EXCLUSIVE: New Line won a competitive pitch for the novel YA Distance from me yours for HBO Max. Sabrina Carpenter is attached to star and executive production. Tiffany Paulsen will adapt the novel by Marina Gessner.
Stan Spry of The Cartel will produce with Danielle Fishel as executive producer. The land had other offers and sold for six figures.
In the novel, two teenagers with very different lives meet and fall in love on the Appalachian Trail. But what starts off as a coming-of-age first love story quickly turns into a wilderness thriller when they find themselves dangerously lost and fighting for survival. Paulson, who wrote Nancy drew and Disney Channel Baby-sitting adventures, scripted the Netflix movie Vacation, and sold this streamer an original pitch that she will write and direct, starring Kristen Chenoweth. She is currently writing About the face for Emma Roberts to star.
Carpenter credits include Girl Meets World, The Hate U Give, The Short History of the Long Road, Work It and Clouds. She launched her production label, At Last Productions, and the first project is Alice, a musical reinvention of Alice in Wonderland which Carpenter will star in and produce with Netflix. She made her Broadway debut in Bad girls.
Paulsen is replaced by Verve, who negotiated the auction and also represents Cartel. Carpenter is replaced by Paradigm, Foundation Media Partners and Goodman Genow.