EXCLUSIVE: New Line won a competitive pitch for the YA novel The Distance from Me to You for HBO Max. Sabrina Carpenter is attached to star and executive produce. Tiffany Paulsen will adapt the Marina Gessner novel.
The Cartel’s Stan Spry will produce with Danielle Fishel executive producing. The pitch had other offers and sold for mid-six figures.
In the novel, two teens running from very different lives meet and fall in love on the Appalachian Trail. But what starts as a coming-of-age story of first love soon turns into a wilderness thriller when they find themselves dangerously lost and fighting for survival. Paulsen, who wrote Nancy Drew and Disney Channel’s Adventures in Babysitting, scripted the Netflix film Holidate, and sold to that streamer an original pitch she’ll write and direct with Kristen Chenoweth starring. She’s currently writing About Fate for Emma Roberts to star in.
Carpenter’s credits include Girl Meets World, The Hate U Give, The Short History of the Long Road, Work It and Clouds. She launched her production label, At Last Productions, and the first project is Alice, a musical reimagining of Alice In Wonderland that Carpenter will star in and produce with Netflix. She made her Broadway debut starring in Mean Girls.
Paulsen is repped by Verve, which brokered the auction. Carpenter is repped by Paradigm, Foundation Media Partners and Goodman Genow.
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