'Jessica Z' Novel Optioned With Eye for Television

The 2008 novel about a young woman who becomes entangled in an erotic relationship with an enigmatic artist will be adapted by Catherine McKenzie.

TORONTO – Canadian indie producers Brandi Ann Milbradt and Jane Motz Hayes have optioned the Shawn Klomparens novel Jessica Z, with an eye to developing a TV drama with North American partners.

Catherine McKenzie, who initially brought the 2008 novel about a young woman who becomes entangled in an erotic relationship with an enigmatic artist to Motz Hayes and Midbradt, is adapting the literary work.

McKenzie said the producers, near to having a script and bible in hand, will approach broadcasters in Canada and the U.S. for a possible development deal.

Motz Hayes of Berkeley Films and Milbradt of Philms Pictures will produce.

Milbradt's credits include the TV series The Business for IFC and the 2008 feature Prom Wars.

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