HBO Max has landed the rights for “Anna K,” handing out a put pilot commitment for a TV series adaptation of Jenny Lee’s upcoming young adult novel of the same name.
The project is described as a “modern-day, empowering, multicultural retelling of Leo Tolstoy’s classic Anna Karenina,” this time aiming for a younger female audience. It has also been pitched as “Gossip Girl and 13 Reasons Why meets Crazy Rich Asians”.
Taking place between Manhattan and Greenwich, Connecticut, the story follows a Korean-American ‘it’ girl caught between her picture-perfect, family-approved boyfriend and the guy who might just be her one true love, along with her high-flying cast of friends and family.
Lee will adapt her book as creator and writer of the series. Entertainment One, SB Projects and Creative Engine Entertainment will produce the project.