A best-selling novel that was selected as an NPR Best Book of 2016 is headed to television as a half-hour drama series. Starz announced plans today to develop a project based on “Sweetbitter,” by L.A.-based author Stephanie Danier.
Danier has written the script for the first episode.
Plan B Entertainment tapped Stu Zicherman (“The Americans,” “The Affair,” “Six Degrees”) to develop the script with Danler, and both will serve as executive producers along with Plan B.
“‘Sweetbitter’ follows 22-year-old Tess who, shortly after arriving in New York City, lands a job at a celebrated downtown restaurant,” Starz notes in today’s announcement. “Swiftly introduced to the world of drugs, alcohol, love, lust, dive bars, and fine dining, she learns to navigate the chaotically alluring, yet punishing life she has stumbled upon. This is the story of a young woman’s coming-of-age, set against the rich and grimy backdrop of exclusive restaurants, conjuring a nonstop and high-adrenaline world evoking the possibility, beauty, and fragility of being young and adrift.”
“Sweetbitter,” Danier’s debut novel, reached No. 10 on the New York Times’ Hardcover Fiction Best-Seller List, No. 2 on the Los Angeles Times’ Best Seller List, No. 6 on the Paperback Fiction List, and No. 28 on the Amazon Top 100.