Fox Searchlight is trying on “The Necklace,” reteaming with “Baggage Claim” director David Talbert to adapt the 2008 Cheryl Jarvis tome of the same name.
Talbert is not yet on board to direct the project.
The book follows a California woman, Jonell McLain, who bought a diamond necklace with a dozen other women with the goal of sharing it — leading to the jewelry’s transformation from a symbol of exclusivity to one of inclusiveness.
Talbert directed the Paula Patton starrer “Baggage Claim” for Searchlight, which was released Sept. 27 and grossed $11 million in its first week. He also wrote and directed 2008’s “First Sunday” for Sony, has written numerous plays and also produced and starred in reality show “Stage Black” for TV One.
Talbert won the NAACP Trailblazer Award last year for his work “The Fabric of a Man” and a New York Literary Award for his musical “Love in the Nick of Tyme.”
Talbert is repped by UTA.