15-Year-Old Lands Film Deal for Memoir

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By Jason Boog Comment

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15-year-old Maya Van Wagenen landed a book deal and a movie deal in the same year.

Back in June, the young author inked a book deal for a YA memoir called Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek. 

The book will chronicle the teenager’s efforts to follow a 1950s self-help book called Betty Cornell’s Teen-age Popularity Guide, “applying the quaint-yet-timeless instructions to her contemporary life and exploring what it truly means to be popular.”

Deadline has the scoop about the film deal:

That journal is the basis for a six-figure two book deal with Penguin Group. And now, at the ripe age of 15, Van Wagenen has become the youngest non-actor to ever make a feature deal at DreamWorks. The studio has optioned Popular: One Geek’s Quest For The Impossible, as well as that Betty Cornell book.

You can read more about the teenage author at her Facebook page.

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