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Lena Dunham And Jenni Konner Adapting YA Novel ‘Genuine Fraud’ For Lionsgate

The ‘Girls’ duo has found their next project.
Genuine Fraud
By  · Published on October 27th, 2017

The ‘Girls’ duo has found their next project.

It’s only been several months since HBO’s hit series Girls went off the air but the creative duo behind the show, Lena Dunham, and Jenni Konner, are already making headlines with a new project. Tracking Board is reporting that Lionsgate has tapped Dunham and Konner to adapt and produce E. Lockhart’s New York Times’ best-seller, “Genuine Fraud” into a feature film.

It didn’t take Lionsgate long to snatch up the rights to “Genuine Fraud” as the book just made its way to store shelves on September 5th. For Lionsgate, acquiring the rights to the popular young adult thriller about a conniving young woman looks like a smart gamble. Konner and Dunham have a talent for creating strong female characters with distinct voices and bringing the two talented ladies onboard the production only stacks the odds of success in Lionsgate’s favor.

Here is the peculiar “Genuine Fraud” synopsis listed over at Penguin Random House.

From the author of the unforgettable New York Times bestseller We Were Liars comes a masterful new psychological suspense novel—the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

If you’re still on the fence about the premise, take a look at the video trailer.

Since Girls’ final season wrapped, Dunham and Konner have been working on an adaptation of the German film, Toni Erdmann, for Paramount. Toni Erdmann which received an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film, tells the story of a father who creates a ridiculous alter ego to help him connect with his no-nonsense adult daughter. Dunham and Konner are quite the dynamic duo; their writer/director/producer/showrunner skillset helps them stay afloat while taking on workloads that would sink lesser talents.

Another one of Lockhart’s bestsellers, a mystery novel titled, “We Were Liars” is currently in development over at Imperative Entertainment. The 2014 YA novel centers on a young protagonist named Cadence who struggles to recall the events that happened during her fifteenth summer.

There are currently no tentative release dates for “Genuine Fraud” and “We Were Liars.”

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