Director will take a page out of Wolfe's 'Charlotte'


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 coed. Syntax Entertainment and Trilogy Entertainment Group, which optioned the book around the time it was published in 2005, will produce.

Trilogy's John Watson 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 and Hausfater also serving as exec producers.

Friedlander is repped by Gersh. CAA repped the book rights. (partialdiff)