In its first major sale this year, Jerry Bruckheimer Television is staying closer to its reality hit The Amazing Race than its stable of crime procedurals. ABC has given the company and Warner Bros. TV a put pilot commitment for an untitled hourlong project based on the blog and the book The Lost Girls.
In 2006, friends Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett and Amanda Pressner, who had been climbing the corporate ladder of Manhattan media, left their jobs, boyfriends, apartments and everything familiar behind to embark on a year-long search for adventure and inspiration. They chronicled their journeying across four continents and more than a dozen countries on theirwebsite, LostGirlsWorld.com, and later turned that into a travel memoir published by HarperCollins in May. Ildy Modrovich, who previously worked on Bruckheimer TV’s CSI: Miami and Eleventh Hour, is writing the adaptation and will executive produce the project with Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producing.
The Lost Girls project, which draws parallels to another female-centered travel memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, is a major genre departure for Bruckheimer TV, which has built its successful business on procedurals. It also reunites the company with ABC where it produced the series The Forgotten last season.