Becca Thomas '13 and Jessica Caldwell '12 to Adapt Gonzo Girl
March 25, 2017
Film program alumnae Jessica Caldwell ‘12 and Becca Thomas ‘13 are set to adapt and direct Gonzo Girl, from publishers Simon & Schuster. The novel, written by Cherl Della Pietra, is inspired by the author’s crazy experiences while working with the late journalist and novelist Hunter S. Thompson.
The film will star Olivia Cooke - who just finished a role in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. The novel is about “Alley Russo, a recent college grad desperately trying to make it in the grueling world of New York publishing, but like so many who have come before her, she has no connections and has settled for an unpaid magazine internship while slinging drinks on Bleecker Street just to make ends meet. That’s when she hears the infamous Walker Reade is looking for an assistant to replace the eight others who have recently quit. Hungry for a chance to get her manuscript onto the desk of an experienced editor, Alley jumps at the opportunity to help Reade finish his latest novel.”
Thomas and Caldwell collaborated previously on Thomas’s directorial breakout, Electrick Children. Thomas is also scheduled to direct The Little Mermaid at Working Title and directed an episode of the upcoming season of Netflix’s Stranger Things.
Thomas is repped by CAA, Circle of Confusion and attorney Bruce Gellman at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman LLP.
Caldwell is repped by CAA, Circle of Confusion, and attorney Josh Sandler at Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers LLP.