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Having already conquered primetime TV, Shonda Rhimes is gearing up for a move to the big screen.
Fox 2000 is in negotiations for the life rights of the online personalities known as the Dare Divas, with Rhimes and her Shondaland topper Betsy Beers also in talks to produce a movie based on the lives of the Detroit group of friends who are devoted to living their lives to the fullest.
Rhimes and Beers will produce under their Shondaland production banner. The Dare Divas is the latest big studio project for the company that is responsible for ABC dramas Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, among others.
The Dare Divas were formed after Sheri Hunter lost her husband suddenly and, when counseling didn’t work for her, decided to deal with her grief by having experiences that made her appreciate life. She recruited three of her closest friends, Angenette, Brenda and Mia, and undertook a worldwide trip. They continued their wild ways, going skydiving, race car driving, whitewater rafting, cliff diving and more.
Hunter wrote an article about her experience as a Dare Diva for More magazine and currently is working on a memoir.
According to their Facebook page, the Dare Divas’ mission is “to share our stories and be a global resource for women of all ages and nationalities, to motivate them to live daring and adventurous lives and explore their own God-given potential.”
The Dare Divas marks a return to film of sorts for Rhimes. Before becoming one of the biggest showrunners in town, she wrote the 2003 Britney Spears road-trip movie Crossroads and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, the 2004 sequel to the 2001 modern fairytale pic starring Anne Hathaway. More recently, Rhimes and Beers were attached to TV-turned-film idea War Correspondents for Columbia Pictures.
The movie comes at a busy time for Rhimes, who will have five series on ABC durng the 2016-17 broadcast season: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, The Catch and rookie Still Star-Crossed.
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