Paul Feig Brings 'Supermodel Snowpocalypse' to Paramount (Exclusive)
Feig will produce the adaptation with his Feigco banner partner Jessie Henderson.
Paramount and Ghostbusters filmmaker Paul Feig are teaming up to tell the true tale involving supermodels stranded in a Chilean snowstorm.
Paramount has picked up the rights to Supermodel Snowpocalypse, an Elle article written by Mickey Rapkin. Feig will produce the adaptation with his Feigco banner partner Jessie Henderson. Feig would not direct.
The article (read it here) was sub-headlined with This Drug-Fueled, Multimillion-Dollar Supermodel Snowpocalypse Has Been Fashion's Best-Kept Secret Since '77. It followed two sisters (the younger of which was 18 and freshly arrived in New York City from the Midwest), the older’s photographer boyfriend, ad execs and a group of models (including Jerry Hall and Maria Hanson) who traveled to Chile for a lavish fur-themed photoshoot.
A snowstorm hit soon after the group arrived at a mountain ski resort, but even though it was massive, the men and women put on a brave face, turning the place into their own Studio 54 with the other Brazilian and Argentinian patrons.
After being stranded for a week with no working phones (the only way to exit the hotel was through second floor windows), the American crew hatched a plan to escape back to civilization.
Chris Goldberg, an executive at Jeff Robinov's Studio 8, will act as a co-producer on the project. Goldberg generated the idea for the article as his father was the photographer in the story while the sisters were his mother and aunt, respectively. (Fun fact: the older sister ended up marrying the photographer.)
Dan Magnante of Feigco will oversee the film for the company while Paramount’s Alana Mayo will shepherd for the studio.
Feig has Ghostbusters in theaters and is producing the untitled Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn mother-daughter comedy that is currently in production for Fox.
Rapkin, who is repped by Management 360, also wrote the book that became the basis of the Pitch Perfect franchise.