LOS ANGELES, March 12, 2013 /CNW/ - FilmColony has just completed a deal to adapt Lizabeth Zindel's novel Girl of the Moment into a half-hour comedy television series. Development Executive Melanie Donkers is producing with FilmColony President Richard N. Gladstein (Finding Neverland, Pulp Fiction), a two-time Oscar nominee. Zindel will write for the show.
The show will be based on the book, but has changed the main character, Lily Miles, from a high school senior to a college freshman at NYU. When Lily's dad gets fired and needs help paying for her college tuition, Lily lands a part-time job working for Sabrina Snow, the infamous daughter of a rich and powerful New York politician.
"It's a classic fish-out-of-water story with escapism and wish fulfillment," Donkers said. "Fame is incredibly important in our culture right now and we wanted to explore that with satire, humor and heart."
"Sabrina Snow is like American royalty and Lily gets thrown into a world that most people only dream about," says Zindel, who signed a three-book deal with Viking. "All the characters in the show are united by one thing. It doesn't matter how old they are or how much money they have -- they are each on a quest to figure out who they are at this moment in their lives."
Donkers is a producer who worked alongside two-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard and Golden Globe nominee Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe). She also produced the short, Sparks, which was the directorial debut for Golden Globe winner Joseph Gordon-Levitt and starred Golden Globe nominee Eric Stoltz and Carla Gugino.
Producer Richard Gladstein said, "There was a survey done by Syracuse University that found 43.4 percent of girls wanted to work for a celebrity. They chose this option three times more often than U.S. Senator and four times more than chief executive of a major company."
FilmColony and Zindel are entering the pitching phase to find the project a perfect home.
SOURCE: Melanie Donkers