HBO Max has acquired the film rights of Lyla Lee’s upcoming YA novel I’ll Be The One over 5 bidders. The story follows a bisexual Korean-American heroine as she competes to be a K-pop star.
Anonymous Content will produce with Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off the Boat) attached to direct and produce the feature film under her production banner Fierce Baby Productions. Colleen McGuinness will pen the screenplay.
The film spotlights 16-year-old Skye Shin—a bi-sexual, Korean-American girl— as she pursues her dreams as a participant on reality TV singing and dancing competition “K-Pop Shining Star.” With the help of her new friends and her crush, world famous model Henry Cho, Skye faces the industry’s old-fashioned beauty standards head on, setting her sights on becoming a K-pop star – one the world has never seen before. Book will be published by the HarperCollins imprint Katherine Tegen Books this summer.