EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate and Summit have tapped writer Annie Hendy to adapt YA project Dork Diaries, the bestselling book series from Rachel Renée Russell. The studio picked up rights in March and is in talks with Twilight Saga producer Karen Rosenfelt to produce through her Sunswept Entertainment banner.

Dork Diaries centers on an eighth grade student navigating the mean girls, crushes, friends, and enemies at a new school; the series, published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing’s Aladdin imprint, has over 19 million copies in print in 34 languages worldwide. Lionsgate’s Erik Feig is overseeing for Lionsgate alongside John Sacchi, Bree Bailey and Jessica Switch.

Neophyte scribe Hendy wrote and starred in the award-winning play The Catholic Girl’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity before diving into screenwriting, and sold TV show The George Clooney Manifesto to 20th Century Fox with director-producer Mark Waters. She’s repped by CAA, Heroes and Villains Entertainment, and Jeff Cohen.