The New Girl: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gold Circle Films has courted The New Girl, picking up the Alan Shapiro-scripted project for an undisclosed sum with Shapiro on board to direct.

The project is described as a thriller about a teenage girl who is transformed from an ugly duckling to a swan only to encounter a nightmarish underside to her dream. The timely project comes to Gold Circle following the success of a string of high-profile television shows that showcase plastic surgery and the people who elect to go under the knife.

Those shows include the reality series "Extreme Makeover," "The Swan" and "Dr. 90210" as well as the scripted "Nip/Tuck" at the FX Network. "Girl" was brought to Gold Circle topper Paul Brooks by former vp creative affairs Paramount Pictures executive Brad Kessell, who will produce along with Brooks.

Shapiro wrote and directed the Alicia Silverstone thriller The Crush.

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