Just as Lauren Conrad stepped away from one pop culture sensation, she joined up with key players on another. On Tuesday, as “The Hills” started up again without its original star, Variety announced that “Twilight” executive producers had acquired the rights to Conrad’s debut novel, “L.A. Candy.” Read my review of L.A. Candy here.
Published in June, “L.A. Candy” follows 19-year-old Jane Roberts as she moves to Hollywood and becomes famous after landing on a reality-TV show. The movie deal came together after Conrad approached the producers, Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, with an idea for how to adapt the book.
“Lauren, who became an icon in that reality show world, came to us with a structure of how to tell the story in an interesting fashion, that was separate and apart from the book,” Bowen told Variety. “We loved her take. Her book is an honest portrayal of what it must be like to set out to be normal, then sign on to become famous and eventually realize, wow, this isn’t at all what I’d planned for myself.”
Lauren Conrad will take on an exec producer credit for the adaptation. “L.A. Candy” has spent 14 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Conrad signed a three-book deal with Harper Collins and plans to write two more Jane Roberts-focused novels, which, she told MTV News, are not specifically based on her experience on “The Hills.” Bowen and Godfrey will first settle on a screenwriter to adapt the book before starting to seek a studio for the project.
In addition to producing “Twilight,” “New Moon” and “Eclipse,” Bowen and Godfrey are producing “Dear John,” starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum, and are planning to produce “Wings,” starring Miley Cyrus.
When I saw this, my jaw dropped. Um seriously? I thought there was a reality show already based on the book and it’s called The Hills.
Even Lauren herself said this:
“I mean, you can’t do much better, right?” she remarked to MTV News at the launch of her Kohl’s LC Lauren Conrad clothing line.
She went on to explain that the book was never meant to be a movie. Instead, Conrad had envisioned it as a TV show. As you know, the former “Hills” star knows a thing or two about TV. “Originally, when people started talking to me about turning the books into television, I was really excited,” she explained. “Then we got approached about the movie and I wasn’t really sure it would work. The story is supposed to take place over a couple of years and it’s hard to do with a movie.”
Source: MTV News