by: Mac Maclamore
Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and their Imagine Entertainment have tapped JC Lee to help them earn a perfect score in their upcoming high school SAT dramedy STANDARDS. The project, which is being pitched as “The Social Network” meets “Risky Business,” is based on the true story of Sam Eshaghoff, the teen who created a lucrative business around taking the SATs for wealthy kids in the Long Island, NY area. Eshagoff, who made thousands of dollars each time he took the test, was finally arrested, alongside six others in 2011 on charges of criminal impersonation and fraud. These arrests, as well as the details Eshaghoff provided as part of his plea deal helped bring to light a laundry list of errors in just how dated the current SAT program is today.
Imagine picked up the rights to Eshaghoff’s story in 2013, and reached out to Lee to come in and adapt the tale. Lee, who is one of the hottest young writers in television right now, is a writer/producer on HBO’s breakout series “Looking,” just wrapped up writing for season 4 of “Girls” and is currently developing a new untitled HBO series with Film 44. This is a name you’ll be hearing a lot about over the next year.
Imagine, who has the James Brown biopic “Get on Up” set to release in August, is currently developing the action/thriller “The Invisible Man” with Universal, the period drama “L.A. Riots” with director Justin Lin, and most recently announced a planned adaptation (rather than remake) of the john Steinbeck novel “East of Eden”.
“Standards” is currently out to directors, and is being overseen by Kim Roth.
Lee is repped by Sandra Lucchesi at Gersh.