Here’s one of those stories you’ll hear at a cocktail party after someone asks a telemarketer/screenwriter the inane question,”Why are you so bitter?”
If Twitter tweets are being bought by New York editors, and HarperCollins is turning Chesley Sullenberger into a published poet, who’s to say you can’t build a book, and a film, from a Facebook update? Howie Sanders, at UTA, and Christy Fletcher are currently trying to do just that for Lisa Hamilton Day. Day, a former exec at Dreamworks and friend of Fletcher’s, wryly posted last week: “Lisa Hamilton Day’s Pomeranian raided Chinese takeout bag overnight, opened and ate a fortune cookie. Her fortune: You have strong spiritual powers, and you should develop them.” Fletcher, who runs the New York lit agency Fletcher and Company, was thoroughly amused by the comment and immediately saw a story in it. Now Fletcher’s teamed up with Sanders on a tween series about Charlotte, the Pomeranian, who uses her newfound superpowers to save her owner’s home after said owner loses her job and is forced to contemplate moving in with her folks, in a deal that would entail selling the Facebook update and optioning the dog’s life rights. Joking aside, the duo sees a market for the idea, especially given the recent talking-dog hit, Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
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