Lionsgate has tapped Fresh Off the Boat creator Nahnatchka Khan to make her feature directorial debut with BABE WALKER, which will be toplined by Patti Cake$ star Danielle Macdonald, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.
Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman will produce the adaptation of Babe Walker’s bestselling book, a pseudo-memoir about a young woman with a huge social media following who melts down one afternoon after overspending at Barney’s. She winds up in shopping rehab, where she decides to write about her life of excess.
The Tracking Board had been tracking Macdonald’s casting for the past month, and Deadline broke the news earlier on Wednesday, though the site reported that former Funny or Die head writer Lauren Palmigiano would make her feature film directorial debut on the film, which it also said would be called White Girl Problems. That does not appear to be the case, though Lionsgate does not officially comment on development titles.
Either way, the book was adapted by screenwriters Alisha Brophy and Scott Miles.
Khan is the creator of the hit ABC series Fresh Off the Boat, as well as the underrated sitcom Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. She honed her craft working on the popular animated series American Dad. Khan is represented by WME.
Macdonald stars in the Sundance drama Patti Cake$, which opens on Friday and is — no joke — one of the best films of the year. She’s incredible in it, and it’s very smart of Lionsgate to jump into business with her as her breakout film prepares to hit theaters. Represented by CAA and Justice & Ponder, Macdonald will also soon be seen in Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird, and it’s nice to see her commitment to working with first-time female filmmakers.
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