EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has acquired rights to Live Fast Die Hot by bestselling author Jenny Mollen. Anne Hathaway has come attached to star in a film based on the author’s experiences, and Gail Berman will produce with Hathaway. Mollen, whose book was published by Doubleday in June, will be executive producer.
Mollen wrote about a transformation of her priorities as she evolved from a social-media-centric and impulsive personality — who once invited her drug dealer to Passover Seder so he wouldn’t feel like they were only using him for drugs — to a first-time mother. The irreverent self-discovery essays in the book make her a kindred spirit to the likes of Chelsea Handler and Lena Dunham, both of whom lent laudatory blurbs when the book was published. The project will be overseen by WB’s Chantal Nong, and it is part of a concerted effort by Greg Silverman’s feature division to recruit female filmmakers and talent to tell stories.
Hathaway, who’s repped by CAA and Management 360, just signed on to be part of the cast of the Ocean’s Eleven spinoff Ocean’s Eight (Ocho), which Gary Ross will direct. She stars with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Sarah Paulson.
Mollen is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Ziffren Brittenham.