Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean in” coming to a theater near you

Hollywood came knocking and now Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is turning her 2013 best-selling manifesto on female empowerment into a movie.

It’s unclear what kind of film Sony Pictures will make out of Sandberg’s “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” since the book reads more like a thesis than a rom-com. But Hollywood has created feature length films based on little more than titles before, and even childrens’ board games such as “Battleship” that morphed onto the big screen as a sci-fi thriller with aliens.

Deadline Hollywood, which broke the “Lean in” story Friday, said veteran TV writer/director Nell Scovell will write the script based on the themes of female inequality and empowerment that Sandberg wrote about.

For her part, “Lean in” the movie will not add to the fortunes of Sandberg, who is already a billionaire.

The foundation, which owns the rights to the book, licensed the name to Sony, CNET reported, and all proceeds from the licensing deal will go to the foundation.

When Sony’s done with “Lean in,” it’s possible that Sandberg could come out looking better than her boss, Mark Zuckerberg, who got roughed up a bit in Sony’s film about the creation of Facebook in “The Social Network.”

Photo by Nhat V. Meyer, San Jose Mercury News


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