Robinson To Helm ‘Pledged’

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Angela Robinson last directed Lindsay Lohan in the Disney pic Herbie: Fully Loaded, now she is set for her follow-up as she has signed on to direct Pledged, a film based on Alexandra Robbins’ nonfiction tome about sorority life.

For her book, Robbins went undercover as a college coed to investigate the inner workings of a sorority house. The book gets the following description from BarnesandNoble.com:

This New York Times bestseller is a fast-paced, behind-the-scenes book that blows the lid off the intriguing world of mainstream sorority life.

Alexandra Robbins wanted to find out if the stereotypes about sorority girls were actually true, so she spent a year with a group of girls in a typical sorority. The sordid behavior of sorority girls exceeded her worst expectations — drugs, psychological abuse, extreme promiscuity, racism, violence, and rampant eating disorders are just a few of the problems. But even more surprising was the fact that these abuses were inflicted and endured by intelligent, successful, and attractive women.

Why is the desire to belong to a sorority so powerful that women are willing to engage in this type of behavior — especially when the women involved are supposed to be considered “sisters”? What definition of sisterhood do many women embrace? Pledged combines a sharp-eyed narrative with extensive reporting and the fly-on-the-wall voyeurism of reality shows to provide the answer.

Jill Soloway is adapting the book for the bigscreen.

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