'Army Wives' creator to pen 'Alice' film

Fox 2000, New Regency tap Katherine Fugate to adapt novel

Fox 2000 and New Regency have partnered to option Liane Moriarty’s novel “What Alice Forgot.” Katherine Fugate, creator of the Lifetime series “Army Wives,” has been hired to write the adaptation.

Moriarty’s novel is about a woman who suffers a head injury and wakes to find that she actually might be 10 years older and forgotten a decade of her life.

Already published Down Under by Macmillan Australia, “Alice” will be released in the U.S. by Amy Einhorn/Putnam Books in late 2011.

Rodney Ferrell is overseeing for Fox 2000 and Amy Israel for New Regency. Jerry Kalajian is executive producing.

Fox 2000 has had several recent successes with female-focused content. “The Devil Wears Prada” grossed $324 million worldwide, and “27 Dresses” and “Bride Wars” combined to gross $273 million this year. The company is in production on the Ed Zwick film “Love and Other Drugs” and the Beverly Cleary adaptation “Ramona and Beezus.”

Fugate, repped by Hohman Maybank Lieb, wrote the screenplay for Warner Bros.’ ensemble romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day,” which hits theaters in February. She also wrote the features “Carolina” and “The Prince and Me.”