Kabul Beauty Schoola is getting a feature makeover, courtesy of Columbia Pictures and producer Erwin Stoff, reports Variety.
The studio closed a deal Friday night for screen rights, just as the Random House-published book by Deborah Rodriguez and Kristin Ohlson hit The New York Times bestseller list. Several studios bid on the book.
Rodriguez, a divorced hairdresser from Michigan with two kids, decided to give her life a complete makeover and headed to Afghanistan in 2002, shortly after the Taliban had been toppled. There she found women who were eager to come out from under the veils they’d been forced to wear.
She opened a beauty school, with donations from American beauty companies and other benefactors, and tried to mesh in a culture that was still male-dominated.