In a competitive situation, Brett Ratner and James Packer’s RatPac Entertainment has acquired the rights to the recently published historical novel The Swans Of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin, the bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife, for an adaptation as a premium cable limited series to star Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World).
The project tells the story of the star-crossed friendship between Breakfast at Tiffany’s author Truman Capote and socialite snd style icon Babe Paley (Howard) — who was married to CBS founder William Paley — in the mid 1950s. Through Babe, Truman gains an unlikely entrée into the enviable lives of Manhattan’s elite, leading to the ultimate betrayal of Babe and the other Swans in her circle.
In addition to starring, Howard, who brought the book to RatPac, is set to produce through her Nine Muses Entertainment. Ratner and John Cheng will produce for RatPac Entertainment.