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Jackie Collins biopic 'Lady Boss' in the works

By Annie Martin
Jackie Collins biopic 'Lady Boss' in the works
Passion Pictures is producing a new documentary film about Jackie Collins, a British author known for her romance novels. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story, a biopic about late author Jackie Collins, is in the works.

Screen Daily confirmed Friday that Passion Pictures is producing a new documentary film about the British author, who was known for her romance novels.

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Deadline said Laura Fairrie will direct the biopic, which is being financed by AGC Studios, CNN Films and BBC Arts. John Battsek and Lizzie Gillet will serve as producers.

Lady Boss will recount Collins' journey as a best-selling author whose personal life sometimes rivaled the plots in her books. Collins, the sister of actress Joan Collins, grew up close to the limelight and pursued acting as a young adult. Her first husband, Wallace Austin, died of an overdose after their divorce, and her second husband, Oscar Lerman, and fiancé, Frank Calcangnini, both died during the relationships.

Collins published 32 novels, including The World is Full of Married Men, Lethal Seduction, and Hollywood Wives, all of which appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list. She died at age 77 in 2015.

AGC will handle global distribution rights for Passion Pictures and introduce the film to U.S. and international buyers. CNN Films will have broadcast TV rights in North America, while BBC Arts will have TV rights for BBC Two on terrestrial TV.

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AGC Studios and CNN Films are also collaborating on a documentary about civil rights activist John Lewis.

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