This is hardly exciting, but it’s New Year’s Eve, so the news pickings are slim: Fox Searchlight has optioned, to the best of my knowledge, a somewhat obscure book called The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Changed their Lives and put it on the fast-track for development in conjunction with Adelstein Productions, the company behind “Prison Break.”
The Cheryl Jarvis book is based on the true story of 13 women who each pitched in $37,000 to buy a necklace that they could wear on their birthdays and keep for a month. It goes without saying, I suppose, that they are going in the vein of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Oh, and the necklace was named Jewelia, in honor of Julia Child. And as the NYTimes review of the book notes:
The women of Jewelia, as they began to speak of themselves, sorority-style, learned to share their hopes and dreams as well as the necklace. And when they talked together, one of them noticed: “The women expressed differing opinions, but without raising their voices like the male pundits on Fox News. The women didn’t call one another ‘wrong’ or ‘stupid.’
In other words, we can look forward to another decade of simpering inspirational bullshit chick movies with set design straight out of the Restoration Hardware catalog. The damn movie sounds like a Real Housewives of Jewelia.
Matthew Greenfield and Juliana Cardarelli are producing; the dramedy is currently out to writers.