Sony Opens Afghan Beauty School

Sony Pictures has won a bidding war and secured screen rights to Deborah Rodriguez and Kristin Ohlson bestseller “Kabul Beauty School” says Variety.

Rodriguez, a divorced hairdresser from Michigan with two kids, decided to give her life a complete makeover and headed to Afghanistan in 2002, shortly after the Taliban had been toppled.

There she found women who were eager to come out from under the veils they’d been forced to wear. She opened a beauty school, with donations from American beauty companies and other benefactors, and tried to mesh in a culture that was still male-dominated.

Erwin Stoff (“I Am Legend,” “The Night Watchman”) will produce.