Gird Your Loins for Lean In: The Movie


Hollywood dreams do come true! For hyper-competent billionaires, anyway. Deadline reports that Sony Pictures has purchased the film rights to Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s manifesto.

The movie will not be a biography of Sandberg, nor simply two hours of Sandberg yelling motivational phrases into a camera. Instead it’s going to be a “a narrative film from the themes contained within the book,” according to Deadline. It’s an unusual approach, but not unprecedented—the project will follow in the footsteps of beloved modern classics What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Think Like a Man. (And, to be fair, Mean Girls).

As wonderful as it would be to see Jennifer Lawrence wisecracking her way to success, being that this IS Hollywood, I assume we’ll get a fairly slick adaptation where some freshly minted Ivy League grad works grueling hours and makes grand boardroom speeches, enlightening sexists along the way. Eventually she’ll land her spot in the corner office AND a handsome husband—all while wearing a succession of very sharp power-bitch ensembles.

On opening weekend, the star (Anne Hathaway maybe?) will appear on SNL and star in a series of faintly sexist skits.

But given that Sandberg’s coauthor, Nell Scovell—who also created Sabrina, the Teenaged Witch—will write the script, we’ll hold out hope that the plot will follow a plucky coven of witches as they attempt to seize control of an international cartel headquartered at Davos and run solely by warlocks.

Alternatively, you could just watch 9 to 5 for the umpteenth time.

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