×

DreamWorks Lands Jessica Tom’s ‘Food Whore: A Novel of Dining and Deceit’ (EXCLUSIVE)

DreamWorks Studios has acquired the rights to the novel “Food Whore: A Novel of Dining and Deceit” by Jessica Tom, sources tell Variety.

The book was published this past October by publisher William Morrow. Lisa Rubin has been tapped to adapt the screenplay for the studio.

The story follows Tia Monroe, who after graduating college has every intention of taking the New York City restaurant scene by storm. But after a coveted internship goes up in smoke, Monroe is suddenly just another food lover in the big city. Everything changes when a legendary New York Times restaurant critic lets Monroe in on a career-ending secret: he’s lost his sense of taste. Now he wants her to serve as his palate, ghostwriting his reviews.

CAA brokered the deal on behalf of Tom. Tom is also represented by Stefanie Lieberman at Janklow & Nesbit.

Rubin is adapting the Gayle Forman best-selling novel “I Was Here” for New Line and is also developing an original feature for producers Anthony Bregman and Stefanie Azpiazu. She is represented by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment.

DreamWorks also recently optioned the yet-to-be-published Dennis Lehane novel “Since We Fell,” which the author is adapting for the studio.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • 'My Little Sister' Review: Hoss, Eidinger

    'My Little Sister': Film Review

    When it comes to stories of adult siblings, cinema tends to remain overwhelmingly gender-divided. Great films about brotherly love and sisterly strife (or, of course, vice versa) are plentiful, but tender brother-sister studies are a rarer breed. “My Little Sister,” then, is a welcome, warm-hearted addition to the ranks of “You Can Count on Me,” [...]

  • Sonic (Ben Schwartz) in SONIC THE

    'Sonic the Hedgehog' Release Delayed in China Due to Coronavirus

    Paramount has pushed back the China release of “Sonic the Hedgehog,” which was originally set to debut in the country on Feb. 28, due to concerns over the growing coronavirus epidemic. The studio made the announcement Monday, saying, “Due to the current coronavirus situation, the China release date of the film Sonic the Hedgehog will [...]

  • BFFS! Best Friends Forever Stranded!

    'Winnipeg,' 'BFFS!' and 'Sex Symbols' Among La Liga Animated Finalists

    “Winnipeg, Seeds of Hope,” “BFFS! Best Friends Forever Stranded!” and “Sex Symbols” are among five new finalists selected to participate in La Liga, the animation umbrella created to promote the Ibero-American animation sector worldwide between Spain’s Quirino Awards, Argentina’s Animation! and Mexico’s Pixelatl Festival. The eventual winning project will be chosen at the upcoming edition [...]

  • Dee Dee Meyers

    Dee Dee Myers Stepping Down as Warner Bros. Communications Chief (EXCLUSIVE)

    Dee Dee Myers is stepping down as executive vice president of worldwide corporate communications and public affairs for Warner Bros., Variety has learned. Her decision ends a five-year run at the studio for Myers, who joined the company after a distinguished career that included a stint as White House press secretary during President Bill Clinton’s [...]

  • Epicentro

    Kino Lorber Nabs U.S., Canadian Rights for Hubert Sauper Cuba Doc 'Epicentro'

    Kino Lorber has picked up U.S. and English-speaking Canadian distribution rights for Hubert Sauper’s award-winning documentary “Epicentro.” Described as an “immersive and metaphorical portrait of post-colonial Cuba,” the pic won the World Documentary Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Sauper previously directed the 2006 Oscar-nominated “Darwin’s Nightmare” and 2014’s “We Come as [...]

  • Parasite

    'Parasite' Will Stream Exclusively on Hulu in U.S.

    Hulu has exclusive U.S. streaming rights to “Parasite,” the film that made history as the first foreign-language film to win best picture at this year’s Oscars. Under a deal with indie studio Neon, “Parasite” will be available on Hulu beginning Wednesday, April 8, the Disney-controlled streamer announced. The movie from filmmaker Bong Joon Ho won [...]

  • media stocks - wall-street

    Disney, Amazon, ViacomCBS Shares Hit as Stock Market Tumbles Amid Coronavirus Fears

    Fears of the Coronavirus spreading across the world sent major stock indices tumbling on Monday morning. Shares of Disney and Amazon were down more than 4% in early trading as reports that the deadly virus has hit South Korea and Italy spooked investors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down more than 900 points, or [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content