Thursday, April 29, 2010

US Rights to Film Adaptation of One for the Money by Janet Evanovich Acquired by Lionsgate

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
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In a press release today, Lionsgate announced the studio had acquired the US distribution rights to the film adaptation of One for the Money, the first mystery in the bestselling Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Katherine Heigl will star as the New Jersey bounty hunter.

Mike Paseornek, Lionsgate President of Motion Picture Production, who will oversee the production for Lionsgate, said, "We're very excited to join our friends at Lakeshore and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment in bringing One for the Money to the big screen. And we're delighted to be working again with Katherine Heigl, who is the perfect actress to play Janet Evanovich's smart, gutsy and funny heroine."

Julie Ann Robinson is set to direct, with production beginning in July.

About One for the Money (from the publisher): Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash -- fast -- but times are tough, and soon she's forced to turn to the last resort of the truly desperate: family.

Stephanie lands a gig at her sleazy cousin Vinnie's bail bonding company. She's got no experience. But that doesn't matter. Neither does the fact that the bail jumper in question is local vice cop Joe Morelli. From the time he first looked up her dress to the time he first got into her pants to the time Steph hit him with her father's Buick, M-o-r-e-l-l-i has spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e. And now the hot guy is in hot water -- wanted for murder.

Abject poverty is a great motivator for learning new skills, but being trained in the school of hard knocks by people like psycho prizefighter Benito Ramirez isn't. Still, if Stephanie can nab Morelli in a week, she'll make a cool ten grand. All she has to do is become an expert bounty hunter overnight -- and keep herself from getting killed before she gets her man.

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