Hilary Swank and her producing partner Molly Smith have picked up the rights to the best-seller “French Women Don’t Get Fat,” setting Heather Hach to adapt.
Swank, who is eyeing the project as a potential starring vehicle, and Smith will produce via their recently formed Alcon Entertainment-based 2S Films, along with Aaron Geller and Darryl Porter of PorterGeller Entertainment.
“Women,” written by former Veuve Clicquot champagne executive Mireille Guiliano, was a domestic and international sensation when it was first published in 2004. The nonfiction, lifestyle book offered insight on how French women manage to stay slim despite enjoying such calorie-rich fare as wine and pastries. The book sold more than 1 million copies, reached No. 1 on the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list and was translated into 40 languages. Mireille became a fixture on TV, appearing on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” morning news shows and other programs around the world.
2S and PorterGeller, with Hach, are developing the project as a romantic comedy following a “girl-next-door champagne company middle manager who learns some tough life lessons which help her become the woman she’s always wanted to be,” the companies said.
Developing features around nonfiction book titles or concepts isn’t new. New Line has “He’s Just Not That Into You,” an adaptation of the dating lifestyle tome by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo.
Swank and Smith also are developing “Falling Out of Fashion” and “You’re Not You.” Porter and Geller are developing a buddy-action comedy based on the TV series “Soul Train” for Warner Bros. with the show’s creator, Don Cornelius, as well as a biopic on the life and music of Miles Davis, which has Don Cheadle is attached to star and direct.
Hach wrote 2003’s “Freaky Friday” as well as “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” and is penning a sequel to the novel “Freaky Friday” with the original writer Mary Rodgers. She is repped by Endeavor and Fuse Entertainment.