Amazon Studios are teaming with Echo Lake Entertainment to adapt Sophie Kinsella‘s New York Times’ bestselling novel I’ve Got Your Number. Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith and Jessica O’Toole will pen the adaption, while Dakota Fanning will be one of the producers under the Echo Lake banner.
The novel is a romantic comedy of errors featuring a lost engagement ring, a stolen cell phone, and two strangers who find each other just as one of them is about to marry someone else. Kinsella is already well-known for her Shopaholic novel series, which was adapted into the film Confessions Of A Shopaholic with Isla Fisher in 2009.
Kinsella’s books have sold over 40 million copies in more than 60 countries, and been translated into over 40 languages, so Amazon are getting an author who already has a built-in audience likely very interested in an I’ve Got Your Number adaptation.
Smith’s credits include Legally Blonde and The House Bunny, while she’s also co-writing a reimagining of 10 for Warner Bros. O’Toole co-created the Charmed reboot for The CW, while she also worked on Jane The Virgin and The Carrie Diaries.
Amazon’s strategy remains unclear; they were reportedly shifting to only developing high-budget films and TV – which I’ve Got Your Number is not – in an attempt to appeal to the biggest demographic possible.
Maybe they saw the success of romantic comedies on Netflix and Hulu and realised they didn’t need to solely spend exorbitant amounts of money on massive projects like The Lord Of The Rings when more than enough people just want a modestly-budgeted romcom to tide them over in these trying times.