Universal Studios has optioned the 1980 children’s book The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch (Annick Press), about an independent princess. Elizabeth Banks is attached to direct. (The Hollywood Reporter)

The YA novel Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart (Delacorte Press, Sept.) has been optioned by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner for Lionsgate. The book follows two similar-looking orphans, from starkly different backgrounds, whose lives become intertwined after a case of mistaken identity. PW said the book “blends the privileged glamour of We Were Liars with a twisty, backward-running plot that’s slick with cinematic violence.” (The Tracking Board)

The 1952 National Book Award-winner Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (Random House), in which a nameless African-American narrator charts his life (from his youth in the South to a short-lived stint in college and his subsequent move to Harlem), will be adapted into a series by Hulu. (Variety)

Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening by John Elder Robinson (Spiegel Grau, 2016), about the brain therapy treatment the author underwent, has been acquired by Focus Features. (Deadline Hollywood)

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