'Charlotte' adaptation gets director

First Tom Wolfe novel optioned since 'Bonfire of the Vanities'

Liz Friedlander is attached to direct "I Am Charlotte Simmons," the first Tom Wolfe novel the author has optioned for the screen since 1987's "The Bonfire of the Vanities."

Jere Hausfater's Essential Entertainment will handle financing and worldwide distribution for Wolfe's contemporary study of a college co-ed. Syntax Entertainment and Trilogy Entertainment Group, which optioned the book around the time it was published in 2005, will produce.

Trilogy's John Watson ("Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves") is adapting the tale of an innocent country girl navigating her way through freshman year at the fictional Dupont University.

Watson, Pen Densham and Neil Kaplan will produce. Essential and Syntax are exec producing, with Chris Law ("Love in the Time of Cholera") and Hausfater also serving as exec producers.

The Gersh-repped Friedlander ("Take the Lead") is best known for her music-video work with U2, R.E.M. and Blink 182. CAA repped the book rights.