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Lionsgate Prepping Big Screen Adaptation Of Zane's 'Addicted' (Who Should Star & Direct?)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 7, 2012 at 9:39AM

In case you didn't get the memo, Lionsgate is prepping a big screen adaptation of erotic fiction writer Zane's popular novel Addicted, which follows the trials and tribulations of a successful sex-addicted African American businesswoman.
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Sharon Leal In "Addicted"
Sharon Leal In "Addicted"

In case you didn't get the memo, Lionsgate is prepping a big screen adaptation of erotic fiction writer Zane's popular novel Addicted, which follows the trials and tribulations of a successful sex-addicted African American businesswoman.

Here's the proper synopsis:

For Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction...to sex. Finding a compassionate woman therapist to help her, Zoe finally summons the courage to tell her torrid story, a tale of guilt and desire as shocking as it is compelling. From the sensitive artist with whom she spends stolen hours on rumpled sheets to the rough and violent man who draws her toward destruction, Zoe is a woman desperately searching for fulfillment -- and something darker, deeper, and perhaps deadly. As her life spins out of control and her sexual escapades carry her toward a dangerous choice, Zoe is racing against time to uncover the source of her "fatal attraction" -- as chilling secrets tumble forth from the recesses of a woman's mind, and perilous temptations lead toward a climax that can threaten her sanity, her marriage... and her life.

The novel is described as a psychological drama; and Lionsgate initially tapped Rosemary Rodriguez (primarily a director of TV shows like L&O:SVU and The Good Wife) to direct Addicted, from a script adaptation initially done by Christina Welsh, with a rewrite by playwright Lucy Thurber.

However, Rodriguez is no long listed as director. So I did some sniffing around, and what I'm hearing is that Bille Woodruff is now attached to direct, with Nia Long and Tasha Smith starring as the lead, and her therapist respectively.

Again, these are UNCONFIRMED, so treat them as such. These projects get passed around, and it could be that there's interest in either direction, and nothing more; and when the final cast is finally officially revealed, the starring actresses, and director, will be a completely different trio.

But what I can say with certainty is that this is a very real project at Lionsgate. It's happening; it's just a matter of who's going to be infront of and behind the camera. Unless the studio eventually kills the project for one reason or another.

Production was scheduled to start this summer, but that hasn't happened... yet.

Zane is of course no stranger to screen adaptations of her work. Remember Zane's Sex Chronicles on Cinemax?

Stay tuned...


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