 movie, and is writing the script for this.

The plot of the graphic novel focuses on a woman named Katie Clay, who is the founding owner of the popular restaurant Seconds. Katie lives above Seconds and is woken up one night by a mysterious, white-haired girl named Lis, who gives her a notepad, a single mushroom, and instructions for her to follow to cast a "do-over" spell in order to fix her past mistakes.

Katie finds more mushrooms under the floorboard in the restaurant and uses them to fix problems arising with the construction of a brand-new restaurant, her relationship with her ex-boyfriend, and to prevent the injury of a waitress named Hazel.

Despite Lis' rule of one mushroom per person, Katie ignores Lis' concerns and seeks to use the mushrooms to make her life perfect, but unintentionally creates more problems as a result and disrupts the balance of time and space.

Published in 2014 by Ballantine Books, it was O’Malley’s much-anticipated first work following finishing up Pilgrim.

Wright will produce the film alongside Marc Platt (who also produced Scott Pilgrim) and Lively has the backing of Disney's Searchlight arm.

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