ITV Studios America, the US scripted arm of ITV Studios, has optioned the adaptation rights to three romantic-comedy novels from Canadian author Roselle Lim. The novels were licensed through a development deal with Laurie Zaks and her newly established Rosewood Television.
In detail, the company will adapt “Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune” (2019), “Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop” (2020) and “Sophie Go’s Lonely Hearts Club” (2022) for television. These books explore the Chinese-American experience through stories of romance, complex family relationships, and coming into one’s own.
“Roselle’s books are a complete delight for the heart and for the senses. They are full of romance, magic, humor, and human connection – the perfect antidote for these crazy times. We cannot wait to bring these characters to life,” commented Lucienne Papon, EVP of Creative Affairs at ITV Studios America.
Responsible for the popular ABC drama series “Castle,” Zaks launched her company in 2021. At the time, having spent seven years as Head of Television at Mandeville Films, she had a deal with ABC Signature. She recently struck a deal with ITV Studios America, and this marks her first major development project under that new agreement.