Shafer, Vicknair to pen adaptation of con artist story

Tyro scribes Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair have been tapped to adapt the Rolling Stone article “The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League,” with McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision banner to produce the film.

Amanda Seyfried will play the lead, con artist Esther Reed, who became the target of a nationwide manhunt after creating a fake ID and scamming her way into Columbia U. Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s article on Reed appeared in Rolling Stone in June 2009.

McG and Wonderland prexy of production Mary Viola will produce alongside Michael Nardelli. Financing will also come through Nardelli’s Taggart Prods., with Pam Schachter set to co-produce.

Shafer and Vicknair’s spec screenplay, “A Many Splintered Thing,” was named one of the Nicholl Fellowship finalists last month.

They also recently sold the TV pilot “Girlfriend Season” to CBS, with Generate set to produce.

McG is in post-production on “This Means War,” and Wonderland Sound and Vision is developing “Dead Spy Running” for Warner Bros. Nardelli’s credits include “Another Happy Day” and “The Giant Mechanical Man.”

Shafer and Vicknair are represented by UTA and Missy Malkin at Brillstein. Nardelli is repped by ICM. Erdely is repped by Paradigm.

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