This is my book, IF I HAD ONE
WISH. It has been made into a movie
called YOU WISH, which premiered on
the Disney Channel on January 10th
(2003)! It stars A.J. Trauth from Even
Stevens, Spencer Breslin - the "kid"
from the Bruce Willis movie of the
same name, Lelaine from the Lizzie
MacQuire show, and Tim Reid from
WKRP in Cincinnati. It was filmed in
New Zealand and my husband and I
traveled there when it was being filmed
to visit the set. New Zealand was
beautiful, and getting to watch some of
the filming and meet the producer and
the young actors was a thrill. Here are
some pictures we took and some promo
photos from the movie:
This is a view of The Remarkables Mountains from our hotel
room in Queenstown. Breathtaking!
On the set in Auckland.
Producer Alan Sacks (The Color of Friendship, Welcome Back
Kotter) and A.J.
Promo shot of A.J. (who was just as nice as he was cute).
Ma and Lelaine, who is adorable! That's her lovely Mom peaking
over my shoulder in the background.
Spencer, who we did not get to meet (sadly) because he was not
in the scenes that were being shot the days we were visiting. He's
wonderful in the part, though!
A warning for fans of IF I HAD ONE WISH - the movie is
VERY different from the book. As an author, I was
disappointed, of course, when I saw all the changes in the script,
but after meeting the producer and these talented young actors,
and seeing the movie, I regained my enthusiasm. If you haven't
seen it yet, look for it on the Disney Plus. It's a great movie!