Per Deadline, Meg Ryan is set to direct an adaptation of Sally Franson‘s novel A Lady’s Guide To Selling Out for Netflix.
The book is a romantic comedy focusing on protagonist Casey Pendergast, a book-loving English major who lands a job at a top ad agency. Her best friend thinks she’s a sellout, but Casey tells herself that she’s just paying the bills and can’t help that she has champagne taste.
But when she falls in love with one of her authors, she can no longer ignore her own doubts about the human cost of her success. The book is in the vein of The Devil Wears Prada and Mad Men, and Casey has been described as a “praise-seeking missile who navigates a tricky Twenty First Century career and the even trickier question of who she wants to be.”
Juilliard playwright Jenny Rachel Weiner will write the script. Anonymous Content originally acquired the rights to the book. Kim Hodgert will produce for the company, while Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff will produce for Krasnoff/Foster.
This will mark Ryan’s second directorial gig after previously helming 2015 drama Ithaca, which she also starred in alongside Sam Shepard. That was also her most recent project, so something in A Lady’s Guide To Selling Out has brought her back from her hiatus. There’s currently no word on whether Ryan will also have an on-camera role.
Ryan is best known for her great 90s run as the romcom queen of America, starring in When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, and more. This could be her chance to take charge of her own piece of the genre and remind audiences why she was so successful at it during her heyday.