9 Story adapting 'Zoe Lama' for TV

Series based on Tish Cohen tween novel

TORONTO -- Canadian producer 9 Story Entertainment is set to turn Canadian author Tish Cohen's "The Invisible Rules of the Zoe Lama" into a live-action TV series.

9 Story CEO Vince Commisso said Wednesday that he optioned the tween-targeted novel from Cohen's Los Angeles-based agent, UTA, and will produce an initial 13 episodes of the series for worldwide broadcast sale.

The book-to-TV series project is a follow-up to Cohen's debut novel, "Townhouse," which Fox Studios and Scott Free Prods. are developing as a theatrical feature to be directed by John Carney ("Once"), with Doug Wright ("Quills") adapting the script.

"The Invisible Rules of the Zoe Lama" tells the story of a seventh-grader, Zoe Costello, who confidently and compassionately dispenses advice to friends and family before she faces her own difficult truths.

Commisso is talking to potential overseas partners, including a possible presale to an American broadcaster. His company is aiming at a September 2009 or January 2010 airdate for the series.