'Gossip Girl' Team Heading Back in Time With Feature 'The Luxe' (Exclusive)


The producing team behind the hit CW series Gossip Girl is taking on another best-selling young adult novel -- and this one is bound for the big screen.

Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage of the Paramount-based Fake Empire shingle and Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Bob Levy have set up The Luxe at Paramount and have tapped Bess Wohl to pen the screenplay.

A sort of The Age of Innocence meets Gossip Girl, Luxe tracks four teens set in 19th century New York and features conflicts between old money and new money, the upper class and lower class, and star-crossed lovers. Four of the Alloy Entertainment books by Anna Godbersen have been published, all hitting the New York Times best-seller list.

The producers see the movie as a young Moulin Rouge, a music-driven story featuring contemporary artists and fashion set against a period backdrop.

Fake Empire has been active lately. On the TV side, in addition to Gossip and the NBC series Chuck, the company will launch Hart of Dixie on the CW in the fall. It is also in the middle of production on Fun Size, a Halloween comedy starring Victoria Justicethat was written by Colbert Report scribe Max Werner and is serving as Schwartz’s feature directing debut. The company also is producing an adaptation of Joe Schreiber's Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick and Let it Snow, based on a YA novel.

Alloy, a producer on Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants as well as ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars and the CW’s Vampire Diaries, is developing Sweep at Universal Pictures and Duplikate at Fox 2000. The Robot, an Alloy book due out later this month, is being developed internally as a film project.

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