'Dietland' TV series in the works
In a match made in feminist-media heaven, Sarai Walker’s novel Dietland (one of EW’s favorite books of 2015) is being developed as a TV series. Marti Noxon, co-creator of UnREAL (one of EW’s favorite new shows of 2015), will helm the show. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news.
Dietland will be the first project in Noxon’s new three-year deal with the independent studio Skydance, THR reports, through which she will “create and develop new projects for the studio.” Skydance is the studio behind Netflix’s Grace and Frankie.
Walker shared the news on Twitter and wrote, “I can finally announce that DIETLAND is going to be a TV series! Fat actresses of Hollywood, it’s time to rejoice!”
Dietland follows 300-pound Plum Kettle, who is saving money for gastric bypass surgery. She thinks her real life will begin once she’s finally thin, but her plans are disrupted by an underground feminist collective who take it upon themselves to show Plum the error of her thinking. At the same time, a guerrilla feminist group known to the public as “Jennifer” is wreaking havoc on the male-dominated world, kidnapping rapists and dropping them from planes, and blackmailing the CEOs of sexist newspapers. Sounds like something UnREAL‘s Rachel Goldberg (Shiri Appleby) could really get behind.