Given Films and Moonstone Entertainment have announced their latest project, “L’Intern,” which takes a peek under the skirt of the fashion industry in all its superficial splendor.
Dominique Swain is in final negotiations to topline the pic about a young, underappreciated intern at the ultra-hip magazine Skirt who must learn to deal with kissy-face phoniness, model tantrums and bulimic editors. Meanwhile, the fashionista-in-training longs to steal the heart of a dashing British art director from the grips of the supermodel du jour.
Actress-comedienne Kathy Griffin is in negotiations to play an editor.
Tyro scribes Jill Kopelman and Caroline Doyle wrote the script for the pic, which will mark the feature debut of TV helmer Michael Lange (“The X-Files,” “The Larry Sanders Show”). Galt Niederhoffer and Daniela Soto-Taplin will produce through Niederhoffer’s Given banner. Jeff Rice will exec produce the pic, which is skedded to begin lensing in New York in July.
The 26-year-old scribes wrote “L’Intern” after taking turns in the fashion and publishing worlds. Kopelman interned at Mademoiselle and Harper’s Bazaar and eventually landed a staff position at Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. Doyle spent a year at Harper’s Bazaar before moving to Moscow to help launch the Russian edition of the mag.
Given Films previously produced Morgan J. Freeman’s “Hurricane Streets” and in the past year, has churned out “The Mao Game,” “Milk,” “Blue Ridge Falls,” and “Jump.”
Swain and Griffin are both repped by Tracy Brennan at ICM. Lange is repped by Endeavor.