Chickflicks options 'Japan' memoir

Lisa Fineberg Cook's book details relocation, culture shock

Chickflicks Prods. has optioned the film rights to Lisa Fineberg Cook's forthcoming memoir, "Japan Took the J.A.P. Out of Me."

Cook will adapt the screenplay with her teacher husband, Peter, who inadvertently laid the groundwork for the book. Downtown Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will publish the memoir Tuesday.

Chickflicks' Stephanie Austin ("True Lies") and former New Line Prods. chairman Sara Risher ("Hairspray") are producing.

With the subtitle "The True Story of a Domesticated Princess," Cook's book details her personal journey of relocating to Japan six days after marrying her husband, who had taken a one-year teaching job in Nagoya. Having left her valet-defined L.A. life behind, Cook endures the abrupt transition to a culture severely lacking in manicures and Jewish-American women but teeming with cooking, cleaning and commuting duties.

"I love that she's so honest about what's going on," Austin said. "She's quite brave about telling the story -- warts and all. It has a lot of black humor."

Risher launched Chickflicks in 1999 to focus on character-driven pieces that often appeal to the female market. The company is also developing the Emma Roberts-toplined comedy "High School Sweethearts," which Penelope Spheeris is attached to direct.