Bavaria Filmverleih books 'Lola' pics

Novels follow the 'German Hannah Montana'

COLOGNE, Germany -- Uschi Reich and her production shingle Bavaria Filmverleih have picked up rights to author Isabel Abedi's best-selling "Lola" books with an eye to turning them into a kids film franchise.

Described as a "German Hannah Montana," the novels follow nine-year-old Lola, who dreams of becoming a singer, a spy and a wedding planner while struggling to manage her everyday life.

Reich will adapt the first novel in the series, "Here Comes Lola," for Bavaria together with German mini-major Constantin Film, which will distribute the film locally.

Reich has proven to have a golden touch when it comes to children's book adaptations. She has produced a string of youth hits for the German market including the franchises "Bibi Blocksberg" and "The Wild Chicks."

Franziska Buch, who collaborated with Reich on "Bibi Blocksberg," will direct "Here Comes Lola" from a script by Vanessa Walder.
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