From the bookshelf to the TV screen! Jessica Simpson‘s memoir, Open the bookis being adapted into a scripted series.
The pop star let her go The New York Times A bestseller in February 2020, sharing intimate details about her famous past relationships and struggles with child abuse, drugs and body image. The memoir sold more than 500,000 copies in its first 14 weeks.
“Irresistible” singer uploaded to Instagram to share her excitement about the news in October 2022. “I finally got around to saying what I’ve wanted to say for years, so bear with me as I type through tears of joy and Grace (another pun I can’t tell you yet 😜),” she wrote. “Open the book it opened the door to all my wildest dreams as an artist, author and entertainer. This project completely holds my heart, captivates my mind on every level, and deeply seduces my soul to the core.”
The show is being developed by Amazon’s ad-supported streaming platform Freevee. After Simpson published her book, she signed a multimedia rights deal with Amazon in December 2020 – which included Open the book a scripted series, a documentary, and two new original essays to be released through Amazon Original Stories, an imprint of Amazon Publishing.
Writer Tom Kapinosbest known for Californicationwill write the script and The Dukes of Hazzard star will also serve as an executive producer alongside the former president of ABC Studios Patrick Moran, Lauren Auslander, Lacy Lynch and Adam Bernsteinwho will also direct.
In her announcement, Simpson talked about working with Kapinos. “Obsessed with @tomkapinos as much as any artist or literature student since HS Dawson’s Creek fan geek-to my personal coming of age years of self discovery a little later in life post divorce watching THE PILOT BIBLE Californication in 2007,” the singer excitedly wrote.
According to Diversitythe Open the book the series will follow the rise of pop star Sadie Sparrow and will deal with themes of love, friendship, divorce, family, sisterhood, relationships, soul ties, Hollywood and the music business. The show is a music-soaked coming-of-age story that will unfold as a half-hour scripted comedy.
Singer, songwriter and actress Katelyn Tarver will play Sadie. The Big Time Rush alum uploaded to Instagram in October 2022 to talk about her new role. “WHAT IS LIFE. I’m freaking out so excited and grateful,” she wrote alongside the photo announcing the news.
Starring alongside Tarver John Stamos as Butch Thorn, an older musician who has fallen from grace and is asked to write songs with Sadie.
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