EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Tom Rothman’s TriStar has acquired the rights to Dirty Rush, the scathing comic novel that S&S division Gallery Books publishes this month. Brownstone Productions’ Elizabeth Banks & Max Handelman will produce what is being called Mean Girls in a sorority house. Banks & Handelman produced Pitch Perfect.
Dirty Rush was written by Taylor Bell, a pseudonym for Tanner Cohen and David Oliver Cohen, co-creators of the bestselling White Girl Problems. The book includes a foreward by real-life sorority girl Rebecca Martinson, the former Delta Gamma sister whose scathing email verbally assaulting her entire chapter went viral last year. That intensity and absurdity defines the spirit of the film that Rothman has in mind.
Banks & Handelman have completed Pitch Perfect 2, which Banks directed and which Universal has set for release May 15. Brownstone was recently staked to a two-year first-look production pact with Universal. Nicole Brown will oversee this for TriStar. UTA brokered the book deal.