Shingle picks up 'Isabella,' 'Alexander'

“Nurse Jackie” star Peter Facinelli and his producing partner Robert DeFranco have optioned film and TV rights to Jennifer Fosberry’s bestsellers “My Name Is Not Isabella” and “My Name Is Not Alexander” through their shingle Facinelli Films.

The two children’s books depict tales of historical figures in a way that encourages kids to learn.

“My three children really enjoy these books,” said Facinelli. “Jennifer’s books are simply told, colorful and teach children a bit of history in a way that encourages them to dream of possibilities. Rob and I are so excited to bring these amazing stories to life on the big and small screen.”

Both Sourcebooks Jabberwocky titles appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List this past April, prompting DeFranco to negotiate a deal.

“I had never imagined this amount of success when I first thought of Isabella and am very excited to reach an even wider audience through Facinelli Films,” says Fosberry. “I can’t wait to see where Isabella and Alexander will go next!”

Facinelli Films recently wrapped its first feature, “Loosies,” while Facinelli next stars in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.”

Thesp is repped by UTA and James/Levy Management.

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