Blonde Mamba, the next-gen manufacturing home led by Amelia Baker and Mackenzie Munro, is partnering with Kari Skogland’s Mad Rabbit banner to develop “An Harmless Trend,” an adaptation of R.J. Hernández’s debut novel.
Skogland, who was Emmy nominated and gained a BAFTA for steering “The Handmaid’s Story” and is now directing Marvel Studios’ “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” for Disney Plus, optioned the novel, and is hooked up as showrunner and govt producer on the venture. Baker and Munro are producing.
Billed as a youthful, lighter and extra intersectional “The Satan Wears Prada” meets Brett Easton Ellis’ “Glamorama,” “An Harmless Trend” follows the approaching of age of Elián San Jamar – a sexually fluid Cuban-American from a working-class background in Corpus Christi, Texas. Altering his identify to Ethan St. James, Elián graduates Yale and heads to New York Metropolis – the place he confronts the truth of the millennial fairytale by a cut-throat internship at a prestigious vogue title. The biting reality of his ennui and the truth of the constraints his background locations on him catch as much as Ethan as he navigates the style world within the “Age of Woke.”
Hernández has been hailed as “a diamond-sharp satirist and a bracingly recent chronicler of the heartbreak of attempting to develop up” by Kirkus Critiques, and the Washington Put up described the novel as a “portrait of postgraduate millennial dishevelment [which] rings true.”
OUT Journal described the novel as “a haunting exploration of private model, class divisions, and psychological well being saturated within the sensual imagery of New York’s ritziest nightclubs and unabashed private vainness.”
Baker and Munro stated in an announcement: “Hernandez’s ebook is an authentic and compelling exploration of the American dream by a millennial lens – tackling the realities of privilege and sophistication with biting humor and irresistible aptitude. We’re thrilled to be engaged on this adaptation along with Kari on the helm.”
Skogland added: “We’re very excited to convey Hernández’s well timed story to the display screen in collaboration with Amelia and Mackenzie who present a recent imaginative and prescient as voices of a brand new technology.”
Blonde Mamba, which goals to supply initiatives that resonate with a Gen Z viewers, has developed content material for platforms reminiscent of Snapchat Uncover and Fb Watch. Not too long ago introduced initiatives embrace function movie “The Artwork of Love,” an adaptation of Betsy Franco’s novel produced with Nic Sheff (“Lovely Boy,” “13 Causes Why”), and govt produced by Skogland, and “Fangirl,” an authentic comedy developed with and govt produced by Jen Welter – the primary feminine coach within the NFL.