Portes' 'Hick' an option pick


Producers Steven Siebert and Christian Taylor have optioned the best-selling novel "Hick," by first-time author Andrea Portes.

"Hick," published in 2007 by Unbridled Books, was recently named among the best adult books for high school students by the School Library Journal.

The coming-of-age story centers on 13-year-old Luli McMullen, who runs away from her ramshackle Nebraska home after being abandoned by her deadbeat parents and heads to Las Vegas. Along the way, she learns the truth about American rootlessness and discovers both the power and peril of her own sexual curiosity.

The producers hope to mold the project with a lead character in the vein of Addie Loggins of "Paper Moon" and Iris Steensma in "Taxi Driver."

Portes is in talks to adapt the screenplay.

Taylor, via his shingle Taylor Lane Prods., is developing "Angela and Diabola," an adaptation of a novel by Lynne Reid Banks ("The Indian in the Cupboard"), with writers Mike Deseve and Andy Rheingold of the Gotham Group and producers Jane Startz and Gillon Stephenson.

Siebert and his Lighthouse Entertainment recently produced the youth-oriented road comedy "Endless Bummer," starring Khan Chittenden and Matthew Lillard. Upcoming projects include drama "The Lion's Share" with director Bob Giraldi.