The Princess & the Pauper: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Walt Disney Pictures has optioned the movie rights to the novel "The Princess & the Pauper."

Written by Kate Brian and published last fall by Simon & Schuster's young readers division, the tale is a modern, female-oriented take on the classic tale: The lives of rebellious 16-year-old twins living poles apart, one a "pauper," the other a princess, become intertwined when they swap places for what is supposed to be one night but turns into a more long-term arrangement.

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