Wiip gets ‘The Memo’, options upcoming novel for screen

Paul Lee

Mare Of Easttown producer Wiip has optioned upcoming novel The Memo following what the company describes as “a heated bidding war.”

The novel, co-written by former Wall Street Journal reporters Rachel Dodes and Lauren Mechling, will be developed for television by Wiip in collaboration with Lean Machine, the production company headed by screenwriter and director Aline Brosh McKenna.

The Memo tells the story of a 30-something woman whose mounting suspicion that she never “got the memo” is confirmed, and she’s given the chance to travel back in time and fix her worst mistakes. The book will be published by Harper Perennial in 2024.

Aline Brosh McKenna

Wiip’s Paul Lee and Mark Roybal will executive produce, alongside Aline Brosh McKenna, Heather Morris, Rachel Dodes, and Lauren Mechling.

“We loved Rachel and Lauren’s mind-bending, romantic, and immensely relatable novel about what it means to live up to your potential,” said Brosh McKenna. “Jenny’s story leaps across timelines and explores every ‘what if,’ but ultimately celebrates the imperfect moments and friendships that make life worthwhile. We can’t wait to dig into the possibilities.”

Roybal added: “Rachel and Lauren’s ingenious novel has a simple idea at its core which we have all contemplated ourselves: re-doing the choices in your life and traveling roads not taken.

“And they have imbued their story with wit, insight, and emotional depth so that every page is a total surprise. Wiip is so fortunate that the incomparable Aline and her Lean Machine have chosen to make ‘The Memo’ with us, and we are thrilled to be collaborating with these formidable voices.”

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