Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s youth-oriented Fake Empire banner and producer Roy Lee are mounting the bigscreen adaptation of Joe Schreiber’s upcoming young-adult novel “Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick” for Paramount Pictures.
Showrunners for “Gossip Girl,” Schwartz and Savage moved aggressively to snap up the film rights to the book, which sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt late last week, after the project was brought to their attention by Lee (“The Departed”). Trio then went to Par.
Fake Empire, based at Par, opened its doors for business earlier this year, with an eye to developing content across all platforms. “European Chick” is the shingle’s second film set up at the studio after comedy “Fun Size,” penned by Max Werner.
On the TV side, Fake Empire’s “Gossip Girl” and “Chuck” are gearing up for their fourth season premieres.
Schwartz and Savage used their discretionary fund to buy the rights to “European Chick,” about a high schooler whose family hosts an Eastern European exchange student who happens to be an assassin.