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Amblin and Platt are partnering for a feature adaptation of The Bear, the upcoming fiction debut from New York Times best-selling author and high school English teacher Natalie Ford.
The comedy follows an introverted teen who secretly becomes her high school’s costumed mascot so she can show off her dance and choreography skills but struggles to keep her identity hidden as she emerges as a local and viral sensation.
Black List writer Erin Rodman will adapt for Amblin. (Rodman previously was an assistant at the production banner.)
Platt and Adam Siegel will produce for Marc Platt Productions.
Amblin Partners vp creative affairs Mia Maniscalco will oversee for the studio, along with creative exec John Buderwitz. Katie McNicol will oversee for Marc Platt Productions.
Ford, repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone, previously wrote the memoir Signs of Life and teaches at Berkley High School in Berkley, Michigan.
Rodman, repped by Fourth Wall and Hansen Jacobson, wrote the original feature Say Something Nice, which appeared on the 2019 Black List and has Stampede Ventures attached to produce.