THR – In the new series, launching Tuesday with Lisa Taddeo’s ‘Animal’, Roberts and Preiss will curate a book selection each month and host video content with authors as they discuss their books and writing process.
Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss’s online bookworm community Belletrist is partnering with the recently launched virtual platform, BookClub.
In the new Belletrist + BookClub series, launching Tuesday, Roberts and Preiss will curate a book selection each month and bring their literary picks to life in a new, immersive experience. By teaming with BookClub, Roberts and Preiss will host video content with authors as they discuss their books, learn more about each author’s writing process, characters and how they brought their stories to life. Roberts and Preiss will also participate in live audio conversations and speak with community members.
The series’ first book selection is New York Times bestselling author Lisa Taddeo’s debut novel Animal, which is described as “a depiction of female rage at its rawest, and a visceral exploration of the fallout from a male-dominated society.” Members can join along as Roberts and Preiss speak with Taddeo about her work and the intent behind creating her newest release. Taddeo previously released the nonfiction bestseller, Three Women. Roberts also narrates the audiobook of Animal.
“Our friendship is rooted in a mutual love of books. There’s nothing like finding a fellow reader who’s just as passionate about prose as you are,” said Roberts.
Belletrist co-founder Preiss adds, “Belletrist was created to be a home for book lovers and we’re excited to see this community grow through our partnership with BookClub, which will allow our members to better engage with us and one another and help new readers find their next favorite title or author (or both).”
The recently launched BookClub is described as a digital platform that hopes to “reinvent the book club experience by connecting readers with authors and authors with fans.” Through the platform, authors can engage with readers through video and audio content by joining personal book groups, lead virtual discussions and share exclusive interviews. Subscribers will also have access to exclusive material, interviews and behind-the-scenes content from authors to gain more insight into their creative process and books.
Membership is priced at $9/month (billed annually) or $12/month (billed monthly).
Roberts and Preiss’s online book club Belletrist launched five years ago out of a mutual love of reading. Roberts and Preiss have featured a new book and highlighted an indie bookstore each month to subscribers of their online community.
DEADLINE – Netflix has handed a series order to First Kill, a YA vampire series based on the short story by New York Times bestselling author Victoria “V. E.” Schwab, with American Horror Story and Scream Queens star Emma Roberts set to produce via her Belletrist Productions. The eight-episode, one-hour series was created, written and executive produced by Schwab. Felicia D. Henderson (The Punisher, Empire) also writes and serves as showrunner.
DEADLINE – Emma Roberts has signed a first-look deal at Hulu and will focus on adapting books for television.
The American Horror Story and Scream Queens star struck the deal with the streamer via her Belletrist TV production company, which has set an adaptation of Carola Lovering’s Tell Me Lies as her first project.
DEADLINE – We’re The Millers and American Horror Story actress Emma Roberts is attached to star with UK comedian Jack Whitehall in Robots, a comedy feature in which a womanizer and a gold digger learn humanity when forced to team up and pursue robot doubles of themselves.
Anthony Hines will direct the film, which Rocket Science is launching international sales on at the Cannes virtual market now underway. CAA Media Finance, which arranged financing, reps domestic distribution rights.
Borat and Ali G writer Ant Hines and Casper Christensen penned the screenplay, which is based on the short story by science-fiction writer Robert Sheckley. Charles and Elaine, who trick people into relationships with illegal robot doubles of themselves, unwittingly use the scam on each other. Their robot doubles fall in love and elope, forcing Charles and Elaine to team up to hunt them down before the authorities discover their secret.
Stephen Hamel (Passengers), who developed the project under his Company Films banner, and Cassian Elwes (Mudbound) at Elevated, are producing.
“This project combines two of the genres I enjoy the most – sci-fi and comedy,” Hamel said. “It’s outrageously hysterical while providing unexpectedly sweet affirmations of our need for love and connection with each other. If two robots can fall in love, why can’t we!? Ant Hines is a powerhouse of talent and together with the dream team of Emma Roberts and Jack Whitehall, I couldn’t be more enthused.”
Added Elwes: “Ant and Casper have written one of the funniest scripts I’ve read in a while. Bringing in Jack Whitehall and Emma Roberts to star is a stroke of genius as they will be fantastic together. It’s very exciting to work on such an original film.”
Roberts is repped by CAA and Sweeney Entertainment, Whitehall with CAA and United Agents. Hines and Christensen are repped by ICM Partners.