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Mean Girls director Mark Waters to helm Dork Diaries

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Mean Girls director Mark Waters heads back to the classroom — this time with Dork Diaries. Waters will direct the big screen adaptation of Rachel Renee Russell’s YA series, EW has confirmed.

Russell’s books serve as 14-year-old Nikki Maxwell’s personal diary and tell the story of her middle school life alongside comic strips and doodles. Annie Hendy wrote the script for Dork Diaries’ film version, which Karen Rosenfelt (Twilight, The Devil Wears Prada) will produce for Lionsgate Summit.

The man behind the movie that gave us Regina George and “fetch” also directed Freaky Friday and Vampire Academy, so he seems like a perfect fit to launch what Lionsgate hopes will turn into a franchise. The books series already features nine installments, with the 10th coming out Oct. 20.

Dork Diaries hits theaters in 2016.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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