A book lauded for it’s Latino and LGTBQA+ representation, the Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe adaptation has high expectations. The book is a best seller that has been a very meaningful story for a lot of it’s Young Adult readers, who are very excited to see it brought to life on screen.
This page was updated: 8/10/22
About The Book:
Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari’s features are much darker.
It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.
But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other―and the power of their friendship―can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side.
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Current Production Status:
Waiting to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2022.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first released in 2012. In 2016 Aitch Alberto flew to visit the author and pitch her idea for an adaptation. She got the rights, started work on the screenplay, and got Lin-Manuel Miranda on board as a producer (he had narrated the audionbook).
This all was announced publicly in 2017 as the project began to officially go into pre-production. In 2018 a live reading of the screenplay was done at Outfest, including Reese Gonzales who would then be cast in the same role for the film.
The full cast was announced in October 2021 as filming began. It lasted through November before going into pre-production.
The Sundance 2022 Film Festival offered to host the first showing and premier but Alberto felt it wasn’t ready and decided to wait. In August 2022 it was announced that the Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe adaptation would premier at the Toronto International Film Festival the next month.
Who Owns The Rights:
Boies Schiller Entertainment, 3Pas Studios, 5000 Broadway Productions, Big Swing Productions, and Limelight are all listed as the production companies.
Who Is Attached:
Max Pelayo and Reese Gonzales are playing the two leads. Eva Longoria, Eugenio Derbez, Kevin Alejandro, and Luna Blaise are also part of the cast in supporting roles.
There have been no public mentions of where filming occured.
The film is expected be shown at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which means the public release should be late 2022 or 2023.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
The sequel to this book was mentioned in October 2021 Most Anticipated New Book Releases.
Other Adaptations From This Author:
This is currently the only adaptation in the works from Benjamin Alire Sáenz novels.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Adaptation: Everything We Know So Far
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