Temple Hill acquires screen rights to book

Temple Hill Entertainment has acquired screen rights to “L.A. Candy,” the bestselling debut novel by Lauren Conrad, ex-star of reality series “The Hills” and “Laguna Beach.”

Temple Hill partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (“Twilight”) will produce. Conrad will be exec producer through her Blue Eyed Girl Prods. banner. The book, published in June by HarperCollins, has been on the bestseller lists of the New York Times for 14 weeks.

Informed by Conrad’s experiences, “L.A. Candy” tells the story of a 19-year-old who moves to Hollywood, quickly finds fame as a reality series star and then has to deal with the ramifications of living a fishbowl life. Conrad plans to write two more books on the reality travails of protag Jane Roberts.

“Lauren, who became an icon in that reality show world, came to us with a structure of how to tell the story in an interesting fashion that was separate and apart from the book,” Bowen said. “We loved her take. Her book is an honest portrayal of what it must be like to set out to be normal, then sign on to become famous and eventually realize, wow, this isn’t at all what I’d planned for myself.”

Bowen said they will set a writer before looking for a studio/financier for the project, which was sold by UTA. Conrad will be involved in shaping the direction of the script.

Conrad’s film deal comes the same week she launched a line of clothing for Kohl’s.

Temple Hill is exec producer of the “Twilight” sequels “New Moon” and “Eclipse” and is producing the Screen Gems drama “Dear John,” directed by Lasse Hallstrom and starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum.

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