Andrea’s “Hick” optioned for film

April 11, 2008

Courtesy of our own Sally van Haitsma, who negotiated the deal, comes this item fromThe Hollywood Reporter:

Siebert, Taylor option novel ‘Hick’
By Borys Kit

April 10, 2008

Producers Steven Siebert and Christian Taylor have optioned the best-selling novel “Hick,” by first-time author Andrea Portes.

“Hick,” published in 2007 by Unbridled Books, was recently named among the best adult books for high school students by the School Library Journal.

The coming-of-age story centers on 13-year-old Luli McMullen, who runs away from her ramshackle Nebraska home after being abandoned by her deadbeat parents and heads to Las Vegas. Along the way, she learns the truth about American rootlessness and discovers both the power and peril of her own sexual curiosity.

The producers hope to mold the project with a lead character in the vein of Addie Loggins of “Paper Moon” and Iris Steensma in “Taxi Driver.”

Portes is in talks to adapt the screenplay.

Taylor, via his shingle Taylor Lane Prods., is developing “Angela and Diabola,” an adaptation of a novel by Lynne Reid Banks (“The Indian in the Cupboard”), with writers Mike Deseve and Andy Rheingold of the Gotham Group and producers Jane Startz and Gillon Stephenson.

Siebert and his Lighthouse Entertainment recently produced the youth-oriented road comedy “Endless Bummer,” starring Khan Chittenden and Matthew Lillard. Upcoming projects include drama “The Lion’s Share” with director Bob Giraldi.

Congratulations Andrea and Sally!




  1. Woo-hoo! Good show.

    From my local library’s online catalog:

    Runaways Fiction.
    Family problems Fiction.
    Coming of age Fiction.
    Swindlers and swindling Fiction.
    Sex Fiction.
    Automobile travel Fiction.

    Automobile travel fiction. That’s almost a post in itself. ‘Cause that’s what we’ll be looking for, right? Lots and lots of scenes of a car on a highway.

    Anyway, congratulations. That’s really, really, really cool.

  2. “Automobile travel Fiction.” In film that’d be called a “road movie” — shorter, catchier, succinctly communicative.

    Maybe that’s why more people watch movies than read books.


  3. “Automobile travel Fiction.” In film that’d be called a “road movie” — shorter, catchier, succinctly communicative.

    Much catchier. The first thing I thought of when I saw the phrase “automobile travel fiction” is this bit from Steven Brust about the problems of writing travel scenes in adventures. It’s a long-winded bit from a cycle of stories paying loving tribute to Dumas, so it would take me a while to dig it up. But at some point I will. It’s fun.

  4. This is awesome news. I can totally see that book being adapted into a motion picture. Can’t wait to see it.

  5. You knew it had to happen. HICK is a fantastic story.

    Assuming they cast don’t cast a newcomer, who plays Luli? Is Natalie Portman too old already?

  6. Maybe they can troll Tesco. Sorry, that’s a bit obscure, I know, but it’s all I could come up with offhand.

    Speaking of options, Señor Ramos y Sanchez …?

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