Lifetime movie is a 'Cinderella' story

Poppy Montgomery on board to star in adaptation

Lifetime Movie Network is making a "Cinderella Pact," greenlighting an original movie toplined by "Without a Trace" star Poppy Montgomery.

Based on Sarah Strohmeyer's novel "The Cinderella Pact," "Cinderella" centers on Nola Devlin, a frumpy, overworked and underappreciated magazine editor whose alter ego, Belinda Apple, is the magazine's "reclusive" but sexy advice columnist.

Things get complicated when one of Belinda's columns on weight loss inspires Nola's overworked and overweight friends to band together and create a "Cinderella pact," vowing to lose pounds by following the advice of their "fairy godmother," Belinda.

When her secret identity is threatened, Nola is forced to join the pact, but as the weight comes off, Nola's problems mount.

Barbara Lieberman ("Murder in the Hamptons") executive produces the movie, slated to premiere in February. Nancey Silvers and Janet Brownell adapted the book for the small screen.

Montgomery, who played Samantha Spade on the recently canceled CBS crime drama "Trace" for the past seven seasons, is repped by Paradigm, Framework and attorney Ira Schreck.