Quay has designs on retro pic

Former V editor options 'Fabulous' novel

NEW YORK -- Julie Anne Quay is getting fabulous.

Quay, a fashion-world figure and former executive editor at V magazine, has optioned "Fabulous Nobodies," Lee Tulloch's social satire of the 1980s fashion and club universe, and will develop it as a feature.

Elisabeth Robinson, who produced "Braveheart" and Fred Schepisi's "Last Orders," has come aboard to write the screenplay.

Tulloch's book centers on the tribulations of a young Manhattanite named Reality Nirvana charged with guarding the door at a trendy club in 1980s New York, allowing in the flashily dressed but turning away more classically elegant types like Jackie Onassis.

Quay compared the film version, which also will be set in the 1980s, to "The Devil Wears Prada" meets "Clueless" and said that because many of the fashions of 20 years ago are back in vogue, the film will have a surprisingly contemporary feel.

The producer said she aims to avoid the more easy glamorous elements and focus on the struggles of a young person working in fashion.

"It's not about the latest Manolos -- that's more 'Sex and the City,' " Quay said. "It's all about vintage shopping and bartering, about a girl who's crazy about fashion stumbling her way through New York."

In addition to producing and screenwriting, Robinson authored the seriocomic novel "The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters," a best-seller in 2004.

"Fabulous" is the debut pro¬ject of Colac Pictures, a production banner Quay formed to produce what she describes as entertaining, feel-good fare.

Quay said she'd like to produce features and documentaries, including a possible project about her home-country sport of Australian-rules football. "Fabulous" will be budgeted in the $7 million-$10 million range, and though Quay said she could finance it independently, she hopes to set it up at a studio.

"I don't want it to get made and just play a few festivals and then hope someone can pick it up," she said. "I want it to be where Miss Wisconsin could see it."