Lauren Palmigiano will direct Lionsgate’s “White Girl Problems” with Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman producing the movie project.
It’s the feature directorial debut for Palmigiano, formerly the head writer and executive producer at “Funny or Die” and the creative mind behind dozens of the site’s videos and creative content. She recently directed the Soul Pancake-produced pilot “Hollywood & Vine” for ABC Family and “Homeroom” for Nickelodeon.
Palmigiano wrote, directed, and produced the short film “Cried Suicide,” which starring Sarah Burns and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Banks and Max Handelman are producing through their Brownstone Productions banner. Alison Small is the executive overseeing the project for Brownstone.
Alisha Brophy and Scott Miles adapted the bestselling book by Babe Walker, published in 2012 about a young woman with a massive social network who lands in rehab after spending $246,893.50 in one afternoon at Barneys — then decides to write her memoir about the hurdles she’s had to overcome such as hating her horse and her job.
“I’ll eat anything, as long as it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, low-fat, low-calorie, sugar-free, and organic,” she says at one point.
Palmigiano is represented by CAA and managed by Greg Walter and Olivia Gerke at 3 Arts Entertainment. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.