NEW YORK — Indie producer Gabriella Tana and Chris Sievernich, new head of Kinowelt USA, may have discovered the next “It Girl.” The only wrinkle: She’s two centuries old.
In a mid-six-figure deal, Chris and Lylian Sievernich’s shingle Rose Rim has optioned “Georgiana: Dutchess of Devonshire,” Amanda Foreman’s biography of Georgiana Spenser, the flamboyant 18th-century aristocrat who inspired Richard Sheridan’s play “The School for Scandal.”
Pic will be executive produced by the Sieverniches. Tana will produce with Carolyn Marks-Blackwood for Magnolia May, the indie shingle Tana founded five years ago.
The book, which won the prestigious Whitbread Prize and was a longstanding bestseller in the U.K., has made a splash Stateside as well. It’s just out from Random House and is now in its fourth week on the New York Times bestseller list.
Sievernich, executive producer of many films, including the upcoming “Nurse Betty” and “Where the Money Is,” had a first-look deal with Kinowelt before being tapped to head its U.S. office. Kinowelt will be offered the project on a first-look basis.
For Tana, who last produced 1997’s “Animals,” the deal is “a coup.” “This is the first time we’ve had something on the bestseller list,” she said.
Attorney Linda Benjamin of Garvin and Benjamin repped the Sieverniches and Andrew Wylie repped Foreman.