The Life List Adaptation in the Works at Netflix

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A film adaptation of Lori Nelson Spielman’s debut novel ‘The Life List’ is in the works at Netflix. The project has begun filming in New York and New Jersey. Director Adam Brooks also penned the adapted screenplay. Sofia Carson leads the cast, which also includes Kyle Allen, Sebastian de Souza, and Connie Britton.

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The movie revolves around Brett Bohlinger, an employee of her mother Elizabeth’s multi-million dollar cosmetic company. After Elizabeth’s demise, Brett learns that she is named as the new CEO of her company but with a stipulation: she must fulfill the list of childhood dreams she made so long ago. “For each goal attempted, her mother has left behind a bittersweet letter, offering words of wisdom, warmth, and – just when Brett needs it – tough love. As Brett struggles to complete her abandoned life list, one thing becomes clear: sometimes life’s sweetest gifts can be found in the most unexpected places,” adds the logline.

Brooks is known for writing Renée Zellweger-starrer ‘Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,’ Ryan Reynolds-starrer ‘Definitely, Maybe,’ and Bravo’s dark comedy series ‘Imposters.’ The director of the project is yet to be announced. Hutch Parker of Hutch Parker Entertainment, the production company behind movies like ‘Logan,’ ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix,’ ‘Patriots Day,’ and ‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile,’ serves as the producer.

The rest of the cast includes José Zúñiga, Jordi Mollà, Dario Ladani Sanchez, Federico Rodriquez, Luca Padovan, Chelsea Frei, Michael Rowland, and Marianne Rendon.

‘The Life List’ was initially in development at Fox 2000 Pictures after the company optioned Spielman’s novel in 2012. The project, however, didn’t move forward at the production house which was dissolved in May 2021 after the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company.

New York is a significant filming location of last year’s major releases such as Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon,’ Bradley Cooper’s ‘Maestro,’ and the fourth season of ‘Succession.’ New Jersey, on the other hand, previously hosted the filming of blockbusters such as ‘Oppenheimer’ and ‘John Wick: Chapter 4.’

Spielman’s novel was originally published in January 2013, months after the same was optioned for Parker. The book came out in over thirty countries. It was a title selected by Random House Reader’s Circle upon its publication.

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