EXCLUSIVE: In a very competitive situation, eOne won the rights to Natural beauty, the first novel by writer and concert violinist Ling Ling Huang, to be developed for television. The series will be produced by Constance Wu, through her Tempo Wubato Productions, and yellow jackets executive producer Drew Comins, through his Creative Engine Entertainment, as part of their deals with eOne.
Natural beauty will be released by Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in April 2023. In it, after a family tragedy derails a virtuoso pianist’s promising future, she finds herself recruited to work at a well-being company. being elite where beauty secretly comes at a horrible cost. A mix of horror and social commentary from get out and the intoxicating corporate culture of The stall located in the world of beauty and well-being, Natural beauty is a sardonic, black expose of how the beauty industry does the dirty work of cultivating supremacy.
The search is underway for a writer to pen the adaptation, which, like the book, will feature an Asian American woman as the protagonist.
The novel, which attracted around 10 offers from producers, studios and streamers, draws on Grammy winner Huang’s experience as a violinist for various ensembles including the Oregon Symphony, ProMusica, Experiential Orchestra , the Carnegie’s Hall Link Up Orchestra and Music Kitchen, an organization. who has partnered with Carnegie Hall to organize concerts at homeless shelters. Huang also appeared on The show tonight supporting hip hop artists Gunna and Metro Boomin. (You can watch a performance of her below.) She is replaced by UTA.
Ancient Fresh off the boat star Wu can currently be seen as the female lead opposite Chris Pratt in the Amazon thriller Terminal List. On the big screen, she plays in the boobies rich asian franchise and also starred in scammers. Her upcoming projects include her book of essays, Make a scene, as well as the theatrical musical Lyle, Lyle Crocodile with Javier Bardem. Wu is replaced by CAA, Principal Entertainment and attorney Steve Warren at Hansen Jacobsen Teller.
Comins executive produces Showtime hit yellow jackets, which was recently nominated for seven Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series. Creative Engine Entertainment has several projects in development at high-end cable and streaming outlets including HBO Max and Showtime, including a football drama at Showtime starring former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and The boys starring Chace Crawford.
UTA brokered the deal on Kirby Kim’s behalf at Janklow & Nesbit.