Mandate Pictures has announced that they’ve optioned The Young, The Hot, and the Bothered, an original screenplay written by Leah Rachel.
The project is described as a “coming-of-age comedy about the delusion, desperation, and absolute euphoria of first loves” and will be produced by Academy Award winning producer Dan Jinks (Milk, American Beauty, Big Fish). Mandate president Nathan Kahane (Young Adult, 50/50, Juno) will executive produce. Adam Kossack and Adam Shulman of Anonymous Content will co-produce. Nicole Brown, EVP of Production, is overseeing the project on behalf of Mandate Pictures.
“Leah Rachel, at only 25 years old, is the freshest and funniest writer I’ve come across in some time,” says Jinks. “Her script has the potential to become a touchstone movie for a generation like ‘American Graffiti’ or ‘Sixteen Candles’ were years ago.”
Rachel is responsible for two recent pilot sales, including “Starf*cker,” which set up at HBO with Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg producing. It is about a group of female friends establishing careers and finding romance in Los Angeles. The second pilot, which she is currently writing, is entitled “BAMFS.” It is a single camera half-hour set up at ABC with Jamie Tarses and Julia Franz producing, and originated from a blind deal Rachel had with Sony Television.
On the feature side, Leah is currently penning an adaptation of the book Here Lies Bridget for Preferred Content. Kat Coiro (L!fe Happens) is directing.