DreamWorks Sets Up 'Popular: One Geek’s Quest For The Impossible'

October 29, 2013


With blogs like 40 Days of Dating being adapted at Warner Bros. and websites The Knot, The Bump and The Nest getting a feature film deal at 20th Century Fox, it's not surprising that DreamWorks has turned to the diary of an 8th grade girl for a feature film idea. That might sound like a terrible move, but the story of Maya Van Wagenen's struggles in school saved by the advice from an outdated book from the 1950s is quite unique. Using Betty Cornell’s Glamour Guide For TeensMaya became a popular girl at school, and she kept a diary that has turned into a two-book deal at Penguin Group that is the basis of the feature film.

Deadline reports Popular: One Geek's Quest for the Impossible and the Betty Cornell book have been optioned by DreamWorks and "Sex and the City" writer and "The Carrie Diaries" prequel series showrunner Amy B. Harris has been hired to write the script. The book and eventual film will chronicle how Van Wagenen used this advice that included always wearing white gloves and using pearls as a fashion accessory. But more importantly, the life lessons that never went out of style included being honest, open-minded, and kind-hearted. Van Wagenen even dives into the structure of social cliques, showing how they are all distrustful of the others, and how she used that to find common ground and make friends.

This has the potential to be quite an eye-opening, coming-of-age story that could shed some light on the increasingly corrupt and distasteful youth. Like Mean Girls, it could serve as an accurate but amusing exposé on the life of a teen in today's Internet-based, and highly sexualized society. For some reason, I'm getting a John Hughes kind of vibe from this film, and I'm hoping the right director comes along.

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