“Dietland”, a 2015 novel written by Sarai Walker on weight loss and beauty, will soon be adapted into a TV series by AMC. Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I am Number Four) will act as the executive producer in charge of directing the first few of the 10-episode series.
After an intense bidding war between HBO, Netflix and TV Land, AMC landed the rights and immediately started with the production process last October. While Noxon doubled her role and wrote the script, Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will also as executive producers along with her.
Centered around the beauty industry, “Dietland” is an audacious and darkly twisted tale that pokes fun at society’s unhealthy obsession with weight loss. Following the central character of Plum Kettle, who is a 300-pound ghostwriter for an advice column of teen magazines, readers are invited on a shocking adventure that may lead you to throwing away your bathroom scale and stilettos. Having failed every one of her diet plans, Plum fantasizes over her skinny appearance and schedules a weight loss surgery that will propel her towards her goal without suffering from hunger. Before the day she enters the operating room, she is recruited by a feminist cabal known as “Calliope House”. Mysterious events unravel from then on and soon she finds herself tangled within a sinister plot of revenge.
“This series, populated by unforgettable characters and unique storytelling approaches, will focus a wickedly entertaining lens on issues as diverse and divisive as dieting, dating, beauty and the many societal expectations that continue to dominate our culture and consciousness,” AMC network president Charlie Collier said. “We are so proud to be working with Marti, her team and Skydance on this topical, funny, relevant and poignant story.”
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Before Noxon can take on “Dietland”, she still has to complete Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and HBO’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Sharp Objects. Recently, she also directed Netflix’s controversial film “To the Bone” starring Lily Collins, which became available on Netflix on July 14th.
The story of a 20-year-old girl suffering from severe anorexia, “To the Bone” documents Ellen’s (Lily Collins) challenging journey towards recovery. Noxon’s compassionate and enthusiastic approach crafted a deeply sentimental story that touches the soul of individuals who have undergone or are currently going through the same problem by showing society the inner monsters of someone who has developed a sick obsession with weight loss. As someone who shares similar experiences, Noxon is truly able to grasp the gravity of eating disorders and we are certainly looking forward to her next project.
Lily Collins and Marti Noxon on the set of To the Bone | Image via Netflix
Actors have not been casted yet for “Dietland” but with preparation beginning in New York in September and half of the scripts already written, this series will be ready for premiere in 2018.
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