Rupinder Gill Memoir Lands CBC Development Deal

Indie producer Amaze Film + Television is adapting "On The Outside Looking Indian" as a possible sitcom for the Canadian public broadcaster.

TORONTO – Never mind getting old: former Canadian TV publicist Rupinder Gill is an ambitious adult attemping a second childhood in her comic memoir On the Outside Looking Indian.

And now her life could become a Canadian sitcom after indie producer Amaze Film + Television optioned the memoir and snagged a comedy development deal with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Amaze Film+TV executive-produced the HBO Canada comedy Call Me Fitz, which stars Jason Priestley.

The memoir by the former BBC Canada publicist has Gill making up for lost time as an adult by tackling what she wasn’t able to do as a child in a cloistered East Indian Canadian home.

The book option deal for On The Outside Looking Indian was brokered by Toronto’s Jennifer Hollyer Agency and The Rights Factory, acting for Gill.

Canadian film and TV producers are doing a nice business these days adapting homegrown memoirs.

The latest will see Jay Baruchel star in The Rebel Kind, a theatrical feature from director Reginald Harkema about Buck Cherry, the lead singer of the 1980s Vancouver punk/new-wave band The Modernettes.

The Rebel Kind is based on the memoir Guilty of Everything, by Cherry, AKA John Armstrong.

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