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Ephrons to adapt tween novel 'Flipped'

Nora Ephron is in talks to direct “Flipped.” She and her sister Delia Ephron are adapting the young-adult novel by Wendelin Van Draanen for East of Doheny.

The bicoastal production shingle is ramping up development and production under feature film and TV topper Tracy Trench.

“Flipped,” published by Knopf in 2001, charts the relationship of two kids who lock horns at age 7 and share their first kiss at 13.

East of Doheny owner Kelly Gonda is producing with Trench.

Trench told Daily Variety that “Flipped” seemed “like the absolutely right book” for the Ephrons.

“For us it was about finding a voice that can do teens and adolescents in a way that doesn’t feel like you’re talking down to them, that was sophisticated in the way that kids are now,” Trench said.

Trench, who produced “Ever After” and exec produced “Herbie: Fully Loaded” and “The Pink Panther,” began her tenure at East of Doheny last fall with a mandate to ramp up the shingle’s development and annually produce three to five pics with budgets under $25 million.

Previously, East of Doheny had been focused mainly on investing in Broadway and West End theater productions. That’s now being handled out of the company’s New York office, which opened four months ago under Beth Williams. The L.A. office focuses on film and television.

Trench hired half a dozen development execs, and the team has been working on a slew of prestige and family-oriented films, including “Pool Boy,” for director Michael Schultz (“Woman, Thou Art Loosed”); a biopic of artist Man Ray; and a gay version of “The Breakfast Club.”

Nora Ephron, whose credits include “Heartburn” and “You’ve Got Mail,” is writing and directing another book adaptation, “Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen,” by Julie Powell, for Columbia Pictures.

Delia Ephron is developing Sony’s “Sammy,” starring Reese Witherspoon, and is writing “Beautiful” for Cary Brokaw’s Avenue Pictures.

The sisters last collaborated on the script for Sony’s “Bewitched.”

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