Up-and-coming scribes Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair have been hired to write The Girl Who Conned The Ivy League, the feature adaptation of a Rolling Stone article that McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision will produce. Amanda Seyfried has been tapped to star in the true story of a woman who creates a fake identity and scams her way into Columbia University. Sabrina Rubin Erdely wrote the original article. McG and Wonderland production president Mary Viola are producing with Michael Nardelli (Another Happy Day), who is financing development via his Taggart Productions banner; Pam Schachter is co-producing. Shafer and Vicknair recently sold a TV pilot, the romantic comedy Girlfriend Season, to CBS, and their feature spec A Many Splintered Thing was a Nicholl Fellowship finalist this year. They are repped by UTA and Brillstein. McG, repped by WME, is in postproduction on his upcoming film This Means War, starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. Also on the feature side, Wonderland is developing Dead Spy Running at Warner Bros with Stephen Gaghan directing and Tink at Disney with Elizabeth Banks starring.
Chris Shafer & Paul Vicknair To Pen Amanda Seyfried-Starring ‘The Girl Who Conned The Ivy League’ Pic For McG
Up-and-coming feature writers Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair, whose movie script A Many Splintered Thing was recently named one of the 10 Nicholls Fellowship finalists, have sold a comedy project to CBS. Titled Girlfriend Season, it is an observational romantic comedy that follows six people — a young married couple and their friends. Shafer and Vicknair, repped by UTA and Brillstein, are writing, with Generate producing.
Fox has bought a drama pitch from Aaron Stockard, who co-wrote Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone and The Town. Titled Thick As Thieves, the drama is a blue-collar soap set in Boston. Stockard, repped by WME and 3 Arts, is writing, 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment producing.
NBC has bought a character-driven procedural drama from veteran Law & Order: SVU writer Judith K. McCreary whose main character is modeled after Tony Ciaglia, whose real-life story is told in the upcoming book The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man’s Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World’s Most Terrifying Killers. Universal TV is producing. McCreary is with ICM and manager Darryl Taja.