Sony Pictures has acquired the film rights to Lean In, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s non-fiction bestseller about workplace inequality, Deadline is reporting.
The movie will not depict any of the personal anecdotes that Sandberg describes in her book, but will instead feature a fictional plot that illustrates the book’s themes.
The screenplay will be written by Nell Scovell (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch), a veteran TV writer/director who also helped Sandberg write the book.
Although rare, adaptations of non-fiction books that feature plots unrelated to the source material are not completely unheard of. In 2012, adaptations of Steve Harvey’s Think Like a Man, Act Like a Lady, and Heidi Murkoff’s pregnancy guide What To Expect When You’re Expecting both hit theatres, although only the former was successful.
Lean In will mark the second film that Sony Pictures has produced that has a connection to Facebook. The studio was also behind The Social Network in 2010.