Director R.J. Cutler, who previously helmed the fashion-themed documentary The September Issue, will direct an adaptation of Lee Tulloch’s novel Fabulous Nobodies. The book is “a social satire set in the 1980’s downtown club scene of New York, where a group of people lived and breathed fashion until it took over the world.”
Deadline reports that Mark Fortin and Josh Miller will write the screenplay, with Gail Lyon (Erin Brockovich), Julie Anne Quay (former executive editor of V magazine) and Cutler himself producing. Cutler’s no stranger to fashion, as The September Issue followed Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour as she prepared for her magazine’s fall fashion issue. No word on distribution or casting at the moment. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the book.
“Life is cruel to people who aren’t fabulous,” sniffs 20-year-old Manhattanite Reality Nirvana Tuttle. In this lighthearted yet devastatingly accurate and witty social satire, former fashion editor Tulloch parodies hip young New Yorkers like Reality whose lives revolve around superficialities–wearing the right outfits, patronizing the in clubs, socializing with the right people and becoming “fabulous.” Fashion is sublime to narrator Reality, who names each of her “frocks” and sports a tattoo of the Chanel logo. As the “doorwhore” at a trendy nightclub called Less Is More, she haughtily decides who is garbed bizarrely enough to merit admittance. Outrageous ’60s chic usually wins approval; demurely clad Jackie Onassis is unceremoniously banished. When she isn’t working or scheming to get herself into Frenzee magazine, Reality cavorts with an editor of Perfect Woman who slavishly emulates the gamin look of Audrey Hepburn, and with a transvestite who owns a dog named Cristobal Balenciaga [Amazon].