Starz has given a series order “Sweetbitter,” a half-hour drama based on Stephanie Danler’s novel about a 22-year-old woman who, shortly after arriving in New York, lands a job at a celebrated downtown restaurant.
Danler has written the script for the first episode, developed with “The Americans” veteran Stu Zicherman. Danler and Zicherman are serving as executive producers on the series, which received a six-episode order, with Plan B Entertainment.
Casting for the series’ main characters has yet to be announced.
“Stephanie’s smart, sensory and genuine storytelling is set in the world of high-end dining, fueled by too much debauchery, drugs and French wine,” said Starz CEO and president Chris Albrecht. “Stephanie, Stu and Plan B have found an exciting way to translate the celebration of senses depicted in the book to the screen, and along the way, will post a love letter to New York City. We look forward to announcing our Tess, Jake, Simone and Howard soon.”
Danler added, “This has already been a thrilling ride, and I can’t wait for everyone to see how we expanded the world and characters beyond the book. I’ve been working with the most brilliant and generous people, and am extremely grateful. It’s an honor to show up to work every day.”