Jenny Bicks Adapting 'St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves' for ABC

Based on the book by award-winning author Karen Russell
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Jenny Bicks

ABC is going to the wolves.

The network is teaming with The Big C's Jenny Bicks to adapt Karen Russell's best-selling book St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama centers on mysterious and attractive twins Claudette and Felix, 16, who, when they show up at the elite St. Lucy's boarding school, change the school and the tiny town of Green Hills, Maine, in ways no one could have imagined. 

The Walking Dead's Channing Powell will pen the script with Bicks on board to supervise. John Jacobs will also exec produce the drama, which hails from 20th Century Fox Television where Bicks is under an overall deal.

First published in 2007, St. Lucy's is a collection of 10 short stories set in the swamps of the Florida Everglades where wolf-like girls are reformed by nuns, a family survives by wrestling alligators in a theme park and girls sail away on crab shells. It was the debut novel for Russell, who was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" in 2013.

St. Lucy's marks Bicks' third sale of the development season, joining NBC's Marley & Me follow-up as well as a comedy set up at Fox with Max Greenfield.

Bicks and Powell are repped by UTA.

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