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‘Girls Trip’ Scribe Tracy Oliver to Pen Diverse Series Adaptation of ‘First Wives Club’

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: Writer Tracy Oliver attends the Premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Girls Trip' at Regal LA Live Stadium 14 on July 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: Writer Tracy Oliver attends the Premiere of Universal Pictures’ ‘Girls Trip’ at Regal LA Live Stadium 14 on July 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)

*Paramount Network (currently known as Spike) and Paramount Television have tapped “Girls Trip” co-writer Tracy Oliver to pen “First Wives Club,” a half-hour TV series based on the 1996 Paramount Pictures movie.

According to Deadline, a “First Wives Club” reboot was originally developed and picked up to pilot by TV Land last year with a different writer.

The network passed on the pilot, but the project was kept alive and moved to Paramount Network for redevelopment. Paramount Network, slated to debut Jan. 18 as Viacom’s leading scripted cable channel, also took in newly picked up TV Land series “Heathers” and “American Woman,” which will be part of the network’s inaugural slate.

The “First Wives Club” series, like the film, which starred Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn, will be based on New York City an follow a group of women who band together after their marriages fall apart, and who find strength in their sisterhood – in addition to a little revenge.

Karen Rosenfelt (the “Twilight” saga, “The Devil Wears Prada”), who also exec produced the TV Land pilot, is executive producing.

Oliver recently co-wrote with “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris the screenplay for the hit feature comedy Girls Trip, giving Oliver the distinction of becoming the first African-American woman to write a movie that grossed over $100 million domestically.

She also co-wrote with Barris “Barbershop III” and is currently adapting the best-selling novel, “The Sun is Also a Star,” for MGM and Warner Brothers, which she is also executive producing.

Her TV credits include Dan Fogelman’s ABC comedy “The Neighbors” and the Starz drama series “Survivor’s Remorse.” She is also known for writing, producing and acting in the popular webseries, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.”

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