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Prlain nabs true ‘Story’

Pic a coming-of-age story dealing with playwright Hellman

Gotham-based producer Mary Prlain has optioned the film rights to Rosemary Mahoney’s memoir, “A Likely Story,” which details Mahoney’s tumultuous summer with playwright Lillian Hellman.

Book is a coming-of-age tale of a 17-year old girl whose idol, Hellman, turns out to be a bitter, aging taskmaster. Mahoney had worked for Hellman as a housekeeper when the playwright was 73 years old.

“The book offers a fresh perspective on a famous writer lionized by fans and critics,” said Prlain.

Prlain is developing a television series based on the short fiction of Carson McCullers and a screenplay based on McCullers’ “That Quail, Robert.” Prlain has also served as set decorator for John Woo, Abel Ferrara and Madonna.

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