TriStar, Sony’s film label run by Tom Rothman, has pre-emptively picked up What Alice Forgot, an adaptation of a Liane Moriarty novel that has Devil Wears Prada helmer David Frankel attached to direct.
Shauna Cross, who wrote the comedic Whip It and the upcoming drama If I Stay, is attached to pen the project, which will be produced by Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Rosalie Swedlin.
Alice tells the story of 29-year-old Alice, who is deeply in love and about to give birth to her first child. Then she wakes up on the floor of her gym and discovers 10 years have passed and her life is in bad shape: She is getting divorced, now has three kids, is estranged from her beloved sister and is a pretty miserable human being. Alice then needs to figure out whether to repair her life or start over.
In the feature version, Alice will wake up from a head injury and be a single mother of two and recently divorced from the man she expected to be with forever. Freaked out by who she has become, “young” Alice takes over, determined to get her old life and love back but discovers it isn’t easy as she thinks.
Moriarty is an Australian novelist with such best-sellers as Three Wishes, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and The Husband’s Secret under her belt as well as a line of children’s books.
The project was an easy one for Rothman to grab: As Fox co-chairman, he worked with Frankel on the director’s big hits Marley & Me and Prada. And Rothman is looking at Alice as a big commercial movie.
Nicole Brown, who oversaw Cross’ Whip It when she worked at Mandate, also was instrumental in bringing in Alice and will oversee it at TriStar.
Vincent Sheehan will executive produce.
Frankel is repped by WME as is Cross. Frankel additionally is repped by Anonymous Content and Jacobson Russell, while Cross also is repped by Jackoway Tyerman. Moriarty is repped by Intellectual Property Group, Curtis Brown Australia and Faye Bender.