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Andrea Portes novel ‘Hick’ set to become feature film
Unbridled Books is pleased to announce that the
film rights for Andrea Portes'
debut novel, "Hick,"
have been sold to producers Christian
Taylor of Taylor Lane Productions and Steven Siebert
of Lighthouse Entertainment. Hick, which Unbridled Books released in
May 2007, was a Los Angeles Times paperback bestseller, a Book Sense
Pick, a Book Sense Reading Group Pick, and a Midwest Connections Pick.
It earned rave reviews nationwide.
"Hick" is the
story of Luli McMullen -- feisty, precocious, and out on her own at 13.
Luli is running away from Nebraska to Las Vegas, where she plans to
escape her disturbing present and even less hopeful future by finding
herself a sugar daddy. That Luli finds trouble on the road almost
immediately is no surprise. But on her perilous journey west, she
learns the truth of American rootlessness and discovers both the power
and the peril of her own sexual curiosity.
Raw and edgy, hilarious, hopeful and heartbreaking, the novel is at
once a true-to-life portrait of an inviolable spirit threatened by
drugs and alcohol, sex and crime, and a stubbornly idealistic novel
about growing up in America.
Taylor said of the acquisition, "I was immediately struck by the unique
voice Andrea had created in 13- year-old Luli. Films like Badlands,
Paper Moon and Taxi Driver had left strong impressions on me during my
own adolescence, and I was excited by the idea of bringing this kind of
character to life on the big screen."
Luli's story is loosely based on Andrea Portes'
own childhood. She grew up outside Lincoln, Nebraska, later shuffling
between Illinois, Texas, Brazil, North Dakota, and North Carolina
before attending Bryn Mawr College. She received her MFA in Theater
from UC San Diego and became a script reader for Paramount Pictures.
She lives in Los Angeles.
Portes (pictured above) is in negotiations with the producers to adapt
Unbridled Books is the independent press founded by Fred Ramey and Greg Michalson. For complete event
information, a podcast with the author, and a downloadable reading
group guide, please visit our website.
Learn more about Andrea Portes at her Myspace.
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