Sony Pictures Obtains Facebook Executive Sheryl Sandberg's Book 'Lean In' For New Film

 @suman09s.varandani@ibtimes.com on January 25 2014 11:53 AM
Sheryl Sandberg
The chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, listens at the Clinton Global Initiative 2013 in New York Sept. 24, 2013. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Sony Pictures Entertainment has acquired the movie rights to "Lean In," the recently published memoir of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

According to Deadline, Sony Pictures’ Columbia Pictures division will handle the development of the script and has tapped Nell Scovell to write the adaptation of "Lean In." Scovell co-wrote the book with Sandberg.

Sony has yet to reveal the details regarding the cast, director or release date.

“Lean In” was published in March 2013 and hit No. 1 in its first week on Amazon.com’s best-seller list. It spent 12 weeks at the top of the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list in 2013.

According to reports, in a review of “Lean In” for the Times, Rebecca Traister said about Sandberg’s book that it is “a muscular manifesto on the gender inequities of the professional world.”

The adaptation of the book will not be a biopic of Sandberg; rather it will highlight and revolve around the various themes presented in the book.

According to reports, Sandberg will donate her portion from the deal to her Lean In Foundation.

According to Bloomberg, Sandberg is one of the world’s youngest billionaires. She is also one of the most famous women in the technology sector. She joined Facebook in 2008.

The adaptation to the big screen of nonfiction books such as “Moneyball,” “Eat, Pray, Love” and “The Accidental Billionaires” (retitled “The Social Network”) was pioneered by Sony and has been very successful at the box office. 

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