The movie version of Jessica Simpson’s autobiography, Open Book, will star John Stamos and Katelyn Tarver. Freevee, an Amazon-owned streaming service, has ordered a pilot episode of the half-hour scripted comedy.
Tarver plays Sadie Sparrow, a pop sensation in her mid-20s who goes from naive to ruthless in this dramatic adaptation of Simpson’s book. John Stamos co-stars with Sadie in the film and provides the role of Butch Thorn, a reformed alcoholic, and former singer-songwriter.
The official logline states that the show “follows Sadie’s unexpected journey as she ultimately comes to embrace herself and the fact that her heart inevitably wants what it wants at every stage of her life” love, friendship, divorce, family, and sisterhood, relationships, soul connections, Hollywood, and the music industry.
Tom Kapinos, who is also executive producing the show alongside Adam Bernstein as the director, will pen the pilot episode. Simpson is also producing the show as an executive.
Dey Street Books’ Open Book was the best-selling autobiography by a female celebrity in the entertainment industry upon its release in early 2020, and it was also included on Rolling Stone’s list of the year’s best music books.
There will also be a docuseries based on Simpson’s memoir that she struck a deal with Amazon to create in December 2020.
Jessica Simpson said in a statement, “I am humbled and pleased to join Amazon Studios to bring my narrative and passion to life on the screen.”
Some of my experiences have been unique, but I also recognize that many of my challenges are shared by people everywhere. With Open Book, I set out to do three things: entertain, move, and empower readers to face their fears head-on and emerge stronger on the other side.
When the Open Book docuseries is finally released, it will feature exclusive personal material taken over the past decade, expanding on the original narrative.
As the synopsis puts it, the film will “cover the highs and lows of Simpson’s life, including her singing career, her path to sobriety, establishing a family, the climb of creating a billion-dollar business, and finding her voice.”
In addition to the TV shows, Simpson has a collection of short stories coming out from Amazon Original Stories. Movie Star: They Always Say They’re Single – A True Story is up next, and it will be released in February 2023.