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Jessica Brody‘s YA book 52 Reasons to Hate My Father has been acquired by Reliance Entertainment and Kintop Pictures, headed by producer Deepak Nayar (Bend It Like Beckham).
The project will be co-produced by Nayar, Tabrez Noorani (Million Dollar Arm, Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire) of Tamasha Talkies, and Soumya Sundaresh of Citrusmuse.
Reliance and Kintop co-produced last year’s feature Vampire Academy, based on author Richelle Mead‘s best-selling series.
This is the second time Nayar, Noorani, and Sundaresh have teamed up with Brody: They are currently producing the author’s Unremembered sci-fi trilogy. Unchanged, the third and final installment of the book series, was released this week.
Nayar and Noorani have experience in the YA adaptation realm, having teamed with Blue Sky Media on the Graceling trilogy from author Kristin Cashore.
52 Reasons to Hate My Father follows the spoiled Lexington Larrabee, famous for her party-girl antics and tabloid headlines, who is forced by her absent mogul father to take on a different low-wage job every week for a year in order to receive her trust fund. Brody’s book, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, hit stores in July 2012.
Nayar is currently producing Bend It Like Beckham – The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre in London and is also executive producer on the Wachowskis’ series Sense8, set to air on Netflix. Noorani is set to direct feature Love Sonia, with David Womark (Life of Pi) attached to produce.
Brody was represented by Paradigm and Stankevich & Gochman on behalf of her literary agent Jim McCarthy (Dystel & Goderich). Julia Scott represented the producers.
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