‘Fen-Phen’ deal lures Showtime

Cabler options Mundy's nonfiction book

NEW YORK — Showtime has optioned Alicia Mundy’s “Dispensing with the Truth: The Victims, The Drug Companies, and the Dramatic Story Behind the Battle Over Fen-Phen,” for Diane Keaton and Bill Robinson to produce via their Los Angeles-based Blue Relief banner.

Keaton may either direct or star in the project.

Mundy’s nonfiction book begins with the death of a young woman who took Fen-Phen for less than a month and died less than a year later. It continues to tell of lives affected by the flawed obesity drug that has affected approximately 45,000 women.

Keaton recently produced and co-starred in “Plan B,” an indie feature looking for distribution.

Blue Relief has been especially active in the television arena. At Showtime, company has set up “Secret Society,” “WHER,” and “Surrender Dorothy,” a drama for Keaton to star in, to be produced along with Wendy Finerman. Blue Relief is also producing a 10-part series on the history of the women’s movement, with Diane English writing the pilot, and “Tommy Gun” for HBO, with Gus Van Sant attached to direct.

Mundy is an investigative journalist and contributor to both Mediaweek and Washingtonian magazine. Bill Contardi of WMA handled the film rights for Mundy’s lit agent, Gail Ross.

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