Hilary Swank, Alcon speak ‘French’

Production co. nabs rights to bestselling book

Hilary Swank and producing partner Molly Smith have acquired the rights to adapt the bestselling book “French Women Don’t Get Fat” for the duo to produce through their Alcon Entertainment-based 2S Films.

Swank may star in the adaptation that’s being envisioned as a romantic comedy about the manager of a champagne company who learns some tough life lessons.

Heather Hach, who penned the remake of “Freaky Friday” and the “Legally Blonde” musical, will adapt the book.

First published in 2004, non-fiction tome became a bestseller for writer and former Champagne Veuve Clicquot topper Mireille Guiliano, offering insights on how French women manage to stay slim despite enjoying such calorie-rich fare as wine and pastries.

Title topped the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list and went on to sell well over 1 million copies in the U.S. and more than 2 million worldwide, where it’s been translated into 40 languages.

Swank and Smith’s 2S Films will develop and co-produce the feature with Aaron Geller and Darryl Porter of PorterGeller Entertainment.

Thesp’s shingle recently produced “P.S. I Love You” for Alcon; Warner Bros. distribbed. Thesp’s shingle is also developing “Falling Out of Fashion” and “You’re Not You” as potential co-productions with Warners-based Alcon.

Porter and Geller are developing a buddy action comedy based on the TV series “Soul Train” for Warner Bros. with the show’s creator Don Cornelius, as well as a biopic on the life and music of Miles Davis, in which Don Cheadle is attached to both star and direct.

In addition to “French Women Don’t Get Fat,” Hach is also working on a sequel to “Freaky Friday.”

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