‘Maneater’ to Mandalay

Levangie Grazer tome described as 'Jackie Collins on acid'

HOLLYWOOD — Peter Guber’s Mandalay Entertainment has optioned “Maneater,” the latest book by novelist and screenwriter Gigi Levangie Grazer (“Stepmom”), in a deal worth more than $1 million.

Levangie Grazer will pen the screen adaptation of the novel, which will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2004

Story, described by S&S publisher David Rosenthal as “Jackie Collins on acid,” is about a gold-digging Beverly Hills woman whose circle of friends — called “The Star Chamber” — targets rich, successful men. She weds the club-footed son of a Southern department store magnate and becomes pregnant before learning that hubby has been disowned and is penniless.

Levangie Grazer, the wife of Imagine Entertainment co-chair Brian Grazer, also wrote the novel “Rescue Me,” which is being developed as a film at Fox Searchlight by Carl Franklin and his wife Jessie Beaton.

“Rescue” is about a woman attempting to break into the entertainment business and getting her romantic life in order while working for a sleazy talkshow and looking after the son of her junkie brother. Book reached the no. 2 spot on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list.

Among other projects, Levangie Grazer recently wrote the Marc Platt-produced Universal comedy “Natural Man,” about a guy who chooses to stay home and raise the kids while his wife works.

Levangie was repped by WMA and Sylvie Rabineau.

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