Disney has paid mid- against high-six figures for the screen rights to the unfinished romantic comic novel “The Secret Dream World of a Shopoholic” for Jerry Bruckheimer Films, with Bruckheimer set to produce.
Said to be very much in the vein of “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Shopoholic” is penned by a Brit author writing under the pseudonym Sophia Kinsella.
So far three-fourths finished, “Shopoholic” tells the story of an angst-ridden 25-year-old female financial journalist who deals with the stress of uncovering bank fraud by endlessly shopping. She ends up both hopelessly in debt and romantically attached to someone she is investigating.
Little Brown deal close
The novel, set to be published in the U.K. by TransWorld, is on submission to U.S. pubberies. Little Brown is said to be close to a book deal.
“Shopoholic” joins a diverse slate of projects in production and development at Bruckheimer’s Mouse House-based shingle.
In addition to prepping such action extravaganzas as the Nicolas Cage starrer “Gone in 60 Seconds,” and the Michael Bay-directed “Pearl Harbor,” Jerry Bruckheimer Films has been seeking out smaller projects for Technical Black, the company’s banner dedicated to modestly budgeted non-actioners.
The maiden Technical Black film was the recently wrapped gridiron drama “Remember the Titans,” directed by Boaz Yakin (“Fresh”).
CAA brokered the film deal on behalf of London-based lit rep Valerie Hoskins of Hoskins Associates.