Bestselling book to get film adaptation…

UK-based producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward and their newly minted production banner Monumental Pictures have acquired the screen rights to TV critic and columnist Caitlin Moran’s ‘How to Build A Girl.’

Published back in July, Moran’s bestseller is the story of Wolverhampton-born teenager Johanna Morrigan, who moves to London and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde – a fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero, and sexually adventurous music critic.

“Caitlin Moran is the wittiest writer on the planet and her creation, Johanna Morrigan stands alongside Elizabeth Bennet and Bridget Jones as one of the great female literary icons,” said Owen in a statement. “We want to make commercial movies and television with strong female characters. We can’t wait to bring Johanna to the big screen.”

Moran will work with Scottish author and screenwriter John Niven (‘Kill Your Friends,’ ‘The Second Coming’) to adapt the book to the screen. The project has the backing of Film4.