Sugarman will helm Parent script

Disney has picked up “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” in turnaround from New Line Cinema.

Pic, penned by Gail Parent based on Dyan Sheldon’s novel, is the story of a teen who’s convinced that her home city revolves around her until her family packs up and moves to the suburbs. There, she finds herself competing for attention because another girl has already staked her claim as the school’s center of attention. Result is a sharp and comic battle for adolescent bragging rights.

“Queen” will be produced by Bob Shapiro and Jerry Leider. Disney is eyeing the possibility of shooting the pic as early as this summer, though no cast has yet been set.

Sara Sugarman, repped by CAA, will direct for the studio, where pic is being overseen by senior VP of production Brad Epstein.

Pic marks Sugarman’s debut as a director in the U.S. Welsh-born helmer has previously directed such pics as “Mad Cows,” starring Anna Friel and Joanna Lumley, and “Very Annie Mary,” starring Rachel Griffiths and Jonathan Pryce.

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