Entertainment One has acquired rights to Laura Sims’ debut novel Looker to develop as a TV series with former The Newsroom star Emily Mortimer set to executive produce via her King Bee Productions banner, part of her first-look deal with the studio. She also intends to appear in the project.
Looker, released this month by Scribner, centers on an unraveling Brooklynite, unhappily childless and recently separated, who becomes fixated on a movie star and her perfect family living in the beautiful brownstone next door. The book is described as “a brilliant debut that is a tightly coiled Hitchcockian thriller and part satire of those living their best lives in the post-gentrified, Instagram-ready city.”
Mortimer and her husband and producing partner Alessandro Nivola will produce via their King Bee. eOne will serve as the studio and distribute the project worldwide. Jacqueline Sacerio will oversee for eOne. Lizzie Nastro is the executive for King Bee.
“We can’t wait to bring Laura Sims’ wicked and dangerous novel to television audiences,” said Mortimer.
In addition to The Newsroom, Mortimer’s acting credits include Mary Poppins Returns, The Bookshop and Doll & Em, which was produced by King Bee. She is repped by UTA and Lighthouse Management and Media.
In addition to Looker, Sims is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Staying Alive, and is the editor of Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson. Sims is repped by UTA and Chris Clemans at Janklow & Nesbit Associates.