SONY Pictures Entertainment has purchased the film rights to Facebook Inc COO Sheryl Sandberg’s bestselling memoir on female empowerment, Lean In, a source familiar with the deal said recently.
Sony Pictures’ Columbia Pictures division will handle development of the script, which will be based on the book’s themes and not on Sandberg’s life. The script will be written by Nell Scovell, who helped Sandberg pen the book. And Sandberg will donate her portion of proceeds from the deal to her Lean In foundation.
The deal was first reported by industry website Deadline Hollywood. Sony Pictures spokesman Charles Sipkins declined to comment.
Lean In reignited debate over women’s opportunities in the professional world after it was published last March. It focuses on ways for women to attain more power in the workplace, including how to command more respect from colleagues.
At age 44, Sandberg is considered to be one of the world’s youngest billionaires after shares of Facebook rose last month and made her one of the few women to cross the US$1bil (RM3.3bil) mark in net worth.
Sandberg worked for the US Treasury Department and Google Inc before joining Facebook in 2008. – Reuters