Franklin to helm '80s H'wood pic

Screenwriter Gigi Levangie Grazer (“Stepmom”) has sold her first novel, “Rescue Me,” to Fox Searchlight. Carl Franklin will direct, but no screenwriter is attached.

Grazer (wife of Imagine Entertainment co-chair Brian Grazer) has also inked a deal to write a segment of HBO’s “If These Walls Could Talk” sequel.

“Rescue Me,” which came to Fox Searchlight from AMG and agent Sylvie Rabineau, is a story set in and around Hollywood in the mid-1980s. It recounts a woman’s attempts to break into the business and set her romantic life in order while working for a sleazy talkshow and looking after the son of her junkie brother.

The book reached second place on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. Grazer, who migrated to WMA when Writers Shop partner Jennifer Rudolph Walsh assumed her current post as head of the New York lit division, is currently writing a second book, “Man Eater,” which is not yet under contract.

Franklin will produce “Rescue Me” with producing partner Jesse Beaton.

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