Cold Iron Pictures, who produced the Sundance hit Swiss Army Man, has acquired the rights to the novel The Assistants written by Camille Perri which follows the story about an assistant to billionaire media mogul who always plays by the rules but feels that her life is going nowhere fast. When a technical error presents the assistant with the opportunity to pay off her student-loan using Robert’s expense account, she falls down a morally questionable rabbit hole. Soon other assistants want in and before she knows it, Tina is at the forefront of a Robin Hood-esque movement that becomes a rallying cry for over-educated, underpaid women who are asking themselves, ‘how is it that after all these years, we are still assistants?’
Perri, who wrote the first draft of The Assistants while working as the assistant to the editor-in-chief of Esquire, will adapt the book for the big screen. Cold Iron Pictures, led by CEO Miranda Bailey, has a bevy of credits. Besides Swiss Army Man (which opened nationwide last week), the company has the indie comedy Don’t Think Twice (which opens July 22), the political drama Oppenheimer Strategies starring Richard Gere and Michael Sheen and Lake Bell’s What’s the Point? which she directed and stars in alongside Ed Helms and Amber Heard.
Other titles in development include the Steve Stoliar’s memoir Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House written by Oren Moverman and directed by Rob Zombie.
ICM Partners negotiated on behalf of Bailey and Paradigm negotiated on behalf of Kerry Sparks of Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency.