‘The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo’ Adaptation In Works At Freeform; Ilene Chaiken & Jennifer Beals To EP

Freeform has put into development The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, a drama based on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s critically acclaimed novel, with Reid attached to pen the series adaptation, and Ilene Chaiken (The L Word, Empire) and Jennifer Beals (The L Word) executive producing. Fox 21 Television Studios, where Chaiken is under a deal, is the studio.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
the series follows Monique, a struggling 20-something journalist handpicked by Evelyn Hugo, an iconic starlet from the Golden Age of Hollywood, to write her final tell-all book. Told in dual time periods, we follow both women at the precipice of adulthood in their 20s as they navigate career challenges, racial identity and sexuality, and find love. Evelyn’s influence pushes Monique to take risks and discover her true self, even as Evelyn evades the long-standing secret that irrevocably binds them together.

In addition to The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo, Reid also is the author of Daisy Jones & The Six, Evidence of The Affair, Forever, Interrupted, After I Do, Maybe In Another Life, and One True Loves.

The L Word creator Chaiken also has an hourlong female-centric Texas Rangers drama with writer Matt Cook set at Fox/20th TV with penalty. She previously served as executive producer on Empire and The Handmaid’s Tale.

The L Word alum Beals most recently appeared as Lucilia Cable in Swamp Thing and Christina Hart in Taken, among other credits.

Chaiken is repped by 3 Arts and attorneys Craig Jacobson and Bruce Gellman. Beals is with APA and attorney Patti Felker. Reid is repped by WME, Circle of Confusion, Park & Fine Literary and Bloom, Hergott.

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