Summit Picks Up Rachel Renee Russell's 'Dork Diaries' Book Series
Summit Entertainment has acquired the rights to Dork Diaries, a humorous book series written by Rachel Renee Russell.
Karen Rosenfelt, a producer on The Twilight Saga, is in negotiations to produce via her Sunswept Entertainment shingle.
Dork Diaries centers on a 14-year-old girl Nikki Maxwell, the most unpopular girl at her private middle school, and her life in and out of the classroom. Six books have been published so far by Aladdin, a division of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, with a seventh due this spring.
The series is extremely popular in the tween and young teen demo. According to Summit, the series has spent almost 200 weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list, including holding the No. 1 spot. More than 13 million copies are in print, and publishing rights for the series have been sold in over 35 countries, with translation into 32 different languages. Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life, the first book in the collection, was nominated for the book of the year by the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
Rosenfelt has a history of producing book-to-film adaptations, with credits that include Fox's two Percy Jackson movies and Marley & Me.
Russell is repped by Writers House and the Gotham Group.